You’re an expert on something.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons you started writing.
Unfortunately, experts tend to be a bit self-promoting and arrogant, and arrogance is a sure way to lose your readers.
The opposite approach won’t work either. Timid, non-confrontational storytelling doesn’t do justice to the value you can contribute to your readers.
So, what’s a writer to do?
This is precisely the question I asked myself at the outset of my blogging journey.
There I was, completely naked! Exposed in front of my peers. I was being analyzed and made over, scrutinized and questioned.
And … I was loving it!
That’s right, this was no high school auditorium public-speaking nightmare – this was a dream come true. Let me explain by taking you back to the beginning.
My adventure started a little over a month ago – my blogging adventure that is.
We all have the opportunity to be spiritual pioneers in some way. When you put relationships before results, live with integrity, and care about how your actions affect the greater community, you too add spiritual value to the world. ~ Cheryl Richardson
Whether you blog to express yourself, to share information, make money or entertain, it makes sense to do it with honour and integrity. How can you check in with your integrity-ometer to see if that’s what you’re doing?
By James Chartrand of Men with Pens
If you’re going to put your words on public display, it’s your job to make that content compelling, intriguing, entertaining or informative. If it’s boring… well. Suffice it to say that very few readers are going to be interested.
That’s why your About page has to be just as good as every other piece of content on your site. A well written About page is an extra more tool in your arsenal.
By Mary Jaksch
Do you want to be a boring writer? No, of course you don’t!
But how to avoid it?
Do you sometimes read a piece that moves at an agonizingly slow pace? I do. Well, let me be honest here – I tend to read only the first paragraph, and then I put the boring book aside or flick over to another website.
Boring is bad.… Read More »
A guest post from Sean Platt of Writer Dad
As a professional writer, my job is to saturate my days with words and ideas, filling screen or page with sentences designed to inspire. When I first started blogging I actually wondered how I would possibly manage to produce a fresh topic every day of the week. It’s now seven months later and I’m writing on around ten topics per day as my words are sprinkled from dot coms to dot infos all across the Internet.
Photo courtesy of Philgarlic
This is a guest post by Michael Martine of Remarkablogger
Do you have a plan for your blog? I don’t mean a general sense of what you’ll write or an understanding of your niche, I mean a long-term plan all the way to the end game. If you’re like most bloggers, you don’t have a plan. I’m suggesting you should. It has made a world of difference for me,
Mary: Liz, you’ve been called “The most influential relational blogger on the Internet”. Your articles and your Ebook The Secret of Writing a Successful and Outstanding Blog (which I started reading at 1am and couldn’t put down) plonk building relationship with readers right into the centre of a blogger’s work.