[irevuo] Writing Is Not Hocus Pocus

A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner.” —  Seth Godin

George R.R. Martin is the best-selling author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

To this day, his epic saga has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, and it was turned into a record-breaking television series by HBO.

But unlike the worlds he imagines into existence, his writing habit is by no means magic…

[AoB] 100 Quick Tips From Someone Who Built an Audience of Over 200,000 Readers

I remember blogging hell. The 0 attached to most of my blog posts. Zero comments, zero likes. No shares.

I remember clicking the publish button as if to send my articles to die an undignified death.

I also remember the effort it took to go from 0 to 100 readers: taking massive action when networking, commenting on dozens of different blog posts daily, replying to every single comment.

I remember who it all felt unfair somehow. How it felt like a battle that I could never win.

Learned a lot during my nine years of blogging. I also figured out that the most important aspects of blogging are some of the least talked about, which is why I am sharing these lessons with you today.

[AoB] 25 Books Every Blogger Should Read

Oscar Wilde once said that, “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

There’s a lot of truth in that statement, and I do strenuously believe that we must experience blogging ourselves, try and fail and develop our own frameworks and strategies, but at the same time we must understand that someone else’s rules can also help us on our journey.

There are no maps to guide us, but some of these books may point you in the right direction.

Here is a compilation of 25 books about writing well, marketing, and building an audience.

[AoB] Trends #6: The Polymathic Approach

The general advice when deciding on a niche for your blog is this: being as specific as possible will help you cater to your target audience.

The more specific you are, the more you will attract a small number of people.

That sounds about right…

But at the same time, here’s the paradox: the more specific you are, the less capable you are of creating content that stands out from the crowd.

What’s going on here?