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Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game)

Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game)

You’re impatient to become a better writer.

So naturally you love writing tips.

You eagerly devour each new one, hoping to give your writing brain a small but valuable upgrade.

But in practice, new tips appear so regularly that you struggle to keep up.

You don’t know which tips to try and which to ignore, and each new practice is quickly replaced by the next.

One week you’re trying to use more emotion in your writing. The next, fewer adjectives. After that, it’s all about empathy.

You end up switching tactics so often that you can’t tell which tips are working and which are simply wasting your time.

Surely there’s an answer? A solution must exist that lies somewhere between trying everything and ignoring everything.
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16 Ways to Caffeinate Your Content and Give Your Audience a Buzz

16 Ways to Caffeinate Your Content and Give Your Audience a Buzz

You dream of connecting with a powerfully engaged audience.

Readers who are excited by what you write – and show it.

But so far, the reaction to your content has been underwhelming.

And you start to wonder:

Is your writing having an impact at all?

You’re not alone. Most bloggers struggle to get a reaction from their audiences.

Because the disturbing truth is that most blog readers are barely conscious.

After all, when did you last hear someone say:

“Man, I’m so pumped right now I could sit down and read a blog post.”

Never, right?

Readers are seeking someone to snap them out of their stupor.

And if your blog can’t do that, they’ll simply sleepwalk to the next.
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6 Stunning Visuals That Will Make Your Content Memorable, Sharable, and Beautiful

6 Stunning Visuals That Will Make Your Content Memorable, Sharable, and Beautiful

With so much content competing for attention on the Internet, do you ever wonder if your content stands a chance?

According to the journal Science, we have to process five times more information today than in 1986.

Our readers are overwhelmed. You probably are too.

So how can you make your next blog post stand out among the masses? Is the attempt even worth the effort?

You bet it is. And it’s easier than you think.

Visitors to your website read, on average, only 28% of what’s in front of them. So slowing them down long enough to take in your message is imperative.

And one way to slow them down, increase engagement – and boost comprehension – is to use visuals.

(Yes, I know you’re not an artist. Stick with me.)

The following are six types of gorgeous visuals that are easy to create and can double your blog’s traffic and engagement levels:
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49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

Note from Jon: I talk to a lot of bloggers who’d love to spend more time painting, storytelling, photographing, or some other creative pursuit, but don’t, because they feel it’s not pragmatic. And that’s sad, because it can be. Just as a blog can build buzz around a book or business, it can also be used to promote your art.

Regardless of your passion, you’ll find someone in Leanne’s list you can use to inspire your own success. I also urge you to download The Rebel Artist’s Manifesto. It’s free, and it’ll give you one extra kick in the butt to get you started.

You’ve watched artists, performers and writers like Hugh McLeod, Amanda Palmer, Chase Jarvis, and Jeff Goins sell boatloads of creative work thanks to the platforms they have built from their blogs.

You tinker with your own creative projects and wonder if you could use a blog to promote them too.

But despite all the blogging advice out there, you sense that blogging for art is different.

You know you don’t want to be spammy, but have no idea how to use a blog to sell those musical compositions, show tickets, short horror stories, family paintings with Fido, or handmade grandfather clocks.

The one thing artists need to be successful today

The Internet has turned selling creative work on its head.

No longer can you simply get good at your craft and then find someone to champion you, manage you, or sponsor you.

Want a publishing deal? You better have built a solid fan base for your work first.

Want a chance at a record deal or even just a decent side income from your work? You’ll need an engaged audience and good-sized list.

For today’s artist, building a tribe is non-negotiable.

But how?
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43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

Have you ever wondered what people really think of your blog?

Have you ever thought that it might be a bit, well, boring?

Of course, no one will actually tell you that. You won’t even hear the Sigh. Yawn. Click. as another reader closes your blog and disappears forever.

But let’s face it: your blog has seen better days.

Maybe you haven’t updated it in a while. Maybe it hasn’t seen a fresh idea in weeks or even months. Maybe you’re just stuck in a rut.

But one thing’s certain. If you’re getting bored with your blog, your readers are too.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your blog doesn’t have to join the list of millions that have gone from boring and neglected to dead and buried.

All you need are some new ideas to boost your blog’s energy and win back your blogging mojo.

So let’s get creative! Check out our list of excellent starting points below.
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