Blog Posts

  • How to Use Books (and Amazon) to Find Great Blog Post Ideas

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 8, 2015
    When you work on your blog's editorial calendar (or even a more general list of blog post ideas), do you ever feel stuck? While there are plenty of headline template lists and blog post idea lists available, and I've even provided some here, sometimes you just don't know what to write about. I'll let you in on a little secret. […]
  • Quick Tip: Write Blog Posts Faster with Formatting Shortcuts

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 25, 2015
    WordPress 4.3 was recently released, and if you haven't upgraded yet you should. It has a great new feature for writers, helping you write blog posts faster while spending less time formatting your content. When we talked about using Scrivener for blogging, I shared a free Markdown cheat sheet with you. Markdown lets you use simple formatting shortcuts as you […]
  • 8 Blog Post Ideas to Fall Back On

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2015
    Do you ever get blogger's block - feeling like you've already blogged about everything in your niche and you can't come up with new blog post ideas? I do. I'd bet most bloggers do from time to time. No matter how much you've written, you probably haven't really tapped your niche, even if it's a narrow one. So when these […]
  • Want to Write Faster Blog Posts? Here’s How [Infographic]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 25, 2015
    For this week's "short share" we have an infographic from J6 Design called "8 Secrets to Writing Faster Blog Posts." Overall, I think there are some great tips here, from creating self-imposed deadlines to avoiding the dreaded "edit while you write" syndrome. by j6design. What do you think? Do these ideas help you write blog posts faster? Are there any other tips […]
  • Quick Tip: Talk Your Way to Faster Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 3, 2015
    Do you suffer from the common blogging problem of never feeling like you have enough time to write? Do you type slower than you'd like? Do you wish there was a secret to faster blogging? There isn't just one thing. But here's something that might help: How? Give voice-to-text apps a try. Let me give you an example of how these […]
  • Free HTML Cheat Sheet for Writers and Bloggers

    By Jennifer Mattern on September 24, 2014
    For this week's resource for writers, I've updated and re-released an oldie but goodie -- my HTML cheat sheet for freelance writers and bloggers. The cheat sheet used to come with my now-retired e-book, The Web Writer's Guide, which was released back in 2008. The new version will be available for free permanently in the All Indie Writers Resources Collection. This download includes […]
  • Writing Challenges Update (and August’s Challenge Details)

    By Jennifer Mattern on August 2, 2014
    Let's jump right in with this month's writing challenge. We're doing a 30 in 30 days type of challenge, focused on short-form writing. You can choose the type of writing you want to do for this challenge, depending on your goals. My recommendations are to focus on: Blogging (ideal for pro bloggers, nonfiction writers, or anyone using blogging as a […]
  • 5 Reasons Not to Write Blog Posts Directly in WordPress

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 24, 2014
    All of my blogs are run in WordPress, and that’s been my blogging platform of choice since switching to it in 2006. WordPress offers fairly extensive writing and editing tools right within your site’s admin area. Over the years, I’ve written many of my blog posts directly in WordPress using these tools. That was probably a mistake. In my last […]
  • Pick Your Perfect Blog Post Schedule

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 13, 2014
    Your blog's content strategy is about more than the type of content you plan to write. It also includes your blog post schedule -- when you post, and how often you post. Should you post daily? Just on weekdays? Once per week? Monthly? There's no right answer to cover all blogs. You have to find the right post frequency and schedule […]
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Content Theft (and What You Can do About It)

    By Jennifer Mattern on February 17, 2014
    Today Kathryn Aragon was kind enough to host a guest post from me about content theft. In it, I explain: Why freelance writers and bloggers shouldn't ignore it (and why you're crazy if you think those "free backlinks" are a good thing); How you can track down information about even the most anonymous content thieves; What you can do to […]