Making Your Blogging Imprint or How To Get Your Blog To Sparkle in Cyberspace

 

Hi everyone! The first thing I have to say before anything else is thank you!Thanks to everyone who left comments, asked questions or just visited and read my Freshly Pressed post the other day. I think it is safe to say that my blog has been enjoying some wonderful Feng Shui over the last couple of days and it is all due to you bright and passionate people out there who provided feedback, shared thoughts and left kind comments. So thank you! 🙂 

Together Everyone Achieves More. Cheesey….but true!

I think I have replied  to everyone and I eventually hope to visit all your blogs, too. It might take me awhile…but I’ll do it!

The Blogging Network

Blogging really is about community after all. It is also about sharing what we know and love, so I am looking forward to reading everything that you guys are passionate, ambitious and committed to! 

Sharing our views with the world really does make us vulnerable at times, but the best thing about it is that we are  all ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’, which I think is keeping us all ahead of the herd in some ways and providing a pathway for our own self growth at the same time.

I hope that last remark didn’t offend any sheep out there 🙂 it didn’t mean to. I just think that by taking a few risks and putting ourselves ‘out there’ we are all deliberately creating new experiences for ourselves  and that has to be good, ‘cos in my view, that’s what’s life’s about – Living, Learning, Achieving and Growing.

Today’s Post

Okay so moving on to today’s post which, compared to my last one, is brief,  as I have been a bit busier than usual over the last few days 🙂 and thus limited to some extent for time to write.

I think I touched on the subject of  time management in my last post where I described my preference of keeping to a blogging schedule, but sometimes the unexpected happens (like being on Freshly Pressed!). This then requires a little ‘renegotiation’ with your available time and energy!

I am happy though with the choice I made to reply to all the comments left here first, before I began work on my next post.

Today’s Topic

So ….without further to-do, here is today’s post which was actually influenced by the number of questions and comments I received about how to get your blog moving or how to get traffic or even how to motivate yourself to write.

Whilst I plan to address some of those questions over a number of posts in the future, today’s entry explores two things which I believe are key components to writing good blog posts. I thought I would start with these to perhaps give you some ‘food for thought’ as you yourself start planning your next blog post.

If you are already a prolific writer and have some further thoughts on finding inspiration, please share it with the rest of us in the comments section! Ideas and creative energies are definitely elements of ourselves, as bloggers, that can be activated and nourished by others. And as I certainly don’t have a monopoly on doing that, please feel free to contribute and further influence fellow readers via the comment section. Thanks in advance 🙂

Write What You Would Like To Read

Okay, so I have adopted this simple mantra myself recently, as I have heard it put forward by some very famous authors and it certainly seems to have worked for them! And, going by my analogous post from two days ago, it is also working for me. I could never have anticipated the trajectory of that particular post in advance, so I just wrote something that I myself would enjoy reading. I also have started asking the following questions after I write, ”Would I be proud of that article or post ten years from now?” or “Have I provided a fresh or unique perspective on a topic that allows readers to discover new insights?”

Basically, my own posts are my effort to :-

a) Cultivate the creative and/or personal potential of others and

b) To encourage them to follow their instincts and to reconnect with a voice of encouragement and inspiration, thereby awakening their own dormant talents and abilities.

You probably already know that voice which I am referring to but you are sometimes ignoring or paying little attention to it.  You have lots of great ideas, but then you can talk yourself out of putting them into practice.  You start listening to the doubts instead of your positive and confident internal voice.

I used to do that too, but once I started to turn it around, I suddenly became a lot more productive 🙂  It can be a great adventure just following your own instincts and then finding out where it leads you…..

Trust Your Own Voice

Which brings me to the second point of this post, which is simply trusting your own voice.

For me that entails writing the same way that I talk. I also like to imagine that I am sitting in a small room in my house, sharing and chatting with some close friends. Maybe we are also enjoying some coffee and a few laughs.

The reality may actually be that I am sitting all alone at my writing desk, but I can still feel the collective presence of others and this really assists me in finding my own voice and trusting it.

NOTE: The above post is my own ideas about finding your blogging voice, but after I had finished writing I decided to do a little more research, so I could provide you with some further reading on the subject, should you be interested.

The following two links were the best I found. I hope you find them helpful.

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/08/05/5-ways-to-build-your-blogs-voice/

http://blogsessive.com/blogging-tips/unique-blogging-voice/

Ciao everyone. Happy blogging!!!

As always, I would love your feedback and comments on this post. I am sure you can all educate me just as much as I can you, so please feel free to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas or to simply ask a question. 🙂

By the way if you noticed a large number of smiley faces being added to my replies yesterday, that’s because I was feeling so happy. 🙂 🙂

I still am, so you will probably notice a few more today! 🙂 🙂

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10 responses to “Making Your Blogging Imprint or How To Get Your Blog To Sparkle in Cyberspace

  1. I’m not trying to build traffic so much as spread a message that change is possible at any age. (Of course, it would be great to have lots of people believing that–the best traffic of all!) The only way I know to do that is to share what works for me, in the way that it works for me. That gets me a bit of smirking from some folks, who find it difficult to believe someone could be this happy most of the time, but I’d rather be happy and have less traffic than to make myself miserable. 🙂

    • I agree Cammy – reaching people with a message (a helpful, life changing one) is my main objective as well. In fact, I’m not sure I like the term ‘traffic’ (I’d rather just say readers or cyber friends) but it is used widely to describe us ( I am traffic too as I visit lots of blogs 🙂 ) and I wanted to answer a few questions readers had asked so I used it, too.

