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“Should I be Writing?” — My Attempt at Answering This Question with a Little Help from Seth Godin.

Collected snippets of advice from the author, speaker, entrepreneur, educator, and master blogger -- Seth Godin, on the importance of writing.

[I often write personal essays on Medium. The following post originally appeared on Live Your Life on Purpose — a Medium publication, on April 6, 2019, as I contemplated my reasons for and resistance to writing about my life. The content may not apply to what I blog about on TSB, but it does to some of the other pieces I’ve written on Medium and elsewhere about my life and struggles. If you’re in the same boat and questioning whether you should be writing at all, regardless of your niche, I hope this article will help.]

There are certain rules that I try to live by.

One of them is that I do what I want regardless of what other people think I should or shouldn’t do.

When I started writing, that’s the approach I adopted. I wanted to write for the pure pleasure of doing so. I didn’t care who read my articles or if I made money off it.

Well, I think that’s what it was at least in the beginning. Somewhere along the line though, things changed.

How to Write Epic Blog Post Titles That Are Irresistibly Clickable

The hype around blog post titles is real.

And I understand why. The legitimacy of spending hours crafting titles comes down to a simple rule of “hook and skinker”.

Let me explain.

The internet is full of information, correct? Let’s say you’re a blogger. Pick a topic, any topic, and chances are, someone somewhere has blogged about it. If you happen to pick a popular blogging niche, chances are that a simple Google search for a popular keyword will result in tens if not hundreds of blog posts on the same topic. Which one do you think gets more clicks?

The ones on the first page 🙂 Yeah, SEO plays a huge role. But let’s forget SEO for a minute and focus on which title on the very first page of Google’s search results gets the most clicks.

The blog post title that gets the most clicks is the one that pinpoints the reader’s pain point and offers a solution using words that stand out from the rest of the titles about the exact same pain point and its solution.

In other words, it all comes down to the copy. …

How to Battle Your Enemy, The “Adverb”

Tips on how to avoid overusing adverbs in your blog writing. Adverbs tend to weaken you prose most of the times, and they should be avoided whenever possible to exert assertion.

My prose has a natural enemy. It’s called an “adverb”.

Adverbs have relentlessly raided my prose and now it is severely battered.

Now read again.

Adverbs have raided and battered my prose over and over again.

I don’t know about you but I like the second version a whole lot better! Yes, it’s devoid of fancy words such as “relentlessly” and “severely”, but let’s face it—did I need these two words to convey the message? Did the second version fail to express the severity of the situation? I doubt it.

Now let’s try a third version.

Adverbs have relentlessly raided and battered my prose.

OK, I think I prefer the third version! And yes, *gasp* it has a fancy adverb!

The point I’m trying to make is this:

While sometimes adverbs can be useful, many a newbie writer, myself included, tend to overuse adverbs, when there’s no need for them. Our beloved author Stephen King writes in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,

“The adverb is not your friend.” … “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”

I believe King is a great author, and so, I take his opinion to heart.

7 Super Simple Editing Tips That Give Your Writing A Much Needed Oomph

Take your writing from boring to fascinating using these 7 simple editing tips that are guaranteed to make your prose several times more powerful.

The more I sharpen my skills as a blogger, the more I find that nothing quite beats awe-inspiring writing when it comes to blogging success. After all, the audience on retainer needs incentives to keep them coming back. And let’s face it, it makes more sense to write stellar content than to create an opt-in freebie every other week…

And the first rule of stellar content depends on how it’s written. As my favorite blogger Jon Morrow says, and I’m paraphrasing, if you know how to write well, you could write a step-by-step guide on how to cut grass and people who have nothing to do with cutting grass will devour your grass-cutting blog post.

And you know what makes a grass-cutting blog post impossibly alluring? It’s called editing. Yes, guys, good writing is all about editing. The more I learn about editing, the more I come to understand that the one thing that separates a decent writer from a great writer is the power of editing. After all, many people have amazing ideas, but not all of them have access to amazing editors!

And yes, many of the greatest writers that we know and adore, have reached the height of otherworldly goodness thanks due to their editors’ mighty skills.

So, where does that leave us fledgling writers and bloggers? Are the ideas we craft doomed to mediocrity until we have enough riches to hire the editing Gods?

Well, they don’t have to be.

5 Writing Tips from One Newbie Blogger to Other Newbie Bloggers

Readers gobble up well-written content -- a must-have for successful blogs. Here are 5 tips for writing such content that readers can't stay away from | Blog to BizThe world has gone up in flames just in the last few days, but the most pressing question facing us bloggers, especially the newbie ones like myself, is this: HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER WITH MILLIONS OF MONTHLY READERS?

Hey, it’s important! After all, we bloggers are striving to help our readers. It’s our BIG WHY! One reader at a time, we are enriching the lives of those we reach through our blogs every single day.

And, at the heart of this “success” we’re all striving for, is the content itself.

Let’s face it. The pre-requisite to being a successful blogger is… no, not a clever domain name, and no, it’s not a chic WordPress theme either… it’s a love for writing. Without that, my fellow compadres, we’re all doomed to mediocrity, if not worse. …