This is one of the things I suggest for writers just starting out with their blog – keep it simple from the beginning. Stick with what you’re passionate about and it will open a variety of opportunities for future posts, reader interest, and participation or feedback from readers, followers, and other bloggers.
Simple, as in your writing as well – you don’t want to use too many words that most people have to look up in the dictionary – unless that’s what you’re going for or you know that your readers are of a certain education level. Even so, it can be taxing for the majority of readers to try and keep up with you. Eventually, they may give up and click elsewhere to read a different blog altogether. You don’t want to discourage readers from reading your posts – you want the opposite and to attract more readers, you need to know how to communicate your ideas clearly and concisely. Make sure your ideas flow together as seamlessly as possible when you organize them for your post.
It may be difficult for some, like myself, who tend to be wordy when we write, but you will accomplish it with practice! You’d be surprised how many people like to read simple topics that they can relate to and how many of them like to leave their own thoughts on these topics of choice. So when you are writing, think of your audience and how they will respond to such a post – will they find it interesting, will they want to contribute their own thoughts, and will they read the whole post?
Images can help with drawing attention to your post. Try finding images that really represent your main idea and are pleasing to the eye or eye-catching. You want to find meaningful photos. This tip was given to me a while back by a friend and fellow blogger and it has been a wonderful piece of advice that accents the simplicity of a post.
What does successful mean to you? Does it mean a six-figure income? A full-time gig with benefits? A healthy, happy family life? Independence and freedom? Good grades and scholarships? Getting through the day with minor hitches? Overcoming big obstacles and achieving your goals?
Successful to me means appreciating what you have, striving to be at your best, and knowing that you are capable of reaching your full potential with hard work and sacrifice. Whether your goals are in finances, the workplace, your health and overall being, your family life, or what have you… you can inch your way toward them or make great strides toward them all at your own pace. The secret is, the journey there means everything and when you get to the final destination, you will realize this more than ever.
Do you feel exhausted at times? Sometimes I feel underappreciated, especially after I spread myself thin to take care of what seems like more than I can fit on my plate.
This seems to be a trend everywhere… employers asking more and more of their employees without proper compensation. It’s a shame, really, but it’s the reality of the situation. Almost no one wants to hire full-timers because they require benefits (more expenses for the company) so they hire part-timers and expect full-time work to be done in part-time hours. People are squeezing the productivity out of their workers and it’s not good for anyone! It’s detrimental to the well-being of the workers, and it results in sky-rocketing sick days and a faster burn-out rate. People are going from one job to another in attempt to see where they can work their way to a full-time position with benefits, but it sure feels like no one is budging.
What can we do to alleviate this matter? My guess is as good as yours. Several people I know have resorted to doing the bare minimum of what is expected of them in a bitter attempt to protest this situation. I, for one, don’t have the heart or character for that. It’s just not in my nature to do the bare minimum. I have to feel like I’ve done the right thing, helped as many people as I could along the way, and planned as far ahead as possible. I cannot be any less than dependable and reliable to my employer because I serve the public and that is always my number one priority – public service/customer service.
What do you think should be done about this matter? How do you see it in your workplace now and even in the past?
You! Yes, you are capable. You are capable of more. You are capable of love, growth, evolution, building character, strength, wisdom, knowledge, experience, etc.
You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Just try and don’t quit until you’ve made your goals, reached toward them, and have grown.
I believe in you. You should believe in yourself! Take the first step today! That step is the first of a new journey – an adventure of your own making!