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Raise Your Writing Bar – Master How To Eliminate That Passive Voice

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An important factor that holds your readers’ attention from the get-go is the voice your article/book/post is written in. Readers prefer active voice sentences and writing in the active voice communicates our message effectively. The active voice makes your writing stronger, less wordy and tiresome. It clearly identifies an action and who is performing that action.

On the other hand, writing in the passive voice which is a common mistake that could easily slip into your writing fails to hold your readers’ interest and simply makes your writing boring and hard to read.

Mastering the skill of writing in the active voice is easier than you anticipated and less tedious than finding those little grammatical errors and typos. One way to know if you are writing in the active or passive voice is to find the subject of the sentence and decide if the subject is doing the action or being acted upon.

How to Recognize and Eliminate Passive Voice

In the active voice, your subject is doing the action.

  1. Jake ran past the man.
  2. Susan cooked the food.

In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon.

  1. The man was run past by Jake.
  2. The food was cooked by Susan.

Reading these two sentences you know that it doesn’t sound natural or seem right.

Another easy giveaway of the passive voice is to look for verbs stuck together. A passive voice adds other helping verbs such as ‘to be, being, has been, will be, are, is, was, were’ to a verb that could stand alone.

You can instantly fix your passive voice by rewriting your sentence so that the subject of your sentence comes before the verb.

Your active voice resembles spoken language. When we speak, we automatically speak in the active voice and our writing should mirror this.

For instance, you would never say:

My bicycle (subject) was ridden (action) to the park by me.

Instead, you would say:

I (subject) rode (action) my bicycle (object) to the park.

As always there’s an exception to the rule where the passive voice is preferable:

When the subject acted upon is more important than the doer and when we do not know who performed the action.

For example:

The city centre was bombed today.

Since the doer is either unknown and unimportant, in the sentence your focus is on the city centre. In this case, the passive voice adds an impact to the sentence.

Also, writers oftentimes fill in the gaps with redundant and unnecessary words thereby making their documents hard-to-read. Use simple terms to help quicker understanding.

For example:

Instead of this            Say this

True facts                                    True

Feasible                                       Likely

Ramification                               Result

Encounter                                   Meet

Correspondence                        Letter

Purchase                                     Buy

Prior                                             Before

Concur                                         Agree

Demonstrate                              Show

Make a decision                        Decide

Your aim is to make your writing as clear and as concise as possible, as well as an enjoyable experience for your reader.



100 Amazing Sites With Free Stock Photos

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Without any doubt, images make your blog posts stand out. They act as eye candy and are an important part of design and professionalism.

If you often use images for your creative works, it’s important to bookmark a handy list of your go-to websites where you can find images that are absolutely free.

I literally cringe when I see bloggers slapping on photos or images with copyright and watermark credits stamped all over an article that they’ve taken time to craft. It looks sloppy and simply shows lack of professionalism.

Using copyrighted images is not the ideal solution. Such practice could expose you to issues of copyright infringement. To be honest, before I knew better, I made the same mistakes, but the good thing about information is that when you know better, you do better.

Online, there are millions of free images that don’t need accreditation, and one could equally create their own images through photography or by using creative solutions like Canva, PicMonkey, Powerpoint, Font Studios, Pic Art etc.

However, there comes a time when we are searching for something specific to buttress our message and when we don’t have a suitable one in our photo bank, we resort to other sources.

Quick Note About Licenses

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Most of the images in this list are free from restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain. It means is that copy, modify, share, use for commercial purposes – without permission.

However, some of these photos may need attribution and the best advice is to take a few minutes to check the restrictions of an image before using. If in doubt, contact the author of the site and even when attribution is not required, it’s always a nice thing to do.

