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You might have seen posts from me popping up on other writing-related sites around the net. (You might well have come to read Aliventures as a result of one of them – if so, welcome!)
The lovely Ainslie Hunter has been encouraging me to do a round-up of my recent posts, so, here it is! Most of these posts are heavily blogging-related, so if you’re not a blogger, I recommend digging into the Aliventures archives instead (try The Four Essential Stages of Writing for starters).
#1: Copywriting Essentials from A – Z on Copyblogger
I came up with the idea for an A – Z format post while writing the lessons for my newest ecourse (more on that next week…)
Today I offer you the guide I wish I’d had [when I started]: an A to Z of the absolute essentials of copywriting — plus a good bit of further reading for each.
#2: 7 Habits of Professional Bloggers on ProBlogger
I know a lot of successful bloggers – and I’ve noticed that they have a fair few habits in common. This post outlines the top seven.
Professional blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme—and I’m sure you’ve discovered that for yourself. But although building a successful, income-producing blog might take a bit longer than you wanted, it’s far from impossible.
#3: Why You Should Use “You” and “I” in Your Posts on Daily Blog Tips
This was a nitty-gritty look at how exactly to use language to engage readers.
I’m guessing that you’d like more repeat traffic, more comments, more tweets and more subscribers. That means learning how to use “you” and “I” effectively, so that you draw readers in – rather than turning them off.
#4: Why You Need to Stop Learning About Blogging on Daily Blog Tips
A somewhat controversial subject on a blog that’s about blogging … but one that I was keen to tackle, because I see so many bloggers getting stuck learning instead of doing.
Sure, blogging is a huge and sometimes crazy world, where you need to know about writing, marketing, technology, design… But you could spend years learning everything there is to know – and you still wouldn’t make any progress.
#5: Why It’s a Great Time to be a Freelance Writer on Write to Done
Freelance writing really has changed my life, though it’s not always been an easy path. In this post, I explained why it’s such a great world to get into now, and how to do it well:
It’s much easier to get a foot on the ladder now. A couple of decades ago, if you wanted to be a freelancer, you had to gradually build up a portfolio of clips – starting with writing for tiny local publications for free. Now, you can email guest posts to blogs with a circulation of hundreds of thousands – and you can be published the next day.
#6: How to Write for a Long Project on Men with Pens
I know that plenty of bloggers find it easy to turn out individual posts – but struggle when it comes to writing something longer. I wrote this post to help bridge the gap.
When you’re writing an ebook or an ecourse, you can’t just jump in on page one and hope for the best. (Well, you can. But that’s a fast route to throwing away half your work.)
So – if you’re short of reading material, hopefully that’ll keep you busy for a while. 🙂 And if there’s a great writing-related blog you’d like to see me guest post on, then just let me know!
I’m going to be opening up registration for my newest ecourse next week, so make sure you’re getting new posts by RSS or straight to your inbox (pop your email address in below) so you don’t miss out on that.