How to Become a Successful Blogger on Your Own Terms

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  Before I became a blogger, I was an elementary school teacher. I loved the kids, and I loved teaching. (Which is why I now teach blogging to women.) I left the public school system because of all of the rules. And all of the people…

This post breaks all the rules of blogging

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This post breaks all of my blogging rules. I didn’t start my headline with “How to” or a number. I didn’t use the Coschedule Headline Analyzer to find a headline that rates a 70 or above. It’s not a list of useful tips or…

How to Cut Through Overwhelm and Love Blogging

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I recently posted this question in my Facebook group, Blogging on Your Own Terms: What is the ONE thing that gets in the way of achieving your blogging goals? And you know what the most common answer was? It wasn’t finding the…

How Rejection has Made Me a Better Blogger

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Today in my Mastermind group, I was explaining that I want to reach out to other bloggers and collaborate with them, but I was feeling weird about it. (For some reason, I sometimes feel like I’m in middle school again, where I was most…

Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Successful Blogger?

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When I tell people I’m a blogging coach, I get one of two reactions. They either think it’s really cool, or they scrunch up their foreheads and say, Uh, you mean like helping people write articles? You kind of have to be a blogger…

My First Delicious Year as a Full Time Blogger

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2015 was my first full year of blogging. In December of 2014, I decided to start yet another blog. (It was my 6th blog since 2011.) I was afraid to start yet another failed blog, but my need to write overrode my fear. In the beginning,…

How to Write for Your Audience Without Losing Your Voice

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How do you stay authentic, but also write for your audience? How do you write what really matters to you, but also stick to a specific focus with your blog? How do you tell your stories, while still making your blog useful to your readers? Blogging…

How to Banish Imposter Syndrome as a Blogger

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Imposter Syndrome (noun): The feeling that you are a fraud, not good enough, and why should anyone listen to you? This week, I gave my very first live workshop (aka webinar, but I prefer “live workshop” because so many webinars are super…

The One Thing You Need to Make Money from Your Blog

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Bloggers often ask me how to make money from their blogs. “I started my blog last week,” they write. “Is it too early to put Google Adsense into my sidebars?” I’ll admit it: This makes me cringe. Putting ads up before you…

5 Totally Unexpected Ways Blogging Has Improved My Life

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In December of 2014, I decided to start this blog. I had already started and abandoned 5 other blogs, and when I thought about starting this one, I felt excitement, but also, a little bit of fear. Will this one actually make it off the ground?…

5 Blogging Concerns You Can Stop Worrying About Now

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I started 5 other failed blogs before I built this successful one. The main difference between my old blogs and this one isn’t that I chose a better topic. It isn’t that I suddenly got lucky. The huge, life (and blog)-altering difference…

How to Make Blogging as Delicious as Eating Cupcakes

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Imagine eating a really delicious cupcake from your favorite local bakery. You lick the chocolate frosting slowly, wanting to savor every bite. As you nibble at the cake, you stop to enjoy the sweet flavor on your tongue. This cupcake is…