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Creating A Blog That Has Personality

Creating A Blog That Has Personality

by: TJ Philpott

When creating a blog you generally want to give it some personality. Most popular blogs display a certain style or attitude in the way they deliver their updates which makes them more distinctive within their own niche. Another advantage is that in most cases the personality any blogging platform assumes is generally that of the blog writer! This makes the writing process much more natural and therefore easier for the person updating the site.

Here are 3 simple ways you can add ‘personality’ to any blogging platform to make it more distinctive enabling it and you to stand out more within your niche.

Share Opinions

When appropriate do not be afraid to share your opinion on a subject or particular issue if you have one. Although not everyone may feel the same way as you most people are usually interested in what others may think. In fact most popular blogs will offer opinions simply for the sake of provoking a response from their readers in order to initiate some type of discussion. Interactivity like this helps encourage visitor involvement and create a stronger sense of community!

Be Passionate

As a blog writer allow your ‘feelings’ to show in your writing if you are passionate about a subject or issue. This tends to draw people further into the content you have posted and makes for much more interesting reading! This passion also helps you be more persuasive or influential in terms of swaying the opinions or perspective of others pertaining to the subject you are blogging about. Once again by getting people more involved in what is being posted on your blogging platform you are increasing their interest along with your own ‘uniqueness’ as well! Remember others do not have to agree with what you are saying for them to find your perspective interesting or thought provoking!

Maintain Your Convictions

Do not ‘cave’ in to the opinions or feelings of others if you do not share them. Maintain your own convictions since if they are strong enough there must be a reason why! Explaining your reasons, if they are compelling enough, will make for interesting reading and likely will also provoke more thought and stimulate further interaction.

Creating a blog that ‘displays’ a certain personality helps to make it more distinctive allowing for it to better stand out from the crowd. In most cases the blogging platform normally ‘mimics’ the personality of the blog writer which helps make composing new updates more natural and thereby easier for them. The 3 simple suggestions above serve to help you introduce personality to your own platform. As you can see it is not a complicated formula to follow and done correctly will succeed in helping to make your blogging platform more noticeable. In this way it is likely you will attract more visitors and hopefully evolve into one of the most popular blogs in your niche!

About The Author

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

To learn more about creating a blog with personality and to also receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques for your online marketing needs simply visit:http://blogbrawn.com

Writing Your Book: Do You Have Trouble Puttings Words to Paper?

Do You Have Trouble Puttings Words to Paper

A writer will use a number of different techniques when using their words to grab a reader’s attention. They know that some people respond to some ways of writing better than others. There are also styles of writing that are more fitting when used in specific circumstances. When writing some form of communication it’s useful to be able to identify what these different techniques are, and to be able to use the most appropriate for the writing you are going to undertake. However it should be noted that in many forms of communication it is appropriate to use more than one technique in the same piece of writing.

Description — this is something you will do in such communications as letters — where you write about a series of events, or you tell of something that you have done. You may be writing about something you have bought, such as an item of clothing, or a place you have visited. In a piece of descriptive writing you will give details about your subject, usually using your senses as a guide to show the reader what you experienced. For example you can tell them what color the sweater is, how hot the weather was, whether the disco was too noisy, or the restaurant had an overpowering smell of garlic. Using your senses in this way the person who reads your writing will be able to get some kind of mental picture of the situation your writing about.

Good description will cover as many of the senses as possible, as well as just tell of the event. ‘We went to a disco’ isn’t going to give the reader much of a visual image other than a place to dance. “We went to a disco that was so crowded we hardly had room to dance. The air was smoky, and the music loud. It was great!” This gives a different image all together. It brings the experience to life for them.

Narration — this is where you tell a story. You don’t have to give as much description but you do write out the things that happened. For example, “We went to the disco. The place was so crowded that we couldn’t dance very well, so we ended up propping up a wall for most of the evening. I found it a bit stuffy because of the smoke machine that kept blowing smoke around the dance floor, plus smoking cigarettes was allowed at the bar and the smell drifted across the room and mingled with the different perfumes and aftershaves worn by the dancers.” This is more of a story than the pure description and your reader will be able to follow your experience to the full.

Persuasion — now this is a writing technique that many writers use to help businesses sell their products. They understand the target buyer and they write in such a way as to entice them to buy something. They use words to create a sense of need or want in the reader’s mind.

For example, “Do you want to look years younger? Do you know that within 7 days you can take 10 years off your face simply by applying a specially formulated cream?” Of course most women over the age of 25 are going to be interested in this product, and will want to read more about it and probably try it out. You can even use this kind of writing if you are trying to convince someone to go somewhere with you by writing about what’s in it for them, as in “You love dancing, and this is where all the top celebrities are hanging out. Even Britney’s been seen there!”

When starting to write something, think about this article and the different kinds of writing techniques you can use, and choose the one that best suits the kind of writing you’re about to do.

About the Author

Jane Saeman runs an In-Home Tutoring service called Aim High Tutors. Find out about how to help your student reach their full potential – at http://www.aimhightutors.com/blog

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 5

Step #  5 – Design Your Cover and Back-Cover Synopsis

OK…  So by now you have a fully formatted manuscript – WELL DONE!

