Embrace naked blogging


Blogging isn’t easy unless you’re comfortable doing it.

There are brilliant bloggers who struggle writing catchy headlines and well-sculpted copy—they’re just not wired for it. Yet, they persist because that’s the winning formula. It attracts attention and delivers value, so they say.

But the result of forcing a writer into a copywriter’s shoes is painful. Needless hours (years!) are lost to hyping ideas with padded, ornate language. It’s like getting all dressed up to go to a clothing-optional beach.

Naked blogging is the way to go, though it’s not without sacrifice. For example—fewer people will click on the title of this post because it’s not hyped up enough. Google won’t know what to do with it, either.

But I can’t hide anymore, just like Seth Godin or Chris Brogan can’t. Neither should you.

This trek is inevitably longer and more hazardous, but you get to be true to yourself every step of the way.

You get to say what you want in the way that you want, and that brand of freedom is priceless.

Photo by Alaskan Dude.

 

7 Uneasy Coercion Tactics That Will Force You to Write


Writing is tricky and delicate work. Sometimes all the ideas are there but the writing isn’t.

When this happens, I usually seek some unconventional solutions to give me a boost, but they don’t always work. That’s when I turn to coercion tactics.

You know—stuff that gets results but nobody really talks about how it’s done. Kind of like waterboarding, but for writers.

Here are a few not-so-gentle techniques that should do the trick: Read more

How to Write a Powerful and Influential Letter That Will Change Your Life


There are times in life when you absolutely need the right words to get you through tense or troubling situations. This is where knowing how to write a powerful letter can do some serious damage in your favor.

Writing a solid letter is by far one of the best ways to get your point across in a clear, organized and razor sharp manner. Unlike talking, writing allows you to collect your thoughts and feelings into an official, permanent statement. Later down the line nobody can deny what you’ve said because it’s been written down.

To date, I’ve written about ten very memorable letters that have helped me capitalize on rare opportunities or overcome high-pressure and abusive situations, such as: Read more

The Obvious 3 Part Solution to Better Blog Content


Internet marketing is designed to promote your content, but creating content has little to do with internet marketing.

Great content relies on the combination of good writing, editing and publishing. And the better your content, the less marketing hype you’ll require to sell it.

Sounds pretty simple, but not too many bloggers or internet marketers have a basic understanding of this stuff. With that said, let’s go over these basics to get you familiarized:

Writing

You either love writing, hate it, or you’re somewhere in between. But it doesn’t really matter how you feel because as long as you’re a blogger you pretty much have to write content. Read more

3 Ultra Simple Productivity Tools for Writers


I’d like to share a few awesome productivity tools that are helping me get things done on a daily basis.

I’ve tried using programs like ToodleDo, but the learning curve is just too high—so many features it just ends up boggling your mind. Ironic, eh?

These tools on the other hand are so simple in their design and interface that it takes literally minutes to get acquainted and comfortable using them. Two of them are free and one is a paid iPad app.

Teux Deux. Introduced to me by Seth Godin, TeuxDeux is a to-do list with very little frills. All you do is add your tasks for a given day and check them off or delete them when you’re done.

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