Archive for September, 2010

It’s Not Really What You Say, but How You Say It

By Gloson On September 28, 2010 54 Comments

In blogging, it’s not really what you say, but how you say it.

In blogging, many topics have been written about a lot of times. But if you write that topic from a creative angle, using creative writing, with creative pictures, and creative points, that blog post is bound to go far.

For an example, let’s take a look at commercials.R&L

Most commercials deliver one message: that you really should use their products. But how should they convince you to do that?

By clever, funny, or stunning advertisements, of course. Here are two great examples of commercials on the net:

The Man Your Man Could Smell Like by Old Spice & Stop-motion T-Shirt commercial for McDonalds and Coke by Rhett & Link (pic).

So, in blogging, we must not only focus on what we blog, but how we blog, too.

What do you mean by “how you say it” in blogging?

1. The way you write it

Write:

  • clearly – people love to read writing that is clear and straight to the point.
  • humorously – everybody enjoys humor. In fact, many stuff become popular on the web because they have got the humor.
  • readable-ly – write in short paragraphs; format your posts.
  • thought-provokingly – if you write like that, readers will think and reflect on your writing and opinions after they are done reading it.
  • concisely & precisely – expressing much in few words, brief and to the point.
  • captivatingly – so interest-grabbing that readers can’t stop reading your writing.
  • passionately – Above all, if you want to write superb articles, you must make sure you love your topic.

Write with your personality–who you are. Don’t write like a robot. In other words, that means don’t ever write like wikipedia (No one reads them unless they want specific info, right?). :P

Photo by wenzday01

2. The way you deliver the message

You can also think outside the box, even beyond text. Have you heard of a blog post delivered just via…

Comics! Haha! Comics!

Actually, it has been done by Mark Anderson on his guest post on Problogger, titled Blog Like a Cartoonist – Six Stunning Secrets to Help You Break Through Bloggers Block.

Here’s a little snippet of the comic. Click here to view the whole comic.

comic

Other than comics, perhaps you can write your blog post in other people’s perspective, like your 1-year-old son’s. Or make your blog post a funny video. You know, get creative! :)

3. Formatting

Style up your blog post. Can you imagine if this blog post was written without list-points, without paragraph breaks– just one big block of text? Would you read it then? I bet you would just skim the whole thing and never actually read anything, right?

So, format your posts with

  • bolds, italics, underlines
  • paragraph breaks
  • points in lists
  • heading styles

4. Creative pictures

Pictures make the whole reading experience for your readers much more comfortable and pleasurable.

It decorates and gives colors to it while hinting what it is about. It’s like a special ingredient to put in your blog post to make it more delicious.

I use Compfight, a cool site to search for pictures on flickr quickly and easily. I usually set my search options to “Creative Commons only”, which lets you use the image for free as long as you link to it; like what I’m doing here :-) .

Photo by Unitopia

But wait! It also depends on what you say…

What you say is quite important too! Notice the word “not really” in the title of this blog post – “It’s not really what you say, but how you say it” – it means that what you say matters too!

Here are some circumstances in which what you say matters.

When a topic is trending – If you are one of the first to write it and also do it creatively, many people are going to share and link to your post.

When the topic is what many people are looking for – like… how to lose fat, how to set up a new blog, etc.

Is the topic your passion? – Too many people blog about a topic not because they like it, but because they want to earn money. So, don’t follow the crowd. Follow your passion and you will achieve much better results!

Don’t blog about a completely irrelevant topic – If a blogger, whose blog is about sport, suddenly blogs about Internet marketing, his readers are going to get confused and unsubscribe.

Other than that…

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You can blog about jeans,
you can blog about beans,
you can blog about tasty
Las Vegas cuisines.

And proteins, teens, routines,
sardines, limo machines,
going green, Halloween,
hygiene, even vaccines.

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You can blog about anything… it really depends on how you say it. I’ve even heard of a guy who blogs about jeans!

And if a blogger blogs about how to use a spoon, and does it in an extremely funny way, it’s gonna go viral.

But if he does it during a time in which spoons are popular, that article is going to get more attention.

In conclusion, how you say is much more important than what you say. But if you do both greatly – what and how – you can go further!

Like.. movies –  If there was a new movie with an average plot but with a lot of awesome special effects, breathtaking graphics, amazing-wow soundtrack, and mind-blowing acting, don’t you think it is going to succeed?

Yes, of course. But if it has a better plot, it would succeed better.

Fill in the blanks:
It’s not really what you ____, but how you ____ it.

I also realized this saying applies to a lot of other things in life. It can be changed to numerous other sayings.

  • It’s not really what you advertise, but how you advertise it.
  • It’s not really what you eat, but how you eat itWhen you chew the food slowly, you appreciate it more and experience what the food tastes like. Also, your stomach will have an easier job digesting your food and absorbing the nutrients. :)
  • It’s not really what you sing, but how you sing it
  • It’s not really what you photograph, but how you photograph it – In photography, you need to try different angles, perspectives, exposure, white balance, etc. in order to get the most out of your shot.

>> In conclusion, it’s not really what you blog, but how you blog it, so focus on how you blog! :)

P.S. Don’t forget to do some promotion on your blog after you post it! :)

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So, what do you think about this post? I’d like to hear your opinion and views in the comment section below! Cheers! =)



Stop Following the Blogging Crowd. Reform!

By Gloson On September 17, 2010 51 Comments

Hey guys! This is a short but thought-provoking guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Onibalusi Bamidele. I think you should really read it! :)
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One major thing you’ll see many bloggers do is that they tend to follow the crowd. If you have a decent audience and you come up with something unique today, give it a few days and you’ll be amazed to see it everywhere.

You don’t need to copy everything you see to succeed as a blogger and even if you will copy (or better said, learn) you should do that wisely and use it to improve your business.

We’ve already millions of blogs talking about how to blog and how to make money online, and we see new blogs covering this same topic popping up every day. Unfortunately enough, not all of them succeed.

Why Don’t Bloggers Follow Their Passion?

One thing you will notice in common among so many bloggers is that they keep choosing the same topic, and that topic is “blogging”.

Why?

It isn’t because many of them have something unique to say about the subject or because they have any plan to contribute to people’s life…

…but because they want to make money from it.

Many people are fueled by money by seeing a lot of gurus talking about how they made thousands and millions of dollars in the blogging niche and they think it is fun, so they can also go into the blogging niche and replicate the success.

You don’t need to blog about blogging before you can make money online! A better way to get more results from your efforts is by following your passion and by being unique in your own way. If you’re a professional medical doctor, why not start in the health niche?

You Can Make Money in Other Niches You’re Passionate About!

I have noticed one major misconception among most of the new bloggers in the blogging niche.

And that major misconception is that they think they can only make money from the blogging niche.

There are lots of untapped niches waiting for you to come and tap into them, many of these niches have a lot of traffic and little competition.

And it is relatively easy for you to profit from these niches than the highly competitive blogging or make money online niche.

I recently started a blog in another niche, and on my first day of starting the blog I got 31 unique visitors (I am using Google Analytics).

It was crystal clear that if I had invested all the efforts I had invested on my main blog on it then I should be getting over a million visitors monthly (no exaggeration!).

Read Blogging Blogs, Too

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you not to read blogs about blogging. In fact, they are one of the great types of blogs you can read.

It is because, due to the high competition and millions of people blogging in that niche, there’s always a need for new discoveries and you can easily implement that in your own niche and profit from it.

What is your general opinion about blogs in the blogging niche? Do you think that is the only way to make money blogging? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

 Stop Following the Blogging Crowd. Reform!Onibalusi Bamidele is a young blogger living the internet lifestyle. Feel free to subscribe to his blog for more great posts. Also, get his free traffic ebook called the ultimate traffic formula

Gloson’s comment

A very thought-provoking post, Oni! Too many people fall into the blogging niche not because they like it, but because they want to make money.

Many people don’t realize that they can make money from any niche at all, as long as they are passionate about it. So don’t follow the crowd! Follow your passion!

So, being inspired and motivated by this post, I’m also planning to post more articles and funny poems on Poetry Talents after my UPSR exam on 21-23 Sept 2010. :)

photo courtesy of stevewampler & davidsurfer



My Guest Post: An Effective Way to Get Blog Ideas

By Gloson On September 4, 2010 38 Comments


Searching for ideas
Photo by Stephen Poff

Last month, Peter Joseph made a guest post on my blog called How to Generate Blog Post Ideas in Seconds to help overcome blogger’s block – lack of ideas.

Well, I was motivated by that article and also wrote a post about another effective and easy way to overcome blogger’s block, that is, blogger’s writer’s block!

The post is called How to Get Blog Post Ideas – A very effective way to conquer blogger’s block!

It’s just been published on my friend Gerald Weber’s blog as a guest-post-entry for his SEO blogging contest.

If you want some blog post ideas, please read it! :)

Here is the excerpt of the post

Most of us have been trapped in blogger’s block before – very determined to write the next high-quality blog post to benefit your beloved readers! Woohoo!  :)

So you sit down and your fingers are ready to type! But after several minutes, you are still stuck on a blank page – you haven’t wrote anything at all. You can’t think of even a single idea! Aww man! :(

But your problem is now over! Here’s a very effective and little-known method to help you get blog post ideas in no time!

Link to full post:

How to Get Blog Ideas – A very effective way

I hope you’ll find it helpful. I will really appreciate it if you could support me by tweeting it, stumbling it, or leaving a comment. Thank you so very much! :)

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Some news

Meanwhile, on the 21-23 of September 2010 is UPSR (Primary School Evaluation Exam), the most feared exam among Primary 6 students.

I’m gonna spend more time studying so you wouldn’t see me online very much. I hope to get 5 A’s in the exam! :D

Also, I have a blog post for you after the exam, so stay tuned! You can submit guest posts if you like. Just use the contact form. I appreciate it! :-)

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