Something Huge Has Happened and How It Could Benefit You!

Something huge has happened!!  Did humankind develop a cure for the common cold? NO!  Has someone finally found an efficient way to organize pots and pans in the cupboard?  NO!

My Twitter page broke 9,000 followers!  And to celebrate I am going to feature one lucky person on my page by writing a post with links to that person’s blog page!

9000TwitterHere is how you can get featured:

  1. Follow me on Twitter.  Not on Twitter??  It’s easy and free so register now!
  2. Like and retweet my latest vlog pinned at the top of my page titled “Why Take Action When You Can Just Complain?”
  3. Then leave a comment and link to your Twitter page in the thread on this post explaining to me why you think your blog would be a good feature.

I will then randomly select one lucky blogger to receive a full-length feature on my page to be published on Friday morning!  It’s that easy, but you MUST do all 3 above.  Good luck!

The Blogger Q&A Tag

I would like you to meet MSnubutterflies!!

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First of all thank you to Jen from Tripping Through Treacle for nominating me. Like Jen I think these are fun because it gives us a chance to get to know each other better.

Jen also writes about her journey with MS. She is among one of the many chronic illness blogs I enjoy. Please stop by and visit her.

As much as I enjoy participating in these types of post I feel I should apologize in advance that my answers may be short or may seem not to be well thought through. I’m in a bit of a fog today and finding it difficult to find words and put thoughts together. It would seem smart to wait for a better day right! Honestly I don’t know when that will be and knowing me I would forget about the post all together. Lol. So it is what it is. I’ll…

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Grow Your Blog By Connecting With Others On Social Media

 

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Connecting via social media is a great way to grow you blog.

Many don’t utilize social media and in my opinion that is a mistake.  Take a few minutes and research the effectiveness of social media!  Social media benefits your blog in several ways:

  1. Adds legitimacy to your page in the eyes of search engines (SEO best practices).
  2. Expands the reach of your voice.
  3. Helps to grow you statistics (i.e. followers, views, comments, etc.)
  4. Allows for a deeper connection with your readership.
  5. IT IS FREE!!  

Leave me your social media links in the comments and I and others will LIKE, FOLLOW, PIN and CONNECT!

Here are mine:

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Twitter @BigDreamer0323

Facebook: Dream Big, Dream Often

Google +: Danny Ray

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Why You Should Never Ever Listen to Naysayers

Do you believe anything you have desire for can come to fruition in your life?  I ask this because I know there are millions of people who do not believe this principle.  I have said over and over that if you can believe it in your soul, envision it in your mind, then you can make your desire a tangible thing in the real world.  The issue is many don’t have true desire and most don’t have the mental fortitude to see things through to the end.

I want to share an impossible story with you I found on USA Today which demonstrates why you should never ever listen to naysayers:

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Joe Thomas Sr, 55, became the oldest Division I football player to take the field when he took a hand-off and ran for three yards on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Thomas Sr. made college football history by appearing as a running back for South Carolina State.

Thomas at the age of 55 is believed to be the oldest player to participate in a Division I football game. The father of Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas Jr.,  practiced with the team with his son and then stayed on the past two seasons with the hope of find his way into a game.

His dream was realized in the first quarter on senior day against Savannah State when he carried for three yards.

Do you think Thomas Sr. had people in his life, in his own family, telling him this was a crazy idea?  Of course he did, but he listened to himself and ignored those who told him his dream was “impossible.”  You should stop listening to naysayers as well; they are holding you back.

Don’t tell me dreams can’t come true.

 

Funky feelings and Signs

Do you believe that occurrences in life are signs to direct you on a spiritual level?

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I love being open to signs everywhere. It really helps me know that I am not on this spiritual journey on my own and that I have such a wonderful spiritual ‘pit crew’.

Yesterday was a bit of a rollercoaster day, I was feeling great one moment and then a little funky the next. I know what the trigger was as I had been set a money manifesting challenge in my Masters Class that began bringing up some feelings of worthiness and crazily enough feelings of uh oh if I do manage to manifest the money I have stated then what else could I accidentally manifest and gee does that mean that I have been responsible for past moments in my life both good or bad by putting out certain vibes?!

So in a nutshell it was a tricky one. After acknowledging and working through some of those issues if…

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3 Answers Every Blogger in the World Needs to Understand

blogexciteAre you interested in my thoughts on blogging and my answers to a few questions I was asked this past week?  Here are answers every blogger in the world needs to understand:

“Why does it seem that there are a lot of blogs with a couple thousand followers or less and then 10,000 followers or more?”

This past week I have received quite a few emails asking me about growing a blog and this particular question came up.  Apparently someone else has noticed this trend.  The truth is I’m not sure why this gap exists, but it has existed since I first started my blog in 2014.  I’ll be curious to read other’s opinions and thoughts on the matter.  I think part of it has to do with work ethic and devotion to craft.  Not to say the smaller blogs are not devoted.  What I mean is the larger blogs are ultra-devoted.  To put things in perspective, Jason over at Harsh Reality is a good friend of mine whom I met here on WordPress and someone I emulated as a map to blog success.  In addition to raising a family, maintaining a relationship with his wife and working full-time, Jason at one point worked his blog for 30-40++ hours each week.  Some call this crazy, but Jason had a goal for his blog.  I emulated his work ethic and while I worked tons of hours running my own business, I also devoted 30+ hours each week to my blog for nearly 18 months; during which I never took a day off.   Some people simply don’t have the time while others devote every waking moment to their page; Jason taught me to be the latter.

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“How do I get more people to read my page?”

I continue to get this question, especially as new readers cycle through and even more as my numbers grow.  And I’m not sure if those who ask like my answer!  Growing a blog takes a lot of hard work, time networking and patience.  I am not sure what people expect, but blogging is a passion for some and it shows or it is not…and it shows.  Regardless, you are not going to go to bed one night with 200 followers and wake the next morning with 20,000; it simply does not happen.  Even in the rare instances when I have had a post go “viral” resulting in 5,000 views in a day, my follower number went virtually unaffected.  That is the nature of our game.   I will say this, if you are asking about growing your blog numbers yet are resistant to connecting and utilizing social media, then just quit now or stop trying to grow.  I will never understand those who say they want to grow, yet do nothing to connect with 1.7 billion daily Facebook users.

The simple truth is you must do for others what you want them to do for you.  If you want more people to read your page, then you must become a reader of pages.  If you want people to Follow your blog, then you must become a Follower of other blogs.  If you want more people to comment, then you must become a commenter on other’s pages.  I have said it before and I’ll say it till the die I can no longer peck at my keyboard-you will not get what you want from others if you are not willing to do for them first.  

 

“How do I get more non-WordPress readers?”

For this question I refer back to my previous comment.  In order to reach more people you must go where the people are: social media.  For dollars each day you can run Facebook ads promoting your page in order to get more followers; and the ads work!  Or, if you don’t want to pay you can work your page organically which takes more time.  Another great option is to network via Twitter which happens to be my personal favorite.  Getting followers for your blog on Twitter is much easier and faster.  I liken Facebook to a turtle and Twitter to a jack rabbit; Twitter grows your numbers faster, but Facebook drives your brand deeper.  I hope that makes sense.

The truth that many seem disinterested in hearing relates to the long hours and effort it takes to grow a blog.  You have to read a lot of blogs.  You have to comment on a lot of blogs.  You have to click Like on a lot of blogs.  You have to Follow a lot of blogs.  You must have a mindset of working your blog page.  If you make 1 or 2 posts per week and interact with no one, yet expect the waves of worshipers to pour in, then you are going to be disappointed.   I look forward to your thoughts and opinions on my answers to these questions.

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