Tag: blogger

The Love of Blogging

Let’s face it. Blogging isn’t easy. It might be easy when first starting out but that quickly fades away when you try to make your blog something great. Creating great content for your blog on a consistent basis is hard. Driving traffic to your blog and having people come back is difficult as well. There is only one solution.

You have to fall in love with blogging. Having passion for the content you create. Love is the only way you will be able to endure the hardships with blogging along the journey. As with anything in life, you must love what you do.

Blogging is an amazing way to create a positive community. Giving your readers genuine appreciation for their interactions with your blog. Treating them as if they were your close friends. Creating content that gives those readers value. Having them fall in love with your blog. Because you love your blog. It’s about never losing that love for your blog or for your community.

If you haven’t done so yet, fall in love with the process of blogging. All of it. It is a craft that must be mastered. A labor of love. Something that takes time to be built. But in the end it’s all worth it. Having built yourself an incredible blog.

Let your blog convey a message of love to your readers. That message doesn’t have to be in words, it can be felt in the overall essence of your post. So express love for your blog. You never know whose life you might change because of it.

So You Want to be a Blogger?

You’ve hears the stories of people making a living off of their blogs. The countless success stories of those who earn thousands of dollars per month. Maybe you’re deciding to throw your hat in the ring. Thinking it might be a get rich quick way of making a living. Well think again.

Being a successful blogger is something that doesn’t happen overnight. If you think that you can make loads of money right away then you’re sorely mistaken. Blogging is something that must be built from the ground up.

Building a successful blog takes time. Building up your community, getting engagement with your posts and growing your content to reach your desired readers. This all takes time. Long before you can start making money from your blog, you must grow it first.

You must have some core values set for yourself and your blog. This will help you when the going gets tough. Especially when you’re first starting out and struggling to gain readers.

It can take months or even years to make any money from your blog. Even then the returns might be smaller than you had hoped for.

Making blogging a full time job takes patience, hard work and continuous learning. It is a process of continuous improvement. Developing your craft and delivering messages that your readers will love. The money will eventually come if you decide to take that route with your blog.

Blogging is a journey, not a sprint. So if you want to become a blogger be prepared to be in it for the long haul. Don’t give up in those early days, when you aren’t getting any engagement with your posts. Stick with it. You will be successful one day if you don’t quit.

Experimenting with Blog Content

Do you experiment with the content for you produce for your blog? Or do you shy away from experimenting with content? Staying with what’s worked for you in the past.

Maybe you have some ideas you’ve been batting around in your head but feel that it doesn’t relate to your blog. That it won’t resonate with your loyal readers. It might not be a completely different topic from what you currently write. It could be approaching something from a different point of view, putting a new spin on something or even writing about a different area of your blog’s niche.

When we get into a groove or get into a set schedule for our blogging routine. We stick with what’s tried and true. The reason why being is it’s what has built our reader base. We want to continue to grow our blogs in the way that has worked for us up to this point.

The thing is when we continue to do the same thing over and over, it often leads to stagnation. Sure you might have a couple different topics that get rotated. But it only delays the stagnation.

Experimenting with blog content is a great way to attract new readers or to give your current readers some fresh content. Now I’m not saying that you need to constantly experiment, one post a week or even once a month is more than sufficient.

This applies to all blogs whether big or small. Creating content that has a different twist to it could have tremendous results. Or it could do terrible. You never know unless you try. For smaller blogs that might not have tons of views, this could be a jolt that brings big growth. For larger blogs it can bring a wave of new readers.

It’s a risk, especially when you have an established blog. But without risk there can be no reward. Try something new with your blog, it doesn’t have to be as drastic as a topic outside of your niche. Write about something from a different perspective, make your post more personalized. Do something fun and be creative with it. You never know what it might do for your blog.

Finding Time to Write

Life can be busy. Between work, family, running errands, exercising, commuting and relaxation the day just seems to fly by. It’s hard to find any time to get in writing. Maybe you’ve been hoping to work on that book you’ve always wanted to publish. Or maybe you want to write more blog posts. But you never seem to have the time to get those things done.

Writing quality content takes time and finding time to write may seem impossible right now with your hectic schedule. The key is, if you truly want to right you have to schedule it onto your daily routine. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day that can go a long way in achieving your writing goals.

Take a few moments and look at your day. See if there is a small gap in which you can dedicate some writing time. It could be a lunch break, after the kids go to bed or first thing when you wake up in the morning. Trust me if you truly want to do it you’ll find the time. It could even be a day of the week where you have more free time. The key is to structure writing time into your routine. It’s about making it a habit. Now I know this is easier said than done, especially in the beginning.

