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Private Or Public? How Personal Should You Get on Your Blog?

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New bloggers face a difficult question: should you include details from your personal life in your blog or avoid adding these elements all together?

I find it easy to inject my travel stories, my blogging wins and losses and most of what I experience online and offline into my blog and brand.

Other bloggers may prefer to go in a different direction.

Before you decide whether to make your life either private or public keep these ideas in mind.

Build a Brand and Take it from There

Make a general decision; either your personal life will be largely off limits or you will freely share some elements of your personal life.

Proceed from there.

Build a brand message. Base that message on either a 3rd person writing voice (no personal details) or a more first person recount (where you will add personal details) to tell your audience what to expect.

If Public Decide How Far You Will Go

Exhibit A: Blogging From Paradise

I hardly divulge everything on my blog but share in-depth details about my life. Especially my travel life.

I have recounted stories of myself vomiting and….um……suffering from some back end issues while traveling by bus through Myanmar, the victim of vicious food poisoning.

I also shared how I almost died in India after suffering through giardia.

Switch over to my blogging life; wins, losses, successes, failures and all in between.

I freely share how some of my stuff received 8,000 page views before anybody bought it.

In the next breath I share that I am an Amazon best-selling author who has been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Fox News.

This makes me more human – in my eyes at least – and my readers agree with this.

However, I won’t share certain intimate details of my life while other bloggers will write about anything or everything in their lives.

This is neither good or bad; just a personal decision you want to make before you build your blog and brand.

If Private Decide What You Will Divulge

If you go the private route think if you will share any details at all about your private life.

You may publish the odd post about a big celebration in your life – a marriage or special trip – but for virtually all posts you want to stick to your brand message, meaning, you’ll either totally remove your personality from your blog or just share scant details.

Some bloggers never write in first person at all.

No worries here.

Make sure you stick to this approach because your readers may head for the hills if you change your brand message too quickly or dramatically, turning your 3rd person blogging voice to a first person recount of your life story, related to your blogging niche.

No Right or Wrong Answer Exists

There is no right or wrong way to answer this question.

Some bloggers are fully transparent. Good deal.

Some bloggers totally divest themselves from their blog and share nothing about their personal life.

Some bloggers generally keep themselves out of their blog but publish powerful posts that share some important personal struggle or victory, like Zac Johnson with his inspirational post about his battle with a difficult illness:

I Have Ulcerative Colitis. This Is My Story

Even if you take a public or private stance you can pull back on sharing or share more about your life than you normally would at times.

Trust your gut.

Your intuition will always lead you in the right direction.

Your Turn

How about you? How are you handling your personal life as far as your blogging career?

Do you tend to share more details about your private life on your blog? Or do you hold off on adding elements of your personal life on your blog?

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3 Ways the Sony Xperia 1 Mobile Device Can Make You a Better Blogger

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How many times have you already looked at your mobile device or cell phone today? It’s probably already been close to 50+ if it’s early in the day. By the end of the day you will likely have already picked it up and looked at it more than a hundred times!

With all of this in mind, it’s crazy how much we are all using mobile devices to do more than just make phone calls and access emails.

For site owners and bloggers, cell phones can make a huge difference in the type of content we create, and may even allow us to run our businesses from anywhere.

As new technology and devices are coming out all the time, today seemed like a great opportunity to take a look at the Sony Xperia 1, which is loaded with all of the latest technology, tools, features, and security settings to make running your business and brand from anywhere easy.

1 – Access Everything From Anywhere

No matter if you are running a website, a blog or even an online business, you need to make sure your mobile device is not only fast running and loaded with all of the latest tech trends and features — but also so it’s running on a super fast wireless platform and operating system as well.

This is all possible through the use of a Sony Xperia 1, as it has one of the most powerful processors and operating systems out there, while also being associated with all of the top brand name mobile carriers and also having 4G LTE speed.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
    The octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus and more.
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
    Adapts to you and the way you use your phone, learning your preferences as you go. Your experience gets better over time, and it keeps things running smoother and longer.
  • Compatible with GSM carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon
    It also works with GSM SIM kits, including Cricket Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, H2O, AT&T Prepaid, and Simple Mobile.*
  • 4G LTE speed
    This Sony Xperia cell phone provides fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content, and staying connected on social media.

2 – Take Better Photos and Videos

If you want to be a successful blogger or someone worth following on social media, you are going to need some great visuals, photos and videos to grab the attention of others. In today’s day and age, there is no excuse for not having the highest of quality images or content. With the Sony Xperia 1, creating such type of high quality content has never been easier.

Take a look at the following benefits and features of the device when it comes to video and images.

  • 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED touch screen with 3840 x 1644 resolution
    The extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. The 21:9 extended display ensures easier multitasking and immersive viewing. Gorilla Glass 6 resists shocks and scratches.
  • 12.0MP triple-lens camera system
    Offers 21:9 cinema ratio, 4K HDR movie recording, and 2x optical zoom to capture details without losing quality. Also includes an 8.0MP front-facing camera for self-portraits and videos.
  • Motion Eye
    Lets you capture slow-motion videos at up to 960 frames per second for staggering films.
  • BIONZ X image processing engine
    Powerful digital image processing produces even more vivid colors and ensure contrasts are high.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    Keep your images free from motion blur with SteadyShot image stabilization.

3 – Cool Features and Extra Security

For anyone that is already using their mobile device to run their websites or online business, then you will already understand and appreciate the need for cool features and heavy a secure device that others can’t hack into. These are all elements that you will find in the Sony Xperia 1, as it’s loaded with the latest technology, features and fingerprint security settings.

You can take a look at each of these highlights in full detail below.

  • 128GB internal memory plus microSD slot
    This cell phone provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand your storage by up to 512GB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).
  • Sony’s audio expertise always by your side
    Hear music as the artist intended with high-resolution audio. DSEE HX™ improves the quality of low-resolution music files. The smart amplifier delivers a loud, rich sound through the speaker.
  • Your fingerprint keeps your phone secure
    Hold your finger on the fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone.
  • IP68 rating
    The phone is protected from dust and can also withstand being submerged in 4.92′ of static water for up to 30 minutes.

Running Your Site and Business from the Palm of Your Hands

When it comes to your mobile device, it’s no longer just about making phone calls and accessing the internet — it’s now about being able to do everything from anywhere.

This is exactly what site owners, bloggers and business owners are looking to accomplish when choosing a new mobile device or looking to make the upgrade to a new brand or technology.

If this happens to be the situation you are currently in, be sure to read through each of the tech specs and highlights mentioned above to learn more about the Sony Xperia 1.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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