Step Away from the Computer!

December 8, 2008
Don't zone out. Stay connected to the outside world.

Don't zone out. Stay connected to the outside world.

I have an addiction, it is called blogging. Oh I love it, I love it, I love it. I love it so much that it’s 4:30 a.m. my time and guess what? I’m blogging! That being said, I urge you to step away from the computer. I sit here shocked and amazed because yesterday, I didn’t blog anything. I always say I’m not going to do it but then I end up doing it anyways and that’s okay because I truly love and enjoy what I do. But there are other things that are important to me too. I said I wasn’t going to blog yesterday and I didn’t. I went to church, I worked out, I drank tea, I took an amazing shower and then I went to dinner with my sister and had a fabulous time.
Did you see that episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” last week? Yeah. There was this blogger who couldn’t speak. Not only could she not speak, she chose not to communicate with her husband. She cut herself off and threw herself into her blog. Yeah she was “famous in some internet circles,” but her marriage was falling apart and honestly, so was her life. Once again, I understand, I really do but step away from the computer.

I’ve had to create boundaries for myself so that I remain balanced and am taking care of all the important things in my life including blogging. If you are a new blogger, I urge you to create restraints for yourself early on so that you don’t get sucked into blogging.

I have a timer. Some days I can only work on the blog for so long because I need to study or I have to be at work or whatever so I set the timer for 45 minutes and then I get up and take a break. If my day allows another 45 minutes then I take it. Do it but don’t over do it.

Unitl Next Time,
The Blog Empress

P.S. I’m up blogging at 4:30 because I was supposed to start another series yesterday but didn’t. It’s also important to deliver content in a timely fashion (but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t-just get it done) ☺.

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Tools I Like

December 5, 2008
Tools I Like

Tools I Like

In true BlogLove form here are two cool new blogging tools I am currently using:

ALPHAINVENTIONS.COM

This site is great for promoting your blog. It’s kind of like a blog merry-go-round. You can submit your blog and alphainventions viewers can view your blog in real time. I got traffic the first time I did it. It works and I like it! Visit the site here.

The second thing I want to share is a new fabulous and affordable membership site for bloggers. I love Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick. I’ve said it a million times. After the tremendous success of their free become a blogger videos, they’ve created a premium membership site for just $27 for 5 months. I am so excited I just can’t contain myself. I am telling you that they are the best at what they do. They produce high quality training tools that are extremely helpful and easy to use. Check out the new membership site here. This is affordable and well worth it. Yaro has another membership that costs well over $800 to join so I’d say that 5 payments of $27 is a great value.

With Blog Love,

The Blog Empress


Welcome to My World!

December 5, 2008

Got Blog Love?

Got Blog Love?

Hi I’m Kimmy B., I’ve only been blogging for six months but as my blog grows so do I and my love for blogging. As a result I’ve decided to start a second blog, this one. This blog is dedicated to every blogger both newbie and veteran alike. Blogging is a wonderful passion and I am excited to be a part of this community. Here’s what you can expect from this blog:

  • Blogging lessons learned
  • Blogging Tips
  • Comments on other posts/blogs about blogging that are helpful
  • Other cool stuff

So there you go! I am the Blog Empress, welcome to BlogLand. The first few posts are from my baby, The Prosperity Blog.


Top 10 Blog Lessons Learned (Part II)

December 5, 2008
3-2-1 Blast Off! (Part II)

3-2-1 Blast Off! (Part II)

If you read part I of this blog post, you’ll know that I’ve learned a lot (click here to read part I). It’s literally only been a week or two since part I but what I’ve learned since then is amazing and I want to share it with you. There are two more really big lessons I want to share about blog promotion and marketing.

In part I, I mentioned how I was lacking in the marketing department. I’m more of an introverted person (in person, not online) and the word “marketing” is absolutely dreadful to me. To me, “marketing” is something that extroverted people excel at. Well, extroverted is not me so I’ve taken a different approach to promotion. I am building community. I am building community. What this means is that I’m sharing my blog with people who I care about and I know care about me. You can start by building community within your already existing community and simply expand it. If you already have a faceboook account, tell everyone on facebook about your blog. If you already have a MySpace account use the blogging feature to highlight your blog. All I’m saying is start, just start and you’ll be amazed at the response.

Lesson number 12 is the power of multimedia in relation to blogging. I love text blogs, this blog has been primarily a text blog since the beginning but that’s changing because of the Read & Prosper Show (click here for more information) and other multimedia components I’m adding to this blog. Coincidentally two well established members of the blogging community affirm my beliefs that adding mutltimedia content to your blog will bring it to life and help with promoting your blog. I mentioned them before in part I, their names are Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick. I highly suggest their latest blueprint for blogging success. They discuss how awesome using multimedia is and how you can easily promote your blog with online video and social networking sites. You can click on the chicklet under suggested tools on the sidebar for more information and great advice.

