Week #9- Advice to new bloggers–My Top 10 List

1. Don’t let fear hold you back.  F.E.A.R. is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real.  Fear is an illusion.  The common label for fear is anxiety. “Anxiety is nothing but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance. What a waste.” – Seth Godin, www.copyblogger.com

2. Blogging is a form of creative expression. Creativity plus productivity equals success.  See your creative inspiration opportunities everywhere–through the things that you read, the people who you meet, the experiences you have or the places you go. www.lateralaction.com.  In all of those areas there is a myriad of opinions you form, interesting things that you’ve learned, or places that you’ve seen–share them.

3.  Blogging is fun–enjoy yourself. People blog for a variety of reasons, whether for personal connections, business connections, to gain insight, to share information or just because.  Discover your reason and discover yourself.

4.  Do not be intimidated.  Most bloggers are amateurs.  Recognize that everyone has to start somewhere.  The more you blog–the better you will become.  It’s like anything else you learn to do.  No one begins a music career, for example, without first hitting a few flat or off-key notes.  The same may be true with blogging.  But making mistakes is part of the learning process.

5. Make your blogs interactive.  Ask questions, start conversations, encourage participation. Also, adding comments to others’ blogs helps you form community.

6. Track others of like interests.  Pay attention to what they are saying.  For me, my areas of interest are public relations and writers. I enjoy seeing what people in those fields have to say and how they are saying it.  I can learn from their expertise, information and style.

7. Keep your communications open, honest and accurate.  When you share information, make sure it is truthful, current and polite.  Cite your sources of information and references you’ve made.  Give credit where credit is due.

8. Show professionalism.  Monitor your spelling, typos and grammar usage–spell checker does not catch everything.

9. Blog daily. Write posts, make comments, track others or just listen and observe, but actively participate in some manner every day, to stay connected and informed.

10. Put aside all of the procrastinations, hesitations and every other ‘ation’ you can come up with and Just Do It! You will find a new and exciting world out there waiting for your input and insights.

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