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5 Ideas for Writing Blog Posts When You Feel Stuck

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We all get stuck, sometimes. Writer’s block, or the Resistance, or whatever you want to call it, gets the best of us and we end up with no words to write.

We stammer and stutter and wonder where our inspiration went. At times like these, it can be nice to have a go-to list of topics, a quick guide for when you feel like there’s nothing to say.

I’ve compiled such a list. Here are five blog post ideas for when you’re just not feeling it.

What the Web (and the World) Needs from You


If I hear one more “expert” tell me social media is a “conversation,” I am going to scream. No, friends. Social media is a LOT more than that: it’s an opportunity to build something.

The world is full of people who want to be heard. But how many are actually saying something? The Internet is crowded with those who are conversing, but who is creating stuff worth our time?

For years, I blogged in vain attempts at achieving popularity. I wanted people to like me and marvel at the profundity of my words. And I failed. It wasn’t until I built a resource of content that people took notice.

You Have to Do This Before People Will Listen to You


Everyone wants to believe what they’re doing is interesting and worth talking about. They want to think they’re special and unique. But the truth is that’s not your call.

I see this attitude most often exhibited amongst writers and artists. They think that just because they’re creative, the world owes them respect and attention. Not true.

You don’t get to decide what “remarkable” is. Your audience does. And if nobody’s paying attention, you’ve got a problem.

Success Starts with Passion: How to Build an Audience Doing What You Love

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This is Part 1 in a series on how to build a popular blog. In this post, I’ll share the first secret to successful blogging and a few tips I’ve learned.

I began my writing journey in search of accolades and awards, wanting recognition and fame. But instead, I found frustration and disillusionment.

For years, I seethed with envy, watching other bloggers succeed while I stood still. As jealousy turned to resentment, I began to see the world through murky-colored glasses, finding fault with everything these people did.

But eventually I had to come to grips with reality: Being jaded was doing me absolutely no good.

Three Important Steps to Building a Killer Tribe

Killer Tribes

We’ve talked before about why you need to find your tribe — a unique group of fans, friends, and followers.

This can be done with a blog, radio show, or speaking platform.

But how do you actually do this? How do you create a community that wants to hear what you have to say?

If we ask Seth Godin, he would say you need to communicate a message that is personal, relevant, and anticipated.

So what does that look like?

Here are three important steps to building a killer tribe…

What War Taught Me About Writing

What War Taught Me About Writing

My watch hits 0100. Time to roll. I climb into my armored vehicle, lock and load my weapon, and order the convoy to move out.

In a few minutes, we pass through the gate and we’re officially outside the wire — no more barriers or guards to protect us.

The enemy is very real and probably waiting for us.

Every Writer Needs a Tribe (Have You Found Yours?)

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The other day, I had three conversations:

A friend on social media told me she was tired of building a platform and just wanted to write.

Another told me there was no formula for getting published (I believed her because she written over a dozen books); however she did say that attracting a tribe of fans is important.

An established author told me writers who don’t worry about marketing are doomed from the start.

I believe they’re all right. Chances are, if you’re a writer, you can resonate with one of the above worldviews. You’re likely frustrated or tired or maybe even hopeful of this idea of building a tribe. And I want to help clear some things up for you.

The Biggest Lie We Believe About Influence

Biggest Lie - Asking for Permission

There is a lie that many of us unwittingly believe. I tell it to myself every day. You probably do the same.

It’s a subtle, seemingly innocuous phrase that rings through my head. It attacks me when I’m doubting myself. It’s my excuse for not starting sooner. It may tease and taunt you, causing you to think less of yourself. It sounds like this…

Focusing on the Important Stuff in an Age of Distraction


In a world saturated with social media and unlimited interruptions, many of us struggle to focus on what’s in front of us.

With so many voices vying for attention, it’s hard to know what’s worth our time.

5 Ways to Build a Powerful Email List

Build Email List

It’s one thing to understand the importance of email — why you need to be earning permission to communicate with your audience. But it’s quite another to have a healthy list you’re consistently growing.

One of the best things I ever did as a blogger was build an email list.

My email newsletter has been the most important asset to my platform. It has allowed me to attract an engaged audience, land three traditional book contracts, and build a business that allowed me to quit my job and live my dream.