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How to Express Your Passion Online Through Blogging

How to Express Your Passion Online Through Blogging

Starting a blog can seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with the thousands of blogs on any given topic that already exist. Not knowing where to start is one of the main reasons so many people find the process intimidating, but it is not as difficult as they expect, and once begun, it can be maintained with just a bit of effort, and a lot of passion. And for the lucky ones, it can earn a bit of money, too.

Name the Blog

When choosing a blog name, the most important thing to do is create one that relates not only to what the blog is about, but suits the person behind it. Using keywords people will actually use when doing a search helps them find the blog, so be sure to keep it simple, yet memorable. For instance, if the blog is about a mom who bakes, perhaps the name “Baker Mom”, or “Mom’s Kitchen”, would be suitable. Once named, do a quick search to be sure the name isn’t already taken, so the blog won’t be confused with another one.

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Connect With a Web Hosting Provider

After registering the blog name, the next step is to purchase a web hosting provider. There are many different options for this. Some can cost hundreds of dollars a month, but there are cheaper web hosting packages available from providers, such as eHost.com or iPage. Be sure the host chosen offers the basic specifications, such as scalable bandwidth, 24 hour customer support, and security support.

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Choose a WordPress Theme

Now it’s time to choose a theme. This refers to the background images, and the layout of the site. Be sure to choose one that relates to the blog’s content. It must be easy for users to navigate, or they will get frustrated when using it and move on to something else. The cost of a WordPress theme can range from free to $500. Of course, what type of features the blog requires will determine how much a person will pay.

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Start Writing Quality Blog Content

When writing content for the blog, remember that if it is not a topic of interest to the blogger, they will probably not write with the passion required to draw the reader in. So be sure to write with enthusiasm in every post, to keep people interested and coming back for more. Also, do the necessary research to ensure the posts are well-informed. Adding an About Me page to the site is also a good idea, so readers know who they are getting their information from. A bit of info about the blogger is important for readers to trust what is being discussed. Of course, not every detail of the blogger’s life needs to be added. Protecting online privacy should always be a concern, to keep those with harmful intentions from gaining information they can then use to their advantage.

Start Marketing

There are a few different ways to promote a new blog and increase traffic. Commenting on related blogs in an informed and constructive manner can show readers that a new blogger has a relevant opinion. Guest blogging on other reputable blogs is also an effective strategy, as it not only shows that the blogger knows what they are talking about, but will bring the traffic back to their sites. Social media can also be used to promote a blog, but again, be careful what is posted, so there are no issues with online privacy.

Enjoy the Fruit of Your Passion

Now the blog can start earning money. One of the best ways is Google AdSense, which allows bloggers to place ads on their site, and earn money from those companies. Of course, Google has numerous penalties that can actually deflect traffic from an offending site, such as Panda, which affects low-quality websites, Penguin, which detects unnatural backlinks, and Pirate, which looks for stolen copyrighted content, just to name a few. A blogger can also earn affiliate sales for promoting another site’s products, or can do a sponsored review to earn a bit of money.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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