One of my nightmares in life is the thought of failing to raise my children well. It bothers me. I know that there are no perfect parents and that children will still express their individualities, but it’s alarming when you observe how some parents are not even concerned with the fact that they pass on some nasty attitudes on to their children.
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Ideas on what to write surround us, yet there are times that we find ourselves floundering over what direction to follow with these ideas. While choosing topics to brainstorm and cast your masterful thoughts on, bear a couple of things in mind:
Do these ideas and projects fit in with the building blocks of your blog?
What is your authentic approach? Could it have a mark of individuality?
Consider what works best for you and your audience.
Now set some goals for the month.
Not in your mind, Put it down on paper.
Ready. Set. Get going.
31 Blog Post Ideas You Could Tussle With
Review books, product, movies…
Interview someone – make it interesting and dig beyond the surface
Write 5 to 10 things about you that make you who you are
Share some cool info-graphics or cartoons
Critic some news. There’s always something happening
Share a travel or work experience post
Write a motivational/inspiring post
Take part in a challenge
Write a story post
Photo of the week
Pick of the week posts with links to the relevant post
Are you up to running a contest?
Make a post full of GIFs – humour and entertainment
Quote of the week
Share your goals publicly
Create a link Carnival and ask others to join in the link-a-thon
Build your to-do list
Tell a joke – humour works
Write a post on things you did or didn’t do that you regretted
Let’s keep to the truth and call a spade what it is and it’s not a big spoon. To blog consistently and to publish engaging top quality posts is hard work, don’t let anyone fool you.
It consumes time and energy to keep churning out those posts, but there are simple, effective ways to manage the process and to create that much-needed space so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Make a posting schedule and stick to it
You will often have spontaneous posts but to create achievable blogging goals, a publishing calendar gives you control of your processes. Without a schedule, you will find it difficult to keep track of what you are supposed to be doing and when. Scheduling makes a lot of difference.
Plan your time
Pick the time when you are most productive and use it to your advantage. I find that working early in the morning when others are still asleep works better for me.
It’s amazing how much work I get done in the space of an hour or two. Responding to emails and comments should be scheduled to give you some breathing space. Trying to respond to emails and comments as soon as they come in is one sure way to make you feel harassed and run off your feet.
Create a long list of your post ideas
As the ideas come to you, note them down. You could start writing the posts and flesh them out gradually if they are lengthy posts.
At present, I have close to a hundred unfinished posts in my draft and this approach helps me tremendously on days that my inspiration tank is running low or on days that I’m short on time.
Create Your Work In Batches
Creating posts that fall under similar category saves lots of time. For instance, instead of switching from one post to a different post that addresses unrelated topics, I choose a slot in my schedule to focus on creating several posts that share the same framework. This way, I’m in the zone – thinking of the same subject. Knowing where I’m headed makes the work faster. Read more…
Naturally, when we start any venture we want to see results and many bloggers jump into the process of blogging anticipating quick results. When the stark reality of the grind sets in and when their expected results take longer to meet, most become discouraged, quit blogging and go searching for the next trendy thing.
Without mincing words, blogging success takes time. A lot of time! Just keep plugging away.
You are not promoting yourself
A lot of bloggers/writers are not comfortable promoting their work sometimes due to lack of confidence in their work or the assumption that promoting their work is being arrogant and full of pride.
I’ve once had a newbie ask me ‘how would anyone read their blog with all the fascinating millions of blogs floating out there,’ my first thought was, ‘with this thought pattern, maybe you shouldn’t bother,’ but I ruminated over it and advised her to continue with her writing, make more effort to connect with others and let the readers decide if her work is good enough.
The reality is that if you don’t promote yourself, no one else will. There are ways to put yourself out there and to promote your work without coming across as obtuse.
Can’t Deal with Criticism
A lot of people may not like your style or agree with you and now and again, you come across some downright sour people on social media. They will leave their rude comments, opinions and sometimes even personal attacks.
You can moderate your comments to distance yourself from trolls, but you still need to acquire the diplomatic skill of handling constructive criticism. Learn not to take such confrontations personal, most times this is bullying tactics not worth spending time on. Read more…
Are you one of those who spends days in angst wondering why a subscriber unsubscribed or do you shrug, smile and move on?
One of the common challenges that bloggers face is losing subscribers. Naturally, our goal is to gain subscribers, to keep them, and not to lose them and when we do lose subscribers we may feel inclined to know why.
I remember my earlier days of blogging when it seemed as though my eyes were permanently glued to the subscription stats and watching it go up and down was not the better part of how I spent my days. I learned that my focus is better spent on developing my blogging skills, networking to the best of my ability and worrying less about every Harry and Jane that left the scene.
I will categorically tell you that you shouldn’t over think subscribers choosing to stop receiving your updates or following you because worrying over it is not worth the sweat. Instead, concentrate on gaining new readers/subscribers who would stick with your random blather.