I have been blogging for just over a year, I write and post a new blog every other day. Sometimes I get a slight touch of writer’s block, however, not very often, I have found that if I follow these 7 ideas I can develop unique content, consistently. There are many blogs written about “quality” content, just which defies description, I have yet to read a definition of “quality” content that does not define it by saying that it must be “quality” content. What quality content is to one person is completely useless to another, to me the phrase means nothing more than accurate spelling, good grammar, excellent punctuation, and fluent manner. My company is in the self-reliance niche, it’s an easy niche to write about as I can relate most of the life skills to it. My way of dealing with blogging is briefly summarized in the following 7 rules that I have found that I mostly follow on instinct.

1) I write to one person, it is not possible to write interesting articles that are of interest to thousands of people while making that my goal. Abraham Lincoln said it best with his statement: “You can please some people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” So I’m not trying, as an example, my last blog, posted this morning, was written about the eruption of the volcano in the Philippines, Mount Mayon. I spent time in the island country from 1970 to 1973, I was in the Navy and the ship I was stationed on called the Subic Bay port. This blog was written in memory of a little boy, who was about 10 years old at the time, driving a water buffalo on the side of the road. He had no clothes, obviously very poor, I think he is 50 years old today. I do my best to relate to the trials and tribulations of his life’s journey, compassion is a very real part of my writing. He is the most important part of that blog, there are thousands of people like him in the world, in my mind, they will all relate to that blog, they are all on the internet today, they are important. I make sure to respond to all comments as soon as I can, it is also important.

2) I choose a word to start and build from there, I read everything, all day long. In the course of that reading, there are many topics that interest many people, each of those topics consists of words, sometimes thousands of words. Of those thousands of words, I will choose one, then I will perform a mental word-relation exercise, many mornings while I am lying in bed (while I am in the forbidden zone, without getting up, without staying in the bed zone) I will think about all of them the words that I can relate to that. All those words are subject to being part of, or the main word in my keyword, or most likely my keyword phrase. Going through that thought process, I also come up with ideas for other blogs, sometimes the blog I intended to write takes a backseat due to creating blog ideas related to that word that I feel like I should write first. I never take more than one word to form an idea at a time, I am not multitasking. Much of my niche includes “homesteading” so if I had to pick the word “ice cream” it would allow me to write a lot of blogs before I got to the how. The conjunction of key phrases creates opportunities for other blogs. For example, with the keyword phrase “make homemade ice cream from scratch”, it is possible to start the blog series with a blog on how to build a pasture for your new dairy cow, which would be a blog. Some words are easier than others, weather disasters for example practically spell themselves, others like the DNA of a salamander would require a lot of research and study for me. Almost any word will work, it depends on your knowledge of the subject and your willingness to study it, which is the deciding factor. I have found that humans are interested in everything, if you question it, take another look at the search words you use to find something on the web, chances are millions of websites will be listed.

3) I don’t pay attention to word count, that’s why I’m not in this, I’m in this because I love to write, read and think about people and life in general. I’ve written a few blogs with 800 words, maybe one or two, I haven’t written less than I can remember. I’ve written a lot of blogs over 2,000 words, however most are in the 1200-1800 word range, but I’m not tuned into word count, not paying attention to it until I’m done. By allowing the number of words to dominate my writing, I realize that I am doing myself a disservice, if I am writing a mediocre blog and I force the words that I have found, I can turn it into a horrible writing, in the same way it is possible to convert a great blog. in a mediocre one in the same way. I have never found the opposite to be true. I write until I finish writing on the subject, forced words seem to be just that, forced. It’s a bit like playing music, (I play guitar), if a piece of music is written in a “C” scale and I end it with an “F” string, for example, it sounds unfinished and leaves the listener (or the musician ) wishing to end with a chord or note in “C”. That’s what a performer means who tells band members to “bring it home now.” As in this paragraph, when a topic is exhausted it is time to move on to the next, it has a natural ending if I write more I will lose you.

4) I use my company’s “mission statement” to guide my blog, after all, I am trying to encourage people to visit me. I have always believed in a mission statement, I will not paste and copy it here because it has no relevance. The objectives of the company are established in a statement that is able to take me back to the basics of why I started a business, it is the important thing. It is also a reminder of who I am, because after all, I wrote it with my interest and ideas about what I want to achieve with my work. If you don’t have a mission statement, maybe you should – just writing it brought a new perspective to the way I think about how I’m involved in my business.

5) Write for people, not for search engines, my main focus is always people, after all, on the other side of what I am writing in the “notepad” there is a person who reads it, the important thing Are you. Aside from meeting the obscure requirements of major search engines, keywords, SEO, and original content, there’s not much else to do for the big boys, due diligence goes a long way. I never cut and paste anything, I don’t even quote, I use links if I want to reference an article. I make sure I have 3 sources before I write my blog unless I know all about it (boy, that will be the day), I made that mistake once and they called me for false information, no fun. In my reading and research I make sure the information I am taking in is up to date unless I am writing a historical document, which I often do, check the dates of the article, most of the time, if you have more than a few months, it’s history. I have to know the difference.

6) I don’t pay attention to making money, I have the attitude that if I do due diligence and write well the money will come, it always has. I don’t want to present myself as appearing to be greedy, it’s easier to do than most people think. My personal belief is that if all a person’s interest in life is money, they are doomed, take a look at Facebook, greed appears. be doing them in. I have a grandson that I was working with to start a music blog, he wrote about two blogs and asked me when I would start charging. (What you are thinking are my exact thoughts, holy cow). I advertise very infrequently and when I do, maybe it’s a product, I don’t like to be the target of a sales pitch constantly, so I don’t sell anything hard. , many blogs do, I don’t read them. When I advertise, I use a link, even then it must be a product that is directly related to the sentence I just wrote. For example, if I just wrote an article on knot tying, I can add a link with an annotation “This link is to purchase 50 feet of handmade natural fiber rope.” With sales I am frank and honest, when you click on that link you know before you click on it, you are encouraged to buy something.

7) I am not a “shock athlete”, I will not write about politics, religion, abortion, gun rights or get involved in local disputes, it is just not my nature, there is nothing I can solve in 120 words. tweet or have Facebook argument. I’m not trying to fix the world, I have a vote and I use it, that’s all.

That’s a rundown of how I blog, it’s working for me, maybe you’d like to try some of my ideas, I’m not sure how successful my approach is, it seems to be working, I gain readers every week, it’s a slow process. I’m on this long-term, I don’t plan on ending my blog anytime soon, I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school.

I appreciate the time it took to read this,

Thanks, Jacques

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