Dark, moody, mysterious and enigmatic, Donald Draper is the alpha male and a seductress in male form. He’s powerful, he’s charismatic and he sends everyone scurrying for cover when he gets pissed. Of course, it helps that he is portrayed as a creative genius, a glass of bourbon in one hand and a pack of cigarettes at arms length to keep him company. All he has to do is have his back turned to the camera and look out over the city, his city, and he captures the collective consciousness of a generation. Our generation. He is incredibly cool and magentic, and he is a writer just like you or I.
Peggy, Don, heck even Roger; they just sit around and wait for the perfect idea to hit them, but it is Donald Draper that convinces them to spend the big bucks on ad campaigns in the Emmy Award winning series. Millions fawn over his carefully constructed campaigns and consumer culture and his character spawns industries and helps them become a household name like no other. And all he needs is the power of words. Nothing less, nothing more. Now that is very cool. You think it, you write it, you get it out there, and it changes the world. There is no way that cannot be construed as cool.It seems so far away, just like the generation portrayed in Mad Men seems so far away, but it really isn’t. Let me pick out a few select quotes from the hit show and I’ll explain how they apply to blogging and even life just as much as they do to advertising.
“I’ll never get used to the fact that most of the time it looks like you’re doing nothing.” ~ Roger Sterling
A writer’s blessing and curse is that he can be just looking out the window and still working, or sitting at a pool side and still having the gears churning. It’s relaxing. It’s enjoyable. It’s all part of the workday. Sometimes, just doing nothing is the best thing you can do, for if you don’t it’ll make your creativity dry up. So just stop and think on occasion. If anyone asks what’s on your mind, just say you’re working. It’s true.
“Fear stimulates my imagination.” ~ Donald Draper
Fear is a terrific thing, whether you believe it or not. If you’re afraid or anxious, it means you will be on edge and churning out some of your best ideas if you just let it flow unfettered. If you’re afraid, you have a cause to work towards, a reason to act. How many entrepreneurial stories have you heard of where the individual in question was broke and had to make things work lest he starve? It’s not just good luck that saw them prevail. Put a gun to your head and see the upturn in results, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve when you will it to be so. I personally pledge to donate $100 each day to a political party I despise if I don’t hit my target of 1500 words a day. It’s a painful thought, but it works and it’s a powerful motivation. Find yours.
“A slogan’s nothing when you have a good idea.” ~ Peggy Olsen
The best of writers are a cornucopia of ideas. They will assiduously assimilate information at all time, listening, watching and reading away until they get that “Eureka!” moment. Finding the right idea is tricky, putting it across not so much for the skilled writer. Amateurs work the opposite way, writing the article and trying to stumble upon the idea while doing so. Take one idea, but make it a great one, and build your entire article around that one premise. Ideas are everything, and it takes care of everything else.
Writing a blog is no easy task but you can make it easier by developing your skills, the main question is how can you reach your reader audience and give them better blogs. Today, each blogger is striving hard to grab people in their networks, that doesn’t just happens by publishing good works it takes hard core planning like thinking over the topics, the subjects, etc. better blogs can only be attained by writing on topics which are interesting to people, the topics they will gain knowledge from and also the most important the writer should really be passionate about his/her writings.
Blogs just doesn’t develop in one day; once you are done with your blog website designing you need resources to run it, like proper hosting, search engine optimization, the key words you are going to use, etc. unless you have the best combination of all these you cannot truly run a successful blogging network. Going back to times, when I headed out for the first time writing blogs, I remember how difficult it used to be even on deciding the topics, now the times have changed, more than you can write you have ample of topics and stories to talk or brief about.
Anyone who has passion for writing can enter the world of blogging but it has its own pros and cons, you have to deliver your 100% whole heartedly to gain that position in networks otherwise you stand no where in front of superior blogs network. Quality content is the first & foremost things for any blogging websites; you have to specialize the art of creative writing and that will come only through writing practice. For the starters you might find a little bit difficult to put down your thoughts in to writings but that may not be the end to your writing career you can make it big by developing your writing skills and learning through experiences.
There are so many websites today listing you great ways of making it big in blogging world, even if you follow 25% of what is written that could be of great help to you. Decide on the topic you wish to write, research on it, take necessary feedback from your friends and relatives and go ahead with writing your own thinking. When you see developed blogging networks, remember they must have spent hard time in building it so if you want to gain the same kind of market position than you have to give your thorough share in working hard.
People keep coming back to your blog only once when they like the content and that would happen only when you write interesting topics that would interest them, write the content which is knowledgeable and the once they can apply in their daily lives. Once your readers get used to reading your blogs on a regular basis than you will start building credibility, people normally rely on the people they are close to, build that bond with your readers and try to find out what they are looking for. Speak about interesting incidents or stories they can rely to that will get them closer to you and your blogs and reply to their comments that will make them feel important.
It is up to us to drive our blogs network; no one can do anything to your blogs unless you want to. If you are looking to make it huge than you have to get going now and start finding ways and topics that will benefit your readers at large, send in your suggestions or comments, if any!
Effective Writing Skills – Pro Blogging Style Will Make You Successful
Each day hundreds and thousands of books are published world wide, some are written by well known authors and some are from the new struggling writers. I have seen many cases in which a writer is just a first time writer and his very first book was a great success, what do you think, what separates them with other lots of writers who are struggling even after their 10th book? Is it writing skills or their individual talents? I feel it’s the combination of both, for how long we will keep talking about destiny and our so called luck factor. To make it to A-listers of writers, I feel an individual obviously needs a good set of skills plus a passion to write something unique, not copied from somewhere.
