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I can’t say enough about blogging! Blogging is good for anyone or any business. Blogging can be educational, interesting, resourceful and FUN!
There are many reasons why a person or a business might want to blog.
Here are 10 reasons to consider blogging….
To Build An Audience
Blogging is a perfect way to build a following and attract an audience. And you can attract a large and varied audience or an audience in a specific niche. For example a blog about your life and life’s experiences might attract a lot of different types of people and followers because they become interested in you and your philosophies and experience.
However, a blog that is business or niche specific might only attract those types of people or consumers looking to connect with that brand or purchase that type of product.
A good blog will let people get to know you and/or your company or business. Relationships are built on trust and integrity and a blog is the perfect way to build this know/like/trust factor quickly.
In 2021 and beyond, building relationships is more important than ever. We are transitioning from an industrial world into more of an information and virtual world and solid relationships that evoke trust are essential.
Create A Warm Market
Blogging allows you to create a warm market with people you have never even met yet and to also foster the relationships that you already have with people or with your current customers.
It is also a great two-way street because you can get to know your audience better by monitoring what they engage with the most when you post and by the comments they leave… a marketer’s dream. 🙂
This is a huge piece to blogging. Blogging is one of the BEST ways to create value with your audience and your potential customers or consumers of your information or your products. In a world of information overload this is KEY. There are very few new products or services out there, so the best way to stand out is to be unique in some way and/or to create value.
Blogging allows you to create tremendous value by offering up a platform to educate, inform, and specifically target any niche or audience that you want to reach. This makes you the blogger, the one in control of the information.
We are all in this world together and the more we support one another and collaborate, the better for all. Blogging is a great way to initiate and source out further opportunities. Through blogging people or companies might find you and want to collaborate or to do a joint venture project of some sort. The potential for opportunities is vast and infinite and is really quite exciting.
Content is King in the internet world today and blogging is a great way to create useful content and content that can be repurposed and reused again and again. For example, I am starting a 4-week blogging course in two days. I will use this blog post in the first class to go over some reasons why it is great to blog and to reinforce their choice to blog through listing the benefits in this very post. I will then send them the link to have for their resources for the course.
I can then take this post and share it over on my other social media platforms and even send it to my email list. I could make a podcast from it and I could also include any form of this blog post in course content for future courses. I could also take quotes from this post and make my own quotes graphics or put some quotes up on Twitter.
I could take the content verbiage and make a video out of it.
This is one of the things that I really love about blogging is that you are never wasting time by blogging because you can use the content over and over and over again. I often send people to my prior blog posts as a resource.
This is especially handy for me when I am asked questions about health. I often send people links to specific posts over on my health and wellness blog at https://maggiesvitamins.blog/ I kind of see this as having a giant online filing cabinets with my documents and resources and they are always accessible and handy.
Tell Your Story
Whether your personal story, or the story of your business or brand, stories are the most effective marketing technique ever. People love stories and they love to know where people have come from. They want to know what inspired you to make changes in your life or what propelled you to start your business. They want to know the human side of it all.
Why? Because we are all human and we relate to others in a human way. Maybe your story is that you were inspired to write a book or to write poems after a life-changing event and your readers have this little spark inside of them and they want to write poetry too! They want to be inspired from YOU! They want to relate to other humans walking the earth. So this is where the stories come in. The stories are the common threads that connect us as humans.
If you want a fast track to marketing at this time in history, it is to inspire people. Selling or marketing through inspiration is the fast track to business growth. People are awakening to their passions and to their desires. DIY projects, cooking, crafting, writing, music, coaching, branding, influencing, education and learning, artistry, personal empowerment, and more, are at all-time high!
Blogging is a sure fire way to offer inspiration and to help people to connect and to fire up their passions and desires. When you or your blog inspires others they connect to you and/or your brand and they trust you for advice and/or potential product recommendations. The key here is to ‘inspire’ people.
Imagine you need heart surgery and you go to the cardiologist and ask him what he thinks about your upcoming procedure. And he says something like “Hmm, geez, I am not quite sure… I hope it goes well but we’ll have to wait and see I guess”.
