Blogging has come a long ways since its nerdy/geeky/lonely predecessor of the early 1990s. Now that the Internet plays such an important, almost symbiotic, role in our daily lives blogs have become much more mainstream. Blogs now allow websites to create different points of entry to their websites and a great opportunity to showcase knowledge on different topics.
Sounds fantastic, but many small business owners worry they lack the skills to create thriving blogs. So I’m going to address 4 common blogging blocks, and 4 blog tools that can help.
I feel as if I’m always writing about the same thing, I don’t want to bore readers.
If you find yourself a victim, it’s necessary to break out of the routine and see what the rest of the world is up to. My suggestion is to check out StumbleUpon. There you can select your interests and click the Stumble button to find randomly selected sites that you’ll absolutely love.
I feel as if my blog isn’t very personal.
This nifty service allows you to upload a picture that’s associated with an email account. This picture will follow the email address and show up on your blog, and any other blogs you contribute to. No matter where you write on the web, the same picture will be there to help brand and personalize you as a blogger.
And if you’re using WordPress, it’s super easy to set up.
I’m not really a writer.
Plinky helps users get over the fear of writing by asking questions, or prompts, that are fun to answer. Such as, “What hobby would you like to learn?” Or “List your top 5 all-time favorite films.” This allows the user to practice writing a little or a lot while developing their personal writing style. As cliché as it is, practice DOES make perfect.
I get inspired to write, but by the time I actually can my idea is fuzzy.
With Evernote, I’m able to save all my ideas and inspiration with my iPhone. My account is synched online, so I’m able to look at my idea board of pictures, movies, and text on either my phone or any computer.