Blogging for real

by Serge ‘Mage’ cote

Blogging is something that is a lot like writing a book (for most people). When you start, you just do it in your free time. Then, you start to get some feedback from people and you find out that it could maybe become something more.

Then you have to choose to do it for real or keep it only a side project.

When you choose to make it a priority, it has to be for the good reason. Feedback, good or bad, will not drive you to write more. It’s only a way to know if there’s some people really reading what you post.

Good reason are all about deep and profound ideal that you want to share. You need to write something that you will be happy for doing so in 10 years.

Too many people think that they will become rich with a blog. The sad reality is that it’s only a very few bloguer that are making enough to live with their blog. And among those, only a very few are making it to the top.

No one can say where your blog will end up. It’s all up to you to keep writing even if you don’t get the result you want.

The Brand by Serge ‘Mage’ Cote

In the world of Blogging, you are the brand.

Whatever you post, it’s all from you. Even if you repost someone else’s post, it’s your choice, so it’s all from you.

How can we find ways to be interesting while keeping some stuff personal?

First, there’s a need to be true. Truth in what you think and believe is the first thing you need to be as you blog.

Second, you don’t need to impose your belief. What you believe will always come out of your post. If you stay away from being judgmental in your blog, things will be easier for you. **Warning: there’s a lot of people online who are searching for reason to confront. They’re searching for anything that will give them the opportunity to fight. Most of the time, it’s useless to respond to them. They don’t care who’s right or wrong, they only want to confront and fight.

Third, don’t post anything without taking the time to do a second or a third verification. If you take the time to read and adjust your post, you’ll end up with post that are nice to read and set up to present your idea in a clear and simple way.

Fourth, you don’t need to be perfect. Yes, do your best. But the main reason to have a blog is to post. So, if you find yourself stuck in front of a post, the best choice is always to post instead of not posting. And remember, you can still modify your post later if there’s a major error in it.

Fifth, if you are in a high rush of writing. Post something and keep the rest for another day when you don’t feel like writing that much. You should create post that are easy to read in less than 5 minutes. Why? Because our world is about short info. Yes, there’s still a lot of people that are reading long text, but the majority don’t. So, if you want to reach large audience, find a way to mix your long post into short ones.

In the blogging world, you are the brand. People will identify your post to you. They will identify your personality to your post. Don’t expect to hide anything. It will come out.

Be yourself and create some good stuff online. Many people underestimate the effect they have with their post. If you keep on posting good stuff, the right people will find your blog and they’ll be touch.

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How to write

How to write…

There’s a ton of information about writing online. You can find thousands of good blog post on the subject, and also a ton of good eBook. If you look on Amazon, you can find a lot of books on the subject.

With all that information available to you, why should I make a post on that subject?

It’s because, I want to share with you what’s on my mind.

I think that you can learn all you want about writing (You can read and read). Nothing is better then doing while learning. You need to write as you learn to make it better.

You can keep on reading about writing. It’s ok to do so. But you need also to do the writing.

I’ll give you some tips:

  1. Develop the habit of writing.
    1. Choose to dedicate time to the actual action of writing.
    2. The best would be to do this every day.
    3. At first, start with 20 minutes. A real 20 minutes where you do nothing else then writing. After 30 days, you can raise that time if you want. Don’t underestimate the amount of writing you can do in 20 minutes a day.

“The desire to write grows with writing.”

– Desiderius Erasmus

Yes, there’s a lot more to do after the creative moment. But if you can manage this part, the rest will be easy.