How to Create Content People Will Still Remember in 5 Years’ Time

How to Create Content People Will Still Remember in 5 Years’ Time

What the heck happened? You had a brilliant idea for your blog. You spent days (or even weeks!) bringing your idea to life — editing, tweaking, and perfecting every syllable. You used every promotion strategy and technique in your arsenal to ensure the world would know about your blogging masterpiece. So when you laid down to sleep that first night, you were certain you had a winner on your hands — the kind of content that could stand the test of time and be spoken of with reverence years later by adoring fans…continue reading →
16 Bloggers Who Make Enough Money to Travel the World in Style

16 Bloggers Who Make Enough Money to Travel the World in Style

Hands up if you’ve ever seen headlines like these: “Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World” “Man Who Quit 9-to-5 Job Makes $1 Million While Traveling the World” “3 Ways to Quit Your Job and Travel the World Without Going Broke” My guess is that you have, because I see these headlines around everywhere. I’ve even written a few of them (hint: the last one). And let me guess … When you see a headline like that, you’re a bit skeptical. You check Google Analytics and with your meager traffic, you…continue reading →

7 Ways You Can Repurpose Your Old Blog Posts to Get More Traffic

Note from Glen: I’m delighted to introduce Smart Blogger’s new Associate Editor, Robert van Tongeren. Robert’s been behind the scenes for a couple of years now, most recently as the lead instructor and editor for our Guest Blogging program. But this month he’s taking over editorial responsibilities on the blog – congratulations Robert! I’ll be focusing on running the business, freeing Jon up for more writing and of course plotting our path to world domination. As a blogger, you’re in the business of sharing ideas. You have to consistently come up with new…continue reading →

How to Write Faster: 10 Crafty Ways to Hit 1,000 Words Per Hour

Yesssss! The schedule gods have given you a break, and you have a rare hour to actually sit down and write. You could produce an entire blog post! An article! Maybe even a short book chapter! Your research is all done, so all you need to do now is write. You apply ass to seat, fire up your laptop, start typing … … and it’s like watching a video in slo-mo. Once the hour is up, you do a word count — and let’s just say the final tally is less than impressive.…continue reading →

27 Hard-Won Lessons about Writing from New York Times Bestselling Authors

Writing tips are like beer nuts. They’re addictive. No matter how many you have, you always want more. But do you ever get the feeling that the writing “experts” who are dispensing the tips barely have more experience than you? Which usually means their advice is either second-hand or second-rate. And maybe that’s why it fails to hit the spot, and you find yourself reaching robotically for the next tip. The thing is, sometimes you have to go back to the source to find the real stuff — wisdom borne from personal experience,…continue reading →
99 Ways to Get Inspired to Write

99 Ways to Get Inspired to Write

Ugh, it happened again. Another week or month has passed, and you’ve made zero progress on your writing goals. Deep down you know your writing is important, but you can’t take consistent action. What’s really going on here? The truth is, you don’t feel inspired. You can’t help but marvel at other writers who do persist, and have a large body of work you can’t even fathom achieving. How do you get there? How do you find the inspiration you need to stay the course long enough to become the prolific, popular, and…continue reading →

20 Ways to Be Just Another Mediocre Blogger Nobody Gives a Crap About

A troubling thought, isn’t it? You’re slaving away at your blog, but you can’t help wondering if you have a shot in hell of getting anyone to read it. What makes you any different from the millions of other bloggers hoping for attention? You’re all doing the same stuff. Cranking out posts, messing around on Twitter and Facebook, leaving comments on popular blogs — you know, the usual. But nobody gives a crap. Readers have seen it all before. You’re not offering anything new, so why should they hang around? Good question. And…continue reading →

47 Resources for People Who Love to Write but Can Never Find the Time

Tugs at your soul, doesn’t it? You love to write. You always have. But honestly — who has the time? Not only do you have a job and family and friends, but there are a gazillion tiny distractions popping up on your cell phone 24 hours a day, all interesting, all seemingly important, all keeping you from what you were born to do: Write. The good news? 2017 is your year. This year, you’re going to make it happen. Here’s how: Put Your Ass in That Chair Having the time to write, and…continue reading →

From Blog to Book: The Simple Strategy Smart Authors are Using in 2016

Don’t try to deny it; you’d love to write a book. In fact, you’ve been dreaming about it so much you can visualize it. Seeing your name on the front cover of a published book. Revelling in the fame, fortune, and fulfilment that comes from being a successful author. But then, you dismiss it. “What me?” you think. “Who am I to publish a book?” Or some other variation of nagging self-doubt. But it isn’t an impossible dream. As a blogger, you already have everything you need to become an author. You just…continue reading →

7 Cruel Ways Writers Torture Themselves

Seriously, what is it with writers? You’d think they actually enjoy pain and misery. After all, writing is hard enough without inventing new ways to make yourself suffer. But suffer they do. Perhaps it’s the image of the writer as a tormented artist, or a form of occupational masochism, but something seems to make writers seek out pain. Maybe without it, they don’t feel like “real” writers. But what about you? Are you a misery magnet? Is pain your faithful muse? Here are seven ways that writers torture themselves. See how many you…continue reading →