Like other skills, even writing is one skill and you can expertise in it with writing practice, there were a few times where I was hung in the midst of writing for finding the words which I dint quite know at that time but my efforts and willingness to learn and then implement them in my writings made it a huge success. The people with natural talents, I give hats off to them but for new writers who are planning to make it big in writing as a author, I had advice not to give up till you drop! Meaning that you go on and on till the time you feel your resources are at the fullest. It doesn’t take much of the efforts to write, although it takes time to hone your skill set but practice will make you perfect as the time moves on.
There are many a strugglers in the world of blogging, even after trying their best they are not able to pull in audience into their networks, the reason, poor writing skills! Although for blogging, the written content is the criterion, I had still advice people to sharpen their skills in knowledge and then implement them in written words, once when you have knowledge you can somehow emerge in to creative stuff. Everybody makes mistakes; even big authors might have made mistakes in gulping down few grammatical words, so what! Does that stop them from publishing their books? Of course, NO, because they are well known writers and sometimes there are printing errors too.
Learning by itself is an ART; you can develop your writing skills in your own art factory where you can collect different books or learn more about grammar and than go on to sharpen your skill set, even born writers need to do some home work before heading out. I advice my young fellow writers to concentrate hard on what they are writing and please do not compare your work with other writers, as individual is born to be unique and so you cannot have same writings. Give your best shot and emerge yourself out from the self made mould that is obstructing you from achieving your targets.
Be in love with your writing so that whole day you keep writing and one day you shall emerge as an established writer of all times. Learn from your minor mistakes and become perfect in them and get set to conquer the world with your magical words, given below are some of the things I had like to advice you on improving your writing skills:
- Write fluently; don’t stop in the middle of your writing that might distract you from what you were writing naturally. You can edit your work later.
- Write whatever comes to your mind at first go, you never know that might be one of the tools that will take you to successful ladder.
- Make use of words that you find fancy, those might just be the words that can make you famous for your thoughts on that.
- Study the art of writing creatively.
- Comparison is the worst things you can do to yourself as writer that may ruin your whole career altogether, so stop comparing and write your inner thoughts.
- Invest more in physical books then internet reference material; enjoy the joys of holding your favorite book in a total isolation.
- You can highlight some famous quotes, some short story you found interesting in the reference books.
The first few pages you write might be a complete waste, but these are just a few obstacles for your journey to pleasant world of good writing so all the best and get going and remember no one is a born writer, develop that skill in yourself if you really want to be a WRITER, all the best!!!
Thousands of sites are launched each day and thousands go under the hammer of Internet search engines, although for us it might be easy searching information on net and using it on our daily basis, but did you ever gave a thought of how much of efforts go into bringing you the perfect site on your screens. Its all an Internet game, the more you have keywords, the more popular you become along with search engine optimization of your site. The main thing that matters to get your site on the top pages of search engines is the content, even if you are a great SEO master and expert in the field you will need quality content which is going to maintain your site on the top pages, your content should be informative, easily understandable, unique and quality perfect.
Writing just doesn’t involve typing anything, you have write something which is interesting and will invite more audience to your blogging network, write the matters which are relevant to the topic and also informative things that will make people eager into reading it further. You can follow some tips which you will give your articles the impact which is needed and which will attract the readers and keep them stuck to it till the end. Many people go on writing whatever comes to their mind, but when you start writing think of a very interesting topic and pick up an aspect to your writing, you can state your opinions, your views relating to someone or something and also you can make it more attractive by putting the details as to why you are writing this. You can also invite people to comment and open discussions relating to the matter that you write that will help people debate on the topic and also it will lead to good outcome, people will gain knowledge through your feedings. You can improve on your writing skills through the feedback given by the people on the blog that will create lots of buzz around your articles.
As we know, its just the news that is to spread like a wild fire in jungles on blogging networks like twitter, everybody is waiting for something to come up and people are ready to jump in to it. As you acknowledge the criticisms or comments given by people you will also get good exposure to wider publicity and media and this way you can become famous in just no time. There are lots of techniques and methods that you can follow so that your readers become your loyal readers and regularly start coming on your blogs to give you good feedback, up till now people used to just leave their email ids at the end but now things have changed you can post your comment right below the article where it ends so all people can read what you have to say about it and it encourages open discussion through which people will gain some or the other knowledge.
If you are looking for some good response and feedback from your readers, the best way is to link your article to any online survey sites, this responses would allow the publisher to record the comments which are measurable. Online surveys are the best tool through which you can determine what readers want to read through your articles, you will come to know what all points they agree upon and on what points they disagree upon, if they disagree you will get their feedback online. There are so many sites giving you assistance for creating questionnaires online, you can use this information to get valuable feedback from your audience, this way the process would be faster and you will get clear results without any confusion. These sites also offers various other tools that will keep track of your readers when they read your articles and for how long they read, etc. they also measure the amount of feedback you get per article and whether you scored positive or negative in that.
You can make use of varied internet services which are the most effective means of communication with your audience which will let you know the realities of your blogs, the facts that you will hear from people regarding your stated comments on the blogs, etc. this investment yields you good returns in future without being expensive.
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