Why Blogging is Like Walking a Tightrope Buck Naked

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Learning how to be a top drawer, fearlessly authentic, back of the bus, kickass blogger can be a cluster-you-know-what-er of mixed emotions, raw talent and hard work while simultaneously tapping your head, rubbing your belly and sticking to what you do best.

 

Being YOU.

 

Listen here GoGo gadget, there’s a lot of blogging hats to wear and big shoes to fill.  All the hats seem equally important.  The next thing you know, you’re trying to wear them all at once and you can’t because you only have one freaking head.

 

Okay tornado tits ~ it’s a crazy ride ~  to be a blogger is like having a gargantuous mouth full of gum-balls and you don’t know which one to spit out first… what to do? which way to turn?

 

SQUIRREL.

 

Truth is, blogging can be fraught with problems.  You want help with the crazy, confused online ride but no one seems to give the real deal answers.

 

It’s a problem.

A BIG PROBLEM.

 

The EPIC blogging tips seem locked up water tight in the vaults of popular bloggers.

 

 

The best tips for blogging!

 

It’s a big fat secret how to optimize a blog, the images, the everything AND there’s a lot of everything to learn.

 

Pfffft, right?

 

It happened to me too. It made me want to attack someone with my pen.  Dramatic much? Yeah.

I know the frustration of learning how to grow a blog.  It’s mind boggling.  It’ll drive you to drink.  Then it happened.  I drank.  Jokes.  Okay, maybe a few.

 

I grew my blog by 700%.  Yeah.  Not a typo.

 

I totally swear.  I’m not telling you that to brag.  Bragging is for turds.  I’m telling you that so I can help you too.

 

Hint:  

I’m about to share my insider blogging secrets with you.  If you want a short cut, here’s a quick downloadable list of my blogging knowledge bombs.  Here’s a super duper in-depth list of my top blogging tools & resources  

 

 

How to grow your blog to epic-ness  

Do you look at popular bloggers who seem to have it together and all you can think to do is *face palm*  ?!

 

They come up with titilating titles and epic blog posts.  I bet they wake up with their makeup on, fresh breath and looking like super models too.   Let’s punch them. 

 

For the rest of the real people on earth … 

 

We want to be good enough.  

annnnd….we also want to be ahhhhmazing.

 

The best tips on how to blog

Even  When  Your  Eyes  Are  Shut.  LOL

 

If you are anything like me, I sweat bullets until I figure things out.  I’m like a Chihuahua. I sink my teeth into it while annoyingly whipping my head back and forth until I’ve gnarled it to my satisfaction. 

Problem.Solved.

Take that, sofa corner.  Grrrrr. 

 

 Those moments usually lead to light bulb moments too….

 

Blogging tips and tricks

Light  bulb  moment.

 

When I first started blogging, I never liked the sound of blogging crickets.  

No one read my blog  { thank Gawd }  because I was pretty much an expert in posting yellow, out of focus photos.   If you had asked me back then about SEO, or what blogging tools to use, I swear I would have gone limp.  

 

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Get me outta here.

 

PS.  If you have it all figured out and you’re always perfect at blogging, no need to keep reading.

I love you with my big gushy heart.  Goodbye.  xx

Love is a beautiful thing

I may not have all the answers to complex questions like why do cupcakes have to be so badass??? DAMMIT, yet I do have some epic blogging answers AND ways to move the blogging dial.

 

The dial to awesomeness, that is.

 

I’m pulling back the curtain and sharing my blogging tools that I live and breathe by every.single.day. 

 

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These tools are handy 🙂

 

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Do you want more exposure for your blog?  

There are things that you can do to your blog to really put its best foot forward.  

As I blogged,  I kept on writing … jammy clad, coffee toting, covered in winter blankets from knee deep within the folds of my couch.  

I kept at it, through thick and thin.  I wanted a boat load of exposure for my blog.

 

Exposure?

I got more of that by going out in the Canadian winter in my sports bra. What was I missing?  It took me ages to figure it out.  

 

Here’s the answer …

 

Great content.   

Content is king.  

Powerful imagery is the Queen.

 

Both of which, I sucked at.   I couldn’t crack the code and get in on what it took to be a popular blog.  

It took 2 years.

Yeah.  

F.O.R.E.V.E.R. in my book.  *blush*

 

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Knock  Knock.   Let  me  in.

 

 

Then it happened.  I finally learned how to connect the dots.  As A blogger,  you learn the good, the bad, the icky, the messy middle and the oh so awesome of blogging.   This is why …

 

Blogging Is Like Walking A TightRope Buck Naked 

 

Building a blog and growing an epic, raving audience starts with writing epic shit. Period.   Here's how to do epic shit on your blog http://www.lynneknowlton.com/blogging/ It has been said that great blogging is also fuelled by hard liquor.  Some people hate hard liquor.   I, on the other hand, freaking lovvvvve it.  Judge me.

