“Failure is not an option.”
We hear it all the time. People have even made T-shirts with that motto. And by saying it’s not an option, we associate failure as a negative thing.
But what if it were an option?
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I begin writing by feeling inspired, motivated and with an idea that is pushing on my insides, full of potential, wanting and needing to be expressed. The words start flowing, and my fingers dance across the keyboard.
However, inevitably, my fingers begin to slow-down and eventually they come to a complete stop. I feel deflated, uninspired and full of doubt…
American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and you probably know him as the world’s greatest blogger. Seth Godin is the Author of 14 bestselling books, founder of Squidoo, and he’s an inspiration to countless marketers, bloggers and writers around the world.
Seth says more meaningful stuff that matters than anyone else, with fewer words than anyone else, and when I recently asked him the below questions for Positive Writer‘s launch, he was true to form with concise, yet profound answers.
It’s certainly no secret to today’s writers that guest blogging provides a great way to build their platform and amplify their “voice.” Top bloggers like Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Darren Rowse, in fact, highly recommend it.
Still, very few writers reap the potential benefits of guest blogging, due to their approach and a lack of awareness of how to “work smarter, not harder.”
With this in mind, today I’ll share a few ways to increase your blogging I.Q. and ultimately your bottom line.
The odds are if you write in public you want people to read your work. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I mean, if we don’t care if anyone’s reading our work, then we should stick to personal journals that we keep hidden under our pillows.
You can hide your work if you want to, and if you hide your work you’ll never let yourself down. But if you’re interested in getting your work noticed don’t fall for the myths presented in this post.
I used to tell people that I’m the most insecure person I know; I just hide it well. One day my best friend called me on my insecurity. That’s a best friend’s job, of course, and she did it with two powerful sentences.
“I’m insecure also, but I know the one thing I never feel insecure about is my teaching ability. The one thing you should never feel insecure about is your writing.”
Maybe you’re a blogger of musings and random things, whatever happens to come to you on occasion, believing the more well-rounded your blog is the more likely you will attract an audience, but the reality is that this all too often backfires.
The good news is this mistake can be fixed. The bad news is the solution seems paradoxical so most bloggers making this mistake never fix it and eventually give up. It’s the reason I canceled my first blog and I don’t want it to be the reason you give up on yours.
We’re told writing a book is the easy part. ‘Pah!! Wait til you try and publish it!’ they warn us.
And then, after months or years of carefully honing our precious stories we emerge from hibernation, with arthritic fingers and hunched backs, and realise we’ve reached that stage. It’s judgment time…