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20 Secret Blogging Tips in 20 Days
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That’s it. Want to write better posts? Go Read. Go read the posts from your competition. Go read the posts from others you admire. Go read.
Does the Iron Chef only eat his own cooking?
Does Stephen King only read his own novels?
Did Jerry listen just to the Grateful Dead?
Not at all. The key to figuring out your own voice is figuring out what you like and what you don’t like. What resonates with you. The best way to do that is to see what others are doing.
I like to brag and boast that I read 200+ posts a day. I don’t go to 200 different blog sites and see if they wrote anything new. I make them come to me. I use a Feed Reader.
You may have heard that Google’s Feed Reader is dead. That’s true. I’ve been using http://www.feedly.com/ for a while now and I’m quite happy with it. It’s a browser and cell phone app. I can grab my reading anywhere anytime.
Each of my feeds goes into a folder that I created. With a glance I can skim headlines and see ONLY what’s new.
If something grabs my attention – I can click on the title and it expands into (possibly) the full article all within Feedly!
Some sites will only offer a truncated version of their post. To read more you’ll have to go to the website. Also, if I want to leave a comment, by clicking on the title I can go directly to the actual article. That’s pretty cool.
This magic happens via what is called RSS. That stands for Real Simple Syndication and guess what? Your WordPress site already has one of those things and it does this all automatically. My RSS is at https://areweconnected.com/feed/ and if you just looked at that link you might think you were hacked.
Not so with a Feed Reader though. They’ll take that sweet code and make magic happen in a Feed Reader!
That’s pretty sweet, eh?
YOUR HOMEWORK: Go get a Feed Reader. Start adding sites you like, sites you don’t like, and sites you want to be better than. And then everyday – start reading.
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