How does that make you feel? You get the point here. A blog is your opportunity to validate your expertise by sharing what you know. And this is often the biggest obstacle that stops people from blogging in the first place. They underestimate the value in what they do know!
We all know stuff!
Why? Because life has taught us stuff! So simple. Did you ever have a baby? Clean a house? Organize a room? Fix a lawn mower? Etc. Etc. Etc. You get the idea. We all know more about something than someone else who has not yet experienced it and less about other things that some people have experienced that we have not yet. Whew! I hope that one made sense. 🙂
The point is that we can help others by sharing what we do know! 🙂 And a reminder that the human aspect and connection is what we all want so this goes back to telling your story and inspiring others too! The story could be how you never imagined that you could fix your own lawn mower but you watched a video and this is what you learned and you are now sharing it with others! So simple. That is a blog post my friends. 🙂
So now that I started writing this, I realize that I could write way more than 10 reasons for starting a blog, but I will save those for another blog post hee hee.
I hope that you found this helpful and if you or anyone you know would like info about my upcoming blog courses, please reach out. I am good at accommodating people when it comes to times and group sizes.
I would love to hear your comments or thoughts about blogging too! And be sure to have an AMAZING day whenever you are reading this.
We all know that as far as business goes in 2020 and beyond, it all changed overnight and in the blink of an eye!
We hear this term of ‘pivoting’ every time we turn around. Well I am going to get straight to the point.
One of the easiest ways to pivot your business right now is with a blog.
You may or may not currently have a blog for your business or brand, but either way you can start one or pivot your existing one to make it better for you to get better results.
Keep in mind that many businesses use blogs for various reasons… for sales, marketing, for promotion, or as an advertising tool and/or to enhance their customer service or technical support.
Blogs can be service based or revenue based or both, depending on the needs of the business. Either way a blog can help a company to grow, cut costs, build relationships and ultimately increase revenues.
If you are new to blogging I am running a 4 week course starting this Sunday to help you get started. You can learn about it here:
Do you have a message to share? Or do you just want to express yourself in some way?
Maybe you love to cook and you want to share your excitement and enJOYment of it. Or maybe you know a lot about a certain topic like fixing old motors or lawn equipment and you would like to share what you know.
Or perhaps you are a small business owner or solopreneur who wants to get your message out there and brand yourself more. Or maybe you want to eventually monetize aka make money from the information you know.
Maybe you love to write poems and you want a place to showcase them to the world. Or you love to take pictures and you want to share your work. For example, I love to share the pictures I take at my lake house on the shores of Lake Superior in Canada and I do that on one of my blogs. You can see them here:
Starting a blog might be exactly what you are looking for!
There are countless and unlimited reasons to blog and there is no right or wrong reason for it. A blog is simply an online journal of some sort that shares information. And you can blog about whatever you want when you want!
My Four Week Course to Help YOU Launch YOUR Blog!
I am starting a four week course that is limited to 10 people. I will take my students through the entire process of starting a blog and this will include generating ideas around what exactly your blog’s theme will be, title, creating your first few blog posts, where to get content and media to help with your posts, how to make posts, where to post and more.
By the end of the four weeks you will be a confident new blogger ready to take on the blogging world and you will start 2021 as a Blogger! Very exciting!
Here are the details:
Limited to the first 10 people
Dates for the 4 Weeks:
Wednesday January 6, 13, 21, 28th from 2 pm – 3:30 EST
Includes: Facebook group ongoing support and interaction and email support and additional sharing of content and resources around branding and blogging.
$147 for the entire course with a full money-back guarantee. Complete my course and if for ANY reason, you do not feel it was valuable, your money back guaranteed! You’ve truly got nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Think of where this could go!
Limited to the first 10!
Now as I mentioned I am limiting this to 10 people so that we have the intimacy to learn well and also support each other on this new journey.
If you are interested in registering you can do so here. And if you have any questions about it we can set up a time to chat about it before you decide. 🙂 I want this to be serving YOU in the best way possible.
