Archive for April, 2010

The 1 Thing You Must Internalize to Succeed as a Blogger

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you aspire to “make it” as a blogger, and dream of being able to fully support yourself and your family from your blogs income.

I’d like to start off this article by reminding everyone of what I’m sure you’ve heard countless times before:

It is incredibly difficult to “make it” as a blogger.

Consider this, according to a 2008 Technorati survey, only 7.4 million of their 133 million registered blogs had been updated within the past 120 days. This means that 95% of blogs registered on Technorati are abandoned by their creators.


5 Quirky methods I use to stay organized

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Recently, I’ve had several people ask me how I get things done and to each one my response has been: “Hmmm…I don’t even know!”

I always have a difficult time answering this question, because while I’m organized, it’s in such a quirky way, that it’s difficult to put into words.

I have an aunt that I share this same quality with.  She’s a seamstress and a singer who has a day job and maintains a regular schedule of singing gigs on nights and weekends. Like her, our work areas can get a bit messy, but no matter how disorganized the space looks to others, we know exactly where everything is located. Without looking she could tell you that her size 1 sewing needle is  in the second drawer, under the sewing pattern,  next to a deck of cards – and when you get there, that’s exactly where it is.


5 Reasons Readers like Numbers in a Headline

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Blogging with Numbers

Let’s get this out of the way first: all else being equal, a headline with numbers in it will yield more traffic than a headline without.  That’s been proven enough times that it should be indisputable by now.  If you’re going to write a blog on how to be a better sous chef, you might as well headline it with “7 Ways to be a Better Sous Chef”; because you’ll get anywhere from 10-20% more traffic than using “How to be a Better Sous Chef”.