Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to check out my reader challenge.
I am so very excited about this Fall and all the things I have planned for How They Blog. More fantastic interviews (by the way, if you haven’t read Jessi Connolly’s social media and writing interview, you REALLY need to go do that. So very good.), a podcast, Coffee Talk Classes (finally!), new pages for the Blog Planning Kit, a Blog Planning Facebook Challenge and more.
I want this site to feel more like a round table discussion than a lecture. If you’ve ever been to a blog conference (btw, I’m speaking at Declare in a couple weeks, join me?), you know that some of the most valuable content comes when you’re just having coffee with a group of friends. Everyone shares their best ideas, important but less obvious questions are asked and answers that might not make it into a session are given.
As always, I’ll keep featuring bloggers you know and love and smaller bloggers who have big lessons to share. But I also believe that each one of you have fantastic insights, ideas and tips that can help us all in our blogging journey. Maybe you’re an email guru and always keep an empty inbox, maybe you have a background in marketing or seo and can offer some tips. Maybe you’re an accountant, a grammar specialist (don’t hate me) or a techie.
So be thinking about what you’d like to share. I’ll post the interview submission form here on Wednesday!
An Incredible Opportunity
My goal for this blog isn’t to entertain like some sort of blog version of PEOPLE magazine. My goal is to give you access to successful, wise bloggers and entrepreneurs so that you can truly take your blog to the next level. Think of each post like a coffee date – you, me and the blogger.
I really want to help you learn, so I’ve brought in friends who know a lot more than I do to help you.
You are on a journey and they know how to get there. Use the Blog Planning Kit to determine your destination and use each interview to learn the best way to get there. Be an unintimidated, intentional learner.
I want to challenge you to ASK QUESTIONS. All of the bloggers that have been interviewed so far have made a point to check the comments and answer questions. What a fantastic opportunity. I know it can feel intimidating to ask a question, but this is an extremely valuable opportunity and I don’t want you to miss it. As I tell my son often, bravery doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it just means you do it anyway.
My girls have no clue how to start a blog or write an ebook. They can’t spell half the words they want to use. But they are asking questions. Oh, so very many questions. They are learning and growing. They’ll make a ton of mistakes, but the’ll file that wisdom away and do things better each time they try.
Make a running list of questions you would love to ask. Keep a note filled with some of the challenges you face and pose those questions to bloggers here who seem to be on the other side of the challenge.
You have words that people need to hear. You have wisdom that needs to be shared. Let’s get your blogging questions answered so that you can better help each of your readers.
Being a great blogger has more to do with a willingness to step out of our comfort zones, than being great writers.
A Practice Session
Ok, so let’s practice. If you and I were to sit down and have coffee, what question would you ask about blogging, writing, social media, gadgets…anything? Ready? Set? Go.