How to Leverage Social Media for Events to Achieve Your Goals

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Reaching out to fellow bloggers, making connections, and building a network are some of the most important activities that a blogger have to focus on. That is, if you want to expand your reach and monetize your blog at some point.

These activities can be done online, of course, but offline events can also bring you excellent results. Additionally, if you’re working as a social media manager or strategist (or some similar role) for a client, holding real-life events may be a necessary component to your overall strategy.

If this is the case, how can you optimize the impact of your events? [Read more…]

Become an Exceptional Writer with Udemy’s “Writing with Flair” Course [FREEBIE ALERT]

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“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
― Albert Einstein

We’re still alive, aren’t we? We continue to look for new clients and work with existing clients.

Shouldn’t we then apply Einstein’s words to our professional lives? Shouldn’t we find ways to continue growing professionally?

The reason I’m writing about this topic is that I have always been a firm believer in keeping up with new ideas and trends in my line of work. This is particularly important for online writers as the landscape of freelance writing, blogging, and content marketing is in a constant state of flux. If you stand still by not expanding your knowledge, you’ll find yourself being left behind. [Read more…]

Best Writing Tips for Beginning Bloggers

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You want to blog, but you’ve never written anything for public consumption before – unless you count that essay in high school, which you were required to read in front of the class. But, you really want to blog, become good at it, and perhaps even work for network or expand your career to being an online content marketer, or a social media specialist.

Don’t worry. Everyone has to start somewhere. Even if you don’t consider your writing skills up to par, there are things you can do to take that first step.

Here are the best writing tips for beginning bloggers that will point you in the right direction. [Read more…]

10 Proven Ways to Destroy Writer’s Block

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“’Writer’s block’ is just a fancy way of saying ‘I don’t feel like doing any work today.’” – Meagan Spooner

That’s just one of the many things that writers have said about writer’s block. It’s not real. It’s all in the head.

I don’t know about you, though, but there really are times when I feel like I have nothing. The ideas just won’t come, and even if I have a running list of topics, sometimes, the words just don’t make sense at all either. When all that comes out seems to be rubbish. [Read more…]

3 Easy Ways to Be a More Prolific Blogger

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Prolific.

There goes that word again. Does a blogger need to be prolific?

The answer is yes. That is, if you want to keep offering your readers something new to consume and keep Google happy (it loves regular, new content).

It’s easy to give tips on how to be a consistent blogger and write regularly. Ideas come up a lot, but putting them on paper – or on your screen – regularly can be a different story.

The good news is that you can make some easy changes in your life to help you write more blog posts – and great ones at that. The ideas below may not seem to be directly related to blogging, but try them out and see if they work for you. [Read more…]

Three Things a Blogger Can Learn From Christopher Lee

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The death of veteran actor (among others) Christopher Lee has been the talk of the town in the last 12 hours or so. The legend has touched so many lives that his passing has not gone unnoticed – quite the opposite in fact.

But what has that got to do with us writers and bloggers? Sure, we could cover the news, but that’s just adding to the echo chamber. Worse, it’s bandwagoning. Everyone knows he’s gone, and we’re all feeling bad about it.

Everyone is paying tribute to Sir Christopher Lee. While we’re not making light of all the coverage – that’s practically all I’ve been reading in the past hours or so – I think there’s another angle here that bloggers can learn from. [Read more…]

TemplateMonster is Giving Away a Custom Deck of Web Design-themed Cards

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An infographic on web design trends was posted on TemplateMonster a short while ago. If you haven’t seen it, you can check it here. It shows how web design trends have changed over recent years.

Back in 2004 websites looked a bit different from those we use today. They featured cluttered designs with chaotically ordered elements. Quite often, the sites were overloaded with various visual effects. As a result, it was somewhat difficult to focus on the content and find the information in which you were interested.

During the same period of time, pale color schemes started growing in popularity. Actually, this approach turned out to be quite effective, and it’s no big surprise that it is widely used today.

Flash technology was also incredibly popular during those years. In the 2000s it was as important for web designers as CSS, Java and jQuery are today. Flash was the most effective solution to make a site look more alive and dynamic.

Since that time, IT has come a long way and evolved into a practical science. One of the trendiest directions of 2015 is material design. Originally, it was introduced by Google. Along with monochromatic colors and micro-interactions, the material design sites ensure a striking look and unmatched performance for any business project.

As mentioned above, TemplateMonster decided to return to the subject of web design trends and introduce the same idea in another format. If you are interested in this niche and want to know more about the evolution of web design, new ideas and trends, you are going to like what TemplareMonster has created.

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Let’s take a closer look at what they have done. The company has released a deck of custom playing cards that illustrate the major web design trends of the last 12 years. Each card describes one particular trend.

How does one obtain one of these decks?  

It’s simple. You can win a custom designed deck of cards by taking a simple quiz based on these trends. It starts on May 26 and will be available for one week only, so you’d better hurry up. Once you complete the test, share this news in social networks. Remember, the more actively you share, the more chances you have of winning a prize. So go ahead and get yourself a cool, custom-made deck for absolutely no charge.

And one more thing – those users who answer all questions correctly will get a custom-made badge – Web Design Guru, as a bonus.

Grammarly Review: Write Your Way to More Polished Blog Posts

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Last time, I shared three easy ways to improve your writing. They’re really simple: read, write without thinking of SEO, etc. and get feedback.

Today, I want to raise the oft-talked about topic of bloggers being good writers yet again. Practice makes perfect, and the more you write, the better you get at it.

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Make writing well a habit, and you’ll improve daily. [Read more…]

3 Easy Ways to Improve Writing Skills

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Are bloggers writers?

Are writers bloggers?

These questions have been raised for as long as I can remember, and it seems that the general consensus is that bloggers don’t have to be excellent writers, and writers aren’t necessarily good bloggers. However, their skills put together make the perfect combination.

That being said, it is our responsibility as bloggers to make an effort to improve writing skills. Not only does that make for more readable posts, but it also increases credibility. Even those who do not have perfect grammar can be rather critical of the work of others.

So how do you improve writing skills? Here are three easy ways to do that. [Read more…]

Content Creation Versus Content Sharing

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We all know what content creation and content sharing mean, don’t we?

Is there a difference?

In the “regular” blogging setting, perhaps there isn’t much of a difference in that content sharing follows content creation. We look for blogging opportunities, or we work for existing clients.

We create blog content and then share that content via different social networks.

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When it comes to companies that sell products or services, there may very well be a distinction, hence the idea “content creation versus content sharing”. [Read more…]