100 Amazing Sites With Free Stock Photos

  1. A Digital Dreamer
  2. All The Free Stock
  3. Ancestry Images
  4. Barn images
  5. Big Foto
  6. Boss Fight
  7. Bucketlistly
  8. Budget stock photo
  9. Burst
  10. Cepolina
  11. Clker
  12. Creative Convex
  13. Crow the Stone
  14. Cupcake
  15. Death To The Stock Photo
  16. Designers Pic
  17. Dreamstime
  18. Epicantus
  19. Epicva
  20. Fancycrave
  21. Focus Fitness
  22. Find A Photo
  23. Foodie Feed
  24. Franken Fotos
  25. Free Foto
  26. Free Images
  27. Free JPG
  28. Free Media Goo
  29. Free Nature Stock
  30. Free Pixels
  31. Free Range Stock
  32. Free Stock Image Point
  33. Gratisography
  34. HubSpot
  35. ISO Republic
  36. IM Free
  37. Jay Mantri
  38. Kaboom Pics
  39. LibreShot
  40. Life of Pix
  41. Little Visuals
  42. MMT Stock
  43. Negative Space
  44. New Old Stock
  45. Peekspace
  46. Photo collections
  47. Photogen
  48. Photos Public Domain
  49. Photo Stock Editor
  50. Photo Rack
  51. PhotoVaco
  52. Picjumbo
  53. Picography
  54. Pictor
  55. Pickup Image
  56. Pixabay
  57. Polar Fox
  58. Public Domain Clip Art
  59. Public Domain Image
  60. Public Domain Archive
  61. Public Domain Photos
  62. Raumrot
  63. Rawpixel
  64. Realistic Shots
  65. Resplashed
  66. RGB Stock
  67. Shotstash
  68. Shutteroo
  69. Sketch Jar
  70. Skitter Photo
  71. Skuawk  
  72. Snapwire Snaps
  73. Space X Photos
  74. Splashbase
  75. Splitshire
  76. Startup Stock Photos
  77. Stock Media
  78. Stok Pic
  79. Stockpile
  80. Stock Snap
  81. Stocka
  82. Stocksy United
  83. Stock Vault
  84. Streetwill
  85. StyledStock
  86. Tatiana Photo
  87. The Light Painters Loft
  88. The Old Design Shop
  89. The Pattern Library
  90. The Stocks
  91. Tinyography
  92. Took a pic Stock
  93. Travel Coffee Book
  94. Ultra HD Wallpapers
  95. Unprofound
  96. Unsplash
  97. Visual Hunt
  98. Wikimedia Commons
  99. WP Clip Art 
  100. WOCinTech


From this comprehensive list, you can see that there’s a growing number of amazing sources for stock images for bloggers, designers, writers, marketers etc, and we expect it to keep growing.

If you know of any site that offers free images and hasn’t been included in this list you could let us know in the comments. I hope that you find this useful and I can assure you that these resources are a blessing to me and many others.

How To Manage Multiple Blogs Without Losing Your Mind

As the headline indicates, YES, I’m trying not to lose my marbles whilst juggling my ‘two’ blogs and I wonder how those super bloggers with dozens of blogs do it.

Truth be told, I haven’t published a post on this blog for several weeks and each day I feel a stab of guilt. It’s not that I don’t want to create new posts, but my time has been overtaken by the mundane necessities of life. However, to make a success of this blog, I must take the time to sift through the innumerable excuses, find and patch the loopholes and come up with a workable action plan.

Managing one blog is a time-consuming and tasking job, much less multiple blogs. It takes a special kind of crazy and a method to the craziness to do so. Just why on Earth would anyone choose to get entangled in such madness?

Of course, there are many reasons, such as:

  1. Creating a second blog just for fun.
  2. Creating another blog because the first one didn’t quite pan out as you wanted it to.
  3. Creating a niche focused blog
  4. Sharing your ability in different things.
  5. The need to explore other opportunities.
  6. Building another stream of income
  7. Growing your network in another field
  8. You are a professional blogger contributing or managing sites for your clients…

The reasons abound and as great as each one sounds, such decision comes with responsibilities. When I started my first blog – I had no idea in Dickens what I was getting into. It would be my space to ramble, share my stories, poetry, writing, a general mish-mash of this and that, but as I dipped my toes further into the water it continued to evolve.

I find that asides from my passion for writing and photography, I have a growing interest to share thoughts that will inspire and encourage others to keep pushing their boundaries.

My interest in blogging, writing, photography and seeking practical ways of earning from my creative sides culminated to the birth of this site. If I hadn’t given myself the permission to entertain hosting another blog – with all the reasons why I shouldn’t do so screaming in my brain, I suppose I wouldn’t be doing this.

Many bloggers have been able to build a small business and discover their latent skills from blogging. As hectic as it might get, with the right strategy, one can reap targeted benefits from running multiple blogs by applying simple and effective steps.