One of the most challenging things about blogging is getting started. If you ever get stumped on what to write about, here are 50 ideas to help get the creative juices flowing. You may want to bookmark this or print it out to have it handy. Heck I think I am even gonna do that! 🙂
Take a photo. Share a picture instead of words! With smart phones being as smart as they are, anyone can snap pictures at any time! These are perfect for sharing. Sharing them the way they are or a quote on them. PERF!
Share a relevant YouTube video. Perhaps even analyze it a bit in your post. It doesn’t require a lot of work to watch and then find the best videos. And videos that are motivational and helpful are even better!
Shoot a video of your own. People love to see a blogger’s face rather than just read their words. And have fun with it. Don’t forget humor is attractive. Let your witty side out 🙂
Comment on another blog post on your blog. For example, if another well-known blogger makes a strong statement, respond to that statement on your blog.
Comment on a news event and on how it relates to your field. News events are a great way to tap into the current trends and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Write a How To post. Walk through’s, tutorials and how to’s tend to do very well online. People love to learn from each other and are always searching for answers. When one question is answered another one is searched for … it’s never ending 🙂
Bust a Myth. What are common beliefs people hold in your industry that simply aren’t true?
Tell an entertaining and educational story. What were some turning point moments in your career? What is a breakthrough that you have had?
Create a Q&A post. What are common questions people have and what are their answers? You can get great content ideas for this by looking at FB threads and in groups. You will see the common questions and even get common answers! Now there is an awesome HINT for you 🙂
Examine a Problem. Take an issue that people often get stuck on and go in depth into its causes and solutions. Add pictures to make it even more effective.
Write a “Top” List. For example, “Top 50 Ways to Get Blog Traffic” or “Top Trending Videos of 2020″
Ramble. Just talk aimlessly and passionately about a subject. Be sure to set it aside and read it a day or two later to make sure it’s relevant before you post it. Ramble away… 🙂
Write about common pitfalls. What are mistakes that beginners might make without knowing it? Help them not to make those.
Interview an expert. Post it in audio or video form on your blog. Collaborate with others and it is win-win for both of you.
Review a product. What are its benefits and its drawbacks? What sets it apart? Would you recommend it? Again pictures are powerful here.
Comment on state of the industry. What’s going well and what isn’t’ going well? Share a bit of your story around this too so people can relate.
Ask your audience a question. What do they think about ___?
Post the top resources for someone in your industry. Give links, downloads, videos, etc. that might help them in what they’re trying to do. And even link to others lists about this. This adds even more value for your peeps and back links are powerful too.
Make a prediction on the future. What do you think is going to happen in the next 12 months? Oh and you can have fun with this one. 🙂
Write about an in-person event. For example, “What I learned at Bestsellers Summit this year. Or “What I learned from watching this person on YouTube”.
Share a provocative opinion. What’s an opinion you have that just isn’t politically correct? Be careful with this one though once it’s out there you can’t take it back so tread lightly. You want to keep your peeps. Just sayin….
Write about why you think someone is right or wrong about a certain subject.
Make something complex simple. Break a hard process down into its parts and make it easy to do or follow. Again pictures here speak a thousand words or more.
Share a thought process. How do you get from point A to point B in your thought process? Make an infograph or flow chart for this. Even hand bombing it works. Get creative.
Blog about a personal experiment. What’s something you tried? Did it work or did it not work? What would you do differently and what would you recommend? And don’t forget to add humor. Humor helps 🙂
Do an audio recording. Sharing yourself via audio rather than text can lead to more connection with your readers. And some people are auditory learners so it is good to change up your content to various styles now and again.
Write a sarcastic post. It shouldn’t be aggressive but be a little satirical post that contradicts popular opinion. Again tread light here.
Give away an eBook. Pack it with value and just give it away for free. Just do it! 🙂 And if you need help doing e-books, talk to me, I’ve got you covered….
Analyze someone else’s success. Why did they make it? What did they do differently than other people? What sets them apart from the rest?
