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How do you Find Stories for Your blog? – Open Mike
1st of February 2007 Darren Rowse 82

How do you Find Stories for Your blog? – Open Mike

On the weekend I asked readers to submit their tips on how they find readers for their blog in an ‘open mike’ discussion – the results were pretty good (it’s done pretty well on Digg today – I hope some of those featured got some good flow on traffic). Today ...more
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How to Think Outside of the Box and Develop Attention Grabbing Content
25th of January 2007 Darren Rowse 31

How to Think Outside of the Box and Develop Attention Grabbing Content

I’d like to welcome Glen Stansberry from LifeDev (feed) to Problogger. Glen has offered to write a series of posts looking at how to use creativity, productivity and organization to improve your blogging skills. With the blogosphere ballooning to gigantic proportions, more and more blogs are springing up in every ...more
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The Kenny Rogers Guide to Getting People to Read Your Whole Posts
8th of January 2007 Darren Rowse 12

The Kenny Rogers Guide to Getting People to Read Your Whole Posts

I never thought I’d quote Kenny Rogers on this blog but here’s something he said to a contestant on American Idol this series: “the first word that comes out of your mouth helps people to decide whether to listen to the next word, which in turn helps them work out ...more
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Finding a Conversational Voice in Your Blogging
16th of December 2006 Darren Rowse 7

Finding a Conversational Voice in Your Blogging

This is my final post in the ‘adding a personal touch to your blog‘ series: This one is more of a personal preference than anything so take it or leave it – but I attempt to make my writing style as conversational as possible. I try to write in a ...more
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Using Stories to Add a Personal Touch to Your Blog
14th of December 2006 Darren Rowse 10

Using Stories to Add a Personal Touch to Your Blog

I’ve recently been reading The Story Factor by Annette Simmons and am convinced that stories are one of the most powerful ways of engaging and impacting readers. I’ve written previously on using stories in blogging (and will probably again) but am a firm believer in using stories as they: engage ...more
Miscellaneous Blog Tips
First Person Blogging about ‘You’
12th of December 2006 Darren Rowse 13

First Person Blogging about ‘You’

This is post 2 in the Adding a Personal Touch to Your Blog Series 2. First Person vs Third Person While there is definitely a place for third person writing in blogging – I know that I am much more drawn bloggers who place themselves inside their posts by writing ...more
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Proofread!
26th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 19

Proofread!

Steve from Adventure Money submitted the following reader ‘quick tip’: Readers form opinions about your blog based on the quality of your content. However, even if your content is great, if your readers have to stop in mid-paragraph to perform some sort of mental gymnastics to determine the meaning of ...more
Reader Questions
Writing Seasonal Content for Christmas
25th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 6

Writing Seasonal Content for Christmas

With the end of the year approaching the web surfing habits of the average web user changes. The way you position yourself now in the weeks leading up to this period can mean you’re ready to capitalize on some of these changes. I noticed this last year particularly when analyzing ...more
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Blogging in Bunches
16th of November 2006 Darren Rowse 12

Blogging in Bunches

The following reader quick tip was written by Mike Murray: For bloggers just starting out, the hardest thing is to maintain the consistency that allows you to build an audience. The most helpful thing I have found that I do (which most successful bloggers do also) is to write a ...more
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