About Glen Long

Glen Long is the Managing Editor of Smart Blogger (a.k.a. chief content monkey). When he’s not creating or editing content for the blog or an upcoming course, he’s probably reading or watching Nordic Noir. Why not say hello to him on Twitter?

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25 Posts to Inspire Independent-Spirited Writers Everywhere

25 Posts to Inspire Independent-Spirited Writers Everywhere

You choose your audience.

You choose your topic.

You choose your theme, your plugins, your widgets.

You choose when to write, what to write, and how to write it.

You decide all of those things because you’re the boss, and you answer to nobody.

But let’s face it; few endeavors are as independent-spirited as blogging.

And that’s why, as the holiday weekend approaches in the US, we’re delighted to showcase a collection of outstanding posts created by bloggers who truly embrace that spirit of independence by sharing their ideas, on their terms, with a waiting world.

Some are beginning bloggers tentatively taking their first steps; others are experienced bloggers who continue to hone their craft.

But regardless of where you’d place yourself on that spectrum – or even if you’re only now thinking of launching a blog – you’ll find plenty here to motivate and inspire you.
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The Underused Writing Trick That Makes You More Powerful, Popular and Persuasive

The Underused Writing Trick That Makes You More Powerful, Popular and Persuasive

Give yourself credit.

You’re a solid writer with good ideas.

But… you feel like you’ve reached a plateau.

People like your writing, but they don’t love it.

They find your content useful, but not essential.

Even your best ideas never seem to catch fire.

And you can’t help wondering why.

Maybe you just have to be patient and wait for your audience to come around.

But then again, maybe it’s not that. Maybe your writing is missing something.

Because when you read the work of your favorite writers, their ideas are so clear, so vivid, so damn easy-to-understand that they light up your brain.

And while you hope your readers feel the same about your writing, you secretly suspect they don’t.

Here’s the difficult truth – you’re probably right. Your writing is missing something.

And it could well be this… More

27 Posts That’ll Light a Fire Under Your Ass and Make You a Better Writer

27 Posts That’ll Light a Fire Under Your Ass and Make You a Better Writer

“Am I getting better at this?”

It may be the most important question you can ask yourself as a writer.

If  you’ve never thought to ask it before, go ahead and do it now.

And be honest. Are you a better writer than you were three months ago? A year ago? Three years ago?

If the answer’s “No” (or even “Yes, but not by much”) then you face a serious problem.

Because your skill as a writer is key to your success as a blogger.

Sure, skillful writing won’t guarantee your success, but a lack of skill will sure as hell hinder it.

But if your writing isn’t improving fast enough, there’s some good news…

It doesn’t mean you’re a slow learner.

It just means you’re not engineering enough opportunities to improve.

Let’s find out how, shall we?
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6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius

It’s a deeply troubling thought, isn’t it?

That even your best ideas might be a little… ordinary.

Particularly if you dream of online success. The Internet hates ordinary.

Actually, scratch that; the Internet totally ignores ordinary. It doesn’t even register on the chart.

So naturally, you feel envious when other writers get noticed with ideas that aren’t ordinary at all.

Your jealousy is tinged with admiration, and you can’t help but wonder how they do it.

How come their ideas are so great when the ones that pop into your head are so damn average?

Newsflash – these people are not fundamentally more creative than you.

They just understand something about the nature of ideas that nobody told you yet.
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The Best of Boost Blog Traffic 2014 (and How to Kick Butt in 2015)

The Best of Boost Blog Traffic 2014 (and How to Kick Butt in 2015)

Let me guess.

Right about now you’re looking back and wondering where the hell 2014 went.

Seriously, how can twelve whole months disappear so damn quickly?

Regardless, it was an interesting year for us bloggers.

In January, Matt Cutts announced the death of guest blogging (although it still seems to be in rude health almost a year later).

In the summer, Google killed off  its Authorship project, which sucked if you wanted more recognition for your content. (But, hey, at least you didn’t write a 15,343 word guide on the topic.)

It was also the year that blogging platform Medium gained some serious momentum (though you know you still need your own blog, right?)

And a brand new social network called Ello created a lot of buzz in a short space of time and then faded into the background almost as rapidly.

But as another blogging year approaches, it’s important to celebrate the highlights of the one about to pass.

So let’s get started.
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