Analyze someone else’s failure. Why did company X or project X fail? What was the key mistake? What is the take-away from this?
Write about an article others have been discussing or that are at the top of popular research places? Google Trends is a great resource for finding out what is trending in topics.
Write about the pros and cons of X. What are the benefits and drawbacks? Again consider adding in a personal story or small blip that relates to the topic of X.
Take the alternate position. What does everyone else think? What do you typically stand for? Try taking the other side.
Write about a book in your industry. Review it or write a synopsis. And then include a link or a list or a listicle of other great books that pertain.
Write a post designed to be inspirational. Not a how to, but something that gives people a sense that they can do it too. Lift others up!
Write an update post – How it used to be, how it is today. For example, “X used to work in the past, but with the recent changes in the market, you really need to do Y to get the same effects.” Ask for their thoughts on this or around this topic of X.
Write about little-known industry knowledge or tidbits. Share some ‘gems’ or ‘key’s with them. People love golden gems or keys. Heck I am sharing 50 gems here! LOL
Write a post for newbies. Make it easy and answer questions that beginners often ask. Secret here is to remember when you didn’t know anything and share from that point… This can be tricky when we forget that we didn’t know what we know…. know what I mean? 😉
Share a secret in your industry. What are things that people on the inside know but tend not to share? These are always juicy!
Do a multi-part post with cliffhangers in between. Write a great post #1, then leave people wanting for more before part 2. …. duh duh dum
Write a follow-up on your most popular posts. Take your top 3 articles and expand on those topics. Then later put these together, add a little more content and you’ve got another e-book! Voila!
Host a poll and then post the results. Analyze why you think the poll turned out the way it did.
Write an open letter to someone well known in your industry. For example, “An Open Letter to Steve Jobs” went viral when the iPhone 3GS came out.
Show off a little. Share what you did and the results you got. Once again pictures rock here!
A “What I wish I did differently” post. Use what you know now to analyze your successes and failures. Be humble and be real here.
Address common frustrations in the industry. Where do people generally get frustrated and not know how to move forward? Let them know they’re not alone. And share your story of your frustration around the topic.
Post an infographic. Take statistics, data and information and put it in graphical form. These tend to get passed around a lot. When creating content also think or question.. is this something that will likely be shared or is a shareable piece?
Around the world view. How is __ done similarly or differently around the world? Share a personal experience from your travels or something that surprised you from watching a YouTube video.
Creative ways to do ___. How can you do things differently than other people?
How to streamline or make quick work of __. Again this is like a little how-to.
These are just a few ideas to get you started and I hope you enJOYed them!
Blogging has taken the world by storm and it is an industry that is growing by leaps and bounds! Blogging allows people to share their thoughts on anything.
A blog, otherwise known as a web log, really is just an online diary and can even be called a website because it is. 🙂 That took me awhile to get. I saw my blogs as a blog until one day I realized, holy crap, I need to start seeing this as a website and adding in more information and pages. I am working on this now. I see it as the best of both worlds and I see many ‘blogs’ in my marketing future because why not? 🙂 I am a person with endless ideas and creativity and perhaps you are too.
For your blog website you might wish to include pages like ‘An About Me’ page, ‘Testimonials’ page, ‘Products/Services’ Pages, etc.
There is no limit to what you can add on to your blog.
Blogs are a great place for people to share their opinions on a particular topic or field of reference. This is why they can add tremendous value to a business.
For example check out this quote:
“Today I see my business as a content marketing company. In other words, my entire goal is to give more value, helpful and remarkable content to consumers than anyone else in my field, which in turn will lead to more sales.” Marcus Sheridan
If you don’t know Marcus, guess what type of business he is a partner in and is hugely successful in? Probably not what you think. It is a swimming pool company that is super successful because of the very quote above! He offers content that is both educational and valuable around anything to do with swimming pools. 🙂 He answers the customers questions.
