Updated July 27, 2021
“Where do I begin?”
Did you get it – that’s the theme from the movie “Love Story” (1970). But, where do you begin blogging? These tools will help you get started and maybe even give you the push you need to keep going.
- What is the Ultimate Goal of Blogging?
- Outstanding Interactive Tools That Make Blogging Easy
- Remarkable Articles to Envy and Use for Free
- Will this Obsession Actually Produce Enormous Rewards?
- Videos are Eye-opening! See the Conflict and Agony!!
- You’ll Need Old Faithfuls for Over-the-top Perfection!
- Create it! Share it! Sit back and see what happens!
- – – Before You Forget, Give Noted Experts Credit (You’d want them to do the same for you :))
1. What is the Ultimate Goal of Blogging?
Why go to the trouble of writing anything?
“In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture, but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” ~ by White Noise novelist Don DeLillo
This quote was found in “15 Famous Authors on Why They Write” by Alison Nastasi.
But What is the ultimate reason for blogging?
Don DeLillo’s reasoning sounds like a lofty goal for writing. But what about content writers, bloggers, and copywriters? What are their goals for writing? Content writers want an audience that engages with them again and again. Even a novelist wants readers who look forward to reading their next novel. People that look forward to reading your work are your customers. So yes, you want customers, but you must have something they want. You must gain their trust; prove your worth. Give them what they need or what they want, over and over again.
I don’t know what customers want. But, I know what I want. So I am the person I will write for right now. Hopefully, there will be other people out there who want the same things I do.
But first, a great infographic:
Headline Analyzer, a Revolutionary Way to Generate Exciting Titles
Enter your ideas. OptInMonster Free Headline Analyzer Tool will give your headline a score based on
- Word balance
- Word count
- Give % of types of words: Uncommon, Power, common, emotional
- the type headline
- Length of headline
- Headline type
Hemingway Editor Pinpoints Edits that Need to be Made
Enter the text of your work into the Hemingway Editor. It will show you exactly where you need to make different kinds of edits. You can choose to change the words or to leave them as they are.
Generate Reliable Citations for your Work for Free
Citation Machine has been around for a long time. Cite your work! Show Appreciation for those who came before you! It’s easy!
These articles have some great information about ways to write and even how to write. If all else fails, and you just don’t get it, try using the style that these writers have used. It just might be the starting point you need to get you going. In the end, you will need to develop your own style, but you need to start somewhere.
Sizable Copywriting Articles to Challenge You Skills
The Ultimate Guide to No-Pain Copywriting (or, Every Copywriting Formula Ever) has all the copywriting formulas you could ever need. This is a great reference article to return to over and over again. If Joanna Wiebe missed a formula, I don’t know what it is. I’ve included this article just so I have it bookmarked.
In Copywriting: The Ultimate Guide, Helen Nesterenko has categorized article links from all over the web into chapters. If you want to know anything about copywriting, you should be able to find it here.
Secrets About How Long Your Post Should Be
How Long Should a Blog Post Be to Get the Most Traffic and Shares? gives a good explanation about the best length for a blog. This article questions whether there is the best length at all. Use your own voice and your own style to determine the best length of your posts.
Secrets of Creating Content that Lasts for Years
Read The Complete List of Evergreen Content Ideas for Your Blog. Then create content that people will use over and over again. Reference it to your other blog posts. Be the definitive guide on the subject.
So do you have an obsession with searching for articles, infographics, pictures? Do you look for anything that will help you in your aspirations to be better at what you do? In this post, I am putting many of the favorite ideas I’ve discovered in a process like that.
To increase web traffic, update your website on a regular basis.
Posting other peoples’ ideas on social media is not going to increase traffic to your website.
But it can be a great way to collect ideas to curate later when you are blogging.
You can use some of your social media sites as collection areas for your research work. Sometimes these posts do not have much success as stand-alone items. But read each item before posting it for safekeeping. Your own skills will get better.
This is an experiment:
First, this is supposed to be a great blog post.(Really, who wants to post a so-so blog. :))
Will people want to read it? That’s what would make it great!
Second, a great post should have great rewards.
Will people want to read it again and again? That could be a definition of great rewards.
Will my obsession not have been in vain? Could this type of obsessive behavior work for you, too? I’ll let you know how it turns out. Check back here for updates!
Sit Down Every Day. Do It. Don’t Stop
Surely, if someone knows how to write an award-winning novel, they would understand the process of blogging. Watch How to write an award-winning bestselling first novel by Nathan Filer at TEDxYouth@Bath.
This is the process of telling a story. Can you blog it?
In How to write a story by John Dufresne at TEDxFIU, John Dufresne creates a story right there on the stage. Wow!
It’s No Secret! Sometimes You Need Interesting Suggestions.
A thesaurus can be helpful here. Check out Thesaurus.com to help you find that perfect word.
Maybe You Should Know that Simple Meaning, but Don’t
Dictionaries are helpful tools. Try Dictionary.com when you just cannot remember what that is.
Who doesn’t like something extra for their time and effort? Here are some tools for adding that extra touch of something when you are blogging.
Straight from Your Screen to Your Amazing Blog
Clipping Tools or Screen Shots are great tools to use to add interest to your blog. Search the web to find out how to make screenshots from your particular device. Or use a tool specifically made for clipping from the screen.
You Actually Design Awesome Images. Download them and Share.
What more is there to say? Canva.com is a great tool for any blogger!
Absolutely Free – Make or Transform Your Own Professional Images
GIMP is an Open Source image editor. Create transparencies, backgrounds, or even animations, if you have the patience. Add text, blur an image, and more.
Reclaim Your Blog. Then Share it on Social Media.
Share it or Publish it on LinkedIn (or both)
Set up your writing portfolio on Contently.com
and more …
Let everyone know you’ve been writing!
If you think this article is useful, please share it.
(You’d want them to do the same for you 🙂 )
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