Why I’m hitting a bloggers wall

I have been suffering with bloggers block for months and months.  I just can’t seem to climb over that big brick wall that’s cemented itself in front of me. Why?There’s a number of reasons. Probably too many to list on this particular post. But, you know what? I’ll give it a go:

1. I’m getting married in 3 weeks to this day. Any free time I have between now and then is literally filled with pre marital errands. My wife to be, is currently a bubbling pot of firey stress lava ready to errupt and explode any minute. I don’t protest.

2. We go on our honey moon 2 days after the wedding. See above.

3. My 18 month old son has entered the terrible two’s early. If I’m finished with all my pre marital and honeymoon chores, my son ensures that any ounce of free time I have is filled with chasing him around the house, cleaning, tidying, games, more tidying, games, playing, more cleaning and watching Toy Story on a continuous loop!

4. I have a full time job. Like most of you out there, I’d rather be writing for a living, but reality says otherwise. I have to go out and face the grind on a daily basis, if I want to feed my family, that is!

5. I’m exhausted! My prime time for doing any writing or blogging would be a few hours before bed when the house is quiet and calm. Lately though, with everything that’s been going on, we’re giving it big Z’s soon after the miniature monster goes to bed!

6. Am I just out of ideas? Hundreds of posts and likes, and thousands of views later, has my blogging fire just naturally extinguished? 

Excuse me folks, I’m heading out to try and scale this hideous wall. Again!

This is NOT a drill!

You hear that, people?

That’s the fire alarm! You know, it could potentially mean the building is burning down around us. We could all be trapped and sent to our toasted graves.

No, you CANNOT continue your shopping.

No, you CANNOT “just quickly pay for your vagisil”

No, you CANNOT take your trolley full of unpaid shopping outside and wait for the fire brigade.

No, you CANNOT quickly finish your coffee.

Please stop pretending to be ignorant. If you do not understand the sound of a fire alarm, then I’m sorry, you should not be out on your own.

I don’t care if you’ve only popped in quickly for one item.

And for the love of God, people, use the nearest fire exit! Why are you walking the whole length of the building to walk out of the exit door?

Ladies & gentleman, this is NOT a drill!

It’s tough to be a #Blogger

How could you describe it?

A fun roller coaster ride? An exciting daily dose of the unknown? The most complex paradox of your known existence? A HUGE pain in the ass?

If you’re anything like me, it’s most probably all of the above.

Good days and bad days. Great days and amazing days. Ok to almost bugger all days.

It’s a tough, hard slog. You must ensure your content is current, fresh, consistent and most of all interesting. You have to work at it everyday and remind your readers why they agreed to follow you in the first place.

Don’t ever get hung up on the peaks and troughs of your stats. Focus on your content and your readers. After all, that’s why you signed up.


How to Earn from Blogging, there’s no secret

There are many articles on the Internet and perhaps on WordPress talking about ‘how I made $3000+ in a month’.  This may be so and is all very well and good, but how do YOU actually make money on the internet, via your Blog and continue making it?

If you are reading this then you are either a current Blogger who’d like to earn a little cash from doing what you love, or, you’re a new Blogger and interested in creating something with your blogging skills that could be of interest to your readers, while earning you some cash.

Aside from WordPress, there are many Blogging sites available to you, where you are free to make an account and Blog until the cows come home.  Some are more suited to, and encourage you to earn from your Blogging.

If you are in the hope of earning hundreds of pounds (or dollars) through Blogging, then WordPress or this article is most likely not for you.

So what are the best sites and how do you get started? Below, I have shared two sites that I have used and been very successful with.

Firstly, sign up to http://www.xomba.com
Xomba is a community and much like WordPress, we are all here to help one another.  You help one another by reading, sharing and voting for each others articles.
Once you sign up for Xomba, you need to sign up for a Google adsense account. Again, this costs you nothing and it is fairly simple to do.  For those of you who don’t know, a Google Adsense account is linked to your blogs with links that are of the same subject or interest to your blog or article.  You are paid by Google per click.

The next thing you should do is sign up to http://www.firstwriter.com.  This site is a fantastic place for all new aspiring writers. There is a world of information, contacts and competitions available all the time. This will assist you in keeping your writing fresh and giving you the necessary exposure you will want and need, as you work to earn on Xomba.

Okay, you’ve set up your Xomba account and you’ve setup your ad sense account after reading Xomba’s help guide. So now what? Simple. You write and write. You write well and you write lots and lots of articles. Sounds easier than it is, but it all depends on how much time you have or are willing to spend on writing articles. If you are here to make a few extra pounds (or bucks!) then writing a few articles a day or a week should be sufficient enough. Any of you who are here to make hundreds, then you need to write hundreds- literally. You can read my top tips on becoming a successful writer, here.

So what do you write about? You should write about what interests you. You do this because you will enjoy writing about it and you will be knowledgeable on your chosen subject. The other side of the coin of course is, you should write about what interests your audience. This is a little more tricky, but it can still be done:-

1. Take the time to browse and read what fellow Bloggers are writing about.
2. Browse the web and look for interesting news stories that you could link to or write about in your own words.
3. Browse websites such as Amazon.com and look at what books, DVDs and gadgets are selling and write about them. Review them if you have read, watched or used them.
4. What’s on at the cinema? Did you just see the latest blockbuster that everyone will be flocking to see? Then review it and publish it.

There are no right or wrong things to write about. Remember, your articles will not make you money overnight and it may take a while before people start clicking into them. Some of your articles will get more clicks than others. Some will never get a click at all. But the best thing that you can do is keep up to date with what is going on in the world and write, write and write.

One last thing I suggest you do is build yourself an online portfolio. The chances are that if you are reading this, you already have a WordPress blogging site.  If not, however, sign up for free and start blogging.  This will become your online portfolio, and if your articles or blogs are interesting and current, you will create a following quickly.

Remember to keep writing and writing well.  That is the only secret.