The Blog-Writing Process & Developing Your Voice

A cripple most of us have is we think we need “all the information” before starting. I mean in some instances this may be true but in my case for blog writing the sooner I begin the sooner I can hone my ability and reach my goals.

If consistency is everything when it comes to blog posting then I will post consistently and my quality will improve over time. We want everything to be perfect immediately which just wont happen. Perfectionism is a cripple and an illusion, life and its situations will never be perfect. If you’re waiting for a sign to fall from heaven you’ve been mistaken.

You need to start now and the practice will develop you into something new. If you want to be a writer you’re going to have to get use to observing deep thought, you’re going to have to get comfortable being in seclusion when you write and the consistency in which you do so.

Neglecting to write you’re dampening your growth, experience is everything. You may think you have the best game plan but how do you know if you don’t allow it to take affect? Blog-writing is a long process of trial and error. It’s about learning what does and doesn’t work for your audience.

Neglecting to post only adds to the battle with time. Building a following takes time and each post should be scheduled deliberately. Waiting to post only prolongs the process of building a following. Your voice is what’s most important even if you’re not the best writer at the moment.

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Hone your inner critic.

Practice makes perfect and editing takes time. Writing a blog then posting it immediately can critically reduce the quality of your content.

Write blogs, keep them organized in an editorial calendar and give yourself more than enough time to edit. Editing should be the most time-consuming process of blog-writing and should never be neglected.

Not every blog you write should be posted. Writing blogs ahead of time and reading them numerous times scanning for errors and inconsistencies allows us to analyze the overall content quality. Read with an editor’s eye, have others read and critique.

Every blog you post should have been read at least 10 times before being posted. Each time with a new focus. (1) Does the content flow nicely? (2) Is the grammar correct? (2) Are all facts true? (3) Is the formatting neat? (4) Are keywords used effectively? (5) How many links are used? (5a) Can an anchor link be used for to promote a similar archived post? (5b) Are all my sources included?

Of course everyone’s process for blog writing is different but editing should never be overlooked. Editing is the difference between a blog site floating or sinking. Start today not tomorrow, If your blogs aren’t up to the standards you want choose not to post them but be sure to keep writing and developing your abilities.

“Write. Write more. Write even more. Write even more than that. Write when you don’t want to. Write when you do. Write when you have something to say. Write when you don’t. Write everyday. Keep writing.” – Brian Clark

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Getting/Staying Motivated

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Getting inspired is different for everyone, what inspires me might not even interest you. For me, inspiration comes from engaging in new music, new read materials or personal achievements. Taking part in my personal development journey my physical and mental growth is its own reward.

Being motivated and staying determined is never easy but can be managed well if you know what you’re doing. It’s hard to know what steps to take if you don’t know where you’re going which is why having a clear vision is so important.

What is it you’re trying to accomplish? When you think about the challenge how does it make you feel?

Thinking about the challenge should give you a rush of adrenaline. Don’t let your negative thoughts beat you up. Embrace your challenges with a sense of excitement, each opportunity is a chance to learn and try something new.

Challenges are a blessing in disguise but It’s all on how you choose look at it. You can choose to dwell at the thought of challenge or you can choose to find your fire inside and release your inner warrior.

How you view challenge will determine your levels of stress. Stress is the enemy, don’t live with the enemy.

Focus on aspects under your control. Have a plan, be proactive, and always be ready to take the next step. Remember life will knock you down multiple times before you’re even able to sniff what it is you’re working towards. The key is perseverance, always getting back up. Don’t let failure define you instead let it guide you on how to approach the next step.

Believe in yourself and stay poised you will overcome your current situation in time. Have faith in yourself, if it was easy everyone would do it. If you find strong self-purpose and value in something don’t let anyone influence your perspective.

Always keep the end in mind and remember your core principles. It’s easy to get lost and forget our purpose behind our actions when we don’t receive immediate rewards. Remember to maintain a long-term perspective think today’s sacrifices can be tomorrow’s blessings if you act accordingly.

