Many of you would love to write better short stories or poems, more compelling blog posts, more intriguing articles. And you’ve probably heard all the old advice by now. Practice makes perfect. Get your 10,000 hours in. Just show up and write.
And of course, these are all great ideas, but implementing them takes a lot of time. It’s not like you can write for 10,000 hours in a week or so. It’s not physically possible.
Or as they say…
What if I were to tell you there are a couple of ways you can improve your writing right now? No years and years of practice required.
What would you say?
Well, you’d be glad you decided to read this post. Continue reading
Expectation. It builds you up, but also has the habit of tearing you apart.
When it comes to blogging, it’s important to set realistic expectations.
What are those, you ask?
Short answer: no one knows.
Yet, there are a lot of folks who’ll tell you that creating visual content, lists, or breaking down your content into easy-to-digest bits is the way to go.
Truth be told, no one really knows.
You write a post, you work really hard on it, you’re kind of proud of the end result, and it just doesn’t resonate just as well with your audience. Continue reading
First of all, I’ll let you in on a little secret: my first blog died a premature death, after only one month of life, five followers and absolutely no comments whatsoever.
Why is this important?
Well, maybe because the focus is not to be put on numbers.
Ten years ago I wrote a novella for a competition. At the time, I was a big fan of Magical Realism as a genre, especially Gabriel Garcia Marquez. So I wrote that novella in the style of the great South American author.
I mean, I tried my best. But the thing is, as I wrote, I started to change things. I found my own way of saying what I wanted to say. Words seemed to just come to me. I finished it in 33 hours. And, when the last sentence was written, it was something different than what I wanted to do at first.
So, you’ve decided to start a blog. Or you already have one, but you just don’t know what to do with it. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This weekend, we’ll take a look at blogging. Why, how, when. What it takes, what works, what doesn’t, and why.
But, first of all, I’d like to tell you that there is no recipe, no how-to guide. Blogging is, like writing, an art, which makes it subjective and hard to simplify in a set of rules and guidelines. Continue reading