1. Decide on a realistic publishing and work schedule.

When starting any project, most of us tend to have a rosy, optimistic view of being able to juggle it all. We set off with gusto till life gets in the way and we become overwhelmed even before we began.

It’s important to take the time to create a plausible work schedule factoring in every other aspect of your life. Remember that your life isn’t going to stop because you are running several blogs.

2. Start slow and steady.

Work your way up instead of taking off with a lot of posts and burning out before gaining any traction. It’s better to create small, but regular updates. However, if all you can publish is a post every other week, the best thing you can do for any blog is to stay consistent and to keep trudging along.

3. Brainstorm your content for the months ahead.

Create a whole list of ideas and organize them all. If possible, prepare and schedule publishing with the Editorial calendar on WordPress. Finding a block time to write and schedule your posts will leave the rest of the month free for other blogging duties like networking.

4. Leave room for adjustment

Juggling multiple projects is tedious and given that one can fall behind, the most important thing to remember at such times is that it’s not such a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Just pick right back up where you left off. You’re human like everyone else!

5. Choose your tools.

There are no ‘tailor-made one-size-fits-all’ solutions out there, therefore, you have to get creative to manage your creative projects better. What works for someone might not work for you.

Choose and use tools that work for you instead of tools that present a gamut of challenges which would steal more of your productive time.

6. Use ideas lists

Ideas lists abound online. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, research other blogs, Pinterest, forums and social media to trigger your food-for-thought. Use ideas generated to plan your contents. This will certainly cut your pressure and grant you more freedom to write and stay on track.

7. Try the 20 minutes per blog approach

If you are short on time like me, believe me, 20 minutes is a lot of time! There are days that I don’t even have half-an-hour to spare and if you can snatch 20 minutes from somewhere, make quick updates or drafts of 5 minutes or less for each blog. This automatically gives you content that you can flesh out and schedule to publish when it’s ready.

8. Use Guest Posts to fill in the gap. 

Other people can add great value to your blog when permitted to. They will bring a fresh perspective and voice to your blog and this strategy also creates more time for you. Be selective and choose posts that align with the flow of your contents.


Managing multiple blogs is challenging and it sure doubles your workload, but with the right approach, you can have excellent results and the benefits will make it worthwhile.

However, like everything in life, you’ve got to keep yourself in check and strike the right kind of balance.

Don’t Sabotage Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off – Part 4

Sticking To One Genre Of Writing

Be open to writing other things besides novels. It’s interesting to read and listen to some writers whose basis for measuring other writers’ writing career depends on published novels while leaving novellas, short stories and poetry behind for those whom they term ‘amateur writers.’

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A ‘writing career’ is first all about writing and earning a living through your writing. Then the second aspect of your writing career is choosing to specialize. Focusing on one area narrows your reach. Some writers struggle to acknowledge themselves as one because they have don’t have published novels in their catalogue thereby underrating their creative channels.

A good number of magazines publish fiction and you could boost your income by getting short stories and poems published.

There are possibilities that if you have more publishing credits under your belt you will find a publisher for your books faster.

While waiting for the jackpot of writing that earth-shattering novel that would sell for a movie – which would probably take years, if ever, you could tap into the goldmine of short stories, novellas, poetry etc.

Get pragmatic! Check here for more writing tips.

So, tell me, what are your thoughts? Do you prefer sticking to a certain genre of writing?

Let There Be Light – Photo Theme

Without light, we would be engulfed in darkness, so it’s not a surprise that we are drawn to it, both the natural and artificial light. Light is one of the most important factors to consider when taking photos. A great shot could be marred if the lighting is not good.

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Tip: When exposing for beams of light, it is best to under expose the entire scene. This adds some drama to the image and keeps some detail in the light beams themselves.


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Tip: Backlighting adds details of the subject. When backlighting, it’s best to under expose the image to allow the highlights to glow.



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Tip: Night time offers endless possibilities. Have fun with artificial light. Be on the look out for different sources of light and use them for your creative compositions.


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Tip: Light can bring emphasis to the story you want to show the viewer and when used well it leads the eyes to the important parts of an image.

Go ahead and have fun with all that light. Take the photography theme challenge for practice and check this link for more photo tips here.





