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.

Be a Prolific Writer

This morning in my quiet time, I rather unexpectedly got what I believe is to be my “word” for the coming year — PROLIFIC.

I thought a bit about what it means to be a prolific writer, and to be honest, it scares me a bit to commit to it, and yet I believe that I need  to at least put myself out there by writing about it in this short post.

Here are a couple of ways I can be a prolific writer:

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OneNote vs. Evernote

Lifehacker

Lately I’ve been experimenting with using OneNote for everything from journaling to planning out my eBooks to keeping track of many different aspects of all of the different projects I’m working on.

Previously I’ve used Evernote, but I’m finding that OneNote has a lot of features that make it better for writers (including but not limited to bloggers). For instance, I like that in OneNote you can more easily rearrange pages within a notebook than you can with Evernote. This is great when planning out a big project, such as a book.

On the other hand, there are ways in which Evernote is better than OneNote, with the most obvious one being the web clipper option. Both OneNote and Evernote have web clippers, but the Evernote version has much better features.

The bottom line is that they are both great programs, and I’d encourage you to play with both of them to determine which one you’ll choose. You might also want to read the Lifehacker post (linked to at the top of this post) for a good comparison of the two programs.

 

 

100 Best Websites for Writers

The Write Life
January 14, 2014

I came across this blog post recently that listed 100 of the best websites for writers. I’m posting it here because there are so many great ones that I had not heard of until reading this post, and they are definitely worth checking out.

If the thought of having 100 websites to sort through overwhelms you, never fear! They are broken down by category, such as blogging, business and career, copywriting, etc. so you can focus on the areas of writing you are most interested in.

You’ll definitely find some gems on this list, so be sure to check it out!

 

How to Be a More Consistent Blogger

When people join my email list, in the first email they receive from me, I ask them to tell me their biggest blogging challenge.

Just this last week, I got one that is a common one, for sure, and that is the struggle to blog consistently. I thought I would share the brief answer that I provided:

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Blogging Challenge: Come Up with 10 Blog Post Ideas

Whenever I ask people what about their biggest blogging challenge, one of the top ideas is not knowing what to blog about. It’s not uncommon to have difficulty coming up with blog post ideas, so if you struggle with that, know that you’re not alone!

Blogging Challenge- Come Up with 10 blog post ideas

I’ve written quite a bit on this topic before, but in this post, I want to share an idea that is not original to me; I got it from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

Build Blog Traffic by Joining a Forum

This post was inspired by the ProBlogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.

The tip from this particular lesson is Day 9 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is focused on promoting your blog by joining a forum. I’d like to add that some of the same features and benefits can be obtained by joining Facebook or LinkedIn groups, though forums do have some unique features that are worth checking out.

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Here are the main points that you need to keep in mind when it comes to how to build blog traffic by  joining a forum: