What I Learned from Publishing Three Thousand Blog Posts

Disclaimer: There are 2,524 posts on this blog, about 500 or so on irevuo, and 64 on the Art of Blogging. Granted, some thousand or so of these posts are advertisements, reblogs, or sponsored posts.

This is quite a random threshold, the kind that doesn’t necessarily deserve to be celebrated, but I felt like feeling grateful, so yeah… three thousand posts on WordPress.

But this is not just about me bragging. No. The idea is to write about what I learned, which is somewhat synonymous with offering you the kind of advice I wish I knew about before I set out on this journey six years ago.

I’d say that I did a decent amount of blogging. Could I have done more? Sure. More is always the answer when it comes to how much work one can do. I could have written better posts, developed my projects better…

But the truth is that my writing has developed a lot since I wrote my first post on this blog, back in April 2012. For those of you who do not know this, English is not my native language.

I’ve also learned a few other things that I’d like to share with you.

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The Art of Blogging

It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

Sometimes even downright discouraging.

You have so many ideas you want to share with the world. So many things you want to say. So much you want to try.

But your job is demanding. You’re constantly juggling family schedules and obligations. You’re always heading off annoying interruptions.

You wonder if you’ll ever be able to make blogging a permanent part of your life.

You want to get your work out there, but at the same time you’re not an idealist.

You love writing, but it’s not just about self-expression for you.

You don’t need to be a unique snowflake who makes every word trumpet from the heavens so that unicorns prance down on Earth.

You just want to create something you can be proud of.

To finish something you start.

To see some results for a change.

You want to live life on your own terms and change the lives of others — and you know you could do it… if only you knew how.

There’s got to be an art to it, right? There’s got to be some secrets that few are willing to share with the world, some sort of trick that allows you to turn off your phone, sit down at your desk, and produce thousands upon thousands of words. Continue reading

Six Years of Blogging, Branching Out, and Patrons of The Art of Blogging

Six years ago I decided to start this blog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know much about the platform, about topics and all that.

I just knew I had to do something. I had to write, write, write. I was sick of my own excuses.

Last year I wrote this cute post here, which became one of the most popular posts on this blog. It wasn’t meant to be the sort of post that receives that much attention. Anyway. Continue reading

Rules of The Art of Blogging

The idea was to write a short introduction about art. Something short and cute; how art is anything that inspires us and provokes an emotional reaction. What appears to be beautiful to us. And then I’d write a short and cute paragraph on how blogging can also be considered art.

Remember a time when you were moved to tears by a piece you read on someone else’s blog? Or were inspired to take action in a certain area of your life?

Well, that was art. The art of blogging.

Anyway. This was what I wanted to write as an introduction to this book. Because I pretend to be an artist on a daily basis. I also like to write short bios about myself. But then I thought that I’d act like a rebel without a cause and tell you that this is not the kind of book that I recommend if you are very technical about life, if you let your heart be ruled by your brain.

This book is about the art of blogging, about finding the passion that is required to create the kind of content that makes people laugh and cry and be inspired and motivated and all that. Continue reading

Only Read This if You Are Serious about Blogging

Do you know what is the biggest secret to growing Your Blog to thousands of adoring readers who follow every word you publish?

Would you like to know?

Let me be blunt: there are very few people in the world who can tell you.

The vast majority of so-called A-listers are bright but otherwise normal people who were in the right place, writing about the right things, at the right time.

Many of them pay thousands and thousands of dollars on advertising.

Why would they pay such outrageous fees?

Because they stumbled into popularity. Because they realize they got lucky, and they are desperate to seize the opportunity before it slips away from them. Little do they know, that we always make our own luck.

I do not get lucky. I make my own luck.

I turned this blog into one of the most popular blogs on WordPress to date. I did it by studying from all the great bloggers before me, I did it by implementing the advice that most suited my needs, and discarding the rest.

Through trial and error, I figured things out.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: stop messing around with blogs in your spare time. Instead, look at this like a career and get serious about mastering your craft.

“WHAT?! No magic traffic or monetization tricks?”

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Sick and tired

Aren’t you sick and tired?

To put your heart and soul into every piece of you write, and no one cares? Aren’t you tired of it all? To write and write, to publish post after post, and no one gives a damn? Friends and family don’t count; they’re supposed to be supporting you anyhow.

And people don’t get it, right? They can’t see this dream of yours, they can’t see inside your soul, can’t see how much you want it.

You can’t measure want. You can’t measure any of it.

Don’t feel angry? Don’t you wake up some mornings and just want to yell? Stare in the mirror and yell your guts out. You should be dominating this.

You should be the greatest damn blogger this world has ever seen.

But you’re so sick and tired of it all. Nothing seems to work. It’s as if you’re invisible.

I get it. I do. I used to be just like you.

I used to wake up in the morning, defeated. Held my head down every time I had to tell people I had my blog. I was ashamed. What I had wasn’t a blog. It was a static page. Words that no one read, words that no one ever commented on.

You just want to give up, don’t you?

Or maybe you’ve managed to lie to yourself that it doesn’t matter? It’s just a blog. It’s just some writing. It’s just a hobby.

No, it’s not.

If this is your dream, then it’s no one’s right to take it away from you.

If this is what you want, then you have to fight for it.

You have to find ways to learn, to grow, to expand your view of the world. You need to be around the people who have figured a way out of this no man’s land you’re currently inhabiting.

How bad you want it?

Be honest.

Do you want to be a successful blogger?

Do you really want it?

Then do whatever it takes. You’re not a kid anymore, to make excuses.

You either do whatever it takes, or not.

But don’t lie to yourself. It does no good.

If you want to become a great blogger… not good, but great, then you need to enroll in this program. Last two spots available.

A six month one on one program with me. We’ll have loads of fun. You’ll develop the right tools, the proper mindset.

You’ll be dominating it.

The people who once didn’t care about your words will be sending you fan mail.

Six months of getting it right, that’s all it takes.

Six months with me, and you’ll know everything that you need to know in order to create amazing content.

But you gotta hurry. Last two spots available, and for only $199, this is the cheapest program that comes with this kind of guarantee.

Increase your readership to at least 5,000 followers in six months, or you get your money back.

That’s what I offer.

Now, ask yourself…

How bad do you want it?

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You can find the program on my e-store here.

Let’s Put A Dent in The Universe

I know that blogging can resemble a war, each post a battle. I also know you have big dreams for your blog. You’d like to improve it, to grow a bigger audience, to reach more people.

But… where to start? How to go about it?

If you’d like to take your blog to the next level, if you want to put a dent in the universe, and get the most out of the wonderful experience of blogging, I have designed just the right tools for you.

In order of price and value offered, here they are:

THE FEEDBACK

$49.99 $19.99

Obviously, I do need to work a bit more on my product naming skills. This is a comprehensive analysis of your blog, everything from content to the visual layout, social sharing, the way you interact with your readers, the navigation, all that.

Also, included there will be a nice list of pointers, advice you can follow (or not) and the best of this is that all of them will be tailored to your blogging style and the particular niche you’re following.

You want to know what’s even better?

A money back guarantee. No risks involved. Pay. Receive your feedback and pointers. Don’t like them? You get your money back.

THE FEEDBACK is available for purchase on my e-store here.

THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

$249.99 $99.99

I think this one sounds better.

A 30 day Mentorship Program. This is not a course, not some nice looking PDF files that might not mean anything to you, and might provide limited help. This is a 30 day, one on one, tailored to your needs, designed to help you grow your blog, get you pumped up and motivated 24/7 by me program.

Wow. That was a mouthful.

This program is all about helping you figure out that there’s a lot more to this medium than just writing post after post.

If you are struggling to find readers, coming up with brilliant post ideas, or you’d want to create a long term strategy for your blog, then I guarantee this program is for you.

Did I say guarantee?

Oh, yes. You have a money back guarantee. No questions asked. If, at the end of this program, you feel that I haven’t delivered, then you get your money back.

But it’s not going to happen. I guarantee that.

I’ll make sure your blog is heading in the right direction, that you have a clear plan of action, and that you’ll develop all the skills you need to achieve your true potential as a blogger.

THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM is available on my e-store here.

THE ART OF BLOGGING

$599.99 $249.99

This is the one I’m most excited about. And it’s also the most difficult to explain.

If we were to talk on Skype, or on any platform that allows us to see each other, or even on the phone or any of the multitude of apps that allow voice calls, then after half an hour to an hour of listening to me, you’d feel like you could conquer the world.

But that’s just a side-effect of this program.

This is my way of doing things. 90 days of pep talks, coaching, offering feedback, motivating you, and telling you over and over again that rules don’t matter that much if you have passion. It’s intense stuff. Truly intense.

Simply put, I’ll do everything for you except write your posts. But I’ll give you plenty of pointers on that as well.

This program is more about making you search deep inside your heart for the things that make you tick, and then provide you with enough energy to write about them in the best and most effective way.

Bonus: I’ll make you laugh. And find out interesting stuff about all sorts of things.

Oh, and of course, a money back guarantee on this one as well.

THE ART OF BLOGGING is available on my e-store here.

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All of these programs are flexible, meant to be tailored to your own needs, and they take into account your time restraints. That being said, any program can be extended to take these things into account at no additional cost.

What I mean by that is that you can pause The Mentorship Program at any time while you get other more pressing matters done, and then pick up where we left of.

I do not believe in offering generic stuff to you, and then act as if that is going to help you very much. The web is full of such guides and courses. Each blogger is unique and has a unique style and different objectives.

Maybe you want more readers, maybe you want to be able to write blog posts like a boss. Maybe you want to earn money from your blog. Whatever it is, I can help you reach those goals.