How to Use Your Voice on Your Blog


. . . and some of you were wondering where my British accent is . . . I promise to use it next time. Don’t forget to download the worksheet/exercise (two pages), and feel free to check out some notes (below) from the video.
Use Your Voice Worksheet and ExerciseIn this video I discuss three tips + action items for using your voice on your blog:

1. Recognize the importance of your voice.
2. Practice using your voice (through text) more often.
3. Say it again, Sam. << It’ll make sense when you watch the video, or perhaps if you’re obsessed with classic movies like I am. I’ll give you a few tips on how to do each of those, but the exercise (PDF) is a great resource too. In this video, I also draw comparisons between the four types of bloggers and four types of “concert goers,” which is of course accompanied by some of my epic dance moves.


Photos of me: taken from my video, shot by James Smith

How to Get Serious About Blogging

Is this a post where I get straight to the point?

Why.

Yes it is.

1. Think long & hard about your blog categories.

Your categories are the main sections or “magazine columns” that you feature on your blog. They should appeal to your target audience. They should be logical for you. You should like talking about them.

2. Design your site to be appealing and easy on the eyes, for long amounts of time.

Oh, and yeah, I had a sweet male reader let me know that he loved reading even though I mainly use pictures of women in my posts. But, I don’t want you guys to feel left out, so I made some secondary images you can feel free to pin to your boards. I mean, this is probably not what you meant, but I sure like these:

Are you ready to get sexy, I mean serious, about blogging? Are you ready to get sexy, I mean serious, about blogging?

3. Be Ugly Betty.

And by that, I of course mean: pretend you’re an actual magazine publisher and plan out each piece well, invest time into each piece, edit and format your posts, add great designs to your posts, write in a natural tone your readers will be drawn to, and publish regularly. If your favorite magazine missed a few issues, you’d eventually find a replacement. If you aren’t blogging regularly, your readers might find some replacements. HarshTruthsAboutBloggingLife.com

How to Write a Blog Business Plan (Free Workbook and All)

If you like adult homework and careful planning, this post is for you. If you don’t like adult homework or planning out the details of your blog as a business, then this post is DEFINITELY for you. If you currently (or ever plan to in the future) regard your blog as a business, or a way to make money, or grow your platform, or enhance your brand, then creating a blog business plan is essential.


“Why? Why must I do this? This is just part of your nefarious plan to keep me busy . . .” you say.

True. But, if you don’t 100% love your blog plan and me after you’re done, I’ll enter you into the “Regina wastes my time and life e-gift card drawing” for $25 to Amazon.com, because here’s the deal: I’d never recommend starting a business without a business plan, so I feel passionately about you developing a blog business plan if you’ll ever regard your blog as a business.

51 Types of Blog Posts to Help Grow Your Audience

The 51 Types of Blog Posts to Grow Your Brand

Welcome to the blogosphere. A place where everyone wants to stand out, be entertaining, gain adoring fans, and get more Internet fame. You, my friend, have many options before you for the types of blog posts you can write as you become the Internet star you were always meant to be. Below, I have included a list of 51 types of blog posts. Not only can your types of content vary, but the format and delivery of your content can differ (see the quick lists directly below).

Just remember: You don’t need hundreds of thousands of readers to accomplish your goals (unless your goal is to outfame Riff Raff—which I hope you do). Most bloggers just need to aim for a few hundred (or perhaps a few thousand) loyal readers in order to accomplish their goals, such as building community, selling products/services, starting a membership blog, etc.

As you begin blogging regularly, use this list of blog post types to keep your blog fresh. Varying the types of blog posts you write can help you determine what works best for your readers. Different posts also attract people who like to learn (or be entertained) in different ways. Being diverse also expands your creativity and helps you create more valuable material. Try one new post type each week for a month to see how it works for you.