Opportunities to Grow Are Everywhere, Can You See Them?
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Introduction: Opportunities to Grow are Everywhere
Opportunities to grow are everywhere, but are you too “busy” to see them? Have you ever read The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland? Because if you haven’t, you need to read it. As an aside, I recently read that the book is among the books that people claim to have read, but didn’t. I can’t wrap my head around that because the book is a short one. Perhaps because the story is so well-known, people don’t think they need to read it. Anyway, I love the story because of the many profound messages. There are times when you simply have to jump into the rabbit hole to discover the opportunities to grow.
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I love it that Alice has the courage to go into the rabbit hole. Have you ever had the courage to do something similar? If yes, where did it take you? What lessons did you learn? I am noticing that as I grow older, I am a lot more flexible and willing to go into the rabbit hole to wander around a bit. It’s not about wasting time. It’s about opening yourself up to the possibilities. It’s about expecting the unexpected. It’s about giving yourself the space to evolve and grow.
Recently, I jumped into the rabbit hole, and like Alice, I met some incredible people. I am better for the experience because I was exposed to a new way of thinking about blogging. What I learned, complements the lessons that I learned from Sarah Arrow in her 30-Day Blogging Challenge. Let me tell you what happened. Some may say it’s synchronicity. Some may say it’s serendipity. But I will say that I took a chance to go down the rabbit hole.
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I have been using Pinterest a lot. One of the ways I am using the social media platform is as a research tool. About a week ago, while merrily pinning to my heart’s content, I noticed an article about making $5,000 a month – “How to Hustle Your Way to $5,000 Per Month from Home.” It’s interesting to see what ideas people are cooking up. In a previous life, just a few short years ago, I would be so focused on the task at hand, that I would continue with my pinning. Not so this time around, curiosity got the better of me. In the article, Angie Nelson mentions a variety of products and services. One is the 3-Day Create Course. I clicked on the link, and was led to “The Guide to Creating an Epic Info Product: The #3daycreate Challenge.” I continued on my adventure inside the rabbit hole by buying Regina Anaejionu’s course, signing up for the free 80-Page Guide and ultimately learned about a free webinar/workshop, “Blog Like a Magazine.”
I attended the three-hour webinar on Saturday, didn’t know it was going to be so long. It was very informative and opened my eyes to new ways to improve my blog simply by approaching it as if I were a magazine publisher. A lot of what she says I learned in the 30-Day Blogging, but there are a lot of new ideas. Sarah Arrow provided a great foundation, and it’s up to us to build on it to become the best blogger we are capable of becoming. She also makes it easy by having a consistent presence in the Facebook Groups. Sarah is very responsive when you tag her. The members in the group are very supportive. You will find many opportunities to grow here.
Opportunities to Grow Are Everywhere: Some Things I learned in Blog Like a Mag Workshop
The Masthead is important in magazine publishing. It should look professional. It is a big part of your branding. Whenever people see it across platforms, they should know it’s from you. The masthead indicates to readers the quality of your publication. I had never thought of it this way. In blogging, your masthead is your logo. How do you want readers to see you? What message do you need to communicate to your audience?
Magazine Cover Photo
The cover photo on a magazine is usually attention grabbing because the publisher wants you to open the magazine to read it. She wants you to take action. You must have a main image that goes with your blog post. You brand the image, so your blog’s identity emerges. Sarah Arrow taught me how to brand images for posts. My logo doesn’t look good on my images because the colors often clash, so I use my URL. I mentioned this to Regina, and she offered ways to go around it. One way is to use the same font. She emphasized the importance of using distinctive fonts. This makes a lot of sense to me, so I am going to buy some distinctive fonts to substitute the ones on my logo. Regina also mentioned that if you use multiple photos in your blog post, you should brand all of them. It is also important to using different shapes and sizes for the different social media platforms. The Social Warfare plugin makes it easy for you.
Additionally, because Regina Anaejionu has worked in magazine publishing, she was able to include information on how to set-up an image that will grab attention.
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There are specific questions to ask yourself that informs the title you use. Each question is specific to the approach you use for your titles.
- Essential Approach: Is the information foundational to who your reader is?
- Popular with a Twist: Is this a topic one that a lot of people tackle? You can use to your advantage by putting a new spin to it.
- Novel approach: Is this something new?
- Experience Approach: Personal but meaningful.
Regina shared some title formulas, some of which are similar to the ones in Neville Medhora’s book, This Book Will Teach You to Write Better.
In magazine publishing, they have an editorial calendar for the whole year, with themes for each month. Blogging is more fluid, but you still need an editorial plan for at least two months in advance. Be consistent and write in your own voice.
Opportunities to Grow Are Everywhere: Jump into the Rabbit Hole
There are a lot more tips that Regina Anaejionu offered in Blog Like a Mag. She shared 10 tips in fact. This post is not about blogging like a magazine. It is about the discoveries you are likely to make when you venture into the rabbit hole. I used it as an example to illustrate what happened when I dared to jump into the rabbit hole. Be like Alice in Wonderland, take a chance and jump into the rabbit hole – the great unknown. Are you willing to take a chance, to discover that opportunities to grow are everywhere. Explore some, to become the best version of yourself?
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