Life’s not fair, we can’t always set out to do everything we wish to but what’s important is we try to do everything we possibly can. Don’t live with regrets and unwanted tension. Stay determined and choose to participate in altering the course of your life for the better. Choose to be hopeful and live with purpose each and every day.

Choose to practice daily, practice whatever it is you wish to better yourself in. Let your progression move you. Reflect on how far you’ve come and toast to how far you’ll go. Be humble and appreciate every step along the way.

Challenge yourself; challenge yourself to learn all you can, to beat your own personal records, to be fully independent, challenge yourself to be a balanced whole person. Most of all challenge yourself to rise to the occasion and never give up.

Life’s not easy; don’t resort to feeling content with your unhappiness. If you’re not happy with your current situation do something about it.

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Reinventing Yourself

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No one said life was easy and it’s apparent its not. If there was one guide to living the best life then no other guide would ever need to be made. If there was a magic pill or some easy way I would have found it by now but trust me there isn’t.

We all search for answers to please us. We question ourselves, we question our purpose. Some of us over time lose ourselves and begin to question our values. Through this self examination we become fixated on things we cannot change rather than things we can. We begin paralyzing ourselves while reflecting on the past or living in hope of the future.

We become our own worst enemies battling with our minds for what we want.

Why do people experience crisis in their lives?

People experience crisis in their lives because they can’t accept the truth of reality. Reality is hard. Reality is tough. More often then not these people have been disillusioned for a greater portion of their lives and are in tough hole to get out of. Inevitably these people come to experience “reality checks” and realize that their life is nothing that they had planned.

Why Plan?

If you don’t give yourself direction the wind will decide for you. Happiness and success isn’t something you just stumble upon its something you strive towards. Living without a plan is like shooting at a dart board with a blindfold on. You may hit your mark but most likely you’re shooting blindly and odds are you’ll never come close to your target.

Guidelines to Managing Action

    • Set daily, monthly, annual and long-term goals.
    • Evaluate your current self. How do you currently spend your time? What could you be doing differently? Can resources be leveraged differently? More efficiently? What are your biggest distractions? Can you practice moderation?
    • Rely on lists. Forget about the traditional to-do lists, instead make day or time specific lists. Any task that is “iffy” in terms of being completed can be organized in a “Someday/Maybe” list.
    • Have a system for your lists. Have a filing system and specific categories. Some categories could possibly be a “projects” list, a “next actions” list and a “waiting for” list.
    • Evaluate based on a weekly review. Ensure your brain is clear and all loose strands of the past few days have been collected, processed, and organized.

Its ALL ABOUT YOU!

Remember that your quality life will look different from my quality life. We are all unique and have different needs and wants from one another. Don’t steal someone else’s vision, create your own. Establish what’s important to you and what’s worth working towards.

Create a system to reach your desired goals. Be specific with the action steps you need to take to get there. Again, consider making lists to identify the new changes you’ll need to make.

Action Steps to Reinventing & Modifying Behaviour

    • Wake Up Early.
    • Make lists everyday.
    • Prioritize your tasks.
    • Complete your lists.
    • Do the hardest tasks first.
    • Tidy & remove all clutter.
    • Think rich. (upbeat, positive and focused)
    • Save 10-20% of your income.
    • Control your thoughts and emotions.
    • Schedule uninterrupted blocks of time.
    • Read & improve your knowledge.
    • Work in 20 minute spurts.
    • Spend less time sitting.

Reinventing yourself takes time don’t move away from the process. Start today not tomorrow. If you can’t take action at this very moment plan proactively. Learn to be reliable and to count on yourself. Get your energy levels up and be healthy. Unplug from all electronics and find quiet time to recharge. There’s no success without failure, take everything you’ve learnt and let it change you. Focus on changing your inner self and the outer world will follow.

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