Sunday, November 18, 2018

Out of blog Ideas? No Prob. Check Out Five of The Top Sites For Blog Content Inspiration

Hey, it happens. The holidays are looming. You have too many things to do. You're tired of thinking. The reasons are many that could find you facing your computer screen pondering what to post. Don't worry it happens. If you're wondering WWSD [What Would Shakespeare Do?] He would probably have taken a walk, dropped into a pub, chatted for a while and returned home ready to dip quill in ink and produce another masterpiece.

But here are a few quick ways to move forward in a contemporary manner. Have a cup of hot chocolate,coffee or tea and find some inspiration on these sites listed below. From short lists to lengthy ones, there's much to pour over to transition your mind from blank to buzzing. Unlike the Bard, you really don't have to get out of your house when you're out of ideas. Blog topics, blog trends,blog content ideas,long copy, short copy, to use blog photos or not, to use blog video or not. The list is lengthy and Mr. Google has you covered.

47 Blog Content Ideas For When You have a Mental Block

103 Blog Post Ideas that your Readers will Love

20 Blog Content ideas Guaranteed to Drive Massive Traffic to Your Site

189 Creative Blog Post Ideas

101+ Sources for Blog Post Ideas

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Travel Blogger and Travel Writer Conferences For November 2018

Yes, it's hurricane season, but next month there are some great events for travel writers and bloggers. You'll want to grab a like-minded friend and head out to the following conferences:

Travel Classics West 2018

November 29-December 2, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
For Freelance travel writers who want to connect with editors and the travel magazine market in general.
For more information check out TravelClassics.com


Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Nov 8 - 11, 2018
Sanibel Island, FL

Program Focus: Humor, Journalism, Nature, Screenwriting, Travel, Publishing, Poetry, Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Young Adult, Non-fiction, Children's, Marketing

Sponsor's Facebook Page www.facebook.com/pages/Sanibel-Island-Writers-Conference/114126118654415

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What Do The Most Powerful Types of Blog Posts Have In Common?

Anwser: Powerful blog posts attract readers by providing something worth linking to or sharing. That's the magic.

What kinds of post do this best?

1. The Freebie
2. The Overview
3. The message that connects

The Freebie is great for linking, because who doesn't want a free resource booklet with useful information? Who doesn't want a free peice of art from an interesting artist? Who doesn't want a free sample of a product that would be useful to them?

The Overview blog post is time-saving and who doesn't need to save time. It's a busy, crazy world. If you're blogging part-time, time is an even greater pressure point. Therefore, when you're able to read a blog that gives a great summary of a particular topic that you can read quickly and feel more informed, you win and your reader wins.

The message that connects delivers on a heartfelt belief, a direction a way of saying something that resonates with a reader in a way that is meaningful. As a result that reader as friends and associates that they feel will share your message, so they do the logical thing: they share it.

So next time you sit staring at a blank page consider the above suggestions three of the most expedient things you can do to reach out to existing and new readers and grow your blog fans.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Five Interesting Statistics About Blogging For Bloggers to Consider

Want some interesting stats about blogging? Here are a few top ones to consider.

* Websites with a blog have tend to have 434% more indexed pages.

* Companies who blog receive 97% more links to their website.

* 70-80% of users ignore paid ads and only focus on organic results.

* B2B marketers that use blogs get 67% more leads than those that do not.

* 36% of people prefer list-based headlines


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The True Sign of Intelligence is not Knowledge but Imagination

I've never blogged about my hobbies. So you may think, how is that relevant to a business blog? Here's why. One of my hobbies is reading about Physics. It was my science elective in high school, which just goes to show the impact of those electives.

My hobby has brought me into the minds of many great thinkers who were and are good at both the big picture and the small picture. One that has stood the test of time is, of course, Einstein.

Although I've read the book "The Other Einstein" in which his first wife is given credit for some of his ideas, you have to admire a man with a boring patent office job who continued to spend his spare time figuring out how the universe works. Furthermore, his theories have stood the test of time. Like myself, Einstein was no mathematical genius, which reassuringly didn't hinder his thought processes. In fact, he is the source for some of my favorite inspirational quotes.

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school."

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

The take away here is the fact that much of business is challenging and a bit boring. Getting too entrenched in your everyday thoughts can carve a rut sometimes one that feels as deep as the Mariana Trench, which is considered to be the deepest part of the Earth's surface.

Devote more time to free and imaginative thought. It can go a long way toward finding small problem solutions that contribute to your own enterprise's big picture. Or take a wider and wider look at the scope of your entire business field and find creative ways to improve what you offer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Where to Go When You Run Out of Blog Topic Ideas: Hubspot Blog Ideas Generator

Running low on ideas for your blog? Just starting your blog and need ideas? In either situation, check out Hubspot and try the Blog Ideas Generator. Simply fill in the fields with terms that you’d like to write about and you'll be given a week’s worth of blog post titles. That's right. Type in three nouns and you'll be fired up to blog.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

Travel Writers and Photographers Conference
August 9-12, 2018

Corte Madera, CA (Just north of San Francisco)

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference is well known among publishers, editors, and writers. Alumni have published books, articles, and photos. Many of these have been credited as the direct result of lessons learned and contacts made at the conference.

The Conference offers an array of workshops, panels, and evening activities. There are many hours of informal interaction between faculty and students during lunch and in discussions that often last late into the evening. This year's faculty consists of more than two dozen professionals including the following:

Pauline Frommer - Co-President of Frommer Media
Sara Button - editorial assistant at AFAR Magazine
Tim Cahill - author of many travel books
Robert Holmes - 4x Winner of the Society of American Travel Writers Travel Photographer of the Year Award
Andrew McCarthy - director and award-winning travel writer

Pre-conferences on writing, photography and sketching will be held on August 8, 2018.

For details visit bookpassage.com