It doesn’t matter how long you write or how many words are written in that span. It could be brainstorming a new character, coming up with topics for future posts or even writing a single paragraph. All these things are wins in my eyes. The reason is that you are making progress. Even if it is in small increments, you are still getting closer to the end result.

Progress keeps you moving in the right direction. It keeps you motivated to achieve more. Since you can actually see your progress with the words written, your results are more tangible.

Eventually you’ll want to write for longer and will find a way to make the time into your busy schedule. Over time your book will be written. You’ll be churning out blog posts on a more consistent basis. Whatever your goal, your efficiency will skyrocket.

For me my time to write is at night when things are quiet and I can focus solely on writing. Whether it be writing my book or creating blog posts for my amazing readers. I’ve made it a habit to write something every single day. Even if it is just one blog post or a couple paragraphs for the book. That progress keeps me motivated to continue writing.

When is your writing time? What makes it ideal for you? Do you set a time limit on your writing?

The voice

A small voice speaks in my head
Deafening decibels echo through the mind
A beast inside with no where to hide
Clawing vocal chords begging to speak

The pain can be endured no more
A ringing of chords must occur
Oxygen to fill the lungs
Energy to deliver a message

Imagination it is a roar
But when released it is a whimper
Words fumbled
A mixed message
The beast must retreat once more
Waiting for opportunity to rise again

Speak from the heart
Seek words from the soul
So that the beast may roar

What does your voice say to you?

Would you like me to continue this every Friday? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your feedback

Poetry & Creative Writing #1 Introduction

Okay this might be cheating but I found an old folder full of some of the poems I wrote years ago. I wanted to share a few of them with you. As I stated in a previous post I wanted to devote a day to just express creativity with my writing.

Here are a few of these poems:

Open Hands

Open hands I give to thee,

not to reap, nor ill words to speak.

An open heart to leave its mark,

a gentle soul to spark

To give unselfishly to brighten one’s day,

greater than all the flowers in the month of may.

For open hands I give to thee,

for the soul to seek, my heart to keep,

my eyes to peek and my mind to leap,

all to keep me from being weak and my future bleak.

The Beauty of the Journey

The dream begins within the clouds of thought,

with a shining beam it manifests into human form.

Not overnight nor within a short month,

but in the day to day struggles of a continuous cycle.

The nights are lonely and the plates are barren,

but the mind sings a different tune.

Of abundance and cheer,

Knowing that one day the dream will be real,

But we are in no hurry because the journey is zeal.

It is not the dream but the journey that makes life fruitful,

who you become, not what you accomplish is the real prize,

For a beautiful journey trumps the dream any day.

The Unknown of Love

Love is an uncontrollable influence,

you can’t force it,

nor can you truly run from it.

You can’t speed it up,

nor slow it down,

all you can do is go along for the ride.

Their is beauty,

as well as pain,

true love,

and heartbreak.

In this uncontrollable influence called love,

we must embrace the unknown,

for we know not what it may bring.

For as long as we have a glimmer of love left in our hearts,

the sun will always rise.

Because with love if it’s meant to be,

it’ll be.

I have more poems and I might share them from time to time.

Do you have any ideas for writing prompts? I would love to hear from you.

So You Want To Be A Writer?

If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything,

don’t do it.

Unless it comes unmasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit for hours staring at your computer screen or hunched over your typewriter searching for words,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it for money or fame,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit there and rewrite it again and again,

don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,

don’t do it.

If you’re trying to write like somebody else,

forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you,

then wait patiently

if it never does roar out of you,

do something else.

If you have to read it to your wife or your girlfriend or your boyfriend or your parents or to anybody at all,

you’re not ready.

Don’t be like so many writers,

don’t be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers,

don’t be dull or boring and pretentious,

don’t be consumed with self-love.

The libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind.

Don’t add to that.

Don’t do it.

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder,

don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut,

don’t do it.

When it is truly time,

and you have been chosen,

you will do it by itself and keep on doing it until you die or it dies within you.

There is no other way

And there never was

Charles Bukowski

Isn’t this the truth when it comes to writing? It isn’t about the money or fame, it is about the small voice inside that is burning to have a story told to the world. It is about expression and finding our voice for the story to be told.

Do I agree with everything this poem has to say? No. But the essence of it resonates with me as a writer. Writing isn’t a simple task even though others might think that. It is just like any endeavor that one takes on. It is filled with good days and bad, obstacles that have to be overcome and a persistent drive to never surrender.

