A 21-Point Checklist for Writing a Strong Blog Post

A 21-Point Checklist for Writing a Strong Blog Post

Are there elements that should pretty much always be included in every blog post? Yep. But it’s rare to find them all together in one, awesome post. You don’t have to do all of these things every single time, but my own mental checklist that I run through...
6 Things to Know Before Writing Your Next Book

6 Things to Know Before Writing Your Next Book

I hope to write another book soon. I don’t have official plans, but I have some ideas forming. And this time, I’m doing it differently. I learned a lot last time about the publishing industry, how books are bought and sold, what actually sells books, and...
Successful Bloggers are More than "Just" Bloggers

Successful Bloggers are More than "Just" Bloggers

Blogging, in a technical sense, is really using web-based software to share pieces of content – usually short-form articles. If all you want to do is write and express yourself, awesome! Go for it! All you really need is a free WordPress.com account and a decent...
Reasons Not to Write Series' of Blog Posts, and a Better Way

Reasons Not to Write Series' of Blog Posts, and a Better Way

What if this were just part one of this article and you had to wait a week to get part two? There’s a line in Shrek 2 where Shrek has to steal clothes from two innocent travelers. As he rides off over the hillside on his noble steed, he calls back, “Thank...

Don't Waste the Message You KNOW You Have in You

If you and I were to meet for coffee and I were to ask you this question… Based on your experience, what is one important trait I should develop in my life to be successful? How would you answer? Or how about… What is one skill you think every recent high...

7 Elements of an Effective Blog Design

Blogs are as diverse in design as they are in content. Well-designed blogs are rare, though. Some are minimalist while others are quite noisy. Some are bright and colorful while others are black text on a mostly white background. These, to me, are mostly secondary...

What to Do When You're New to Blogging and No One's Reading Yet

You’re getting just a few visitors per day on your new blog, and three of them are your Mom. Do you keep going? Is it worth it? Yeah, it’s worth it. Hang in there. The first few weeks, and sometimes the first few months, of publishing posts on a brand new...

6 Tips for Writing Blog Posts That Get Read

The world is full of great leaders with great ideas who will remain somewhat unknown because they just don’t know how to package their ideas for market. Since this is the age of blogging in which everyone is in the publishing business, it’s imperative for anyone who...

10 Vital Questions for Diagnosing Your Blog's Health

Blogging has been around for a while now, but it has evolved and changed by leaps and bounds. If you monitor the blogging industry, you’ll notice that it’s in a constant state of change as new tools and apps replace old ones and as new methodologies emerge. In other...

Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, “Why...

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