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Blogging Productivity Writing

Building Your Blog: Create Content Daily

In this article, I will write about the process of building your blog. It’s a good idea to add content to your blog every day. I’ll write about why this is important and hopefully I can inspire you to start building your blog today.

Building your blog

So you have decided you want to be a blogger. This is excellent news. I have written in a previous article about why most people should start their own blog. It’s a great thing to do to build your influence in the world. In order to build that influence you have to be consistent. You should post one article to your blog every single day. Many of you may be thinking that this sounds difficult. It seems arduous to come up with a new idea to blog about every day. I personally recommend you to challenge yourself and try to complete one article per day for your blog. I feel it is the best way to start building your blog.

A slow process

When you are building your blog, do not expect success to arrive overnight. A few articles will not create a quality website. You need to have a lot of content to compete with all those other news and information websites out there. Your content needs to provide some kind of value to other people, otherwise people will generally not enjoy your content or find it relevant. Adding quality content to your website daily is a way to ensure that you are constantly working to provide new value to your readers. There are days when you may feel ill and be unable to complete a blog that day. It is fine to miss the odd day here and there. However, I urge you to remain consistent.

Building a daily habit

As humans, we tend to be creatures of habit. We tend to get into daily routines and patterns. If you get into the daily routine of writing one blog post, you will find it hard to get out of that habit. Since I have started writing one blog post a day, I find it strangely difficult to stop doing it. It becomes a kind of addiction. Additionally, I feel that I have not been as productive in a day if I have not written a daily blog post. I feel like the process of writing has a way of clarifying and distilling my thoughts. Get into the habit of writing a new blog post every day. Not only will it be great for building your blog, you will also be improving your writing abilities daily.

Practice makes perfect

When you do something every sing day, you cannot help but get better at it. Writing is the same. If you practice writing every single day, eventually you will become a great writer. I am not a strong believer in “talent”. I personally believe that almost any “talented” person we see, such as a musician or artist, has actually put in thousands of hours of practice to reach that level of talent or skill. It would be very difficult to be an excellent writer without spending many hours practicing the craft of writing. This seems like common sense to me. Practice makes perfect, as the old saying goes. Writing one blog post a day will make certain that you are spending a decent amount of time each day devoted to the writing process. This will help you grow as a writer.

Conclusion

Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you are going to have a great blog it will not be built in one day either. If a blog is not kept alive with fresh content, it will die like a plant without water. In today’s society, content creators need to be active in producing new content on a frequent basis, or risk being forgotten in a sea of social media content. Keep pushing yourself to create quality blog content daily and eventually you will start to break through previous mental boundaries that held you back before. If you need tips to overcome writer’s blog, check out this post I wrote about the subject.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Have a great day.

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Blogging How To Motivation

Starting A Blog: How To Begin The Process

In this article I will write all about the basics of starting a blog. There are many reasons why you might be thinking about starting a blog. In this post I will go over some of the advantages of starting a blog and explain how easy it is to get started.

Starting a blog

There are many reasons to start a blog. One reason is that blogging can be a fun hobby. Picking up a new craft can be a fun activity to engage in so why not try your hand at blogging? It is almost always fun to explore a new creative outlet once in a while. The simple joy of writing is a great reason to be starting a blog.

Making an income

Also, it is possible to make an income from starting a blog. Once you learn the skills involved in writing and producing written content, it’s possible to have advertising on your website. You can use programs like Google Adsense to allow advertisements to be placed on your blog. You can also engage in what is known as Amazon affiliate marketing. This is where you review a product and then leave an Amazon affiliate link to that product on Amazon.com. If a reader from your website clicks on the link you provide and purchases the item, you earn a small percentage of the revenue from the sale of that product.

Creating a portfolio

Another good reason for starting a blog is that it creates a writing portfolio under your name. If you search online nowadays for jobs you will often notice that companies like to see examples of your work before interviewing or hiring you. If you are looking to work as a newspaper writer, social media operator, or marketer within a company, it would be a good idea think about starting a blog. This way you will have a portfolio of your work created and ready to showcase to any company that might wish to view it.

How to Start a Blog

There are many ways you can begin starting a blog. You can start by using free blogging platforms such as Google’s Blogger or WordPress. The website you are on now is made using WordPress and it is the platform that I would recommend. With the free versions of Blogger or WordPress you will not have your own custom domain name for your blog. You blog will look something like this if you use a free version. In order to have your own custom website domain like mine here at www.RichardGillespie.ca you will need to pay a web hosting company to “host” your domain for you. You can work with companies such as Godaddy or Bluehost in order to obtain a domain to host your WordPress blog on.

