Alex Villasana

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10 Frightening Easter Bunnies That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Admittedly the concept of an Easter Rabbit that lays eggs is already confusing. But when it comes to Easter festivities, much like Christmas, parents …

The One Thing You Should Be Doing on Your Blog to Create More Engagement

<i>This is a guest contribution from Karl Staib of Domino Connection.</i><p>Image via Flickr user realpeopleeatplants<p>Wouldn’t it be great if you were getting …

Marketing

Skip to the End: 5 Great Ways to Make Your Readers Care

<i>This is a guest contribution from Mike Sowden.</i><p>Have you ever taken part in a business presentation that just died on the spot?<p>Say you’re up there …

Blogging

The Practical Guide to Writing Conversational Copy

<i>This is a guest contribution from Monika Mundell, communication strategist and copywriter.</i><p>Image by Flickr user Rohit Rath<p>Conversational copy is one …

Blogging

Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography <i>Palm Sunday</i>. His answer? His master’s thesis in …

How Support Raising Keeps Parachurch Ministries White

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Funding Multiethnic Mission<p><b>“If you see a fish go belly up in a lake, you try to find out what was wrong with</b> …

Do Something Different Today to Help Grow Your Blog

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if one has a blog, one is in want of readers. We want people to stop by and read our stories, hear our …

Blogging

Spend 10 Minutes Doing This Every Day and You Could Transform Your Blogging

Today I want to suggest an exercise that has the potential to improve your blogging profoundly if you build it into your daily routine.<p>Look at …

Passion - Do You Have It?

Recently on Twitter I was asked for some tips on what sets ‘great’ blogs apart from the rest.<p>With millions of bloggers creating blog posts every day …

Blogging

Progress Versus Perfection: What Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Coping With Failure

It’s more important to do good work over a long period of time than to seek perfection at one thing. Besides, if you fail, it’s a great opportunity to learn.<p>I realize I am a little late to the party, but I have finally read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. His portrait is fascinating. …

5 Ways to Find Out What People Really Want From Your Blog

<i>This is a guest contribution from Sabina Stoiciu, blogger, photographer and traveller.</i><p>While it can be quite redundant to pose this question, here it …

Supercharge your Android Device's Abilities with Tasker

Recently, we took a look at five apps to augment your Android experience with the help of a little artificial intelligence and automation.<p>All of those apps were nifty little utilities that targeted a particular area of smartphone usage and added some heuristics to it to make your phone smarter …

Why Starting Small Can Lead to a Better App

The biggest question mobile app developers usually ask themselves is, 'how do I reach out to my customers?' Or, 'do my customers even want the app that I'm building?'<p>Building an app that brings traction and generates wealth requires that you fret over both these issues and obsess with finding …

The Story Behind the Photo That Inspired Walter Mitty’s Journey

In the new movie <i>The Secret Life of Walter Mitty</i>, our protagonist goes on a journey to find a missing photograph, which was taken (in the movie) by a …

Nature Photography

A Simple Tool For Making Disciples

<i>by Todd Engstrom and Jon Dansby</i><p>Life Transformation Groups (LTG)<p>I recently did a blog series taking a brief look at Missional Community as we envision …

2014 Reboot: Get Ready for the New Year With a Blog Overhaul

<i>We are mining ProBlogger content this week for super-useful information to kick-start your blogging year with gusto. Today we delve into the world of</i> …

Why No One Is Paying Attention To You (And How to Change It)

Everyone wants to know how to get more attention for their work, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes. The question you have to ask …

Self-improvement

10 Ways to Switch Your Brain to Writing Mode When Working From Home

<i>This post is from ProBlogger Team member Stacey Roberts</i><p>Finding it hard to make time to blog? Me too. In fact, that’s one of the biggest issues people …

How to Regroup and Keep Going After a Disappointing Launch

<i>This is a guest contribution from Ernest Dempsey, fiction author.</i><p>The big day has come and gone. You did all the prep work, created as much buzz as …

Writing

Is This Converted Train Station The World’s Largest Startup Incubator?

The pitch for new startup incubators is usually about filling ever-smaller niches: an incubator for social innovation, an incubator for breweries, an incubator for foreigners who can’t get visas.<p>But an incubator in Paris is looking for the opposite of niche, as one can tell from its name: 1,000 …

France

How I Diversified My Blogging Income Beyond Having All My Eggs in the AdSense Basket

Today I want to continue talking about diversification but to switch our attention to diversifying income streams.<p>Back in 2004 when I almost went …

5 Fundamentals That Determine How Fast Your Blog Grows

<i>This is a guest contribution from Tim Soulo.</i><p>This year I’ve managed to grow a photography blog by 500% in about 6 months and I think I’ve learned …

5 Reasons Why Blogging is Not Working for Your Business

<i>This is a guest contribution from freelance writer, Jawad.</i><p>Over the last few years, the significance of high value content, in generating qualified …

Marketing

7 Blogging Mistakes That Will Give You Zero Traffic

<i>This is a guest contribution from Ness.</i><p>Everyone wants more traffic to their blog, don’t they?<p>Image courtesy Moyan_Brenn, licensed under Creative …

Marketing

My Top 5 Blogging Blunders You Can Avoid

<i>This is a guest contribution from Gary Newell.</i><p>I started blogging almost two years ago and since then, my blog has grown considerably.<p>I have learned a …

How I use Google Analytics 'Compare' Feature to Motivate Me to Grow My Blog

This morning, a reader asked me this question:<p><i>“How do you motivate yourself to grow your blog traffic from day to day?”</i><p>We’ve covered a whole heap of …

Analytics

Infecting An Audience: Why Great Stories Spread

In the second of a two-part series, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the unique power stories have to change minds, and the key to their effectiveness.<p>In his 1897 book <i>What is Art?</i> the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy defined art as “an infection.” Good art, Tolstoy wrote, infects the audience with …

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DISCUSS: Does Your Blog Focus More Heavily Upon Information, Inspiration or Interaction?

I’d love to get some discussion around this question today.<p><b>Does your blog focus more heavily upon Information, Inspiration or Interaction?</b><p>While the …

Blogging