Selasa, 02 Agustus 2011

Blogging In The Shower

Some people sing in the shower but I do my best writing and blogging in the shower. Of course the paper does gets a little wet.
Last night while meeting with a group of social media enthusiasts, the question came up about what do you write. This isn't the first time I've heard this. In fact I could probably retire if I had a dollar every time I heard it. But the truth is so many "experts" write about, or speak about the importance of writing blogs, articles, or e-zines. The cold hard facts are this: most business owners aren't writers.
If you look up business owner in the dictionary I'm pretty sure the definition says a person that works 12 hours a day, seven days a week. So the thought of creating a regular routine of writing for a blog or website doesn't conjure up good thoughts. Where is the time going to come from? What am I going to say? And who's going to read it?
Assuming you can block off an hour or so a week to write your blog, does that mean you're going to have the light bulb go off with an insightful or witty idea? That's where my shower moment comes in. Your moment might be driving to an appointment, or working out at the gym or just before going to sleep. So the key is to jot a note down that will remind you when you're ready to write.
Here are a few other ideas to help you build your content library.
  • As you read newsletters and trade journals in your industry, watch for ideas that your customers or clients would find interesting or helpful. Either save the article or jot down the main points so during your writing time you can re-spin this article with your take on it. A word of caution: don't just reprint the article. While people might find this information helpful it's not your information so you're not getting credit for being the expert.
  • Think about 10 frequently asked questions about your business. That's a natural choice for articles.
  • What are 10 things you wish your customers knew or would do.
  • How to tips - if you're in a service related business give your reader ideas how they can save money, save time, improve product life or any number of helpful hints.
  • Be a resource - in my case, since my readers are interested in online marketing, it stands to reason they would probably be interested in tips on keeping their computer running from an expert in my network. While I am not the originator of the content, I'm the one that gets the thanks for passing that information on.
  • Use a guest blogger - along the same lines as the idea above, inviting a guest expert to contribute is a good way to keep the volume of valuable information flowing through your site. Plus it's a good way to expand your reach into your guests network.
So until they make waterproof paper that works in the shower keep a regular note pad handy or your smart phone. For smart phone users you might try Evernote. This app will let you write or voice record your ideas for you to later retrieve from your computer or phone when you're ready.

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