How to Write a Paragraph in 2017 (Yes, the Rules Have Changed)

How to Write a Paragraph in 2017 (Yes, the Rules Have Changed)

You want people to read your content, right? That’s why you wrote it in the first place. But getting people to read your content in today’s world of speedy news, food, and pleasure is a challenge. You’re not just competing with other writers, but with everything online — cat videos, Kardashian gossip, Game of Thrones, etc. With all the available alternatives, your readers are easily distracted. Most people who land on your page will scan it and decide, within seconds, to either leave or stay. And one of the biggest turn-offs for online…continue reading →
What the Heck Is Ghostwriting? (And Why You Might Want to Do It)

What the Heck Is Ghostwriting? (And Why You Might Want to Do It)

You want to make money as a writer, right? You’ve told everyone on Facebook (including your weird aunt) that you’re available to write. You’ve been writing guest post after guest post to showcase your talent and get your name out there. Maybe you’ve even landed a few jobs already. (Good for you!) But then a potential client emails you with the question, “Do you offer ghostwriting services?” And you’re stumped. Maybe you’ve heard of ghostwriting. Maybe you have some idea what it is. Or maybe you wonder if it involves ouija boards in…continue reading →
The Brutally Honest Guide to Being Brutally Honest

The Brutally Honest Guide to Being Brutally Honest

It’s scary, isn’t it? Having to tell a truth to someone who may not want to hear it. Whether you have to tell a friend they’ve been betrayed, inform a client that their ideas suck, or write a blog post to burst your reader’s bubble, hard truths can feel almost as painful to deliver as they are to receive. Because just the thought of hurting someone is scary. You don’t want that. And you don’t know how they’ll react. They might think you’re a jerk and cut all ties with you. You don’t…continue reading →
Advice to Writers Who Feel Like a Fraud (from a Writer Who Feels Like a Fraud)

Advice to Writers Who Feel Like a Fraud (from a Writer Who Feels Like a Fraud)

Let me guess … Every success in your writing career has been a fluke. When people praise your work, they don’t know what they’re talking about. You’ll never measure up. You’re not a real writer. And any day now, everyone will see you for the fraud that you are. That’s how you feel, anyway. You read other blogs and feel crushed at how little you know and how little you have to offer. You wonder why you even bother with your own blog when so many great writers do it way better than…continue reading →
10 Things You Need to Do After You Publish Your Blog Post

10 Things You Need to Do After You Publish Your Blog Post

Can I ask you a question? What do you do after you hit the “Publish” button? If your blog isn’t getting any traction, you probably aren’t doing the right things. Let’s be real. You can’t just post to social media a few times and move on to the next post. That’s not going to cut it. You can’t spend all your time writing new posts and then neglect those posts once they’re published. In fact, you should spend only 20% of your time writing, and 80% getting people to read what you wrote.…continue reading →
13 WordPress Plugins That’ll Save You a Ton of Time

13 WordPress Plugins That’ll Save You a Ton of Time

Running a blog requires an insane amount of time. In fact, there’s not enough time in your day to do everything (especially if you have a full-time job, too). From learning new ways to get traffic and scheduling social media posts to building your email list and managing comments, you feel stretched to your limit. And the more you learn and grow, the more you have to keep up with — it’s exhausting. So what if I told you that you can add a squad of tools to your toolbox that will eliminate…continue reading →
26 Crazy Stories about “OMG!” Opportunities that Blogging Made Happen

26 Crazy Stories about “OMG!” Opportunities that Blogging Made Happen

Will it all be worth it? You can’t help wondering sometimes. Every spare minute, you’re glued to your computer, reading, writing, doing all you can to grow your blog and build your audience — all on the shaky promise that someday your efforts will pay off. But sometimes, that someday feels far out of reach. Sometimes, you can’t help wondering whether that day will ever come, or whether you’re just wasting your time. Well, hang in there, my friend. Because you never know what kinds of opportunities your blog can bring you. And…continue reading →
31 Insanely Useful Resources for Writing a Bestselling Book in 2017

31 Insanely Useful Resources for Writing a Bestselling Book in 2017

You’d love to learn how to write a bestselling book, right? Problem is, it’s scary. You’re not even sure what goes into writing a book, let alone a bestselling one. The good news? Below you’ll find 31 fantastic resources to help you write a bestselling book. (If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by how many there are, just commit to reading one each day for a month!) Note: I’ve focused on non-fiction books here, though you’ll find that some of the advice — particularly on areas like research and time management — will…continue reading →
Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track

Ignored Your Blog for Months? 13 Tips for Getting It Back on Track

Come on, fess up! You’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve let your beloved blog wither in the shadows of neglect. Once a thriving haven of ideas and wisdom for your adoring readers, your blog is now just a wasteland of stale posts. You’re bugged by the numbing guilt that you’ve let yourself down, and even worse, that you’ve let your readers down. Will they even give a crap when they see your name pop into their flooded inboxes again? They’ve probably moved on. They’ve probably replaced you with someone they can count on. Before…continue reading →
How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide

How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide

Blogging is a battle. A war to get your ideas the attention they deserve. Your enemy? The dizzying array of online distractions that devour your readers. This battle is not for the faint of heart. There are so many learning curves. Plugins you’ll need to install. Social networks you’ll need to employ. Marketing techniques you’ll need to try. But none of that stuff matters if you’re drowning your ideas in amateur writing. You might as well lay your sword down in defeat. Readers don’t have time for amateurs. So before you venture any…continue reading →