      By the way, I love your blog. Your happiness comes across, too. 🙂 And you’re so right about change being possible at any age.

      I agree with that thought and am aiming to make it to old age as fit and healthy as I can be – still doing push-ups, sit-ups and maybe a few weights!!

      There’ll be grey hair and wrinkley (well…more wrinkley) skin, but as long as I am functional fit, I’ll be happy. 🙂

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and here’s to the positive message that healthy lifestyle change is possible at any age!! 🙂

  2. Whenever I find myself wondering what to write, I always say, “Write what you know.” Works for me.

    Monica, I think you may have inspired me to write an e-book. I bet a lot of your readers would be interested in reading about what you went through to create and publish your book. Also what has your experience been with Etsy? Any expectations of how many books you might be able to sell that way?

    • Hi John,
      I’m glad to hear that I have inspired you to write an e-book! It is totally possible and do-able !! My book is published at smashwords.com and you can view it at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26227.

      I have not sold anything through Etsy, as Smashwords.com has been my publisher and my distributor. They distribute it to many online book retailers, including Barnes & Noble and others. I am still in the learning phase of marketing the book myself and I also hope to have it in print and available for online purchase, next year.

      If you would like to learn more about ebook publishing, I would hightly recommend a visit to http://www.smashwords.com – you can follow the links from there to gather more information about formatting and publishing on Smashwords.

      Of course, I have just realised that your comment is probably more about actually getting the ebook written – a task in itself, but lots of fun along the way and it is amazing how much you learn, as you research your topic. 🙂

      Thanks so much for bringing this topic to light.

      I will take your suggestion on board and try to explore the writing of ebooks in future posts. Thanks a lot for the suggestion. 🙂

  3. I’m a newer blogger and find this post to be great, to the point advice. The “Trust Your Own Voice” part is what speaks to me. Sometimes I’ll have a take on something and hesitate wondering if it will be perceived/taken in the right way. But there really isn’t a right or wrong way when a writer expresses themselves. It is our voice and it is a beautiful thing when it rings true.

    • Glad you found some points helpful Barbara. Yes, I really believe in the ‘Trust Your Own Voice’ adage too. It’s no use trying to sound like someone you are not and I really think that people enjoy it when the writer’s own personality shines through. At least I do!
      Best of luck with your writing! And thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  4. Thanks for the reply. I meant to ask about “Smashwords,” and somehow typed “Etsy.” I think this is called “word-processing Dislexia.”

    I imagine readers would be interested in both the writing of the book, and your experience with Smashwords. Do you think people actually sell many books by that route?

    Note: According to Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of “The Black Swan,” writing a best-selling book is a highly improbable event.

    • Mmmm, I think John, that you have given me some ideas for a post about my self publishing experiences, so thanks for that. There is certainly much to learn in the indie author world and I am happy to share what I have learnt so far.
      Re Smashwords – my experiences have been very positive. Mark Coker, the founder, has written several easy to follow and useful guides to publishing on the site and can also help by referrring you to affordable and trustworthy cover designers (even ebooks need great covers). I also found these people to be creative, friendly and helpful themselves. So, I have nothing but praise for Mark and the Smashwords site.

      As far as making money goes, I think there are quite a few authors that are making a good living from being Smashwords authors, but the marketing and promotion of their work is all up to them. Again there is a great guide to marketing that Mark has put together for authors, which explains more about creating an author platform and having an online presence, etc…

      Perhaps I can elaborate more on those things in a post, rather than try and cover them all here…. there is lots to share. There are also other ways to sell ebooks as well – from your own site as a downloadable PDF or through sites like http://www.ejunkie.com.

      Hope that helps, John. Thanks for your interest and comments!

  5. I’m actually going to have to disagree on your point. I don’t think that people should write the way we read. Then the whole internet would be boring as everyone would take a stance to writing in a structured format.

    So that means then, that the most creative and weird writers must only ever read the most amazing books. I wash that did happen more, but it usually doesn’t.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Peter. I respect your opinions, entirely. I’m not sure I understand your comment though, as I certainly don’t think that we should all be writing to format. My point was about writing what you yourself would enjoy reading. I just think that that is a pretty good measure for how others might also receive it.

      This does not mean that we can’t also write from an alternative stance as well or be controversial – it just means taking a look at what we’ve produced and thinking ‘would others find this valuable?’ or ‘would others want to share this?”

      These are just a few ways that I am learning to approach blogging, but I appreciate you making your point and of course, everyone must follow their own instincts when it comes to writing. I will drop by and check out your blog soon, too. Cheers Peter – thanks for adding to the discussion. I do love it when others are stimulated enough to join in and comment, so thank you. 🙂