Conclusion

Starting a blog is a fun, rewarding, and enriching activity to engage in. You get to express your ideas, connect with people, and potentially earn an income. You can broadcast your thoughts to the world, all while building a portfolio of writing that may help you find a job in the future. Starting a blog is an activity with a lot of positive upside potential and not many drawbacks so I consider it a good activity for almost anyone.

Thank you for taking the time to read my article all about starting a blog. I hope it has been educational and informative to you.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Ideas Life Motivation

Remember That You Will Die

Normally we do not like to think about our own death. The thought can be frightening. Once I had an experience where I felt like I was close to death. That experience changed my perspective on life forever. I believe that everyone should take some time to think about their own death. It can have profound implications on how you live your life today.

Everyone dies

Reminding yourself of your own mortality is one of the most powerful things you can do to motivate yourself to take action today. Here is how Steve Jobs put it in a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs

This quote from Steve Jobs resonates with me very deeply. Once you have had an experience of being close to death, you start to look at life from this perspective as well. This ties in with the idea I have written about before of living your life the way you want to live it. We only have this one life, we should live life to the fullest and enjoy the gift of every day. Do not waste your life engaging in something you dislike daily in order to gain some potential reward in the future. That future may never arrive.

Imagine you are diagnosed with an incurable cancer and given months to live. Your life might get cut short by a tragic auto accident. Would you be happy with how you have lived your life? Did you fulfill those dreams that you had? Would you be satisfied with how you spent your last day on this earth? These are a few powerful questions to think about.

Conclusion

Do not give away days, weeks, months, and years of your life to fulfill the agenda of someone else. If you are not satisfied with what you are doing then make a change. Life is short and time can fly by before you know it. As time goes by you will want to look back on what you did being proud and satisfied with that you have accomplished. Work hard to achieve something great that you can personally be proud of. Do not waste this precious life. It is a gift.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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Blogging Motivation Writing

Ideas for Things You Can Blog About

In this article I will write about 10 quick ideas for things that you can write about for your blog. In a previous article I have written about the power of consistency. Constantly taking action towards a goal. I talked about the power of writing one blog post a day and how that can add up to a powerful blog over time. To give you some inspiration on ideas for your blog I will provide you here with a list of 10 things that you can blog about. Hopefully some of these ideas will spark your creativity!

10 Quick Ideas

  1. Write about a hobby you had as a kid. Do you still have that hobby or did you give it up? My hobby used to be video games and I still play to this day.
  2. Write about a difficult or challenging experience you had. Someone may be able to learn something from your experience. We have all had difficult experiences in life. If you feel comfortable talking about yours it might be informative or helpful to other people.
  3. Write about a passion you currently have. Are you an aspiring artist or musician? Write an article detailing how you go about composing your songs. Someone in the world might find it interesting and you may gain a new fan this way. As a musician I enjoy posting videos on social media of quick piano lessons to help others. I find it rewarding to assist others in this way.
  4. Write a “how to” article. Are you an expert in something that might help someone else? Why not write an article explaining a challenging concept or idea that you know a lot about. It could be helpful to others.
  5. Do a book review. Write a blog post about a book that you have recently read. Explain the main concepts of the book and offer your opinion on it. Do you agree with the overall ideas in the book? Is there anything you felt could have improved the work?
  6. Write motivational articles. Write about ways that you stay motivated. Offer people tips and advice on how you overcome tough situations and stay positive. Everyone has their own ways of staying motivated so let other people know how you do it.
  7. Write about a recent trip or travel. Many people blog about their trips and travels to different parts of the world. Not everyone is able to travel or visit different places. Why not do a travel blog? It’s a fun way to document your travel for yourself as well.
  8. Write about your favorite artist or musician and why they mean so much to you. You could write a bit about the history of the artist and how their music impacted your life. Talk about some of your favorite songs of theirs and leave links to YouTube videos to make an enjoyable reading/listening experience.
  9. Write about an idea or concept that has been troubling you. Perhaps you don’t like how food keeps getting more expensive or you are upset about the rising cost of housing. Maybe you are upset about rising inequality in the world. Why not write about it? You may just inspire change in the world. The written word has power.
  10. Write about your plans for the future and how you plan to get there. Explain to the world what your goals are and what you are trying to achieve. Talk about how you’re going to get there. This could motivate other people to take charge of their dreams as well. Also, by putting your goals in writing and making them public it could motivate you to pursue those dreams with more energy.

Conclusion

Always keep other people in mind when you write. Think about how you can benefit other people with what you are producing. I believe that if you work hard and create something of value for the world, people will recognize that. Keep working hard to achieve your goals.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog today. Have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie