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11 Lame Excuses That Successful Bloggers Never Make

11 Lame Excuses That Successful Bloggers Never Make

So you’re thinking of spending more time on your blog.

Actually, you’ve been thinking about it for quite a while.

Thinking about it. Talking about it. But not doing it.

Something is holding you back. In fact, a whole list of things. You lack time, confidence, money, ideas.

You’re tired, stressed, busy, sick.

So you’re waiting for the perfect blogging circumstances.

Waiting until you have buckets of spare time, an overload of great blog post ideas, a guaranteed audience, perfect health… the list goes on.

I’m sorry to break it to you, but those perfect circumstances will never occur.

Your reasons for not blogging will always be there in some form and in some combination.

You will always have to face down the demons of no time, no support, no money, no confidence, no ideas, or ill health.

And when you realize that almost everyone faces these same problems, your reasons start to look a lot like excuses.

So let’s call them out, one by one.

If any of the following excuses sound like what’s holding YOU back from becoming a profitable blogger, consider them busted.

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Fight Club’s 8 Rules for Writing that Creates a Ruckus

Fight Club’s 8 Rules for Writing that Creates a Ruckus

You know those writers you admire who are crazy, creative and ready to change the world while earning money?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a writer like that?

Well the truth is they all belong to a secretive, invitation-only club that’s as uncompromising as anything Tyler Durden could dream up.

It’s called Write Club.

While insomnia and a brash, slightly crazy alter-ego aren’t requirements for joining, you still must adhere to some rules.

(Don’t worry; not talking about the club isn’t one of them!)

Noticeably lacking in mischief, mayhem, and soap, the eight rules of Write Club offer a no-BS look at common pitfalls that ail many writers, and their blunt styling is something even Chuck Palahniuk can appreciate.

If you’re looking to make this whole content thing work for you and wish to avoid being the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world, make sure you follow them closely.
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The Brain-Dead Simple but Astonishingly Effective Way to Become a Better Writer

The Brain-Dead Simple but Astonishingly Effective Way to Become a Better Writer

Write better posts.

Go to any site about blogging and you’ll see some variation of this advice.

Need more trafficWrite better posts.

Want more commentsWrite better posts.

And on the surface, it sounds like sage advice.

But when you think about it, it’s kind of like a track coach telling an athlete:  “If you want to win an Olympic gold, run faster.”

Well thanks Captain Obvious, but the problem isn’t a lack of effort.

I mean, raise your hand if you’ve ever sat down in front of your computer and intentionally written a bad blog post.

Thought so.

Write better posts might be great advice for the occasionally lazy blogger with a gift from the writing gods, but what are the rest of us supposed to do?

You know, we mere mortals who are willing to work our butts off and spend the hours it takes to produce great content but need a little help with the how.

The good news is that those great writers and artists who seem to have had their talent handed down from above didn’t start out great.

In fact, many of them only got there by using a dumb technique that you can shamelessly steal.

And it’s so brain-dead simple, you’re going to wonder why the hell you didn’t work it out for yourself.
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An Open Letter to All the Bloggers Cluttering the Web with Forgettable Content

An Open Letter to All the Bloggers Cluttering the Web with Forgettable Content

Have you ever gotten an email from a reader who said your writing changed their life?

How about other bloggers? Are they still talking about a particular post years after you published it?

Or is it the opposite?

Visitors just seem to come and go, never commenting, never linking, never sharing, just quickly scanning your posts and then moving on, forgetting about you forever.

If that’s the boat you’re in, I certainly sympathize, but brace yourself, because what I’m about to say will be painful:

You’re not trying hard enough.

Yes, I know those are impossibly high standards. Yes, I know it takes everyone time to learn their craft. Yes, I know there are only a few dozen bloggers in the world who can answer yes to both of those questions.

But if you started a blog and have been blogging for a year or two, and you still can’t answer yes to either of them, then Houston, we have a problem.

Fortunately, it’s a problem we can fix. Let’s start by going back to where it all started. More

The Forrest Gump Guide to Writing That Bites Readers in the Buttocks

Forrest-Gump

Southern Gentleman (John Worsham): “It was a bullet, wasn’t it?”
Forrest: “A bullet?”
Southern Gentleman: “That jumped up and bit you.”
Forrest: “Oh. Yes, sir. Bit me directly in the but-tocks.”
BANG.

One moment, you’re checking your email or surfing the web or browsing through the aisles of Barnes & Noble, minding your own business, doing nobody any harm, and that’s when it happens…

You read something that jumps up and bites you in the buttocks.

It’s so beautifully written, so painfully true, you can’t help feeling like you just got shot. No, it’s not a physical wound, but you can feel the ideas kicking around inside you, and you know somehow that they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Maybe you even wonder how you can write like that yourself. So few can.

With blogging in particular, most writing is pitiful, full of shallow ideas and poorly told stories. The posts are hardly memorable, much less capable of making readers feel like they just took a physical blow.

The good news is Forrest Gump is here to help. Here are some of the best lines from the movie, along with advice on exactly how you can up your game: More