How to Start A Blog - A Complete Checklist
I blog because I have something to say. So do you!
I have been blogging for years, but never seriously. I have an idea for over 1,000 blog topics, which will take me FOREVER!
As I thought about blogging more seriously and actually making some residual income from blogging, I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make the blog successful.
I am sharing my list with you below. If you would like to know more about any of the steps, as a seasoned blogger and a Virtual Assistant I am at your service.
This list is as complete as it can be. The things that need to be done are in order, or at least the order in which they make sense to me.
I know you have probably found some things I missed from the list or maybe you have some that you use that you find helpful. Please share them with us in the comments below.
Thank you for taking the time to read my checklist. Happy & Successful Blogging!
BIO: Cindy Hyde, MA is a published author, blogger, counselor, media personality, professional life coach, and CEO and founder of The East Texas Healing Center. Over the course of her career, Cindy has become known as a trusted partner among those who are serious about living a productive and successful life. Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Bachelor’s in Communication, and an Associate’s in Information Technology - Visual Communication. She currently lives in Nacogdoches, TX with her doting and patient husband Michael. She is passionate about writing and helping others become published authors and Authorpreneurs through her Workbook and her Writing Workshops, graphic design. Connect with Cindy cindyhyde.com, fb.me/cindyhyde, @cindyhyde, linkedin/in/cindyhyde, and her Author Site.
We live in a digital world. We need to understand the language of that digital world in order to communicate effectively and intelligently. Social media includes all channels that connect us socially. The term media no longer applies to just TV, radio, or news. It now includes the social media platforms.
We need to get a good understanding of social media abbreviations, shorthand, and terminology if we are going to interact and stay connected with friends, family, and potential readers, buyers, listeners, etc. Social Media is a tool we can use as authors, entrepreneurs, and those in ministry who have a message. You must let people know about you, your product, or your service.
To do this you need to create a Social Media Platform. Cindy's book, Social Media Marketing for Authors, Entrepreneurs, and Ministers (Order your ARC - advanced reader copy today for $15 and save $5 Just pay $15 today) will help you develop relationships, understand the needs or problems of others, and offer solutions to those problems.
You social media platform needs to consist of a minimum of three channels or sources. Your website, Facebook, and Youtube or Twitter. Your platform needs to be personalized for your particular needs. You probably already have some basic channels in place. Cindy's book shows you what social channels are available and gives you step-by-step instructions on setting them all up and getting started, then using them to market yourself, your book, your product, service, or message.
Before you get started you must become familiar with the terms you have already seen or will see on the Internet. You need to be as savvy as you possibly can so you can be as professional as possible. Hours of research led to this compilation of 92 terms I felt were the most important for you to know as a social media marketer.
Social Media Terminology
If you read over these terms several times you will become familiar enough with them to sound like you know what you are talking about. And you will know. The more you read over these and use them, naturally the more savvy you will be as a social media marketer. If you have questions or if you would like a free 1/2 coaching consultations with Cindy please send her a message on Facebook.com/cindylhyde.
Cindy Hyde, MA
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Cindy Hyde, MA. Author. Writing Coach. Counselor. Life Coach. Wife. Mother. Lover of Pinterest and all things blingy.Cindy is available for writers workshops, seminars, conferences, and ministry at your home group, church, or meeting. For more information about Cindy or to read more of her articles visit her website: www.cindyhyde.com. Cindy's books are available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and CindyHyde.com
Are you bombarded by thoughts? Do you have multiple thought going through your head at one time? Are you having a creative flow and need to capture your thought before they stop. You need to learn ways to organize those creative thoughts. When you do you will be more productive, more creative, and more organized.
Here are 10 of the many ways to organize your thoughts.
1. Collage your thoughts with images, photos. Use a poster board and put visual images that convey your thoughts. This will help you visualize the thoughts. Visualization helps us reach our goals. Images are amazing reminders of what we think. Some people actually think in pictures so this is a great avenue for organizing visual folks.
2. Free Write. Just write anything that comes to mind. Don't think about organizing at this stage of the organization. Just write. Do not try to be grammatically correct. This exercise is for your benefit. Writing your thoughts down freely frees up much needed creative real estate in your mind.
3. Handwrite a letter. Connect with the pen and paper. Some kinesthetic learners do well with this organizational exercise. Get your favorite pen out, get your favorite paper out, and hand write a letter to a friend or a family member. How long has it been since you connected with your favorite pen? This will help you organize the thoughts you are having by making you think about what you are writing.
