How to Overcome Your Fears About Blogging: Blog Therapy from a Real Blogging Therapist

Are you suffering from blogophobia?

Blogophobia is described as an extreme or irrational fear of blogging.

The most common symptom of blogophobia is avoidance of blogs. In severe cases, those suffering with blogophobia run away in terror from any encounter with a blog. Just the sight of a blog makes them panic.

In milder cases, people are able to blog, but they experience general feelings of anxiety or depression when thinking about blogging or performing a blogging related task.

Is this you? Continue reading…

Being Self Employed Requires a Solid, Eye-Pleasing Website; Appraiser Charles Keller Gets Career Reboot with WordPress

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Here’s a story about how Build Your Own Blog helped someone make a major career change from employee to being self employed:

“My old job simply ended and I realized I had gone as far as I could working for others. I think many people feel that way about their careers these days,” said Charles Keller, independent appraiser.

Find out in this video how a WordPress website along with some tips from Matthew is helping Charles continue the work he loves… Continue reading…

Video Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners – The 60 Second Blog Report

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In this report, Matthew visits the Viral Video Marketing Blog to see what blogger Christian Vedder considers to be 10 powerful video marketing tips for small business owners. See the video or read the transcript below.


This is the 60 Second Blog Report.  News & Views with Matthew

Today, every business owner understands the importance of using video to help  market their brand. But, the question is: are you using video? And if you are using video, are you using it effectively? Continue reading…

28 Really Inspiring Quotes from 4 Superstar Bloggers

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28 ÷ 4 = 7 Quotes Each

Below, you get this mathematical formula: 7 really inspiring quotes from 4 different blogging champions.

I call them blogging champions because blogging has been integral to their success. And each one knows a lot about blogging, content marketing, social media, and digital marketing.

So, if you need an emotional boost–if the state of your current blog has you feeling down–kick around their simple words of wisdom. Continue reading…

How a Blog Idea Generator Helps You Cure Writer’s Block–Here’s 9 Options

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I see you in my sleep.

In the middle of the night, when my brain processes the day’s thoughts, you are there–wrestling with a shadowy figure I instantly recognize.

Writer’s block.

I have seen that uninvited dark cloud a few times myself. When I’m awake.

I feel you, dear blogger, and since I’m thinking about your plight during the day, you end up in my dreams.

Or maybe “nightmares” is a better description…there’s nothing sweet about writer’s block.

In my dreams, I see you staring at your computer monitor. Filled with frustration. Groping for inspiration.

Take heart. I’ve got nine tool ideas you can use to cure writer’s block.

Meet the blog idea generator… Continue reading…

WordPress vs Tumblr – Which Platform is the Right Choice for YOUR Blog?

What platform should a new blogger choose?

That’s one of the earliest (and most crucial) decisions you will face. Because the platform is your foundation, where the blog begins and ends.

While shopping for a blog platform, you can easily get bogged down in too many choices–Drupal, Joomla, Wix–leading to information overload.

“I just want to blog,” you might be thinking…”which blog will suit my needs?”

In this blog post, I want to give you a comparison/contrast that is easy to digest, based on my own experience and observations. I’ll be covering two of the most popular blogging platforms available. These two platforms are popular for many reasons… Continue reading…

Why a Jack of All Trades Blogger Outperforms the Specialist Blogger


Matthew is a jack of all trades blogger.

Last week, I stumbled upon two different podcasts that proposed the same theory:

The entrepreneur is better off being a jack-of-all-trades than being a specialist.

Something about that clicked with me, because my own experience has confirmed this, despite living in a culture that screams, “Specialize! Specialize!”

Now, you might be thinking, “Matthew, I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m a blogger.”

Oh. Okay.

So you don’t want to grow an audience? You don’t want to earn any income with your blog? You just want to write your thoughts down and you don’t really care if anyone reads what you write? Continue reading…