Jokes.  Not really.

A glass of fancy pants every now and again revs up the creative juices.

That’s how the blogging story goes.

End of story.  

 

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Get creative.  Write  drunk.   Edit  sober.

 

Ha.  Nope it’s not the end of the story, it’s just the beginning.  

Story telling and blogging is the where the awesome sauce happens.  

Want to know what else happens?  

 

Fear.  

 

It creeps in.  

                       Fear is a jerk.

 

Fear has scared the bejeesus outta me, many a time.  It still does.  On the daily.  That makes me real.  I’d be a turd if I didn’t admit it.   Truth is ….if something scares me, I dive deeper into it, until it doesn’t scare me anymore.  (first, I avoid it and then I JUMP in)

 

Maybe having a hubby with cancer made me feel that way.  Maybe the loss of so many beautiful souls in my life to cancer has made me think about challenges in a different way.

I dunno.

 

My loves.

My  loves.

 

I do know what it feels like to be scared out of my wits. 

 

Even though blogging is an epic journey, it can also make you feel like you’re standing buck naked while teetering on a tight rope.

 

It makes you feel vulnerable.  It’s scary.  It’s awkward. It’s uncomfortable.  

 

               It's also weirdly exhilarating.

 

Sure, you can write a blog, promote it … slog it out on social media (did I just say slog? Is slog a word?)  

 

All the promotion in the world won’t matter if your blog sucks.  

 

Dear laptop

Last night I fell asleep on your keyboard.  I was reading a stoopid boring blog.

Sorry about the drool.  

ZZZzzzzzz

 

Sometimes you’ll feel fuelled up by reading other blogs.  Sometimes it’ll crush your confidence.

You can reach a point where you consume too much and then you don’t have the energy left to write, create or even DO.  

That’s when the holy shit meter goes off.

 

Ding ding.  

 

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Remember this:    

Done is better than perfect.  I repeat {with love and maybe a whiskey burp}  

DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT.

 

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oh and STUCK can also happen

 

We write words on paper when the mood strikes us.  The crumpled pieces of paper sit in the bottom of the no mans land that we call our purse.

 

For 83 days.

Now you’re screwed.  

 

Blogstipation set in.  

 

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The look of desperation appears on your face.  It’s the kind of look that usually only exists in times of war.  

 

Those pieces of paper are like ‘the other sock’ in your house ~ both disappear when you need them most.  

 

Gone.  Whoosh.  Vanished. 

 

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Dude,  That’s  Not  Funny.  Haha.

 

It’s like an imaginary hand reached out and grabbed you by the scruff of the neck, and slapped you on the head.

Write.

Create.

Walk through that fear.

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Your inner fraidy-cat wants to go back to a time in life when you were ten years old, all simple and nostalgia-like.   

 

Now, you’re wearing big girl panties and slogging it out in the noisy online world.  

 

It gets better AKA worse.  Sometimes, you get criticized and feel like shit.You start down negative avenue. Pump the brakes. Do a U turn.

The haters can’t hate when you’ve got your love glasses on.

 

This is where the rubber meets the road.

 

This is where you keep on keeping on.

Never mind that your ovaries just drop kicked you in the face.  

 

Acknowledge how far you’ve come and get excited about how far you have to go.  

 

Tornado tits +

Tornado  tits  +   teehee

 

Am I sounding all-wise-like-and-oh-so-very-smart-today??

Truth is, I mainlined 3 cups of coffee.  

 

If you’re building something epic, you’re going to be juggling a lot of moving parts.  Those parts aren’t neatly packed together and tied up in a shiny bow. Sometimes they don’t go together at all.  

 

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Sometimes   They   Happen   Randomly

 

Want some help to get through the messy middle of blogging?  I’ve got ‘yer back. Here are my insider blogging secrets.  I’m sharing my tools and resources and tricks of the trade of how I created my blog and what tools I used to get here.

Click here  for my top blogging tools and resources.   It will make easier work of the hard work that it takes to be a blogger.    

If I have learned anything from having an online life,  it’s this ….  

 

Don’t stop because things get messy. That’s where the good stuff is.   Tweet it.  

 

Because they will.  Things will get messy. You can lose sleep.

The problem with the internet is that you can buy stuff in the middle of the night. When that happens, I shop here and here, oh and here too.  Night time is a dangerous time in my household.  🙂  I must resist, I must resist, I must resist… I bought it.

 

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Let loose and let it fly.  

Blog out loud.  

Bring the noise.  

 

Don’t be afraid of no…

‘What if I sound like a freakin’ idiot on my blog?!’

