I'm thankful for all of you! Thanks so much for joining me on this journey.
I’m thankful for you! Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Regardless of where you are in the world, may this day be one filled with thanks!

Blogging Challenge: Solve a Blog Reader’s Problem

I love this particular challenge from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog because it’s really at the crux of what we should be doing as bloggers, and that is to solve other people’s problems.


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Even if you are something like a humor blogger, you are solving a problem in that you are getting people to forget their troubles at least for a moment, and have a good laugh.

Blogging Challenge: Find a Blogging Buddy

Sometimes you just need a friend. That’s the truth, even if you’re in introverted blogger like me. :) It’s also true if you’re an extrovert. The bottom line is that you’ll go further faster with your blog if you have a blogging buddy!

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An illustration presented in the eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a common one, but worth repeating.

Soft background noise can help you to focus and block out distractions. This YouTube video is nothing more than the sound of rain falling, which is great background “music” for writing, or other types of content creation.


Great thing is that it will play all day long, so if you have a day where you need to get a lot of writing done, hit play, and start writing.  Enjoy!


How to Use WordPress Plugins without Slowing Down Your Site

Blog Marketing Academy

Just yesterday in my mastermind group we discussed, among other things, how plugins like OptimizePress can slow down a site. Because of that, I was delighted to come across this post by David Risley on how to deal with that problem — not just with OptimizePress, but with all plugins.

I will be following the tips in this post, for sure, to improve the performance of my blog.


Blogging Challenge: Update a Page on Your Blog

Any time of year is a good time of  year to spruce up your blog, but especially as we wrap up one year and move into a new one, it’s an even better time to do some housekeeping on your blog so that you can move into the new year with a blog that is in good shape.

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Here are some tips from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog on how to update a page on your blog.

. . . you should always remember the golden rule of writing: Write what you know. For example, if you feel stuck, consider choosing a subject that relates to your products, programs, and services, since this is probably what you have the most knowledge about.

Book Yourself Solid (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 2011), 241

How to Write Your Next Kindle Book with a Co-Author

The Future of Ink

It should come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of Kindle publishing. Publishing your eBooks on Amazon is one of the easiest ways to get published. In spite of being easy, it’ a lot of hard work, if you want to do it well.

Even though I love to write, and have published some Kindle books on my own doesn’t mean that I always want to fly solo.

My first article on The Future of Ink provides insight into how I work with a co-author, and the benefits of doing so. Since the post was published on another site, I wanted to share it here so that you can benefit from the information, even if didn’t see it where it was originally published.

By the way, if you need help getting your own Kindle book published, check out my Kindle services here.

The Benefits of Short-Form Content

When people first opt in to receive my 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit course, in the welcome email that I send out, I ask, “What is your biggest content creation challenge?” While is a variety of responses to this question, one of the common things that people express is that they are afraid that their content won’t be good enough. The benefits of short form content I’m certainly no psychologist, and I’m just speculating as to why so many people struggle with this, but my hunch is that one of the biggest issues that cause bloggers to feel insecure about writing blog posts is that there’s a lot of talk about creating epic content.