10 Unpleasant Blog Practices That You Should Prevent

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10 Unpleasant Blog Practices That You Should Prevent

No blogger is immune from developing bad blogging habits. As a matter of fact, it normally goes out as you get at ease with your work. So before everything gets worst, you should review and ensure that those unpleasant blog practices are prevented, just like the things that will be tackled here – 10 unpleasant blog practice that you should prevent:

1. Postponement – Bloggers are like newscasters, they are known to relay latest issues, so it’s a must to stay that way. When you want to blog about something, do it! Do not dilly-dally because you will never know the significance of the blog topic if you do not create it right away.You might end up losing your concentration and forget everything including your intention to blog about it.

2. Trying too hard – Take it easy when you blog. It is not essay homework and it doesn’t require a minimum number of words to look good. Several blogs live through with merely a sentence and one visual image. Just show the best in you and don’t bother yourself to create metaphors and lines that would give an impact.

3. Responding late to comments – Many readers like to ask questions and leave feedback through the comments section. Your appreciation to them can be felt by giving them feedback on time. If their queries are not being considered, they would definitely look for other blogs who can give attention to their thoughts and consider their opinions as well.

4. Skip proofreading – Editing or proofreading is a vital practice that has to be considered even on blogs.If not, you might face humiliation and they will start to question your credibility by allowing your error-filled article to be published and be read by many.

5. Not ready for the battle – Every human being has different talents and not everyone has the ability to write spontaneously. Even though you are already used to write an article, creating an outline for your blog post is still a helpful tool for you. You might miss other important notes on your article once you only rely on your spontaneity.

6. Not mindful of your fonts – Utilizing different kinds of fonts in one sentence will definitely not attract readers. Even children on their first grade do not make use of those, so better stop doing it.

7. Having a negative attitude – It’s very inviting to create an article wherein you can voice out all of your problems and true feelings. However, ranting over and over again would never produce a positive result. It can even be so infectious to your readers that they’ll end up having a dark cloud over their heads after reading your blog.

8. Indulging in distractions – You do not need to be updated every so often on your email and Facebook stuff. And stop looking at your stats! Most websites will only distract you in creating a quality article. If it’s an important thing, set an allowable time to spend on them.

9. Blowing your own horn – Everyone knows that it’s your personal blog, but reading things that only refers to you over and over again would lessen the interest of your readers. Create an excitement by presenting other individuals on your article. The topic doesn’t have to be always you.

10. Too much social media – Social media is an important key to have a successful blog, but too much of anything is unhealthy. Some bloggers spend way more time updating their social media profiles they forget to update their blog.

You don’t have to wait for the New Year to start making changes. These routines can be insignificant to others but do not disregard because they can make or break your blog.

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We should look at the New Year as an opportunity to refresh and revitalize our lives. It shouldn’t matter if it’s writing, exercising, or juggling a new job with family and all of their needs. It’s about getting a grip on what we will need to do to move ourselves forward. Hence, the Lisa McCourt articles. By the way, I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.


Moving forward, how are you connecting and networking? Do people know who you are and what you have to offer? If you are a writer and have completed a project, have you thought about how you are going to promote yourself? Have you created a Twitter, FaceBook, or Writing Forums? It’s time to get started.


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To Manifest or Not to Manifest—That Is the Question

To Manifest or Not to Manifest—That Is the Question

By Lisa McCourt

 I get invited to a lot of manifestation events this time of year, especially now with the start of 2012. But the whole idea always stirs up a bit of conflict for me. Is it really in our highest and best interest to purposefully direct our destinies in such detailed, control-freakish ways?  

I feel supremely confident about my manifesting abilities. I’ve certainly spent plenty of time studying and applying techniques for sending my energy out into the world with the specific purpose of drawing certain things into my life. A friend recently commented on my manifesting successes, with the caveat, “be careful where you point that thing.” 

And we should be careful. Because it’s kind of absurd to assume that what we think we want—from our teeny, tiny human perspectives—is what we actually need, or even what would serve us or delight us most. The only thing any of us should ever really be concerned with manifesting is whatever is in our highest good as well as the highest good of all concerned. And most of us mortals walking around the planet have absolutely no clue what that would actually be. 

So I’m manifesting from a new position now—a position of total surrender. I don’t make mind-movies or vision boards anymore. Yes, they’d bring me the things I put on them. But the things I’m craving now—the things I’m longing for—aren’t tangible enough to paste on a board. They’re bigger, broader than that—more tinged with delicious unknowing. What visual image can capture the experience of breathless awe? Or truly conscious, connected love? Or the thrill of contribution and being deeply received? Sure, I could find pictures to represent those things, but no pictorial image comes close to stirring the feelings in me that I can generate by simply meditating on those intangible goodies.

