Whether you’re writing here on Medium, a guest post on a high-volume site, or building up your own blog or vlog (video blog), you want as many eyes as possible on your posts, right?
Yea, you and every other blogger. That’s the challenge, isn’t it? Writing blog posts consistently is a huge part of any author platform. Why?
It creates consistency for your readers, adds visibility for your author branding, helps with pre-marketing an upcoming release, establishes your expertise, as well as helps you develop a regular writing ritual.
All good things.
Yet, the writing is only part of the…
Not terrible, HS. Typical, to be honest. Many people don't use a social media management tool. It's an adjustment to start using a time management tool - it almost seems counterproductive at first, as if it's MORE work. I get it. I see it a lot with my clients.
Once you start, however, it becomes second nature and you wonder why you weren't doing it all along!
Thank you for the amazing shout-out, Ryan! Headlines are a fun challenge. I'd be lost without the CoSchedule tool. I tell everyone about it. I even mention it in my BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge book!
And they're constantly updating it and making it better. Plus, it's free. I mean. 👏
Over the past year, I’ve taught dozens of writers blogging skills and creative nonfiction. We’d meet on Zoom (yes, before and during the pandemic) to discuss writing, where to make improvements, and how to raise visibility. While I was the instructor and moderator, I learned a heck of a lot from my students.
Here are five takeaways:
Each of us has unique experiences to share and so much to offer the world, even if we think we don’t.
Example: One of my students hails from the Midwest. Her mom raised her and her siblings Pagan with no technology in the…
Is your brain full? Mine is. Constantly. When I was in high school, I started having panic attacks because of My Brain is Full Syndrome. I graduated in *cough* 1982 with straight As, little perfectionist that I am, anxious to start college, get it over with, and start my life as a writer.
I was going to be the next Carrie Bradshaw in the city (had it existed at that time). Without all the sex. Or the city. Keep the shoes, though.
Ah, the dreams of the young.
Working my little part-time cashier’s job in suburban Sacramento, one of the…
You want to blog regularly. You need to. Yet, you can’t get it together.
Why? Oh, several reasons:
I started blogging in 2008, so I’ve experienced all of the above. I coach clients as well on this and I hear these statements a lot. We are all busy, so the best way to handle all of the above is to get yourself organized. How? …
Many writers, bloggers, and marketers want to know what the magic trick is to get readers to stay on the page, to read their entire post all the way through, to even leave #gasp a comment.
Is it possible to get this result every time?
Nah. Let’s be real. In an ideal world, sure. However, people scan. They skim. I know I do. Be honest, you do, too. So let’s capture what we know and build that into the structure of our blog posts! If you know that’s an issue, solve that issue.
This is a pretty basic…
Almost everyone you meet will tell you they want to write a book someday, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world. La la la la la.
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.
~ Neil Gaiman
Writing is work. Hard work. It may come easier to you than to others, yet there’s no question that, like anything else worth doing, it requires thousands of hours of practice, learning, and skill just to get to the point of…
When I first started blogging back in 2008, I had no clue what I was doing. I opened up a blog on the Blogger platform and started writing. When a reader suggested I optimize my headlines and add metadata, I was honestly perplexed. “Huh? What’s that?”
Maybe you are right now, too.
Much has changed in those twelve years, not only in my blogging life but in tech as well. …
Writers and Facebook. Do you need it? If you’re not active there at all, is a Page necessary? If you’re active there frequently, what’s the difference between a Personal account and an author (or blogger) Page?
So many questions.
More than 1.4 billion people use Facebook every single day, and many multiple times a day. It’s almost certain that your potential customers are on Facebook and using it actively to connect with their family, their friends, and their favorite brands. (Source: Buffer)
Regardless of your personal feelings about Facebook (I’ve stated previously that it’s not my favorite social platform), it’s…