Blogging is not that easy and you have to continuously keep coming up with new ideas to write about. There may be times when you may not have any ideas to write about which we bloggers term as bloggers block. If you are suffering from bloggers block you should read about the tips to get out of it.
Coming back to the point ideas are not always easy to come by and having a steady source of information helps you to easily build up on newer ideas. Today we will look at the the top 5 ways to source content for your blog which will help you in keeping you creative juices flowing.
Many users tend to bookmark interesting sites and articles. You may find lots of new and interesting information that has been bookmarked by others. Bookmarking is also a never ending process and you will find lots and lots of resources from these sites. You can use these bookmarking sites to leverage information for your own blog.
Here is a simple way on keeping abreast of the latest news from Del.icio.us.
- Login to your Del.icio.us account.
- Go to the subscriptions page start adding tags that you want to gather information about. For example "utilities".
- Once you have finished adding tags that go to http://del.icio.us/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
- At the bottom of the page check for the RSS button for the current page usually it is http://del.icio.us/rss/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
- Add the RSS feed to your personal feed reader.
Once you have done that you can regularly check for resources in the RSS feeds, believe me you can get at least 5-10 ideas everyday from this source. You can also follow other bookmarking sites so that you are never short of ideas.
Here is a list of bookmarking sites you can use to gather information from
Social Networking Sites
Social networking is an extension to blogging and many users religiously use the social networking sites. Due to the high user penetration there are bound to be interesting ideas you can land up on.
Sites like Digg, Reddit, SlashDot and TechMeme provide you with a multitude of information and like bookmarking sites much of the information can be translated into new ideas.
Talking about gathering information you can always subscribe to the upcoming news section in the social networking sites. Many a times you will land up with a gem of an idea which you can blog about.
Here are few social bookmarking feeds you should have in your feed reader
Getting alerted about information is one of the best resources for gathering information. In this case you get regular emails about the information you are looking for. I generally subscribe to daily emails for certain keywords using Google Alerts. You can also use Live Alerts to get your regular does of information. Yahoo also provides you with a alerting service.
That said I prefer to use Google Alerts as it is the best and most relevant and best of all you do not need to have a account with Google to use their alerts. Here are the instructions to start using Google Alerts.
- Figure out the keywords you want to get alerted about.
- Select the type of alerts you want to receive.
- Select How Often you want to receive the alerts.
- If you are using a email id other than Gmail to receive alerts you will have to authenticate your email account to receive alerts.
If you want a detailed instruction on receiving Google Alerts you can head to my post on my blog to Get Alerts for your targeted keywords.
Press releases from major players definitely find their places into many blogs. The best way to get information about new and upcoming products is to subscribe to the official blogs from the top players in your niche.
I definitely get my post ideas from these press releases which help not only help me to keep in touch with new things that are happening but also allow me to use the services and post my opinions about them.
One thing that I kept for last is getting information from Top Bloggers in you niche. The reason is that many people do not take this source of information seriously. There is no hard and fast rule to say that you are replicating information.
If you find the information from top bloggers interesting you can definitely write a post in your own words about it. Every blog have their own readers and it is not necessary that what is written by a top blogger may eventually be read by your own readers.
I started experimenting on writing posts based on what top bloggers say in my niche and my readers definitely liked it. One thing though never copy or replicate their content, take inspiration from it and write in your own words.
To close it all I want to tell you that whichever source you pick always link back to the original article. I have seen many people replicating content but never linking back to the original source. The immediate action I take is to unsubcribe from such feeds. There is no real obligation in doing that but it is really a good practice to link back to original sources. Someone has spent time in writing an article and they deserve the link back. Imagine someone doing it to you :-).
I use various other sources to get information from and am always looking to add to it. I would love to hear about the sources you use to get your information from. Nothing better than learning from you. The comments form is below so start telling me about it. You can also use the same comment form to tell me your views about this article, brickbats and love all is welcome.
Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears
Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.
I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.
But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.
Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.
Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:
- writer’s block
- general apathy
I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.
Crying Leads to Shining
Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.
Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle
I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.
In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger
I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?
Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.
Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.
Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.
I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.
Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:
I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.
Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?
Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.
Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.
I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.
Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain
Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.
Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.
Write and ship.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger
possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.
For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.
I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.
Smart and Prospering Means Different
Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?
I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.
Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different
Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?
But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals
Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.
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