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To Follow Or Not To Follow: 2020 Blogging Trends

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A new decade is almost here and along with new aspirations, hopes, and desires it’s going to let new web design trends in. Well, if it sounds ridiculous and makes no sense to you, just remember how most websites looked like back in 2010 and you’ll get the point. So how do you start a new decade right (and by “right” I mean with a decently designed website)? Well, let’s figure it out together.

As you might have already guessed, we are going to talk about the trendiest of trends for blogging for the upcoming year. By the way, if you don’t know where to find the hottest web design elements, you definitely want to check out MasterBundles. So shall we start then?

1.      Minimalism in Everything

Minimalism is one of the most popular tendencies in fashion and design. Moreover, it’s been so popular for quite a while and it will only strengthen its positions in 2020. So if your blog design is still sort of cluttered and there are too many unnecessary elements, you might want to update it with one of those fancy futuristic themes.

One of such web templates is Gutenberry – Clean Blog WordPress Theme. This very template has a classy design that definitely will be trendy in 2020, besides, it is easy to work with even for beginners. In addition to all of that, the theme is equipped with the following features:

  • Countdown Timer
  • Animated Box
  • Image Comparison
  • Map
  • Banner

So why don’t you give Gutenberry a chance to upgrade your blog?

2.      Black and White Simplicity

In terms of colors, 2020 is going to be kind of subtle and even dark. The dominant color scheme is going to be black and white and that is explained by the minimalism tendency in design in general. Besides, these two colors are classic, which means that they will always be in vogue. In other words, black and white color scheme is always a win. At the same time, colors surely will not be abandoned at all. Moreover, some bright accents will make a B&W website even classier. The most important thing here is to keep it simple and elegant.

Kanter – Corporate & Portfolio & Agency WordPress Theme might be the very template that can fulfill your desire to make your blog top-notch in 2020. The theme is beautifully designed and comes with lots of useful features such as:

  • Revolution Slider
  • CSS Animation
  • 70 Pre-made Pages
  • ACF Pro

So if you are currently looking for a dope black and white theme, Kanter is no doubt the way to go for you.

3.      Fancy Fonts Make All the Difference

Well, in the context of minimalism, elaborate fonts might seem a little extra and out of fashion. Yet your website cannot be too simple as well if you know what I mean. In other words, you cannot just completely rely on simplicity and give up all the fancy stuff because your site would be boring and nobody would stay there for more than a couple of minutes. In fact, sophisticated fonts are the way to make any website eye-catching and at the same time to keep it elegant and stylish. So when it comes to choosing fonts, don’t limit yourself and pick the fanciest one.

For those of you who are interested in this very trend, I’ve found a lovely font that will no doubt win your heart. Unreal Serif Font: Latin & Cyrillic is elegant, sophisticated, classy, and simply stunning, so do not hesitate and get this baby now.

4.      Flower Patterns and Illustrations

Another classic trend in fashion and pretty much all kinds of design is floral pattern and flower illustrations. Well, it goes without saying that such an eye-catching pattern will definitely draw many people’s attention to your site. At the same time, it is not a multipurpose pattern that you can use on all websites. Floral illustrations can make a great background or banner for your feminine blog about beauty, fashion, or simply lifestyle. So if you are a beauty blogger, this very trend is definitely for you.

Colorful Roses PNG Watercolor Set is one of prettiest floral illustration packages I’ve recently run into. The set comes with various rose illustrations that can make your blog truly special and simply adorable. So if this is exactly your goal, go ahead and take a closer look at this watercolor illustration set.

5.      Visual Content Power

Nowadays, most people don’t read huge blog posts no matter how interesting, informative, and great they are and how many efforts you put into writing one. They simply don’t have time for that. That is why visual content is extremely important and is one of the most powerful trends of the upcoming year. First of all, images and videos create an illusion that the actual text is shorter, besides, they also make your post easier to read. Secondly, visual content will help you prove your point to your readers or illustrate the information you want to share with your followers. So using visuals is a definite must for every self-respecting blogger.

Mini – Minimal WordPress Theme is the way to go for those bloggers who want a stylish website with video integration for sharing their content. Another theme that will allow you to easily place video content as well as share your social media posts is Social Media Influencers Site. In fact, there is a vast variety of themes that will help you fulfill this very trend, so the choice is completely up to you.