Now, we have two MAJOR steps…

Writing your back page synopsis and designing your cover.

Back Cover Synopsis

As for the synopsis, this is CRUCIAL as many people will buy (or not buy) based one what you write here…

Here is a basic formula:

  • Who is the protagonist?
  • What’s the problem?
  • What is the protagonist’s goal?
  • How are they going to achieve that goal?
  • What’s in the way?
While this may take you a while, and you will need to fine tune this many, many, many, times until it is succinct and grabs a potential reader’s attention, this step is a MUST to get right!

Cover Artwork

Now (unless you are a graphics whizz) we need to enlist the services of an expert to design your cover – and to publish your book on Amazon.com, we use createspace.com.

If you would like to use our ‘Graphics Whizz’, go to http://writingandpublishingmybook.com/let-us-do-it-for-you/ for more information.

Here is the next step to Create a Cover PDF for your Book

Calculate the spine width of your book

The spine width is based on the number of pages in your book:

For black and white-interior books:
White paper: multiply page count by 0.002252
Cream paper: multiply page count by 0.0025

Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page black and white book printed on white paper: 60 x 0.002252 = 0.135″
For color-interior books:
Multiply page count by 0.002347

Example of spine width calculation for a 60-page color book: 60 x 0.002347 = 0.141″
Set up your document

Your cover must be a single PDF that includes the back cover, spine, and front cover as one image.

You can submit your cover on any size page as long as the printable area is:

Measured exactly to your book’s trim size, spine width, and at least .125″ bleed
Centered horizontally and vertically
Minimum Cover Width: Bleed + Back Cover Trim Size + Spine Width + Front Cover Trim Size + Bleed

Example calculation at 6″ x 9″ cover with 60 B&W pages on white paper: 0.125″ + 6″ + 0.141″ + 6″ + .125″ = 12.391″
Minimum Cover Height: Bleed + Book Height Trim Size + Bleed

Example calculation: 6″ x 9″: 0.125″ + 9″ + .125″ = 9.25″
Get a head start with one of our cover templates:
Our templates make it easier for you to quickly create print-ready files in Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe InDesign®, or any software that will allow you to open a .png or PDF file and save a PDF file. These templates contain the proper dimensions, layout, and bleed for the trim size and page count you select.

Safe Zone

Text and images must be at least .125″ inside the trim lines to ensure that no live elements are cut during the bookmaking process.

Title and Author Name
Your book’s title and the author’s name must appear on the cover exactly as it was entered during the title setup process.

Images
Images may be CMYK or RGB color. All images should be sized at 100%, flattened to one layer and placed in your document at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

The spine of your book
Every book will vary slightly when bound. Allow for 0.0625″ variance on either side of the fold lines for your cover. For example, if your spine width is 1″, your text should be no wider than 0.875″. Because of this variance, avoid hard edges or lines that end on the fold line.

For books with a page count of less than 130 pages, we strongly recommend a blank spine. Blank spines are required for books with a page count of fewer than 100 pages.

Barcode
When your files go through the review process, the system will place your ISBN barcode in a 2″ by 1.2″ white box in the lower right-hand corner of your book’s back cover. The standard trim size templates will show you exact barcode placement.

Images or text in the barcode location will be covered when the book is printed. Make sure no important elements appear where the barcode will be placed.

If you choose to provide and place your own barcode, be sure it is a high-resolution image.

Prepare for Printing

The printable area of your document must be the right size, including bleed.
Make sure the printable area is centered within your document.
Make sure all live elements are inside the safe zone.
Export your file as a print-ready PDF. Be sure fonts are embedded.
The maximum accepted file size for your book cover is 40 MB.

Action Items:

BACK-COVER SYNOPSIS:  Write – and rewrite – and rewrite – your back cover synopsis to the point where you are proud of it!

COVER ARTWORK:  This is going to be the thing people see (or don’t see) so it needs to effectively represent you and your work…  Don’t stop until it is just what you want it to be…

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.

Writing and Publishing a Book – Step # 1

Step # 1 – Decide on a Title

Hi and welcome!

OK, the first step in creating what will be a very simple inspirational journal is to decide what to call it.

In this case, we’ve decided to go with “365 Days of Inspiration” – which also helps with the format of the book, being a journal for one year.

While this step seems simple enough (and in this case I’m cheating ~ a client has asked me to create a book with this name that they can give away as a free ebook), creating a dynamic, catchy title that people will want to buy is often a daunting, frustrating experience.

Here’s a simple book-title formula I love presented by Jeff Goins in his website goinswriter.com:

Number or Trigger word + Adjective + Keyword + Promise

Example: Take the subject “bathing elephants.” You could write an article entitled, “How to Bath an Elephant” or “Why I Love Bathing Elephants.”

Or you could apply this formula and make it: “18 Unbelievable Ways You Can Bathe an Elephant Indoors”

Another (more serious) example: Take a bold promise like “selling your house in a day.”

Apply the formula and you get: “How You Can Effortlessly Sell Your Home in Less than 24 Hours”.

Action Item:

Decide on a title – or at least a working title – for YOUR book!

Contact me…

If you need more information or would like personal coaching, please feel free to contact me for a no-obligation consultation.