4. Index Cards. Keep them handy and use them often. Index cards are lifesavers to me. They are so versatile. I write so many things down on index cards that I later transfer to other lists, outlines, or mind-maps. Write each thought on one card. Take those thoughts on the cards and organize them with others like them. It is easy to create an outline from the index cards once they are organized.
5. Mind-Map. My favorite! Ask me for my free mind mapping template. Mind-mapping is taking a central idea and putting it in the middle of a sheet of paper, or on a computer. Your topic should be in a bubble. A line is drawn to the subtopic which is also in a smaller bubble. You can create countless bubbles that all intertwine. For example, you are having a party. You would put 'Party' as the main topic. Now you are going to need a guest list, a venue, some food, and of course some entertainment. Each of those subtopics will have ideas in their own bubbles. Bubbles everywhere!
6. Outlines. I love lists and I love outlines. Such a great and easy way to organize all those random thoughts. Microsoft Word has an outline option that is very easy to use. It can be set up in different ways. So take advantage of the computerized version of outlines. I do not like having to cross lines out if I do the outline on paper. It is too messy. MS Word makes it cleaner and easier to manipulate.
7. Record yourself. Use your smartphone. Or use a digital recorder. I have used both. The point of recording your thoughts is to capture each one of them without delay. No interference when you are recording. You don't have to take time to write them down. You can just flow. Once you finish you can listen and write them down, then organize them in the way that works best for you.
8. Sticky Notes. Everywhere! Put encouragements on them. They are great for reminders. They work well as a second memory or a memory fail-safe. Use them to set appointments and keep them. Use them to help you stay on track. Keep yourself motivated with inspirational quotes. The uses for Sticky Notes are endless. I use them to storyboard my books.
9. Table of Contents. This helps organize your topics. When you finish compiling the different contents for your book you will have a basic outline of your major topics. I created the Table of Contents for several of my books before I wrote them. The Table of Contents can always be adjusted and even changed to suite what you are working on at the time.
10. Timeline. Great for working out deadlines too. Timelines are great tools for working with time, time-sensitive projects, and for working a project from the deadline date backwards. I enjoy working with timelines but they seem to be a little more constricting for us free flowing creative types that tend to get things done at the very last possible minute. You know, the fly by the seat of our pants kinda people. Mostly those of us with ADHD who thrive on challenges and adrenaline. Timelines are essential for historical books, memoirs, and dated books.
Learning to capture those amazing thoughts in your head is one thing, learning to organize them is altogether different. These 10 tools will help you capture those valuable thoughts and ideas so you can transform them into works of art, inventions, etc. When you learn to organize your thoughts you become more productive, more creative, and even more organized in other areas of your life.
Cindy Hyde, MA
copyright March 8, 2018 Cindy Hyde
Cindy Hyde, MA. author. coach. authorpreneur. speaker. evangelist. lover of books. Cindy has written more than 12 books. Her articles have been published internationally. She is passionate about helping you succeed. Connect with her at www.cindyhyde.com, facebook.com/cindylhyde, @cindyhyde, and you can find her books on Amazon.com, BarnesandNobel.com, and her website.
This is Cindy's top ten ways to create the best ambiance for your most productive writing space. Your working environment is an essential part of your personal success. Think about what you prefer as you read these suggestions for creating the best ambiance for your writing environment.
First of all ambiance is the "character and atmosphere of a place" (Oxford Dictionary). Other words to describe ambiance are atmosphere, climate, feel, look, setting, background, backdrop, environment, conditions, and vibe. Ambiance is the mood you set. It is a personal preference. It is what causes you to be the most creative, the most inspired, and the most prolific. Setting up your work space is one of the most important aspects of writing. If you cannot think in your space because of clutter you will not be productive. Ambiance is one of the main keys to achieving your goal of being a published author, and ultimately to make money with your book.
Here are the top ten things to consider when you create your perfect ambiance for writing.
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Cindy Hyde, MA.
February 18, 2018
Of the many things I am passionate about, writing is at the top of the list. I am first a lover of God. Second, a wife to the most patient man on the planet, Michael. Mother of four, grandmother of 14, yes, even a great-grandmother of three. Thirdly, I am a servant to those who need help or guidance through life's struggles. And lastly, I am a professional certified life coach. Coaching helps you realize your dreams, and meet your goal to be the best you possible!