It all flies at you – day and night – at lightning speed. You could easily spend all your time reading about blogging. Hey, you don’t want to miss a critical key to blogging success – do you?
But when you really take a closer look, most posts are just a rehash – unoriginal, repetitive, not particularly well written.
Is this constant influx really helping you to blog better?
Probably not. More likely it’s eating up your precious time for writing content and promotion. On top of that, if you don’t create boundaries, you will burnout faster than a match. So what’s a blogger to do?
Here’s my simple 2-step solution.
- Create your own personalized virtual resource center of timeless blogging advice
- Then – stay tuned to the best, lose the rest
Timeless blogging advice – your own virtual resource center
Creating your own collection of useful guidance eliminates the need to run after every blogging link. And, the best instructions will always be easily and quickly accessible to you. Plus, every article will be pertinent to you.
Opt for only a small number of masterful pieces that cover the gamut of blogging advice as it relates to your niche and blog goals. Be choosy! Only the very best will do. But “best” is a relative term. The key is finding the voices that help you.
By necessity, everyone’s choices will be different. For example, I veer toward blogging advice from successful personal development bloggers and seasoned writers.
To illustrate what a collection might look like, here are my own best links.
1. Annabel Candy – Get in the Hot Spot
2. timethief – One Cool Site Blogging Tips
- Popular Posts Series – beginning blogging, becoming a better blogger, building a better blog, social networking, images and media, SEO, and more.
3. Dragos Roua – Dragos Roua (dot) com
4. Tess Marshal – The Bold Life
- Vibrational Marketing – Won’t You Join Me? - Especially for the open-minded. Blog success is not always about taking all the “right” steps. Your intention, who you are, and how you are make a big difference.
5. Steve Pavlina – Steve Pavlina (dot) com
6. Brian Clark – Copyblogger
- Copywriting 101 – An introduction to effective copy, 10-step copywriting tutorial
7. Darren Rowse and Glen Murray – Problogger
- The Copywriting Scorecord for Bloggers – This is an ebook for purchase. Firstly, it’s an excellent primer on blog writing. Secondly, it’s a useful tool that highlights your strengths and weaknesses, so you know where to focus, and it reminds you of key blogging points you might otherwise forget. [BTW, I don't receive a commission for recommending the ebook.]
8. Jean Sarauer – Virgin Blogger Notes
- What My Father Taught Me About Blogging – a moving piece of advice that highlights the qualities of successful bloggers and people.
9. Sandra Lee – Always Well Within
- Expert Advice on Writing Faster Blog Posts - I’m not the expert! This is a collection of advice and perspectives from a few top bloggers.
Once you collect your timeless blogging advice, what do you do with it?
Chances are, you haven’t implemented all the strategies contained in these master works – I know I haven’t. So why waste time gathering more redundant information?
Take action – apply one nugget of expert advice once a day, once a week, once a month – whatever fits your blogging schedule and aspirations. Reading on its own won’t take your blog very far. Putting the advice into practice is the only way your blog will flourish.
Whenever a question or confusion arises, refer to your treasury of knowledge. Don’t waste time searching the internet. Go directly to the best advice center built specially for you.
Re-read the articles periodically, to see what you have missed. Then, it’s back up to taking action!
Then – stay tuned to the best, lose the rest.
Clearly, you don’t want to live in a bubble and miss out on an important new developments or premium advice.
So select a handful of best bloggers to follow and lose the rest. That’s right – cut the superfluous email subscriptions, drop off the RSS feeds, and un-follow on Twitter. Be bold, but slash wisely. Remember, “best” doesn’t necessarily mean the most popular. It means the folks that help you the most.
One ways I stay up-to-date is by checking-in on Fridays with:
- Kristi Hines – Kikolani – In her fantastic Fetching Friday Series, Kristi features the best articles from around the web on everything to do with blogging – writing, link building, social networking, SEO, marketing and more. It’s all gathered conveniently for you in one place by category. Kristi also offers a wealth of timeless advice on Kikolani.
Life is precious! Time is limited! I no longer waste it running after every link of blog advice only to find rehashed and unimaginative information.
Do you feel inundated with too much information about blogging? What solutions have your found?
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