It is a battle with the greatest foe of all, the mind. Where creativity, knowledge and expression come into one place, through the written word. Through countless defeats and persistent effort one may find their voice, the most coveted aim of them all. For that voice will reverberate with the reader and imprint into the soul.

Upcoming Content

Hey everyone!

I thought that I would take a moment and share with you some of the upcoming content that I have planned for the blog. When I started this blog my posts were randomized with various subjects on helping you live a better life. For me the posts seemed a little too unfocused.

My goal every single time I post something new is to give you my absolute best as a writer. Something that I’m still improving on. Also I want to give you valuable insight into living your best life possible. I personally felt that I wasn’t doing my best in delivering these two points.

I’ve been working on a blogging calendar and I thought that I would share it with you so that you could see what content will be posted on what days. Each day will be something different and each day will be part of a series that will be on a given day. I feel that this will not only help me as a writer but also give you more value on how to live a better life.

Here is a preview of what’s to come:

  • Monday: Question of the week
  • Tuesday: Rock Bottom Series
  • Wednesday: Journey of a self-help author
  • Thursday: Finding your purpose series
  • Friday: Poetry or creative writing
  • Saturday: Book review or topic of choice
  • Sunday: Fireside Chats

I’ll explain these in a bit more detail.

Question of the week: I will post a question that will aid you in getting to know yourself on a deeper level. The more you know about yourself the more you will find strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents and new insights that you may not have known previously. The key is to really think about it and answer honestly. You will only improve from getting to know yourself.

Rock Bottom Series: I will post topics about rock bottom. Rock bottom meaning that you are at a low point in your life, are unhappy or want more out of life than you currently possess. We learn more about ourselves in the down times than the heights of success. My goal is to help you find that guiding light that will get you out of the depths of darkness. Where there is a negative, a positive can be found. You just have to be strong and search for it.

Journey of a Self-Help Author: My ultimate goal is to publish my book. Here I will give you weekly insights into my book, progress being made and things that I’ve learned along the way.

Finding Your Purpose Series: We all want to find our purpose in life. Our purpose is the reason why we are put on this earth. Once its found, it gives us a deep sense of fulfillment for our lives. My goal is to help you find your purpose in life.

Poetry or Creative Writing: This is a way for me to express myself outside of my conventional posts. I would like to share this with you. I feel that it is good to change things up to continue to improve upon writing. The prompts will be totally random and I would love for you to give me prompts for future posts.

Book Review or topic of choice: I’m not just a writer. I’m also an avid reader. My favorite genre? You’ll never guess. Self-help literature. Here I will share with you some of the books that have changed my life and made me who I am today. Hopefully they may help you as well. Also I will talk about any new books that I am reading or any book that may be of value to you. If I’m not writing a book review I will be posting a topic of choice that I feel would give you some value to your life.

Fireside Chats: Since the week is coming to an end I want to have a sit-down with you the reader. These will be talks on various subjects that will give you insights and motivation for the upcoming week. This is a more personalized post as if I am talking with a dear friend.

I will be posting a couple inspirational/motivational quotes throughout the week. I love quotes. Who doesn’t?

I will also be making different posts for topics that I can about. So you might have 2 posts a day. The reason for this is so you the reader can gain more motivation and knowledge to help you live your best life. Also to help you rejuvenate your imagination in creative ways.

Now I am going to be completely honest with you. For now this schedule is set in stone but may change if I feel it is necessary. I want to give you something to look forward to every day. My hope is that you will gain valuable knowledge and insight into who you are and how you can live your best life.

Thank you for supporting this blog in one way or another. You’re awesome!

The Little Things Matter

Life moves at a incredibly rapid pace. Days seem to just fly by. What we often fail to recognize is that each day is a gift that can’t be taken for granted. We are surrounded by such immense beauty in our everyday lives.

So today let’s find 3 good things about our day. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small. Life is beautiful and we can always find something good in every situation. Because when we see the good in life, life will bring more good things for us to experience.

Faith In The Future

The power of prayer is a magical force. When we pray in a spirit of absolute faith we immediately use our conscious minds to deliver our message to the subconscious mind. From the subconscious our message is delivered to a higher power with a tremendous amount of energy.

You don’t have to be a religious person to experience the powerful emotion of faith. It could be faith in yourself, faith in others or faith in the dreams that you have for your life.

Once you begin to live your life as if your prayers are already answered then that faith you have will move you in the right direction to make it a reality.