31 Blog Post Ideas and Bite-Sized Tips

Ideas on what to write surround us, yet there are times that we find ourselves floundering over what direction to follow with these ideas. While choosing topics to brainstorm and cast your masterful thoughts on, bear a couple of things in mind:

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Bite-Sized Tips

  • Do these ideas and projects fit in with the building blocks of your blog?
  • What is your authentic approach? Could it have a mark of individuality?
  • Consider what works best for you and your audience.
  • Now set some goals for the month.
  • Not in your mind, Put it down on paper.
  • Ready. Set. Get going.

31 Blog Post Ideas You Could Tussle With

    1. Review books, product, movies…
    2. Interview someone – make it interesting and dig beyond the surface
    3. Write 5 to 10 things about you that make you who you are
    4. Share some cool info-graphics or cartoons
    5. Critic some news. There’s always something happening
    6. Share a travel or work experience post
    7. Write a motivational/inspiring post
    8. Take part in a challenge
    9. Write a story post
    10. Photo of the week
    11. Pick of the week posts with links to the relevant post
    12. Are you up to running a contest?
    13. Make a post full of GIFs – humour and entertainment
    14. Quote of the week
    15. Share your goals publicly
    16. Create a link Carnival and ask others to join in the link-a-thon
    17. Build your to-do list
    18. Tell a joke – humour works
    19. Write a post on things you did or didn’t do that you regretted
    20. Dig up some little-known facts
    21. Share A Travel Wish – where you would like to visit and why
    22. Share one important lesson you learnt this year
    23. Make a post about your most popular posts
    24. Bite the bullet, ask for general feedback on your blog
    25. Thank you audience for following you
    26. Make a handwritten post, take a photo of it and publish it
    27. Write a poem
    28. Share your top 10 favourite list of something, movies, food, books etc
    29. Favourite childhood memories
    30. Share your pet peeves
    31. Write a letter to your younger self

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8 Simple and Effective Ways To Make Blogging Easier

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Let’s keep to the truth and call a spade what it is and it’s not a big spoon. To blog consistently and to publish engaging top quality posts is hard work, don’t let anyone fool you.

It consumes time and energy to keep churning out those posts, but there are simple, effective ways to manage the process and to create that much-needed space so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Make a posting schedule and stick to it

You will often have spontaneous posts but to create achievable blogging goals, a publishing calendar gives you control of your processes. Without a schedule, you will find it difficult to keep track of what you are supposed to be doing and when. Scheduling makes a lot of difference.

Plan your time

Pick the time when you are most productive and use it to your advantage. I find that working early in the morning when others are still asleep works better for me.

It’s amazing how much work I get done in the space of an hour or two. Responding to emails and comments csould be scheduled to give you some breathing space. Trying to respond to emails and comments as soon as they come in is one sure way to make you feel harassed and run off your feet.

Create a long list of your post ideas

As the ideas come to you, note them down. You could start writing the posts and flesh them out gradually if they are lengthy posts.

At present, I have close to a hundred unfinished posts in my draft and this approach helps me tremendously on days that my inspiration tank is running low or on days that I’m short on time.

Create Your Work In Batches

Creating posts that fall under similar category saves lots of time. For instance, instead of switching from one post to a different post that addresses unrelated topics, I choose a slot in my schedule to focus on creating several posts that share the same framework. This way, I’m in the zone – thinking of the same subject. Knowing where I’m headed makes the work faster.

Mix your content

Since you can’t afford to create bumper in-depth posts each time, mix your publications with short posts, videos, photographs, infographics, podcasts etc.

Repurpose old content

Find those gems in your old content and slap on some good polish. Curate, snip, snap and put it into a new shape to be republished.

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Automate your actionable’s

You can automate your posts to publish at a certain period. WordPress provides calendar settings where you can schedule your publishing time.

You can also explore prewriting emails for repeated response – though I’ve never tried this before it’s something I am looking at to help with the deluge of daily emails.

Batch your work. You can create weekly content on similar tasks on the same day and have them ready to publish

Outsource your work

There are virtual assistants as well as freelance agents who offer quality content at reasonable rates when it’s necessary to use them.

Blogging on regular basis need not be stressful. The rules are more fluid than we make them out to be, so it’s time to quit stressing over the attempt to measure up to impossible standards. I hope these tips are useful. What are your coping mechanisms?

