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.
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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.
Blogging Is Not What You Are Doing But What You Are Being
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Think this one through.
Blogging is what you are being. Not doing.
Blogging is not mindlessly doing stuff. Oh shoot. You realized something, didn’t you? Blogging is not building an email list. Email lists do not give you success. Nope. Clear, confident, detached bloggers who have fun building email lists and who trust in the blogging process grow big, responsive, profitable lists….over time. What does this mean?
“Over time” means you do not panic, flip out or bail on blogging, if you calmly build a list and have fun doing it, for a long time, and see the appearances of little or no growth. This is BEING a successful blogger; having fun, trusting, being patient, taking the simple, easy route, even if it feels uncomfortable after blogging and list building for a bit and seeing the illusion of scant results.
Most Bloggers Fail Because They Screw It Up
Most bloggers buy into a lie; doing specific things makes you successful. Nope. If this were the case, everybody who builds a list would be billionaires. Because they built a list, lists breed success, right? Nope. Even if you follow steps robotic-like, your energy, your emotions, your feelings, all make up your BEING. The 6 and 7 and 8 figure earners who happily take this journey are being the 6, 7 and 8 figure earners energetically, calm and confident, after having fun creating content and connecting, and seeing $4 in blogging profits after 6 months of being the person. Every other blogger panics after 1 day, 1 week or 1 month, stop being the millionaire success, do dumb stuff, begin being a broke person, and see struggle and failure until they decide to be the successful blogger again.
The Core Elements of Being a Success
- for fun
- taking the easy but uncomfortable path; do what feels natural to you, even when you slam into fear of wasting your time, fear of being criticized, fear of mental blocks, etc
- with a complete trust in yourself
- with a complete trust in the blogging process
- with a complete trust in sound, proven advice from successful bloggers
Very few bloggers be these energies persistently. Very few bloggers happily earn a pretty penny over time. Few bloggers be success. Most bloggers try to do their way to success but since they act without giving any thought to their intent, their driver, their energy, almost all of these bloggers are being broke, poor, struggling and failing.
Blogging is not robotic. If blogging was robotic, every blogger who did specific things in a certain way would succeed. But this is not true. Blogging is energy. Top bloggers use all types of different approaches to reach the top. This indicates blogging is primarily energy, your energy coloring your actions and results.
Imagine if you feel like a failure. I advise you to write a guest post for me. You tell me you are lazy, have no ideas, cannot do it, need to take a few months off, etc. I offer you an opportunity to promote your success but since you are BEING a failure and feeling like a failure you are blind to the DOINGs (generous guest posting) of a successful blogger. See what I mean? Plus, if you seize the guest posting opportunity while feeling like a complete failure, either the post quality stinks or you write a masterpiece by the odd chance, that nobody reads. Nobody read it because you are feeling/being a failure, so, you see failure results.
100% of the time, blogging is energy. Being a success means blogging your fun, doing what feels easy and natural to you, trusting in self and the process, and feeling uncomfortable along the way.
Why Does Blogging Seem Hard?
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The question of blogging questions.
Why does blogging seem hard?
Blogging in and of itself is not hard. Blogging is a concept. A blog is an inanimate object. It is neutral. It is not hard, tough or easy.
Human beings label their feelings with emotions. THIS is why blogging seems hard.
Doing the neutral activity of blogging feels scary, meaning you unearth and either resist or feel fears. Feeling the fears feels highly unpleasant. Especially if said fears feel deep, strong, and terrifying, depressing or anger-inducing.
But if you resist these deep fears, and refuse to feel them, and blog mainly from a dominant vibe of fear, you fully experience the feeling of blogging being super hard. Blogging is actually neutral but you refuse to feel deep fears that blogging has unearthed. You resisting fear leads to prolonged blogging failure, aka, not seeing much money and traffic, aka, blogging being really hard.
Real World Example
A few moments ago, I scanned one of my daily blogging income streams. I made a little less than I had been making for 1 of a billion reasons. 1 such reason may have been the internet crashing here last night. We experienced a few big, powerful thunderstorms.
Anyway, I noted the dollar amount being lower and felt fear arise in my body. Rather than resist the fear, I felt the anxiety, and my mind hurriedly racing ahead to next month’s paycheck, and then, after breathing deeply for a few moments and fully embracing the fear, I released it. I did not resist it. I felt it. The fear disappeared. I then blog from an abundant, relaxed, detached, generous energy, which helps me become more and more successful.
