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Getting Into the Habit of Writing

Habit of WritingHow to Acquire the Habit of Writing

I was the person who always wanted to become a writer, but who did very little actual writing. This started when I was about ten years old. I would write the occasional poem or one page short story, but mostly I just talked about the stories I wanted to write without taking any action. This continued throughout my adult life. At some point I accepted the fact that I wasn’t cut out to be a writer, that others were more talented than I could ever be, and that I was now too old to write anything of great meaning and importance.

And then, at age fifty I came online and became an entrepreneur.

I realized almost immediately that I was going to have to write if I wanted to make a name for myself. So I threw my old beliefs out the window and started writing every day. In the beginning this was short, awkward blog posts on topics I didn’t know much about. Then it was slightly longer articles on every topic under the sun. And then, in the spring of 2007 I did something that would change my life forever…

I challenged myself to write an article a day for the next one hundred days.

This was a big deal for someone who had never written more than three days in a row before this time. But I was determined to follow through with this challenge and so I began. I didn’t write those hundred articles in the next hundred days. Instead, I wrote a hundred articles in seventy-eight days. And long before my challenge was completed something wonderful happened – I got into the habit of writing and actually thought about what I would be writing each day.

Getting into the habit of writing is a worthwhile habit to cultivate. Since that time back in 2007 I have written at least five hundred words just about every single day. This has manifested into fourteen bestselling books, hundreds of short reports, thousands of blog posts, and even more email messages to my community. It has also increased my visibility, credibility, and profitability steadily over the years.

Are you ready to get into the habit of writing?

I believe you must have a plan in order to do this successfully, like I did with my hundred day challenge all those years ago. Schedule a time to write each day. Decide what you will write. And tell others what you’ll be writing about.

Long ago I started the thirty day blog challenges where participants wrote one blog post each day for thirty days. This was effective in turning lots of people into writers. Do something similar for yourself and see what happens as you get into the habit of writing and grow your business exponentially.

I’m Connie Ragen Green, online marketing strategist, bestselling author, and international speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and inner game mind shifts. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

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Are You Effective at Getting PR for Your Blog?

PR For Your BlogHave you ever thought about getting some PR for your blog? PR stands for public relations, and this is an area most of us were not familiar with before coming online. These days I understand the importance of having my blog seen by as many people as possible, more specifically by my prospects.

You may already be familiar with my Book – Blog – Broadcast model, where we use our blog, books we write and publish, our podcast on iTunes, and our YouTube channel to cross reference who we are and what we have to offer. This is the beginning of providing value before you pitch. The idea is to show rather than tell others about your knowledge and expertise on your topic so they will want to approach you first. It’s similar to a film, where the characters show us who they are from the very first frame, rather than telling us about themselves in dialog.

The majority of the time we will need to go out and seek publicity for our blog rather than sitting back and waiting for it to happen. I was reading a guest post from Andreea Ayers over at Problogger on the topic of “How to Grow Your Audience By Getting PLR for Your Blog” and this is what she says:

After they make their list of, let’s say, 20 media outlets they want to be featured in, they should reach out and provide value, rather than reach out and “pitch” their expertise or blog. Here’s an example of what I did to get media attention when I launched a Pinterest course a few years ago. I created an infographic with 100+ Pinterest board ideas and I reached out to different types of blogs to see if they would be interested in using my infographic as a resource for their blog and to share with their readers. I included the infographic and in my pitch I mentioned that Pinterest is growing in popularity and many of their readers are probably still learning how to use Pinterest, but coming up with Pinterest board ideas is what holds a lot of people back from using it for business.

Instead of telling people she was a Pinterest expert, Andreea showed them how they could use this social site for their own business. This is far more effective, and will build long lasting relationships as well. This spurred interest in her Pinterest training and helped launch her as an expert in this area.

Increasing visibility in order to drive more traffic to your blog can be accomplished in various ways, including hosting a podcast on your topic, being interviewed by others, writing and publishing a book, and getting in front of the people who can best help you to achieve your goals. Andreea adds:

I think that bloggers should be proactive about publicity and cross promotions with other bloggers/companies whose readers are similar to theirs. When I look back at most of my “success stories”, they came as a result of me reaching out to the person who I wanted to connect with, not the other way around. Bloggers should also consider speaking at relevant industry events to build even more credibility for their blog and get in front of audiences in-person. Meeting someone in person or seeing them speak at an event can help to build credibility and a loyal following quickly.

This post is filled with great resources, including a four paragraph template to use when approaching others to get PR for your blog, as well as information on setting up your “About” page and thinking about SEO when adding content to help the media find your site. The bottom line is this: You must be proactive in getting PR for your blog, book, podcast, or anything else you are doing for your business.

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