I’m Focusing Outward Now…

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Misc | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Okay, I totally missed the entire point of having a blog… Well, I got half of it: I was sharing my thoughts and feelings with you, but I wasn’t listening to what you have to say. So from now on, I’m going to focus more on reading and learning than on posting. I’ve got a lot to learn about life and can’t help others unless I learn more.

I am still going to post daily, but I am going to read much, much more.  That’s right.  I’m going to be reading your blog and posting comments.  I am going to read and comment until my eyes and fingers are sore! Your blogs are great and there is so much to learn.  I’m humbled and am just realizing how little I know.

I will try to respond to all of your comments on my blog,  but I may not be able to.  So if you post a comment, know that I appreciate your encouragement very much!

Thanks,

Eric 🙂

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Tips For Writing a Great Blog

Posted on May 27, 2008. Filed under: Misc, Writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few people have asked me about tips for writing a blog and how to get more readers. Here are some tips that should help you improve your blog. I’ll offer what advice I can…

My credentials: I don’t really have any, other than I write passionately about what I am interested in and passionate about. I get about 400 pageviews a day, but I also post a few times a day as well. I don’t link to or promote this blog. What I write gets chosen by you. I offer it; you read it. That’s it.

If there is any key to successful writing it is: write about something that energizes you.

Go through this list of tips and keep track of which ones you already do and which ones you need improvement on. When you’re done, go through it again!

General Tips:

  • Write about something you like/enjoy.
  • Say what you think and what’s on your mind. Be honest.
  • Write like crazy, until your fingers hurt.
  • Style and personality: it will make itself evident if you write what you are passionate about.
  • Writing great content helps. It gets recognized and acknowledged by people.

Specific Tips:

  • Use good titles
  • Proofread and edit your posts.
  • Use proper spelling and grammar. Don’t get sloppy or lazy.
  • Tweak it. See how it looks and make appropriate changes.
  • Update posts with new and additional information.
  • Write short paragraphs for your readers. Comfort is everything when reading and big chunky paragraphs are hard on the eyes and easy to lose your place. People usually scan when reading on the net.
  • Keep it brief, but not too brief. People have a lot to do during the day and can’t spend all their time reading your post. Be concise, but explain yourself adequately. Don’t drown your readers in details.
  • Don’t bore your readers, and whatever you do, don’t write like a encyclopedia. Don’t be technical. People read blogs because of their causal style and to read others’ personal thoughts and experiences.
  • Use bulleted lists (like this one) to list items or to emphasize several main points.
  • Follow-up posts with comments and become involved in discussion. Stir interest by asking your readers a question.

I think titles matter, because people won’t click it if the title doesn’t interest them. The first few lines of your post matter for the same reason, and I’m working on that…

The best advice I can offer for this is general advice: write what you are passionate about and others will be interested in reading it. Don’t bore your readers. If it doesn’t interest you passionately, write about something else. Readers can tell whether or not you are interested in what you’re writing about.

If you want more info, please read:

I hope this helps,

Eric

P.S. If you liked this post and found it useful, feel free to link to it and bookmark it on del.icio.us.

If you have any tips you’d like to share, please post them in the comments section.

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Thoughts on the Day

Posted on May 25, 2008. Filed under: Inspirational, Life, Me, You | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today is going to be a good day. And if it’s not, then I’ll make the best of it. I’ve got no reason to not have a good day today.

What is you attitude about the day?

  • Are you glad that yesterday is over with?
  • Are you glad that yesterday is in the past so you don’t have to go through it again?
  • Are you thankful for being able to get through and enjoy another day in your life?
  • Are you hanging onto today, enjoying it, not wanting to let go, wishing that it wouldn’t end?
  • Are you looking forward to the next day and have difficulty getting to sleep because you are excited and anticipating it?
  • Are you weary of what tomorrow will bring, uncertain of your future?
  • Was it/is it/will it be just another day to you?

Tomorrow for Me:

I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow, but I am going to make the best of it. I eagerly await it, but also want to enjoy today. I am looking forward to tomorrow. There will be many opportunities. I am positive and optimistic about it. I think tomorrow could be even better than today and yesterday.

I am organized and prepared for what the future has in store for me. I am ready for future opportunities, and hopefully prepared and equipped for the challenges that are undoubtedly ahead.

Post your thoughts and comments on how you view your days.

Eric 🙂

Fore more, read I am Looking Forward to Tomorrow and Retrospective Thinking.

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