 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, blogging in 2020 isn’t going to be drastically different from what it was in 2019, yet there are some ultimate trends you surely don’t want to miss. Well, to follow or nor to follow? This is the question that you have to answer by yourself. The only thing that I’m going to tell you is – the success of your blog depends not only on its content but on its design too. So personally, I always try to keep up with at least a couple of hot trends and I suggest that to you as well.

Do you know any other bold 2020 blogging trends? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Listen to Pro Bloggers

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I received a pitch from a stranger a few days ago. The entrepreneur offered me free file space – I think; I forget, among the thousands of pitches I get – in response for a review. I think. Genuinely, I do not remember. Why? Thousands and thousands of strangers try to pitch me stuff or ideas. Strangers want valued space on Blogging From Paradise. But strangers have nothing of value to offer me. So I ignore their pitches. If I am not too busy, I offer help, so these folks experience more success and make more money. Alas, my pro blogging advice often falls on deaf ears. Because if you program yourself mentally to fail, you WILL fail by ignoring successful advice. Guaranteed. Every time.

Look at the featured image for this post. Said pitcher offered me free storage or something. Never heard of her. Never heard of her site. I know she is awesome. Site solid, too. Nothing personal. But the second I see a cold pitch, I lose trust in the individual and in their business. If business were TRULY booming, ALL business would flow to you and you ain’t cold pitching strangers. Real talk. Anyway, I suggested she buy my eBook:

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because she obviously struggles, following the amateur blogger approach of blindly cold pitching strangers. Of course she has no interest in buying and reading my eBook. Successful advice evades bloggers who think, feel and act like unsuccessful bloggers. I believe she is awesome. But I share this real world experience to teach, to inspire and to wake up bloggers with the truth. Listen to pro bloggers. Pay close attention to pro blogger advice. We teach you how to blog the right way. We teach you how to succeed. If this person bought my eBook, read it, and followed my advice, she would place her guest post and business links on hundreds of respected blogs, over years. She would gain serious trust. She would make a bunch of money for her business. But alas! Since she ignore my successful advice she will keep following her failing advice, and, will fail, cold pitching strangers, never building strong bonds with pros, burning out, and failing.

Blindness

Are you completely blind to pro blogger advice? Observe your blogging career. Do you struggle? Struggling bloggers blind themselves to pro advice because fear clouds your mind. I advise new, struggling bloggers routinely. Being filled with fear, most foolishly question my advice. Why? Obviously, you are a new, inexperienced, struggling blogger. Your strategy sucks. Now it’s time to follow a new, successful strategy. Pro bloggers succeed. Pro bloggers teach you successful strategies to succeed. Listen to them. Buy their eBooks. Follow their advice. Position yourself to succeed.

I am not right. Struggling bloggers are not wrong. But I know what works and teach what works. Do not be a fool; if a pro teaches you what works, buy the eBook. I instantly saw the thousands of hours and years of struggle this entrepreneur faces because she has zero interest in spending $7 to get excellent blogging advice. Ego errs because ego sees illusion. Ignore it. Be humble. Listen to pro bloggers. Succeed.

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Cheapies Never Go Far in Blogging

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Someone wrote me a few moments ago. I quoted my sponsored post price. He replied asking for my best price. I told him all prices are final. Literally, I told him kindly but clearly to take it or leave it. He replied, asking me to accept his offer for $10, which is absurdly lower than my $11 sponsored post rate. I am joking; just seeing if you pay attention LOL 🙂 Anyway, his $10 offer is MUCH lower than my sponsored post fixed price. PLUS I already told him twice my fixed price, and to take the price or to leave the price. I *also* mentioned how all prices are final. Of course, I immediately labeled his email “spam” so all future emails, barterings and silly cheap-ness flow directly to my spam folder. I will never see him or his emails again. Nothing personal. But I have no time or energy for cheapies because if you are so filled with the fear of poverty that you completely ignore my emails, I cannot respect you as a blogging business partner.

This is why cheapies never go far in blogging. Imagine this lost blogging soul. He ignores my emails to ask for a ridiculous price on a sponsored post. I label his email “spam”. After 10 or 20 more pro bloggers label his email as “spam”, every single email he sends to bloggers winds up in the blogger’s spam folder. Almost all bloggers never check their spam. Most delete all spam emails without checking the emails. Imagine sending 500 emails to spam folders daily? That marks 499 to 500 emails no blogger will ever see, only to be deleted immediately.