I highly recommend watching this short video that tells the story of how powerful blogging was for River Pools co-owned by Marcus. You will NOT be sorry that you took the few minutes to watch this. I promise. I am so glad I found it while researching for this blog post! 🙂 #happy
Blogs are a great way to both educate and as the video states “answer questions your customers might have”.
Blogs are a very powerful way to produce content that adds value and helps to build your following and also your brand if that is something you are working towards.
I will write more on blogging again but I will wrap this us for now because as you know, I like to keep these posts short yet useful. 🙂
Are You Wanting to Start Writing or Another Art Form?
I talk to so many people who would like to write in some way, shape or form. This was me too. I remember the day I heard this phrase. It changed my life! “A writer is someone who writes”. This was profound to me and is one of my most treasured go-to principals now. Use it for inspiration and to get started on anything. Ex. “A cook is someone who cooks“. “A blogger is someone who blogs“. You get the idea. We just need to get started!
When you have an idea, the best time to ‘birth’ the idea is right away and when you birth (start) it, you need to feed that baby right away. So this means we need to start doing things on a consistent basis. For example, we must feed a baby often when it’s born or it will not live. It’s the same with ideas or inspiration, we need to FEED that baby (idea) right away and often! 🙂
Riding The Waves of Inspiration
Inspiration comes in waves so you have to ride the waves and know that they are normal, but being consistent is a dedication and a mindset. If you want to write blog posts for example, it’s a good idea to commit to writing on a regular basis. Let’s say you are going to write at least one a day for 5 days a week. Some days you may not be as inspired, as others days, but the idea here is to be dedicated to writing regardless. Or on the days you are extra inspired you can accumulate a few days worth and be prepared for those days when you are not as inspired. Either way, being consistent in your content delivery and your creation builds momentum and shows your readers and the universe that you are becoming a serious writer, because you write and you write often. When you write and write often on a consistent basis you will also improve your skill set and things will flow easier too! This is something I am working on as well and just by writing this, I feel more inspired to be more consistent. lol. There truly is a power in words!
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Stephen King
The wonderful thing about writing is that you may do the work once, but you can use that creation over and over again in the future. I have two other blogs one my general blog for my Life Coaching https://maggieholbik.blog/ and another for my Nutrition Business https://maggiesvitamins.blog/ and I find myself regularly sending people to blog posts that I have done in the past. They might ask me a question about a certain ailment or nutrient, or they need help with an emotional issue and I send them the blog post I wrote on or around that topic. It is super helpful for me and for my clients and I am sure others who are reading them, which is the whole point 🙂
So I never see writing as a waste of my time. Not only do I LOVE to write now that ‘I’ve started to write’, but I know that my words will live on for future generations to perhaps benefit from and I have a resource to add value for the people in my life and those I will touch along the way.
I hope you are inspired to pick up the pen, so to speak, and feed the birth of your idea or inspiration and to get started today. 🙂
Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life & Business Coach who owns a Digital Marketing Company and loves to help empower individuals to brand and market themselves in the digital age so that the world can both en-JOY and benefit from the gifts that these artists have to offer!
I love information and when I see something that is a topic that inspires me, or an article, blog post, picture, etc., I simply send myself that article or piece, as a reminder that I want to ‘write about it’.
I have set up a separate email account just for myself that is for my blogging, so when I run across something that inspires me, I just shoot it off to my email. It’s kind of like a digital filing cabinet for my ideas that I can access from anywhere.
Actually, I have set up many emails for this purpose. For example for my travel notes and itineraries, my to do list, etc. It works like a charm because my main email is home to a few hundred thousand emails (I don’t delete), and I subscribe to a lot of things (more ideas for me ) and this keeps these email accounts separate and targeted to my topic at hand i.e. “for blogging”.
I hope you found this helpful and happy blogging!
Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Business Coach who owns a Digital Marketing Company that offers web design, social media marketing, video marketing, e-book creation, logos, and more. Maggie is most excited about her new division to help business owners with Interactive Video. I.V. production prompts the viewer/potential customer with targeted engagement where they actually click on their next options for viewing or opting in to an email list, coupon code etc. Very cool stuff! Webpros2