Don’t Sabotage Your Writing Career Before It Takes Off – Part 3

Read The Bestsellers With A Critical Eye

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Cultivate Excellent Reading Skills

To become an excellent writer, it doesn’t go without saying that you also have to cultivate excellent reading habits.

No, it’s not enough to read only blog posts and the current rags, but make time for more than the cursory reading of best sellers.

Reading is like an apprenticeship and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with learning from the high achievers of the literary world.

Many people want to become the next big or upcoming author, yet it will amaze you how many of these people don’t bother to read the authors that are successful. I’ve had a number of closet writers tell me that they don’t read best sellers because most of them are rip offs and crap.

Some time ago, I mentioned in a blog post that I was reading A Prisoner of Birth: by Jeffrey Archer, and another blogger went full frontal attack on J. Archer and how he hires a team of writers to do his writing. How he has probably never written a full novel blah, blah.

To say the least, that was a put-off that left a negative impression.

The Quirky Excuses For Not Reading Bestsellers

  • The notion that best sellers are rip-off’s and crap

If the idea of hiring a team of writers to hash out an idea into a book is a crime, then I’ll probably become guilty of such crime myself – hopefully, sometime in the future.

We all know that writing series of best-selling novels is not an easy feat. I’ve not written one yet, but from my writing experience, I can imagine how mentally draining and flat ass working hours are spent constructing such engaging novels.

If a writers life could be made easier by engaging others to help out with a project, then I say ‘good for them,’ besides, they are providing some income to these ghost writers as well as providing grounds for the background writer to hone his/her skills.

When someone takes the pain to describe a best seller as crap, they usually offer lame statements like:

“Oh, I read classics.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Fitzgerald and the host of dead writers out there, but the problem with this argument is that you can’t enter the huge ever-changing marketplace of books if you don’t know what the trend is and what buyers are looking out for.

Reading classics is brilliant, but a good number of them are not that hot now and you are certainly not going to attract a lot of millennial plus other living readers by writing Shakespearian prose. Your first lesson is to learn how to write for the people buying books now.

If you’re a romance writer, explore best-selling romance novels from writers like Jude Deveraux, Nora Roberts, Johanna Lindsay, Lisa Kleypas, if you’re a horror writer, delve into some Stephen King, Anne Rice, Dean Koontz and co.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Learn by reading the best works in the genre of your interest and this includes reading their début novels that helped them to break into the business.

The critical study of these will be time well spent that would help you break in, too and in the long run.

  •  The ‘I have to be original and uninfluenced by them,’ retort.

There’s a popular saying that everything has been written about everything. Well, as long as I haven’t written mine, that’s not true.

I’ve heard severally the argument of having your own voice and not losing it and the notion that reading these best sellers might make you start writing like them. Oh, how I wish! I would count myself lucky if I should write like the greats.

This shouldn’t be a problem. Your diverse reading, experience and individuality counteract this notion and except you are stealing someone’s work, learning how to chart your story from those who have excelled in it is certainly not a bad thing.

Check here for more writing tips.

Kids At Play – 10 Tips For Taking Great Photos of Children

If you want to relive your childhood for a little time, watch kids play. Their carefree attitude, laughter, joy and utter delight from the simple things of life reminds of so much that’s good.

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Children are beautiful subjects to photograph and if you are not attempting a studio photo shoot, take several photos at play time. However, anyone who has tried to photograph their kids will know how challenging and frustrating it can be. They never want to stand still and even when you get them to pose they’re constantly making faces!

Tips For Taking Great Photos of Children


1. Have Patience and be ready

Be ready for anything with kids! Expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot it. Sometimes they will be shy to start with, but don’t rush or force it. Just interact with them for a while and they’ll be comfortable enough to grant you those gorgeous smiles with missing teeth.

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2. Get Down To The Child’s Level

When taking photos always try to get down to the same level as your subject especially small children.

If you take the photo from your normal standing height, you’ll be looking down at the child this would give a distorted view of them from above.

Taking the photo at their level creates an opportunity to capture a more interesting background as well.

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3. Use Burst Mode To Capture Action Shots

Due to children’s nature of constant motion, it’s almost always a challenge to stay still and get them to do what you want them to do.