Pay Up to Play Up

Moving up in blogging circles requires you to invest more money into your blog. From paying for your domain and hosting, to paying for your theme, to paying for your blogging education, to investing in sponsored posts advertising your business, the bigger money and greater traffic awaits in higher blogging circles, where money flows freely. Prospering people who buy your products and services without hesitating meet you through friends in higher blogging circles. Same thing happens offline. Jeff Bezos does not do business with someone who cannot afford my $7 eBooks. He does business with serious entrepreneurs who freely invest money in mutually beneficial ventures. Life works that way. Birds of a blogging feather flock together. Imagine if the $10 sponsored post cheapie paid my full price instead? I place the post, his business gets greater exposure in front of prospering eyes and he nets more sales and profits. He makes $100, or $1000 or more, earning more money to boost his sponsored post budget and to move him out of poverty. But the mental illness of poverty prevents him from seeing beyond “I HAVE NO MONEY! I NEED TO ***ONLY*** PAY $10 FOR EVERY SPONSORED POST I PLACE!!!”

He may place a few $10 sponsored post on terrible quality blogs with broke readerships. Truthfully, he should just donate the $10 to bloggers who place his sponsored post for $10 because said bloggers have either 5 daily readers or readers who cannot afford to spend $1, let alone, $100 or $1,000…or perhaps, both. Yikes. Pay up. Play up.

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How Much Confidence Do You REALLY Have in Your Blog?

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Watch this video I recorded in Brooklyn Heights today:

Sweet view, eh? I made a powerful point too. Bloggers sometimes boast of their confidence and clarity. Puffing themselves up, they believe deeply in themselves and in their blog. Critics? Who cares? These dynamos seem unstoppable. Belief! Success is on the way, right? Awesome. Then, after mentioning their blog in front of a parent or sibling or cousin, their loved ones make fun of “blogging”, telling these idiots to “get a real job”. OUCH! Like a balloon being popped, your loved ones took a pin to your ego, deflating you. AND showing how you genuinely have little confidence in your blog. Turns out, you feel filled with doubt and pure uncertainty about your blog AND in yourself, blogging-wise. This is a good thing. Critics trigger and unearth deep fears you need to face, feel and release, to reach the next stage of your blogging career. So…how much confidence do you REALLY have in your blog? Talk about your blog to friends and family members, or to strangers. You will find out. Fast. Because these folks are non-targeted and often highly NOT interested in blogging.

I recall mentioning my blog to my fam about 10 years ago. Before doing this, I believed I felt super confident about my blog and self. I BELIEVED in myself! Wild-eyed, ignorant, deluded newbie blogging excitement covered up the fact I doubted myself and my blogging abilities, horribly. After that little chat – even though no family member seemed terribly critical – I felt like crap. Awkward, and lost, my family’s questions triggered deep fears in me. I doubted myself. I doubted my blog. In truth, I had no idea what I was doing because I refused to learn from pros. Bad idea. Naturally, I gained confidence after this session – eventually – because I faced and felt doubts eating into my blogging confidence.

The quickest way to gain blogging confidence is to discuss your blog and what you do with anybody on earth, from friends, to fam, to strangers. Never try to convince or influence or convert folks, because doing so shows your lack of confidence. Let people live their lives and make their choices. Your job is to see how shy or clear you feel discussing your blog. Shy bloggers feeling awkward chatting blogging with folks simply feel filled with fear. Blogging fears need to go for you to succeed. Speak about blogging in public. Broadcast live in a public spot. Record videos in busy spots with heavy foot traffic, as I did above, in Brooklyn. Face, feel and release self-conscious fears that need to go for you to reach the next stage of blogging growth.

One way to be a smarter and richer blogger is by facing your blogging fears routinely. Speaking to or in front of fam or strangers about your blog certainly unearths some of those deep fears. Do it. See where you are at, confidence-wise. Being straight with yourself is hands down one of the quickest ways to accelerate your blogging success. Relax, share your blogging exploits and honestly assess how you feel, to increase your blogging success.

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