The Art of “Learning on the Go” (to Master Your Online Craft)

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“Learning on the go” is something we can all do more of.

Whether you’re a professional at writing and blogging, or just beginning, we all need to hone our craft and grow in our capabilities.

But (like most writers) who actually has time for that? 

If you’re like me, the first thing to go when I’m busy is the extra training and studying. We’ve got lives to live, mouths to feed – three, in my case – and work that needs to be done.

So, how do we inject lessons, learning, and practice into our already busy lives?

The stress can feel daunting and we may sometimes feel like giving up.

However, in the age of mobile devices and streaming, we no longer have to sacrifice our precious time in order to fit in our studies and growth. Instead, we can use some key tactics and methods to help us improve and hone our craft so we can make “learning on the go” much easier.

Today, I want to show you four methods to learning your craft that helped this father of three still be with his family and do his job while also gaining the skills and knowledge that helped me to build a 7-figure online business.

It’s no secret how I did it – it was just a determination with a focus on effectiveness and efficiency.

By integrating these “learning on the go” methods into your life, you, too, can be as productive as I am and learn to grow your business as well!

1: Free Series and Lessons — Podcasts

Podcasts are an incredible way to learn on the go.  While there are many podcasts created for the sole purpose to entertain, many have been created to teach you or discuss certain trades of the craft.

But what makes podcasts so unique for our path to “grow while on the go” is their benefits:

– The ability to listen anywhere, including during your commute or during your gym workout

– Regular episodes, which allows you to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry or niche

– The personality and voice of the content creator is stronger than in a blog post

The best part of podcasts is that finding them is simple.  You can either go to iTunes and use their Search feature and type in what kind of things you want to learn, or you can turn to Google and look for lists presented online with best recommendations based on what it is you’re looking for.

For writers, here’s a list of the best podcasts to help you not only improve your writing skills, but also for how to use your writing for creating a book, writing better blogs, or just turning to freelance work. Read More

Some Resources for You (#4)

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I’m too lazy too busy editing to put a lot of time into blogging these days.

But you are still on my mind… and that is why I have compiled this list of resources for you. 🙂

I am doing this from time to time. I’ve already published:

Some Resources for You (#1)

– Some Resources for You (#2)

– Some Resources for You (#3)

For Bloggers

8 Traffic Generation Secrets From The World’s Top Social Media Accounts — Adam, AKA The Blogging Wizard, shares the top secrets to having a top-notch social media posting strategy!

For Freelancers

How to Negotiate With Your Freelance Clients on Pricing (With Example Emails!) — Amy, AKA The Wherever Writer, breaks the steps down for you!

For Writers of all Kinds!

How To Become A More Confident Writer  — Kaleigh Moore, a fellow freelancer who has been blogging and freelancing since 2013 (like me!) shares some really good tips for writers of all kinds in this post.

For Business Owners (Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs)

How to Promote Your E-Commerce Business on Twitter — Although the title suggests this article is only for e-commerce owners, the “how to” tactics will work for ANY business owner!

Additional Resources (for Success)

16 Quick Tips To Enhance Your Mindset, Focus, and Productivity — FYI, this one is from the Blogging Wizard’s personal blog. (Thanks, Adam! I love these tips!)

FREE STUFF

All of these resources are fantastic!

Plus… as my way of thanking you for being a reader of Wording Well, I want to give you some free stuff. Find my freebies on my Resource Kit page!

Plus, there are many more (and I mean MANY MORE)  Resources for Writers, Authors, and Freelancers) here as well!

Enjoy… and let me know what you want MORE of… in the comments!

7 Ways for Building Relationships with Influencers

7 Ways for Building Relationships and Engaging with Influencers

Building relationships with influencers and engaging with them is a great way to build your following and brand. I’ve found that influencers, on average, are more willing to engage with you than non-influencers. Perhaps (at least partly) it is their friendly and positive attitude that has gotten them to where they are!

Nevertheless, influencers are busy people and they have a lot of people messaging them. But there are a few tricks that you can use to successfully engage and get noticed by them.

Building Relationships with Influencers: 7 WAYS

If you want to build genuine relationships with influencers, here are 7 action steps you can take to start making friends and building your own sphere of influence.

1. Comment on Their Blogs

Commenting on someone’s blog is one of the easiest ways to get noticed. And a lot of influential bloggers will even reply to some or all of their comments. It’s a great way to start forming relationships with top bloggers.

