Today’s topic … blogging!
Thought I’d share some of the blogging basics that help me write – meaning me as the small business owner, not the marketing consultant.
(I love to blog … such a free form or writing. And it tickles me that my son seems to share my love of writing; he wants to be an illustrator and an author! Moving along …)
Blogging … Why do you blog?
Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion gives us 50 reasons to blog. For me, reason #30 just popped out and grabbed my attention! But there are lots of others.
Writing inspires more writing. Teaching inspires better teaching. Listening inspires even better listening. This is the essence of a blog.
People will view you as the expert voice of your industry — the go to place of information, teaching, and enlightenment.
Instead of being a part of the problem, you’ll now be a part of the solution.
What stands out to you? Why do you blog?
But you’re not just blogging for yourself.
So, after you post a blog what do you do? How do you get others excited enough to read your blog? How do you share it with the world, so to speak?
For me, I tapped into a 12-Step Checklist (now an infographic). I may not do everything on it, but it sure helps me to remember some of those little things like “shorten your post’s URL.”
What to write about today …
Ever have writer’s block? I do. Or maybe it’s just a time thing. I subscribe to Chris Brogan’s Blog Topics and I just love it! Every week I get an email with lots of blog topic ideas. Now my problem is that I need to finish the ones I’ve started!
Avoiding the “shiny object distraction” syndrome.
For me its about finding the right tools to make me productive … There are so many things going on every day that distract me. I often forget to write down or make note of something that would make a great topic to blog about. Here’s 10 Time-Saving Blogging Tips that may help you avoid those very distracting things.
Need a little help focusing on what you need to write? Check out focusbooster. It’s a simple app designed to help you focus and concentrate on the task at hand. I know when I sit down to write, its so easy to lose track of time … before you know it, a couple hours have gone by!
What are the tools and resources you use to keep you on course with your blogging?