What to blog/vlog about at this time of year

One of my former copywriting colleagues was having a good old bitch earlier on Messenger about not having ideas for their next blog. I hit the roof.

illustration to article abut winter festivals

Autumn/fall and winter are a great time for festivals – and allied blogging.

“There’s so much to blog about at this time of the year, you could write one a day from now until New Year’s and not cover the same topic twice,” I rattled off on the keyboard chipping my newly-polished nails.

Use event dates not as blog topics, but as topic triggers

Let’s go back a few weeks (save those for next year) and check what there has been, as well as what’s to come before we pop the corks for New Year’s 2020. Here are just a few topics that can be triggered by associations with some of the world’s special days, and I know these ideas will trigger some more for you. [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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Blogging: the evergreen business favourite – on your own site

When you think that the first ever blog post was written nearly 25 years ago, it makes you wonder why this genre of communication hasn’t been killed and cremated along with many other online comms notions that have bitten the dust since those early years. Why not?

It's good to blog on your own website

Do we still need to bang the drum about blogging on your own website or blogsite?

Well, you know how I love to bang the drum about blogging and how it’s the best way since sliced bread for you to get both traffic and SEO brownie points for your website…could be that’s why blogging is still going strong. Here’s how to make sure it stays strong for you… [Read more…]

9 business blogging FAQs: tutorial for 2018

Funny how blogging goes in and out of fashion, eh? After a bit of a lull in interest where blogging is concerned, from about the beginning of this year (2018) everyone has been going “yayyyyy! Blogging rocks!” … once again.

Blogging FAQs by Suzan St Maur
Here are some of the blogging FAQs we’ve been talking about – and resolving – in my recent workshops…this is a long one, so grab some coffee before reading on!

1. Blogging has been around forever. Is it better to blog on social media now?

No. Nothing has changed. That’s the irony of it. Despite a flurry of alternatives to straightforward blogging being put forward over the years, we always come back to the same home truths. [Read more…]

Guess what – text-based blogging’s still in fashion!

You have to smile. Blogging for business (and other activities) has been around probably for longer than any other social media (SM) incarnation and no sooner do the SM platforms come up with new goodies as alternatives, does text-based blogging get pushed aside like last year’s fashion in underwear.

text-based blogging's still in fashion!
Until, that is, someone politely reminds bloggers that publishing on platforms other than your own site leaves you at the mercy of the platform on whose real estate your words are parked. And the new goodies have their own issues, too.

Then, someone comes up with live video

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How to write better for blogging plus…

Have you ever thought just how valuable your blog can be, as the basis for a range of content to promote your business or interest? How to write better for blogging plusNow that more and more social media platforms are not only accepting, but also encouraging much longer posts, you have widely increased opportunities get your message out there.

We were talking about this at meeting a couple of days ago

I was asked to lead a discussion about blogging at a networking event last week and saw a few eyes glance upwards when I mentioned the “B” word. But contrary to the views of some in the room, blogging still hasn’t gone out of fashion. Quite the opposite, in fact. [Read more…]

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