Lorraine says: Blog commenting is one of the reasons why Ryan Biddulph (the Blogger from Paradise) and Maxwell Ivey (the Blind Blogger) and I became friends. It’s also the reason why many top bloggers have connected with me. I have also gotten many clients from blog commenting as well as landed several guest posting opportunities! Blog commenting is a FANTASTIC way of connecting with people! Max became one of my best clients (I’ve helped him publish all three of his books) and Ryan even let me write for him after influencing me to take my dream vacation to see my first palm tree in real life! But… it’s not easy to get featured on Blogging from Paradise. In fact, Ryan has written exactly what you need to do to achieve that feat! Read How to Get Featured on Blogging From Paradise if you want to really up your blogging game and get connected with this famous blogger!

Even if the influencers don’t reply to you or your comment, they probably read their blog comments. After all, they wrote the post and are probably curious as to what other people think.

To get noticed, try to make intelligent comments that add value to the post instead of just saying “nice post.” Also, be sure to comment regularly. That doesn’t mean you have to comment on every post, but try to comment every now and then if you have something worth saying.

If you really want to get serious about blog commenting, then sign up for their email list so that you get notified when they publish a new article. You can also subscribe to their blog’s RSS feed with a tool like BlogTrottr if you want to be one of the first commenters.

2. Engage with Them on Twitter

Some influencers are active on Twitter and will engage their fans on there. Pay attention to influencers and see how they are using their Twitter accounts. Are they communicating with other people on Twitter?

If so, then this can be a good way to start connecting with them and building relationships with these influencers. Answer their questions or comment on their messages. Get involved in the conversation if you think you can add something good to it.

Another thing you can do is ReTweet their messages when they are promoting their own posts on Twitter. This is a more passive strategy, but if you keep doing it, then they are going to notice. Read More

Some Resources for You (#3)

Wording Well's business card image

I’m too lazy too busy editing to put a lot of time into blogging these days.

But you are still on my mind… and that is why I have compiled this list of resources for you. 🙂

I am doing this from time to time. I’ve already published:

Some Resources for You (#1)

– Some Resources for You (#2)

For Bloggers

13 Common Mistakes I See When Doing Expert Roundups (Plus a Checklist)

For Freelancers

How To Build A Sustainable Freelance Writing Business While Traveling The World

For Writers of all Kinds!

25 Top Tools for Writers to Crush it in 2018

For Business Owners (Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs)

How to Start a Blog for Your Business in 3 Easy Steps

Additional Resources (for Success)

19 Ways To Ditch The Overwhelm And Become A Productivity Powerhouse

FREE STUFF

All of these resources are fantastic!

Plus… as my way of thanking you for being a reader of Wording Well, I want to give you some free stuff. Find my freebies on my Resource Kit page!

Plus, there are many more (and I mean MANY MORE)  Resources for Writers, Authors, and Freelancers) here as well!

Enjoy… and let me know what you want MORE of… in the comments!

 

How to Make Money as a Writer (Infographic)

How to Make Money as a Writer in 2018

People wonder if freelancing is a lucrative career or if they can make money from writing.

I know many freelancers who support themselves simply by writing, so the answer is YES!

YOU CAN EARN A LIVING FROM WRITING!

There are the tons of people who contributed to my “Freelancer in the Spotlight” series. They ALL make a living from freelance writing!

And I’m sure you’ve heard the stories about all the bloggers who make a million dollars a minute or the copywriters who are able to write from their second home in Mexico? You see their friendly faces in advertisements that pop up in your Facebook feed, promising to give you instant riches if you just sign up to a program for a gazillion dollars a month.

But you don’t need to take their programs. You can take ones that have been PROVEN to work.

Take Elna Cain, for example. She teaches others how to make a living from freelance writing. (Look at her course, How to Write Your Way to Your First 1K.)

Then there’s Gina Horkey. She teaches people how to achieve freelancing success in 30 DAYS OR LESS! She also teaches people how to make a living from being a virtual assistant… also in 30 days or less!

Can you do both? Sure, you can!

There are many opportunities to make money as a writer in 2018. You just need to know where to look!

Opportunities for Writers in 2018 and Beyond

From blogging and copywriting to editing and freelancing, there are jobs to suit all different types of writing skill and interest.

The infographic by Global English Editing (below) shows you all the opportunities you have as a writer in 2018 and beyond. It provides you with a detailed summary of your options, as well as examples of just how those successful writers make their money consistently.

You will notice that blogging is mentioned too. That’s because blogging is a means to an end (the end being MAKING MONEY, of course)!

You might enjoy the related posts:

7 Common Blunders to Avoid when Business Blogging

Blogging Resources + How To Start a Blog (if you don’t already have one)

The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online)

Whatever you do, you’ll be able to find the path that feels right for you and venture down it. And who knows where it will take you? With a lot of hard work, it might just be all the way to that second home in Mexico. 😉

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