This is where the burst mode feature of your camera is useful.

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4. Seek Candid Moments

Some excellent photo moments present themselves at inopportune times which is why it’s necessary to keep your phone close by.  This means you can whip it out and capture those candid natural shots of your children just being themselves.

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5. Focus On The Eyes In Portrait Photos

When taking portraits try to focus on the eyes. Getting it right creates a warmer photo and engages the viewer.

6. Use Props and Costumes

You can create something different by using costumes and props.

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7. Try shooting in different locations for unique shots

Take your children to scenic locations where you can definitely capture some memorable shots.

 8. Keep it Simple

Props, costumes, and scenic locations are great but sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple.

9. Take Different Angles

Always look at alternative angles when taking the same subjects. Sometimes the traditional point of view won’t do justice to the image.

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 10. Have Fun! That’s the most important part.

Finally, remember to have fun! Whilst capturing the fun that your children are having, don’t forget to be part of it. It’s okay to be a goofball.

Take the photography theme challenge for practice, check this link and you can find other photo tips here.

7 Areas Where Bloggers Dreams Die

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Results Take Too Long

Naturally, when we start any venture we want to see results and many bloggers jump into the process of blogging anticipating quick results. When the stark reality of the grind sets in and when their expected results take longer to meet, most become discouraged, quit blogging and go searching for the next trendy thing.

Without mincing words, blogging success takes time. A lot of time! Just keep plugging away.

You are not promoting yourself

A lot of bloggers/writers are not comfortable promoting their work sometimes due to lack of confidence in their work or the assumption that promoting their work is being arrogant and full of pride.

I’ve once had a newbie ask me ‘how would anyone read their blog with all the fascinating millions of blogs floating out there,’ my first thought was, ‘with this thought pattern, maybe you shouldn’t bother,’ but I ruminated over it and advised her to continue with her writing, make more effort to connect with others and let the readers decide if her work is good enough.

The reality is that if you don’t promote yourself, no one else will. There are ways to put yourself out there and to promote your work without coming across as obtuse.

Can’t Deal with Criticism

A lot of people may not like your style or agree with you and now and again, you come across some downright sour people on social media. They will leave their rude comments, opinions and sometimes even personal attacks.

You can moderate your comments to distance yourself from trolls, but you still need to acquire the diplomatic skill of handling constructive criticism. Learn not to take such confrontations personal, most times this is bullying tactics not worth spending time on.

Too Concerned about Stats

Getting caught in the ‘stats trap’ is easy and addictive that you could find yourself checking your blog stats multiple times a day and fretting over your page vies. Focus on the goals for your blog, and concentrate on building a tribe and how to improve your communities experience.

Over time an awesome tribe outweighs all the page views in the world especially if the views are not connecting with you. A supportive community will lead to better stats.

Obsessing Over Competition

Too often, we spend far too much time stretching our necks to see what others are doing because like almost everything else in life that’s a competition, we look at other bloggers as our competitors.

To an extent, this is true. When readers are visiting another blog, they are not on yours at the same moment – and we all want as many readers as we can get.

However, viewing fellow bloggers as competition and feeling somewhat jealous of their success and concentrating on how to beat them will cause you more problems.

You are better off building collaborative relationships with other bloggers. Therein you’ll find support because there are many bloggers who are happy to help each other – work on creating such a network.

Neglecting Other Aspects of Your Life

When we discover our blogging feet, we tend to jump in with our two feet and all our zeal that at times it seems to consume your life.

As much as you enjoy blogging don’t allow it to completely consume your fire. Create a balance and stay connected with the real world. Your blogging escapade only gets better when you are well-rounded and bring depth to it from your experiences.

Neglecting other aspects of your life could lead to problems, tedium and eventually the failure with your blog.

Running Out of Ideas

Just like writer’s block, running out of blogging ideas and inspiration is real and when it drags for a long time, some bloggers simply close shop and walk away.

Combat this through simple steps such as:

Set a blogging calendar with topics you would cover in a month

Walk away from the computer for some rejuvenation –  did I say walk away? Yes, I said that. Staring at the blank screen won’t make it type itself.

Look around you and free write.

These are the 7 reasons why most bloggers lock up shop. Do you know more reasons that you could share with us? For more blogging tips, check this link.

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