 

Okay, maybe a little.  It’s okay to be afraid.  The blog posts that make you scared to hit the publish button are the BEST ONES.  

You in?

This is your year.  

Now is the time.

There’s not any boring blah blah blah blah stuff in this free downloadable.  No yawn.  No manuals.  If manuals had a face, I would punch them.

 

^^^ It’s the how to be a kickass blogger stuff  ^^^

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Ready to roar?!   Cue music :  Katy Perry ROAR.     Rahhhrrrr.

 

Your turn.  Talk to me.  What do you want to learn more about?  What’s your secret sauce of awesomeness?   Is it special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun?  SPILL it. 

Lynne

 

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  1. Ok I’m sure these questions have already been answered in the previous 16 pages of discussion but I’m lazy. Are either Back Cover or Birth By Sleep 0.2 going to be playable or is DDD the only playable game in this collection? Also does this mean that I.5 and II.5 will come to PS4 or has anyone at SE made any statements about this?

  2. as always- you are epic!! i want to know more about websites- like which one is best? and why? i really like the look of yours because it is ahhhhmazing! 🙂 so spill the beans- which platform? and did you choose personal or business? Thank you!!

  3. Mike Perez says:

    Hey Lynne!

    Guess what?! I just posted my “Grand Opening” blog post the other day and wanted to drop on by and let you know. I have come back to your posts on blogging time and again for your suggestions and advice. So a big shout of THANKS goes out to you for you replies to our emails and being the wordsmith that you are.

    Thanks a bunch!

  4. Kerry says:

    Love the pic of you on the hay bale….holy schmoly…did ya take a run at that? Getting up there is no easy task!… you make everything look easy tho…and you look amazing as always! Here’s to an awesome 2016 my friend! …

  5. Tara Lockwood says:

    Rocked my socks off…all nicely inspired now, thank you very much #hearteyedemojisfordays

  6. Eva says:

    I’m so glad i found you just intime before deleting all -including myself, if i could. You’ve been an inspiration to keep on writting, thinking, writting again and Oh gosh! laughing, something i almost forgot how to do!
    Keep up! And thanks!
    Warm hugs from Greece!

  7. Terri Davis says:

    I was just thinking I missed seeing you around. Glad I looked you up. Your blog always brings a smile to my face!

  8. LYNNE!

    Where have you been all my life. Haha, just kidding but not really.

    I’m a wedding + lifestyle photographer and have started to actively blog as in more than once every three months and have been going at a steady rate of more than once a week – yay!

    I haven’t even read your resources yet, and I’m already feeling inspired. Where to begin? Well, the “What if I sound like a freakin’ idiot… ” – yep, if only I had a dollar for every time I’ve asked myself that question. But, I love how you go on to remind us that the best ones are the ones we’re scared to post and it’s the absolute truth. Amen lol.

    I want my blog to have my personality in the words I write about my clients but also include personal posts that will let clients learn more about me. The good content part you mention, well I guess that’s what I need to learn…

    Anyway, my favourite take away from this is: “The haters can’t hate when you’ve got your love glasses on.” And those babies, ain’t ever coming off <3

    PS: I found you through Emily Arbour's recent blog post about your tree house!

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  10. Dayna says:

    I’m so glad I finally got time to read this. SO many good links to other resources. Thanks so much for all of your advice to the new bloggers and looking forward to reading much more. xo.

  11. Lisa says:

    Hello Lynne,
    I am a friend of Ann Garvin (she sent me the link to this post) and am suffering from a paralyzing case of blogstipation! My pocketbook overfloweth with crumpled bits of inspired thoughts, yet to see the light of day again. Time to get out on the highwire and go bare buck naked. … Great to meet you here — can’t wait to read your secret sauce book of blogging mojo.

    • Hi Lisa!!

      You lucky dawg!! You are a friend of Ann’s too? She makes me laugh.out.loud.

      Ahhh muffin, the case of blogstipation. I live and I’ll die by it. haha. I feel your pain sista 🙂

      Yes, the secret sauce blogging mojo is packed into the ebook and into the post that it links to. There is a TON of info in there. It is how I get through the blogstipation 🙂 and find the motivation.

      Baby steps, love. Baby steps. One foot in front of the other and suddenly you are there.

      xoxoxox Lynne

  12. barb holte says:

    This may have come at just the right time.

  13. Thanks Lynne, you have inspired me and my project later this year (for the week my husband will be absent – heaven!) is to move my blog to wordpress and up the anti!
    Barb x

  14. AwesomelyOZ says:

    I want your bloggy secrets! I’m constantly trying to improve my blog little by little.. definitely want to figure out how to reach a larger audience, marketing wise, but not sure how to go about that yet. I am trying to improve my SEO, I use Yoast which helps but I’m AWFUL with social media. A monkey would be more efficient than I am. I am looking forward to reading your tips and tricks! Have a great one Lynne! -Iva

    • Iva,

      You would not believe how much info is packed in this page :

      http://www.lynneknowlton.com/tools-for-blogging/

      It literally took me months to write it and 3 bottles of liquid fermented grapes along the way. 🙂

      It’s truly the first time that I have written all my fave blog thaaangs and secret sauce items in ONE spot.