But the old me – and most bloggers – see a lesser dollar amount for daily earnings, feel an intense fear arise, panic, bury the fear versus feeling it, and run around like mad men and mad women with that DEEP FEAR DRIVING THEM, desperate and greedy, resisting the fear, being driven by fear, and of course, they do stupid stuff with a dominant fear energy guaranteeing their blogging failure. Then, these humans who refuse to face, embrace and feel fears, proclaim blogging to be hard. This is a lie. Blogging is neutral. But you refuse to face, embrace and release your fears, so blogging *feels* hard.
Feel fears when fears arise. Cry it out. Shout it out. Feel depressed or deflated. Do not resist fear. Then, after feeling fears, you will feel good, detached, relaxed and trusting. Feeling these dominant abundant energies, you will create, connect, trust, persist and blog from a relaxed, chill energy. Blogging from this calm, trusting, generous energy makes blogging easier and easier and easier. Money flows in easy. Traffic flows in easy.
Blogging went from hard to easy because you faced fears, felt fears, and progressively blogged from an abundant, generous, calm, detached vibe.
Tip for Feeling Fear
Engage in some energy management ritual that expands your awareness. I do deep yin yoga and power walk daily. Prayer and/or meditation may help. Breathing deeply helps. Do anything that expands your awareness so you can observe and feel fear versus resisting this destructive energy.
Some humans bury fear with busy-ness and jobs they hate. Other people turn to drugs or alcohol to bury fears. All of these folks are unhappy and depressed because you cannot feel good, abundant, relaxed and successful with oodles of fear buried deep inside of you.
Be with your fears. Be gentle with yourself. The blogger who feels and releases fear soon learns blogging gets easier and easier.
Do You Need to Respond to ALL Comments?
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One mistake holds back many bloggers who fail to scale. These folks obsess over responding to every single comment, every email, every message. Why? Pride. Obsession. Attachment to people. Fear of missing out on an opportunity. Fear of missing out on friendships.
Unfortunately, if you spend 14 hours daily responding to every single social request and chat and email and blog comment and message – even if it feels fun – you lose opportunities to scale through blog posts, guest posts, podcasts and doing interviews.
Please; if responding to virtually everything feels fun, do it. But 99% of bloggers BS themselves on this because they respond to EVERYONE from an energy of fear, pain, lack, resistance, force and hustle. Bad idea guys. Force negates. But, power attracts. Meaning if you are willing to use power, and love, and fun, to inject into your work, you quickly see: the cornerstone of massive scaling and persistent growth and freeing blogging success is writing, publishing and placing blog posts and guest posts.
Today, how do I have most fun growing my business, reaching more people, helping more people, and leveraging my blogging presence? Do I achieve these feats by spending 3 hours responding individually to every retweet, Like, blog comment, and so on, and so on? Nope. I spend those 3 hours effectively and efficiently by writing and publishing 3-6 blog posts and guest posts. Blog posts and guest posts scale. Blog posts and guest posts help me reach hundreds to thousands of targeted folks through each blog post and guest post.
Blog posts and guest posts never seem to be written by people who complain about having no time to blog post, and, guest post. Meanwhile, a hefty chunk of these humans spend 1, 2 or 3 hours responding to every Like on Facebook, from a strained, forced energy, fearing they miss out on traffic and bonds, not having fun doing it. But the wise move would be spending 10 minutes responding to comments on Facebook and maybe a few Likes, then, devoting 2-3 hours to writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts.
Think Scale Not Small Time
WAY too many bloggers play small, giving most of their attention and energy to building 1 to 1 bonds. Making friends is important but meeting new friends is even more important.
One lesson I learned from millionaire bloggers: scaling through blog posts and guest posts is the quickest way to reach more people, make more money and increase your blog traffic. Building 1 to 1 bonds by engaging commentors plays a role in succeeding online, but the top bloggers on earth are not running around, spending endless hours responding to Likes on Facebook.
Titans also build one to one bonds through engagement, but if you are not getting 1000 page views a day, something is wrong in the scaling department. Namely, you are playing it small, not thinking about scaling. Scale. Guest post. Post to your blog. Make this the focus of your day. Then, feel free to engage folks 1 to 1 in a limited time frame.
You need to let go responding to every single person all day long to genuinely scale, to reach an increasing number of folks and to do what matters most to your business.
People will buy your stuff without you engaging them. Guaranteed. Folks will find your blog, love your content and buy your course or eBooks. This is a simple, organic process that you muck up every time you believe you need to respond to and engage every single person who reaches out via all online channels.
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