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Blogging Tips for The Chicken Shit

Don’t think you have ANYTHING of value to share with the world?  Wrong.  (And I can hear you all the way to upstate New York….Don’t think I can’t.)   Yes.  You are busy.  Yes. You have no time.  Yes.  You have dreams.  Yes.  You’re scared to share them – what if you fail?  Or worse… What if you succeed?

Last week I met my very good friend  and Health Coach, Kelly Pickering,  for an early morning walk.  We talked life and business.  Having experienced her talent, dedication and love, first hand, I encouraged her to begin to blog as a way to share her wisdom with communities at large.

You would have thought I’d asked her to hand over her first born.

I remember feeling this fear when I wrote down my first words: betraying a legacy of silence  handed to me by the women in my family – use my voice?  Hell no – my 5 year-old self knew that was too big a risk to take.  Besides, I had no talent, no time, no worth.

Some of us need a structure to build enough confidence to launch our voices to the world.  (Download this week’s worksheet to help you at the bottom of the page)  Here are my tips to get you started:

  • Coming up with and Choosing a Topic – What interests you?  What makes you laugh?  What pulls at your heartstrings?  Get yourself a timer and for 10 minutes straight, make a non-stop list of all of the topics that interest you.  When the timer goes off, you are done.  As you re-read your topics, some may have you feeling “Meh” (my son’s version of “whatever”).  Cross those babies right off.  Let your eyes linger over your list.  Let the topic jump off the page – don’t question, just say “yes.”
  • Play Twenty Questions – Set your timer for another 10 minutes.  In that time, come up with 20+ questions you may have on the topic.  Write them down.
  • You are Your Own Expert – once you have your questions down, answer them.  You may find that you happen not to have the answer for some of them.  That’s why Bing and Google are in existence.  Let your fingers do the walking.  Find the answers that you need…  You’ve pretty much written it by this point.  Now comes the fine tuning…
  • The Opening Lines – I was once told that if you don’t capture your reader’s interest in the first two lines, they’ll move on.  First impressions matter. Play with questions, provocative statements, a joke….
  • Making Your Point – a post needs to have a point. If it’s just an intriguing title and opening you’ll get people to read – but if the post doesn’t ‘matter’ to them it’ll never get traction.  Organize your information in a way that follows a logical sequence, flows.  Once you’ve writen version 1.0 – send it to your best friend for feedback.
  • Adding Substance – before publishing your post – ask yourself how you could add depth to it and make it even more useful and memorable to readers?  A link to a book?  Youtube? Music? A quote?
  • Damage control –  small mistakes can interfere with your reader’s enjoyment. Spend time fixing errors and making a post ‘look’ good can really give it the juju you are looking for.
  • Bless and Release – once you’ve sent your post into the internet stratisphere, LET GO.  You’ll want to re-read it, criticize it, delete it, deconstruct it, judge yourself for it.   DON’T – believe me.  You don’t think Van Vogh wanted to paint “Starry Night” all over again after it became public?
Know that you have more topics to write about.  Some blogs will hit the nail on the head, some your thumb.  Either way you end up hanging an amazing piece on the wall for all to see.  (Download this week’s worksheet for your blogging pleasure here: Blogging For The Chicken Shit.  Let me know if this tool actually works for you!)   Post your first blogs here!  Let me know how you are doing with this process.  Share the love!

3 Responses to “Blogging Tips for The Chicken Shit”

  1. Lauren G says:

    “What if you succeed?” has been a major question in my life. I’ve always went half cocked at my blog work. No longer. I’m clearing that out right now. About to go have myself a nice little EFT Session. Thanks for bringing this out. More Love.

  2. Joëlle says:

    Isn’t it loads of fun? Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your blog – xoox Joëlle

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