How journaling for business can write you a book

Someone I was chatting to recently came up with an interesting question: “I want to write a book about my experience of launching a new business, but I don’t have enough information to share yet. What should I do?”

Journaling for business on HTAB

Journaling is about writing down all aspects of your life: from the emotional through to the practical.

Journal, I thought. But surely not the type of journaling common to positive psychology, mindfulness techniques etc.? [Read more…]

To blog or not to blog: that’s the silly question

If I had a dollar, pound or euro for every time someone says either “blogging’s dead” or “blogging’s back” I could buy myself that drooly-gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbag I’ve been lusting after for years. Plus a new car.

Blogging is still alive

The popularity of text-based blogging continues to yo-yo. How do you feel about it?

This whole blogging issue has been in yo-yo mode for more years than I can remember. Each time I look at my beloved book, How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs, (more bragging about that below) I think, hmmm. Should I update it? It was published in 2014. But has much changed? No. It’s still “in-date,” like my delicious quince jelly that I made five years ago and is still perfect.

Some popular myths about blogging

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How to write in body language

Have you ever expressed regret about written communications because they don’t allow you to “read” – and use – body language? I have, and many others appear to have done so as well.

Writing in body language

There are ways to compensate for lack of body language when you’re communicating in text.

One of the most obvious places where the lack of body language can cause misinterpretations leading to discussions, arguments and worse, is in social media comments. Just one sentence that’s a bit thoughtless or flippant in the wrong circumstances can make a fire break out and within minutes there are dozens or even hundreds of trolls fanning the flames into the second Great Fire of London.

But that’s not the only problem area. [Read more…]

10 ways to repurpose your blog posts – so versatile!

If you’ve ever thought that blogging for business is a boring chore, do you realise just how much you can do with one blog post or article? Here are ten good reasons why your dear, old-fashioned blog is worth its weight in gold…

why blog posts are versatile

Number one priority – blog on your own real estate

If you’ve read any of my previous articles on blogging and/or attended one of my talks or workshops in the UK and Canada, you’ll know how important it is – and why – always to blog on your own website or blogsite first of all. [Read more…]

What to write to negative commenters on social media

There’s a huge difference between the p*ss-spitting, troll-driven comments that proliferate like horse flies when you dare to express an opinion on social media that offends poor little snowflakes who are passionate about something or other … and someone disagreeing – seriously and respectfully – with a point you have made.

Disagreement - is it good or bad?

Cordial written disagreement on a topic can start a wonderful discussion

Let’s leave the former for us to talk about another time, preferably when I have had a really bad day and need an alternative to pulling the wings off live, er, horse flies.

As for the latter, though, it’s not always bad news. [Read more…]

What to write for your readers when they’re on their holidays

When your readers /customers are on vacation, or are about to go on vacation, or even are just thinking about it, you can forgive them for not focusing quite as hard on your business or other activity’s message as they might at other times.

writing for readers on vacation

People on vacation seldom switch off completely from blogs and social media, so keep some of your blogs and posts in tune with them while they’re away.

But rather than just accept it as a seasonal fact of life, in some cases you can actually use this “holiday spirit” to your advantage.

Here are a few examples to get you thinking…and most important of all, how to get your readers coming back to your site for helpful information not only before and after, but while they are away on their holidays.

(Most of the following are ideas that could be developed into a short series of blogs and/or social media posts over the summer. And apologies to readers in the southern hemisphere: maybe you should bookmark this to read again in November!)

15 ideas for summer holiday topics – e.g. if you’re a ….

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