Website Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe

Just a quick update on things – I’m busy designing the new movie blog where I’ll be podcasting with my partner in crime, Jeremy. I’ll be shifting all of my movie-related content to the new blog and this one will remain my writing hub focused on that.

I’ve decided that I’m not getting the interest I need on this blog for film-related content and my stats support this. But people do enjoy my writing-related content so that’s what I’ll stick to here.

I’ll catch you in the next post and hopefully, I’ll be able to reveal more details about my film blog for anyone who wants to follow me there.

A Writer’s Thoughts: The Ongoing Journey of Self-Improvement

Join me as I navigate my way through the writer’s life as a blogger

To improve as a writer takes many things. It takes humility to know your limitations. And once you know those limitations, it takes courage and motivation to move to the next step of self-improvement. It also takes time. This is the most important because you can never have enough time to improve your craft. It is an ongoing every-day journey that we undertake to become better at what we love.

There are days when I feel like I don’t want to continue that “journey”. But I do. And I didn’t just suddenly come up with that fundamental trait. I learned how to push myself when I didn’t want to. I am still learning how to do that, and I accept I will always have to continue working on this, most likely for the rest of my writing days.

That’s an enormous thing. If you let that sit for a minute and think about it.

We will be students of writing forever.

And the reason for that is that without a solid writing habit in place, you will never get to where you want to go. First, you must get to where you need to go before you can get to where you want to go. Want and need two very different things.

Eat Sleep Write Repeat

That’s why I don’t like the word “guru”. I’ve used it once or twice in my articles, but when I think deeply about what that word means, I cringe. In some Eastern philosophies, you can never truly become the “master” of something because you are forever learning. This is how I look at the art of writing or any creative pursuit.

One thing I know is I don’t want my articles to be the “do this go there and you will be successful” drivel I’ve read all over the internet. If you remove all the hoopla and look at writing for what it really is, it’s just like anything else. If you want to experience some measure of success as a writer, you must put in the effort to become better at it and you need to accept that this will be an ongoing, life-time pursuit.

Fly-by nighters happen, but they are a dime a dozen. Wouldn’t you rather become the writer that writes every single day for someone other than yourself? Don’t you want your words to resonate with others who understand your struggle? Getting paid to write is only one tiny aspect of what being a writer is. Put in the work, be willing to build a daily habit that you stick to, and work towards improving yourself every single day.

So what’s on your schedule for today?

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Blogging Is Hard Work

Join me as I navigate my way through the writer’s life as a blogger

Being a blogger can be rewarding and fun, but it can also be stressful and a lot of work. If you haven’t experienced these things as a blogger, you will if you’re serious about your blogging career.

There are thousands of blogs out there telling you how to blog well. Do this, they say. No, do this instead! It’s down to you and your singular focus. And no list from someone with a million followers will change that.

If you don’t change, nothing will change.

Your focus determines your reality. This may be a fictional quote from a fictional character, but it’s true. I’ve completed a few blogging courses in my time, which I will blog about here for anyone interested. And the one message I see over and over from exceptional writers is “What is your why?”

Think about it. It might not seem like a hard question to ask. But it is. Because everyone has an original reason for blogging. Some blog for fun. Some blog for self-expression. Some blog for the sole reason of making money.

Until you know where you want to go with your blogging, you can’t move forward, especially if you want to make money as a blogger.

Why do you want to blog?

To make money from your blog and live the dream is what most bloggers want. I have dallied with the thought of monetizing everything I write. But once you begin down that road, you are in for a very bumpy journey.

What I’ve discovered is that the only factor that matters in the equation is you. If you want to be a full-time blogger, you must have 120 percent commitment, day and night to do it and do it well. You can’t just want to write a blog post here and there. Blogging is hard work.

What a lot of “experts” don’t tell you is that if you want to blog for a living, first you must choose what kind of blogger you want to be. And once you’ve done that, you then need to work on a marketing strategy, learn all about SEO and the countless ways to draw in and attract traffic to your blog.

And that’s just the beginning.

Being a writer or a lover of words is nowhere near enough.

You won’t succeed if you are in love with the romantic ideal of what a writer is. Today, writing is one of the most competitive industries on the planet. And the landscape of writing is constantly changing, and you need to change with it.

Are you prepared to take the next step in your blogging career? Or are you happy with the way things are and content to blog as a hobby? Everyone is different.

I’ll be writing a series of blog posts focusing on the challenges and struggles of blogging. And I’ll be sharing whatever I have learned with anyone who wants to read it.

Have you had similar experiences? Do you have something you think is important to share with other writers? Please, let me know in the comments. I am always looking for other writers and bloggers to collaborate with.

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Quote of the Day – Famous Writers

Just a daily famous quote from very famous people – mostly writers and actors.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

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Via Goodreads

Robert Frost

Born March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, California, The United States

Died January 29, 1963

Genre Poetry

Blog Themes Can Be Quite the Challenge

Pro Tip: Make sure you test your blog’s features before you decide on a blog theme!

I’ve recently updated both of my blogs with different themes. I did this both for aesthetic and functionality reasons. My star wars creativity blog really needed a theme that was more aesthetic and pleasing on a visual level because I use a lot of images.

After more testing it looks like I have somehow broken the excerpt functionality in this theme.

I’ll have to have a think about it and see what I can do.

Do any of my readers have any suggestions for blog themes that cater to writing/review blog content? Please let me know in the comments if you do.

So off I go to look at themes and hopefully, find one that works!