Many manifestation experts will instruct you to be as specific as possible. I’m proposing you do the opposite. Make a list of the things you believe you want. Then, one by one, go down the list and see if you can tune into the feeling you believe that item or circumstance will give you. Understand that it’s the feeling you’re really after. Understand that the Universe is way smarter than you, and it might have a kick-butt idea for getting you that feeling—an idea you couldn’t even begin to dream of.

Lean back into the loving arms of the infinitely wise Universe and trust it to deliver. Lose yourself in imagining the feelings you want to feel, and let go of any specific circumstances or requirements you’ve attached to them. Generate those feelings for yourself as often as you can throughout your day and make them the cornerstone of your meditation practice. This is the essence of surrender and the Universe will find it irresistible. You will be dazzled by its compliance.

About the Author: Unconditional love expert Lisa McCourt is a dynamic speaker, seminar leader and author whose 34 books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide. Her new book, Juicy Joy – 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self, teaches people to embrace “radical authenticity” to fully experience unbridled joy in life. Lisa lives in South Florida with her two children. For a free Juicy Joy audio program, visit www.LisaMcCourt.com.

Goal Setting For 2012

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It’s a new year. And it’s time to get busy on that project you’ve been putting off for a while now. Remember how much you love writing and want to share your story with others? There shouldn’t be anything holding you back. Publishing a book is easier now than ever. The Neophyte Writer is here to help you achieve your goal of bringing your project to life. I will offer tons of resources and links to help you become the writer you’ve longed to be. Not only that, I can assist you with finding editors, illustrators and cover designers to help you finish your project. I can even help you market your book to a target audience. It’s time for you to set achievable goals to keep you on task.

Start by setting your goals. Create a list of things you want to get done by the end of the year. Keep in mind that each goal you set should be something within your reach. It needs to be measured in a way you can see progress. Don’t get to crazy making a long list and then feeling overwhelmed by it in a months time. Be cautious and set goals that you can achieve in weekly or monthly bursts.

For example, every year I make a point to follow professionals who have been where I am. I read their updates and follow their sites. Most of them are staying in the loop of what’s happening in the world of writing and publishing. I also work on my writing skills. I am always working towards polishing a manuscript to make it the best it can be. This is an achievable task. Simply take an online course or read a book by an author who has been down the same road and has found success.

Each week I plan a writing schedule. I use Google Calendar to set reminders of what I will do each week. I have several projects going at once so I put together a schedule of which projects I will work on. Each day I get a reminder in my email telling me what I will work on and for how long. I like to take steps that keep me going slow and steady. The great thing about setting goals is that you can adjust them as you go.

As you move forward this year on your project you will be able to identify your troubled areas and the spots where you are making incredible progress. Adjust accordingly but keep moving forward. By the end of the year you will be ready to show off all of your hard work and effort.

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A Plan For The New Year

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It is the beginning of the year and all of us attempt to make a list, even if it is a mental list, of new years resolutions. Generally the list consists of things we will or will not do in the new year. And many of us never seem to make it past the first 90 days of the year. Our list becomes gone or forgotten. So, what is the answer to keeping up with the resolutions we set for ourselves? Do we take on too much and then become overwhelmed with it? Is it just that our list is too generalized and the items don’t really mean anything to us? I have a few suggestions to help you keep and stay in step with your new years resolutions. It worked for me. I spent the last year testing each step.

The first thing that you should consider is really thinking about the current year as a whole. Start thinking about the new year in October. Start to think about the list of resolutions you made but didn’t follow. From that you are kicking yourself wishing that you had stuck with it. Where would you be now if you had.

Secondly, make the list. Be reasonable with the list. Only list the things you know you absolutely have to start and do in the new year. This list needs to include things that you know if you don’t follow through the consequences will definitely affect you and/or your family. For example, if your doctor tells you that you must quite smoking. Guess what, do it! There are plenty of programs that are offered for free. Ask your doctor about them. There are support groups so you don’t have to do it alone. There are products and coupons that can be obtained.

Thirdly, do the research. Make sure that any help you might need to achieve your goal is readily available. For example, if you want to start a business go to the library, use the internet, visit your local small business administration center. Gather information so that you know what is expected to reach the goal on your list of resolutions. Don’t forget that family and friends can be a really good resources of information. You never know who they might know.

Once you’ve made you’ve made your list discuss it with your loved ones. Saying it out loud and letting them know that you are serious makes it real. It can be perceived as a little bit more pressure and a nudge to get you acting on your list or it can be looked upon as you have your own personal support group. Whatever the case, these 3 tips will get you really considering taking on the new year in a positive and proactive manner. Good luck!