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Blogging Pitfalls: How To Avoid an International Incident

It can be easy to forget that the Web is a truly international phenomenon and that people visit and view our sites from every continent and from all over the world.

While this is a truly amazing thing as it means that our message and our information can, quite literally, spread all across the globe in the blink of an eye, not everyone comes to your site with the same mindset and background. In fact, every person who approaches your site brings with them their cultural, personal, political and even religious background.

This means that, even if we completely ignore or overcome the language barriers that exist on the Web, no two people read the same piece of content the same way. Everything we read is colored by our background and the same holds true for each of the other 6 billion people on the planet.

This can create a very serious problem. What might be simply hilarious to you and your friends could be brazingly offensive to someone in another country. While this might be fine if you’re trying to be somewhat offensive with your humor, it can be disastrous if you’re trying to get information across or win people over to your viewpoint.

This alone makes cultural differences and important problem to be aware of and a pitfall that is critical to avoid.

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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Avoid Blogging Overload

Stressful DeskNearly every blogger has had this experience. You fall ill, go on vacation or otherwise miss a day or two of posting and then come back to a serious mess. With so much to catch up on, only 24 hours in the day and a workload that could crush any mortal, many either just give up or cut corners.

The problem is that, as bloggers, we tend to expect too much of ourselves, we anticipate being able to run at 100% all of the time and, when we can’t for whatever reason, we put ourselves in a position where we have to do more than is physically possible to get caught back up.

This leads to a case of blogging overload, trying to do too much with too little time and too little resources. It’s one of the most avoidable crises in a blogger’s experience but one of the more deadly. After all, when one finds themselves in a situation where they have to do more than is physically possible, they have to make sacrifices that will negatively impact their writing in one way or another.

And these are sacrifices no blogger should ever have to make. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Avoid Lazy Writing and Editing

At the end of the day, the most basic activity a blogger must do is write.

While it is true that bloggers are, with good reason, expending more and more into video and audio, at some point every blogger is going to have to write something. It might be a description, a bio or even just an advertisement but, at some point, a every blogger is going to have to put words onto paper.

But not every writer has the heart of a poet or the writing skills of a hard-hitting journalists. Bloggers come from all different backgrounds and styles and many have had little training or experience with writing prior to starting up their blog.

The good news is that you don’t need to be the next Shakespeare to be an effective and popular blogger, in many ways it helps not to be, but you do have to be able to write clearly and in a way that is engaging to your reader. It may not require a Ph.D in literature, but it does require that you work on honing your craft and make your writing as good as possible.

Failure to do so can sink an otherwise great blog and make your previous hard work a complete waste of time.

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5+7 Tips to Spark Blogging Inspiration

If you’ve written or blogged for at least a few months, you know that inspiration comes and goes. It’s not always lack of ideas that stop you from getting that next blog post out — often it’s having too many ideas and having doubts about what to write. Here are a few tips to spark some blogging inspiration, that have worked for me in the past.

Scanning For Ideas

The first step is scan for sources of ideas. Yeah, I know that I said you might have too many ideas, but we’ll take care of that in the next section.

  1. Scan the blogosphere. The first thing I usually do to start a blogging day is check my favorite aggregators and portals. I like to use Techmeme, Alltop, YourVersion, Google Reader. Depending on the niche that I’m blogging, I might check other similar tools or have my own custom aggregators that I’ve built in WordPress. Read More

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Blogging: Outdoors vs. Indoors

One of the things I love about writing is that I can do it from anywhere. Whether I’m perched atop the Himalayas or laying poolside in Vegas, all I need is a pen and paper and a money-making creative purge is right around the corner. That’s a sexy thought, one that has spawned many people to consider blogging as a full-time career as office life dies a slow death.

As I write this post I am looking out on a calm river and swan-laden pond. The majestic green trees are punching through the blue sky and the peaceful sound of nearby waterfalls have lulled me into a Zen-like state.

The words are flowing.

All is right with the world.

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Read More

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The Beauty of Blogs

This is a guest entry by Pamela Ferdinand, a Chicago-based journalist and co-author of the triple memoir “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood”

I never thought I would be a blogger. Then again, I never thought I would write a memoir. I’m too private, too much of a journalist trained in the school of Objectivity where you keep your opinions and thoughts to yourself. Republican? Democrat? Jewish? Christian? Pro-life? Pro-choice? I never told.

Hah. Here I am, memoir co-author and blogger. Joke’s on me.

For years, I covered natural disasters and political debacles as a reporter for some of the nation’s leading daily newspapers. I loved it, and am saddened to see what has happened to many of the publications and people who worked so hard to deliver the news — the real news, with depth, substance, and style. For years, people from all walks of life told me their stories, and the whole time, I kept my mouth shut about myself. Read More

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4 Things Today’s Bloggers Can Learn From American Idol!

Okay, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to go public with a personal confession.

As they say, confession is good for the soul. Right?

So, here it goes…

Other than Keanu Reeves, Jazz music, herbal tea, and your “garden variety” 50% off sale, there are few things that I’m fonder of than American Idol.

Now that may seem trivial to some of you, nonetheless, I’ve said it.

So who the heck cares, and why am I sharing this with you?

To adequately prepare you.

With a few weeks left before the end of this season, I’m totally geeked!

Which loosely translated means; you’re almost sure to find sporadic references here and there hidden amidst future blog posts. You’ve been forewarned. :-)

But, before you dismiss this chick with a mouse button click, allow me to make a relevant point. Read on… Read More

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The 3 Ps of Successful Bloggers

This is a guest post by Marcie Hill.

With the explosion of blogs over the past few years, have you ever wondered why some blogs survive and others don’t? What special “ingredients” do the owners of the top 100 blogs on Technorati offer their audiences that are unknown to other bloggers? Following are the 3 Ps of successful bloggers that establishes why their blogs “thrive” when others can’t survive.

Passion

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” ~ Unknown

All successful bloggers MUST have a passion for the topics on which they are blogging. Even if you enjoy the art of blogging, your love for your topic will give you a boost of energy that will keep you and your blog going through dry spells. It will also give you a unique voice that will attract and keep an audience.

Some people blog for fun; others for profit. Whatever your reason for blogging, your passion for your topic will secure your spot in the blog world slowly but surely. Read More

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4 Ways to Increase Your Blogging I.Q.

Knowledge is power.

Whether it’s culled from classroom experience, lessons of love, or street savvy; the more you know the further you’ll go.

And blogging is no different.

There’s so much to discover and decipher about this relatively new phenomenon. There are so many paths to explore.

It almost seems that new developments are hitting the scene daily on software applications, Plugins, monetization methods, emerging resources, and key players with keen insight to model from.

So where does one start for the best end results? Read More

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Duz Ya Spellin Matta?

This post is a guest contribution by Stacey Cavanagh, of Tecmark SEO London

Duz ya spellin matta? U understand wut Im askin u dnt u, even if I spell it rong? So with that in mind, does it really matter if a blog post is badly spelt with poor grammar?

Yes. Ok, so that might be a rather short and blunt answer. But, and forgive me if I come across like a bit of a linguistic snob here, no matter how much I like a blog, if its content is frequently littered with poor spelling and grammar I will stop reading.

Why? Well there are a few reasons, to be honest. Read More

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