While I'm a big fan of the Jack of All Trades approach, it's safe to say that no one can feasibly do everything. There are going to be times when you need something done that you haven't the slightest clue how to do. Do you leave it be, decide it's not worth the effort? Heck no! You call in the big guns and hire someone to do it. Now I know what you're thinking, sounds expensive, right? Not necessarily. With the advent of fantastic sites ...
Blogging is all about keeping it fresh. Speaking clearly and directly to your audience is important to ensure your message is easy to understand and reader-friendly. But that's no excuse to neglect spelling and grammar.
In my first year of journalism school, we were all taught a sobering lesson: traditional journalism as we knew it was dead. TV stations could no longer equip everybody with their own cameraman, boom operator or assistant. International publications were cutting back on all those sought-after foreign correspondent jobs. If you wanted to make news, you had to go out there with your notebook, camera and mic and get it yourself.
Having spent a lot of time talking about procrastination and the importance of creating a bank of prospective blog ideas, it was only a matter of time before I touched on the necessity of setting up your very own editorial calendar.
We love to hate them. They’re all over Huffington Post and in the Lifestyle section of your favorite news aggregator. I’m talking about the overly personal narrative post detailing the sordid details of a love affair gone wrong, the tribulations of mountainous debt or the consequences of a string of terrible choices.
Feeling like you don’t have anything new to say can be a big hurdle when setting up your own blog. How are you supposed to create key content about the most important issues in your field without covering something someone else has already written about?
Vetting your own ideas is a tough process and one that is not always the most enjoyable of activities. So how do you go about separating the wheat from the chaff and selecting the best ideas to put into practice?
Since the launch of my first post on Intent Social, I have been trying to keep to a 3 post a week schedule for the entire month of July. Extreme you say? Or maybe just a walk in the park?
Keep track of those nuggets of inspiration that hit us at the strangest times. Find out how to make sure you never lose a good idea no matter when it strikes.