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What Skinned Knees and Elbows Taught Me About Blogging

Is blogging like riding a bike?

It’s summer break and two boys in my house are focused on a single task.  My youngest son is learning how to ride his bike.  The oldest boy, me, is learning patience.  He’s riding.  He’s wobbly but he’s getting better by the minute.

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Fired Up Friday

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We often think that the Crazy Ones are “out there”.

They are the people on TV, in movies, in Washington D.C. or on the stage accepting a Nobel Prize.

Get Fired Up

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Fired Up Friday

Winning

You can’t help but get fired up watching Rocky.

But this scene voiceover from the final installment of the Rocky franchise is absolutely sensational.

Get Fired Up

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How To Narrow Your Blog’s Focus

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“It looks like we’re trying to boil the ocean here…”

You’re boiling the ocean when you mistakenly take on a task that is too big and broad for you to handle.  This happens when you aren’t clear about your goals.

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Unorthodox Blogging : How Rebels Win

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There are millions of blogs competing for your readers attention.  You are going to need to break a few rules of etiquette and rely on something other than your “hunches” to successfully market your blog.

Here’s what you should do -

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Is It OK to Publish Good Posts That Aren’t Great?

There’s a lot of guilt in the blogging space.

Many bloggers are nursing a guilty conscience about post frequency, post length, and social media involvement but the good vs. great post debate is a stickler.

The dilemma starts when a blogger reads a post from a successful blogger who says -

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Chinese Proverb

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

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7 Blogging Obstacles and Simple Ways to Overcome Them

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I often find myself thinking about the obstacles you face as a content creator and blogger.  Taking a cue from Ryan Holiday’s book, The Obstacle is the Way,  I began journaling how to face each obstacle and overcome it.

Here are 7 of the most common obstacles and what you can overcome them.

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Is The Social Media Marketing Niche Racist?

During Social Media Marketing World, a friend reminded me that I was one of the few black people presenting at the conference. They asked if that concerned me. I didn’t know at the time. I’m not one to draw quick conclusions but I did tuck the observation away for a time of reflection.

I guess I can’t duck this question forever.

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How Do You Create An Effective Blogging Strategy?

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Important but tough question. It’s often helpful to tackle complicated questions by working backward.

In this case, I believe an effective business blogging strategy creates customers. I know this sounds crass to the unicorn and rainbows crowd but a business blog is a waste of time if it can’t help pay the bills a return a profit.