23 Top Productivity Tools for Bloggers

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So often we focus on our blog design, endlessly fiddling with plugins, wishing for a better theme or we're focused on content creation without ever really looking at how we plan to get this stuff done. As I mentioned in how to consistently write better blog posts, I'm a bit of a systems gal and am always on the lookout for better tools and practices to streamline what I do. Through all of my nerdery, I do come across a lot of apps and tools ... Read More

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Your First Speaking Gig

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"Our brains, for all their wonders, identify the following four things as being very bad for survival: + Standing alone + In open territory with no place to hide + Without a weapon + In front of a large crowd of creatures staring at you In the long history of all living things, any situation where all the above were true was very bad for you. It meant the odds were high that you would soon be attacked and eaten alive." Scott Berkun from ... Read More

Blog Well Summit Session & Speaker Announcement

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Join health & wellness bloggers from around the world as you strengthen your brand and gain new knowledge on blog design & development at the first ever Blog Well Summit, October 17-19, 2014. The Blog Well Summit is a virtual conference that you can attend from anywhere you have an internet connection. This first event is focusing on design, branding and blog development. Future summits are in the works to tackle other blogging woes ... Read More

How to Consistently Write Better Blog Posts

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I began my online life back in 2009, and at that time, I was primarily a blogger. Churning out blog posts multiple times a week was always something I struggled with. Everywhere I looked, a blogger would have an amazing post and it seemed like maybe some people were just born to write or at least a whole lot more gifted than I was. After starting Blog Genie, post writing got even harder despite the fact that I was posting less often. ... Read More

Are These Blogging Myths Holding You Back?

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The other day I was chatting with a blogger about her site and she expressed some frustrations that I'm sure you can relate to: I really feel like my blog's design is holding me back from getting more readers or working with brands. It's so bad it's actually pretty embarrassing. Should I wait to grow my audience until I can afford a nicer blog or at least until I'm self hosted? Blog design shame is naturally something I hear about a lot but ... Read More

What Does Being Authentic Actually Mean?

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Be authentic. Be true to who you are. Just be yourself. These kind of buzzwords are thrown around all the time and what's worse is that they are often held up as the key to being successful without actually being explained. Why is being YOU vital to your blogging success? There are thousands of fitness blogs, thousands of weight loss blogs and thousands of food blogs. Any topic you can think of - there are thousands of people trying to ... Read More

Summer Blog Challenge Week 4

Summer Challenge Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the Summer Blog Challenge! For the past month, we've been doing small blogging tasks, one each day, to get your blogging to do list drastically shortened by the end of summer. You can check out previous weeks here: Blogging Challenge Week 1 Blogging Challenge Week 2 Blogging Challenge Week 3 There's also 2 grand prizes you can enjoy as a challenge participant, which you can sign up for below: The Prizes To ... Read More

Summer Blog Challenge Week 3

Summer Challenge Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Summer Blog Challenge! We're doing one month of small blogging tasks, one each day, to get your blog to do list drastically shortened by the end of summer. There are even some more challenging items sprinkled in to push you out of your comfort zone where the real blogging magic happens. You can check out previous weeks here: Blogging Challenge Week 1 Blogging Challenge Week 2 There's also 2 grand prizes ... Read More

Summer Blog Challenge Week 2

Summer Challenge Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Summer Blog Challenge! In case you missed last week, feel free to jump back over to the beginning of the blog challenge to get up to speed. We're doing one month of small blogging tasks, one each day, to get your blog to-do list drastically shortener by the end of summer. I've even added some more challenging items here and there to push you out of your comfort zone where the real blogging magic happens. And ... Read More

Blog Genie’s Summer Blog Challenge

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Are you ready to work on your blog and your tan this summer? Join us for the Blog Genie Summer Blog Challenge. With full time jobs, kids, school and significant others we're all faced the "where do I find the time to blog" dilemma. Yet, when we look at our blogs, we're less than impressed and know serious work needs to be done. But it's summer... And hopefully you're enjoying some vacation time, a little sun and some great times with ... Read More