How to make a blog, getting the “whys” and “wherefores” sorted

So guys, if you're sitting there wondering how to make a blog that gets attention, there are a couple of fundamentals you need to get right. This is basic stuff but getting it wrong can waste days, weeks, and months of your precious time and may even cause you to throw in the towel on your blogging efforts in pure frustration! I've done a video on YouTube about this and you can check it out if you're a video-type person, but here's the bones of what you need to know... So, there are two basic things you need to get sorted: Nail down your "why" Your "why" describes why you want to blog in the first place, what's your motivation, what will sustain you and encourage you to keep going, why do you even want to do this thing? Here's some of the "why's" I've come across, where do you fit in?…

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Cool life hacks to increase productivity for writers, freelancers (and you)

Okay, so "cool life hacks" sounds kinda, well, cool, but I'm betting you're more interested in the skinny on how you can become more productive. Don't blame you for that, so read on my friend I have an uncomplicated, free solution that works for me and could be just what you're looking for... There are hundreds, if not thousands, of productivity apps and software solutions available in the marketplace, and deciding what's right to keep you organized in your business and personal life can be a total nightmare. To avoid creating more chaos than you’re trying to control, the question to ask yourself is “what’s the minimum, viable setup I need to get the job done”. Don't overcomplicate it. This article is about cool life hacks, and, in any case, who said you have to run your life and business like your personal version of mission control a.k.a. believing everything you read?…

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Freelance writing jobs beginners can do

Guest Post Thanks to Godfrey Wambani for this contribution entitled "freelance writing jobs beginners can do". Godfrey is a great example of someone determined to progress his career as a Freelance Writer by putting in the effort and doing whatever it takes to succeed. Enjoy. Getting started as a Freelance Writer and finding freelance writing jobs beginners can do can be challenging. But if you follow a tried and tested method it's perfectly reasonable to be making money within months rather than years. Maybe you're asking yourself, where do I get this tried and tested method? In an industry filled with a sea of self-proclaimed "freelance writing masters", how do I find mentorship that cuts through the noise to get me started on my writing journey? You want to take the plunge, but you're sort of confused about where to start. The answer is quite simple and straightforward; Les Blythe's BLOG YOUR…

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Freelance writing gigs suck big time!

Or they can if you let freelance writing gigs get you down. Let me explain… One of the things all new freelancers struggle with is self-confidence and, to be honest, that's something that never really goes away completely. No matter how experienced you get, there will always be times when you wonder if your writing is quite good enough. As you become a better writer and gain more traction, that creeping feeling of self-doubt tends to manifest itself slightly differently. For example, I recently landed a job, working for an agency, where I had to come up with three different styles of brand communication voice for a client of theirs. Although it's the kind of thing I've tackled several times before, writing for a brand-new client (even through an agency) is one of the most challenging parts of freelancing. It's also the time when that little bit of self-doubt can creep back…

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