I just wanted to share these two new nuggets of information with you. I’ll be in touch if any more epiphanies come to me!

Showing love for all my fellow bloggers!

Blog Empress

This post is from my first baby, The Prosperity Blog.


Top 10 Blogging Lessons Learned (So Far)

December 5, 2008
3-2-1

3-2-1 Blast Off!

I’m new to the blogging world. My blog was officially launched in June. That being said, I’ve learned a lot these past few months and I’m sure I’ll carry these lessons with me as continue blogging. I don’t usually write about blogging on this blog but I wanted to give a shot out to all of the new and veteran bloggers. I honestly knew absolutely nothing about blogging until this year. I’d never even visited a blog! I got the opportunity to do a grant project (you’ll be hearing about that soon) and this blog was born as a part of that. I’ve learned so much but if I had to boil it down to just 10 lessons, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1.    There’s a lot of information for bloggers. Only pay attention to what’s relevant. My situation is a little different because I was going to initially start with a podcast and then do a blog but I ended up doing the blog first. Anyway, I got bogged down with so much information that was not even relevant to blogging. I’d say get real clear on what you’re blogging about before you begin blogging to avoid a lot of time wasting. Second, there are quite a few things you may need to know before hand, especially if you’re brand spankin’ new to blogging like I was. Yaro Starak has a free video series on starting a blog at www.becomeablogger.com and www.problogger.com of course is dedicated to bloggers and the blogging world. If I were you and new to blogging, I wouldn’t even waste my time looking at any other sources. Just go to these two sites and do what they say do. Don’t waste months like I did gathering information, it prevents you from actually focusing on blogging and creating content.

2.   Keep it simple. Keep it really simple. This has been a huge journey for me. I had all these elaborate plans and actually I’m doing a lot of what I set out to do, I’m just doing it more effectively. One way to remain effective is by keeping things simple. Don’t commit to blogging every day when you first get started. Don’t commit to posting 50 links a week on other sites when you first get started. Focus on starting the blog and creating really good, useful content. No one wants to read junk. No one will stick around to read junk. I blog once a week and quite frankly that’s all I can handle right now. There are things besides blog posts that must be taken into consideration when you are starting blog. This leads me to my next point.

3.    Let people know you exist. Market. Honestly, this is an area that I need to improve in (I’m working on it) and it takes some effort to do. What’s the point of writing if no one knows you exist? Start by telling your loved ones. It was weird for me at first but I go over it. Don’t be shy!

4.    You’re going to have to stick with this even when there isn’t any response at first. People blog for different reasons. I actually want people to read my blog so it’s a little bit more important for me to get traffic than someone who’s just doing this for a hobby. That being said, determine what type of blogger you are at the beginning. If getting traffic is important to you, this might not happen at the very beginning so don’t get discouraged.

5.    Determine what your intention is. Your intention will serve as a compass and determine the type of content you create. My intention is to help people through my blog; therefore, I create helpful content.

6.    Keep a notepad handy. I carry a Moleskine notebook in my bag. You never know when inspiration is going to hit. I was really inspired at the beginning of my blogging journey and created a list with a ton of relevant topics but honestly I haven’t relied on it too much. Most of my ideas come to me during the week.

7.    Plan, plan, plan. Once again, this really relies on the type of blogger you are. A relevant plan would be a content creation plan. You might ask yourself what type of content you want to create (is this a text based, video, audio, or photo blog)? I am currently creating a marketing plan. Questions I am asking myself are how am I going to market this blog and how often am I going to market this blog?

8.    Love yourself. Like I said, you may not get much response at the beginning. It may feel as though you’re blogging to an empty void. Eventually you will see results. Don’t be hard on yourself. Blogging is a process.

9.    Get help when you need it. My brother’s a journalist. I’m currently developing a video series for this blog. I know nothing about video. He helped me and now I’m able to move forward with another component of this blog. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask (I’m available via e-mail at prosperityblogger@gmail.com). There’s a great free video tutorial series at getyourvideoonline.com.

10.    Believe that anything’s possible. I haven’t started marketing this blog on a regular basis and yet people read it every week. A few month’s ago I knew nothing about blogging. Like I said, I only started reading blogs at the beginning of the year. Had you told me I would be a blogger by the end of the year, I probably would have laughed in your face. Anything is possible.

Final Thoughts: One last thing I’d tell you is to say thank you. THANK YOU!!! To all my readers. I’ve put a lot into this and I’m gearing up to put even more into this project. It is so gratifying to know that someone is reading what I write. I hope it helps. I hope this post helps!

Until Next Time,

The Blog Empress

This post is from my first baby, The Prosperity Blog.