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OMG I’m in a blogging slump!!

You stare at your computer and it stares back. Your mind just doesn’t seem to do anything (well, it seems to be doing everything else but think). You’re almost upside down by now trying to think what your next topic will be… and yes, you’re blank!! Totally clueless!!!

It has never ceased to amaze me how dense I can be at times, I mean, Lil Mama makes singing a mega hit ‘bout lip-gloss look easy!!! And here I am stuck as to what my next blog post should be about!!

I’m looking for some kind of excuse to justify this rather unfortunate phenom that happens to timely occur when you desperately need to meet deadlines… maybe I could say I’m only human and that I ain’t perfect. That’s too cliché. The truth of the matter is it’s here with me and I gotta deal with it. And fast. But how???

EvenKobedoesn’t always drop a hot 61 pts in every game. There are his A-games and his Z-games. But he always finds a way to bring out his A-game after one of his Z-games.

Today was one of those blue days. I was totally blank, so I opened the word processor and stared at it for some time (I was hoping it would inspire me about something J …). Two cups of cocoa and a game of cards later, I decided to watch a little T.V (for two whole hoursL!!!). This got me back to staring at the monitor. This time round, I made amends such that I wasn’t merely glaring at the monitor like some confused bimbo, I started typing about how clueless I was and Walla!! This article was born!!

It has never been easy getting out of a slump. Remember so much is at stake here, the deadlines and all… how do you get yourself out of one of these?

 

 

Until next time…

 

Blogging tidbits

Blogging can be such a hustle, or such a breeze, depending on how you approach it. Well, there are key things to consider when writing a blog that can determine its success or failure.

Grammar:

Well written entries will attract you a loyal legion of readers. If you make several typos in the first, second, third, fourth… then “Huston, we have a problem!” There are several tools available to help you to this effect like Grammarly or alternatively, you could send a copy of your post to your friend who is well versed in this area for critical insight before you post it.

I most often than not tend to bend this rule because I try to write as I would talk (I always send a copy though…). Oh well…

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

This simply means making your blog/post rank better/higher on search engines when someone searches for the topic your blog/post is talking about (=increased traffic!).

Keywords– A very important part of SEO, choosing the right keywords is a challenging but greatly rewarding process. Its optimum use will lead to a huge amount of search engine referral traffic with higher conversion chances. What this basically means is that if for example you are writing about blogging, your post should be rich in keywords that relate to this topic like blog, blogger, blog post and blogs.

NB: Jamming your post with keywords haphazardly will only make you look foolish. In any case, what happens when you put too much salt in your food? Exactly.

Meta tagsInclude the Title tags,Meta description tags and Meta Keyword tag. If you expertly put in the relevant keywords herein, you can rest assured some traffic will be coming your way!!

Social media marketing– If you Google search ThaBizzKid, you will find that it shows ThaBizzKid on Twitter and Facebook as well. And since many people are on the social networking sites most of their online time, it makes perfect sense to promote your blog using the various social media, right?

Quality content:

Truth be told, I’d rather post a paragraph of quality material than post any at all. Why waste the readers’ (and mine too) time reading nonsense? In any case, do you think anyone would make a return trip after such an ordeal? Right.

Make your content unique and dynamic, something to set you apart from the rest…

It helps your SEO a great deal as well.

Passion, dedication, consistency:

Unless you are being forced to wake up and write your blogs, please do not subject your readers to mental torture!! Make ‘em wannna read line, after line, after line… like a good book would. Grab their attention and make them hang onto your every word.

The title of your post and your first line are especially important. If they succeed to grab your reader’s attention, they successfully convince him/her to read the rest of the story.

By putting yourself in your readers’ shoes, you will know what they want and how they want it. So you better give it to them that way.You should be able to express your genuine feelings towards the subject matter and make the reader feel it. This gives you and your reader a connection.

How often do you publish your posts? Weekly? Monthly? Randomly? I have realized from experience that the more

frequent your posts, the more readership you get = more referrals = more traffic! Easy, right? Mmmmhhhh… you better find that out for yourself (a little homework won’t hurt).

Last but by no means least, you ought to be consistent. If you keep your readers guessing, let them wonder to what heights you have risen this time round, not how low you’ve gone. If anything, every new post should be better than the previous one, if not as good.

 

The above tips are just a summary; every point is a broad topic on its own. These were just pointers to give you a rough picture as to what is required of you as a blogger in this ever-growing blog-sphere. For sure I haven’t covered everything; I hope to hear from you soon as you comment on this post. What have I left out?

 

Until next time…

What is blogging, really? The Introduction

I used to say and think that blogging was the easiest thing I could ever do. I take back my words.

When I created this blog in June, I thought it was going to be all systems go; post my first entry (which I did here), get traffic (mmmhhh I’m a dreamer), start making money in my first week (too early to be thinking about money in the first place…), be famous (for what?!)…

 If you think this is wishful thinking then you’re right. I actually was not expecting to do any work. After all, wasn’t I only going to publish my posts? I love writing, so that wasn’t going to be a problem, or was it? Boy was I wrong on this one!! If you look keenly, you will notice that the URL to this blog is thabizzkid2011.wordpress.com instead of thabizzkid.wordpress.com; courtesy of a mistake I made while trying to edit this blog. That is when I realized that I was totally green! I had no idea of what was going on!!

After my third post, I found myself with more questions to which I had no answers. What are widgets and how do I get one? What is RSS feed? What on this planet earth is search engine optimization and how do I write key word articles? How do I add pictures to my blog or how do I tweak its features? What is my niche?

  Truth be told, this is a very demanding hobby. You just don’t wake up and write aimlessly and expect to write something someone out there will love (I really wish I could do this often, it takes me even weeks to simply put my ideas in order, at times I post as I think!). And then there was this issue of traffic. How was I going to get people to actually want to visit my blog again and again and again?

Experience is the best teacher. I have made soooooo many mistakes and in turn learnt soooooo many lessons (I’m still learning…). This is all worth it, that’s why I’ll be covering the joys and pains of blogging in this blogging series. Be sure to check back soon for the latest info.

Until next time…