      It’s one of those pages that you can go back to, time and time again and it will REALLY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE for your blogging. It’s epic stuff.

      Watch the video tutorials in LeadPages and Mailchimp and even WordPress. Even if you never use the services, they are all jam packed with fab info. Copyblogger too. It’s a GREAT place for learning.

      xoxo

      • AwesomelyOZ says:

        I’m trying to figure out the best way to insert a subscribe option/block at the end of my posts but haven’t figured out how to do that. Can I use Leadpages for that? I see you have a block at the end of your posts to give the option to subscribe.

        Thank you Lynne!!! I already read it and it is AWESOME!

  15. Kathy says:

    Thanks Lynne, for this epic post — lots of great inspiration!

  16. Ermergherd – I think I might have signed up a gazillion times trying to get the downloads. Ignore that, would you?

    Okay. Could we please, please, please collaborate on a blog called TORNADO TITS? I did a little squee with that one.

    “Write drunk. Edit Sober.” Words to bloggity by.

    That image of you at the top… pure sauce of awesome. Yah. Old skool. I don’t care. Sauce. Of. Awesome.

    • Elen!!!!

      Want to know something that is just awesome sauce? You can sign up a million times, but the sign up is by LEADPAGES (you’ll see that in the book) and they know that you are already signed up so you are only in the system once. It’s great! I swear,I would kiss those dudes on the lips if I ever met Clay Collins and his peeps in real life. hahahaha.

      TORNADO TITS: I hesitated big time about keeping those words in there. I added them, deleted them.. and then thought… let’s BLOG OUT LOUD TORNADO TITS!

      XOXOX

  17. chris aka monkey says:

    i am a reader of blogs and yours are always great awesome sauce funny as farts and inspiring if i ever got to meet you in person i would hug you and squeeze you and call you george xx

  18. Tami says:

    Ya know I’m not a blogger, but you always make me smile. Your funny way with words, bright outlook and beautiful taste is sure to bring smiles to the masses. Simply beautiful. xoxo

  19. Lynne, the video is fabulous! Yes, you did come back, girl!! I love that you wrote about cancer even when people said it was too depressing. You found your voice and shared it and it heals others going through similar challenges. AWESOMENESS, that’s you.

    • Some day Lisa, some day… you and me… we are going to meet. I pinky swear promise. It truly needs to happen.

      I’m so happy to have you in my blogging life, and IRL will be even better. xx

  20. Great post, Lynne! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to check out your video. Authentic posts are what I go for. Some have gotten me in trouble, but I guess that’s part of being a writer. Yes? Love the Hemingway quote “Write drunk. Edit sober.” #Truth. Not too drunk though, LOL. I look forward to reading all about your secrets to blogging success. Love you!!

  21. In addition to being a blogger, I’m also a freelance writer. My brother once asked me, “Aren’t writers known for getting drunk during the day?” I don’t know and I would never do it, but sometimes when I’m alone in the house and I see coke in the fridge and rum in the cupboard, it’s pretty darn tempting. 😉 Thanks for the tips. 🙂 Jo

    • I just LAUGHED OUT LOUD Jo,

      I’m with you girly, I would never drink during the day either (I’d need a nap) but some days it does look tempting. Ohhhhh so very tempting.

      Truth is, I’m all talk, no action. Okay, a wee bit of action. Liquid fermented grapes come in handy sometimes.

      You are most welcome for the tips:) xx

  22. Craig says:

    Good morning & Thanks…
    Happy Fat Tuesday….
    gotta go… 6 paczki donuts
    with my name on them
    staring back at me…
    this could get ugly….

  23. I was so riveted by this post that while I was reading it I went to take a sip of my water and the cap was still on and almost took out one of my front teeth. And I wasn’t even mad about it. That’s how much I heart you and your wit/style. It’s probably a good thing anyway because if I’d had water or coffee in my mouth when I read “Write Drunk. Edit Sober” I would have spit it all over my keyboard. Thanks for being an inspiration on fearless writing – you rock! Mwah!

    • Ha Melissa! I do that all the time, but worse. I go to take a drink with a straw in it, and the straw somehow misses my big fat mouth and goes straight up my nose.

      Not embarrassing, right? I die.

      Thanks for the vote of confidence! I always find these posts scary to write. Especially with the words…. TORNADO TITS… haha.

      Keeping it real,
      Lynne xx

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