Unique Gift Ideas for a Blogger that Will Make Them Feel Special

December 18, 2014
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unique gift ideas
unique gift ideas

 

Bloggers know other bloggers.

We have our offline friends too, and of course, we have family.

Sometimes, we need unique gift ideas when a holiday rolls around…something to make the blogger we love feel special.

Maybe its a spouse that also blogs, or kids or parents that blog…

A birthday? Mother’s Day? Valentines Day?

No matter what the occasion, a great way to make a blogger (or aspiring blogger) happy would be to give them a unique gift that feeds their blogging passion.

Consider how unique it would be to give the blogger in your life one of these gifts unique gift ideas… (more…)

Shark Tank Show Isn’t Necessary for YOUR Business–Here’s Why

December 12, 2014
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Shark Tank

Yesterday, I liked the reality show Shark Tank.

Today? Not so much.

Sonia Simone ruined it for me. Thanks to her blog post Why Shark Tank is Terrible for Your Business, I’ll never be able to watch this show the same way again.

Here’s what happened… (more…)

Teaching Blogs 2016: How to Benefit Your Students, Your Peers, and Your Pocketbook, by Starting an Educational Class Blog

December 11, 2014
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Teachers, if you’re ignoring teaching blogs, you’re missing out!

Depending on your average class size, your classroom provides enlightenment and education to groups of 20 to 100 or more students, one class session at a time.

And while this is a good format for “one to many” teaching in a semi-personal environment, you could be reaching SO many more eager minds, including the most underprivileged people who can’t afford education in the traditional sense. Many, who would otherwise greatly benefit from all that you have to teach.

We’ll talk about creating mass exposure for your lessons later in this article. First, let’s explore the concept of teaching blogs, and examine why it’s such a powerful resource for teachers to utilize for education, exposure, and even a nice full-time, job replacing online income. (more…)

Memejacking Blogger: Promote Your Website Making Fun, Tasty Treats People Eat Up

December 10, 2014
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memejacking blogger
Thank you, Captain Hindsight

Memes and social media go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

People love sharing memes on social media, and memes are gobbled up like sugary nougats all over the internet. Memes are low-cost promotional candies you can use online to get any message across, particularly for marketing purposes.

Memes (we will define them in a second) are fun to create and a smartly crafted one will catch people’s eye and make them want to share your message. Speaking of sharing, there’s 18 of my own meme examples below, so be sure to check them out and USE them if you’d like. (more…)

Citizen Journalism: Why Ferguson (and The World) Need More Bloggers Dedicated to News

December 3, 2014
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Citizen Journalism

Will truth prevail?

Four months later, we still do not exactly know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson…

Would things be different today if a blogger witnessed that tragic moment? What if someone had captured the confrontation on video and posted it to their blog…perhaps a speedy revelation of what really happened would have prevented all the additional pain, violence and destruction over the past months? (more…)

How to Grow Blog Readership Serving Fewer People

November 26, 2014
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Let’s go straight to the question posed in the title: How Many readers should a blogger try to please?

Here’s my answer: Less than 100%.

The reason: If you try to please everyone who visits your blog or subscribes to your newsletter, you will inevitably water down your message, whatever that message may be.

Your blog content, your website, your videos…they will all become a boring bland bowl of tasteless soup that doesn’t move, inspire, or challenge anybody. (more…)

Thanksgiving Blog Posts 2014: Feast On 11 Articles that Nourish, Strengthen and Surprise

November 24, 2014
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Did you ever notice how much reading time there is on Thanksgiving?

Not just Thanksgiving day. The entire holiday weekend brings many opportunities to chill and read stuff on your phone, tablet, or laptop.

Here’s a few common Thanksgiving reading moments… (more…)

Writing Tips for Beginners Are Everywhere–This One Single Tip for New Bloggers is the Best Writing Tip of All

November 21, 2014
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Writing Tips for Beginners

 

Do you find writing to be difficult?

I think many blogger wannabes never start because they lack confidence in their writing ability…they know they have something to say, but the thought of writing out their message makes them feel insecure and overwhelmed.

Then there are other bloggers who start but eventually quit because of writing. They set the bar way too high right out of the gate, thinking they must write like Hemingway or Harper Lee. For these bloggers, writing is an art or science full of rules, mysteries, and expectations. One must be excellent at writing immediately, they think. There is no room for mistakes or experimentation. (more…)

How to Make a Living Blogging – Matthew Helps a Blogger On the Startup Nation Radio Show

November 20, 2014
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How to Make a Living Blogging
How to Make a Living Blogging

 

Had a good time talking about blogging on a Detroit radio program. In studio was a blogger many of you can relate with…her name is Tiffany. She’s a working mom and she’s been blogging for a couple of years at her blog called Wife. Mother. Teacher.

The show was called How to Make a Living Blogging

You can hear her blogging story and the various ideas we discussed to help her raise the bar with her blog, specifically some things she should do to get more traffic and earn more income. (more…)

WordPress.com vs .org is like Batman vs Superman: Dawn of the Blog

November 14, 2014
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WordPress.com vs .org

Bob liked to surf the internet at night in the dark. Keeping the lights off provided a stunning view of the Blogopolis cityscape stretched out below his bedroom window on the 56th floor.

All was quiet on this chilly evening.

Bob started searching again for more information on blogging. This was the seventh evening in a row he researched this topic. Already, his mind was so full of information that he couldn’t decide what to do next to get started…

“Whoa! What…” Bob jerked his body toward the door. A sudden banging noise coming from the front area of his condominium sounded like trouble. Bob bumped his cell phone off the desk onto the floor.

Dropping down in the dark to find the mobile device, all he could think about was 9-1-1. (more…)