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Common Blog-Killing Mistakes: Refusing to Delegate

It is very important to be in control of the content added to your blog site. The final say when it comes to topics, writing style, tone, and information should be yours. What do you do when you have your hands full? For such situations, it is important to be strategic and opt for task delegation. What exactly does delegation mean when it comes to blogging? Delegation involves two important aspects—assessment and strategizing. It is important to conduct a complete evaluation of the amount of work which needs to be done, starting with conceptualizing, then researching, writing, and finally uploading the content. Once you have a better grasp of things, you can proceed with designating the tasks to people you trust. When you will not delegate because you are a control freak Are you feeling apprehensive with the idea of someone else doing your work? Avoid the bigger mistake of sacrificing the quality of your work because you are juggling too many tasks at the same time. That is why it would be smarter to spear-head all the tasks while having a pool of people help you out in accomplishing each one. If you feel that your inner control freak is surfacing again, be the one to come up with topics for the blog posts and identify the style and tone that you want. Find a person who can write high-quality articles for you. More importantly, there should be an open communication line between the two of you. That way, you can maintain your high standards and still find time to focus on other aspects of your blog (or life) that need your attention. Why delegating is important When it comes to building your website, it will be important to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses (related to blogging skills) and the amount of time that you have to dedicate to your website. It is a fact of life that each individual can only do so much in a day. Aside from that, mediocre writing skills should not hinder you from coming up with a good blog site. Proper delegation of work will lead to better quality blogs. Tasks will be done simultaneously, which increases productivity. The combined effort of your team will ensure that the blogs will maintain their high quality. Keep in mind that working smart is often much better than working hard. Delegating to contractors Do not be overly anxious when hiring contractors. With careful strategizing, you can find a person who will give you excellent blog posts and articles so your site can attract more visitors. For starters, have your contractors work on one or two articles. See what their writing...

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Common Blog-Killing Mistakes: Fear

People have different reasons for blogging. Some individuals set up blogs to make money, while others blog to express themselves. Whatever their reason, do you want to know why they are successful? They brushed all their fears aside and did not let these get in the way. If you have always wanted to start your own blog, drop all the excuses and get your hands busy A.S.A.P! Here are some fears people have with regards to blogging… and most importantly, some helpful tips to get over them quick: 1.    “I don’t have the time!” No one is too busy to ever get what he or she wants. So if you ever catch yourself making dozens of reasons to procrastinate, perhaps this is not really something you want. If you want to start your own blog, set time aside. If you are most productive during the day, by all means, work when the sun is out. If you like to write at night, go for it.  It is your blog and you should work when you are most able.  When you are first starting out, try to dedicate at least an hour of your day to write for your blog.  Then do it. 2.    “I don’t write well.” Not all bloggers are famous novelists, seasoned writers, or editors-in-chief of their local school papers. Truth is, anyone can be a blogger as long as they have interesting content to write. “Interesting” is a matter of perspective, so find things that matter to you – so you will have no problem writing about these topics! If you are worried about not being creative enough, it is never too late to start reading blogs, magazines, books, and newspapers. The trick is to learn from how other people write. You will get better as you practice. Lastly, if you are worried about grammatical errors, you should find another set of eyes to help you. It is often a good idea to have someone else proofread your blog content before posting if you are not skilled in writing (or even if you are).  Find a friend to help you or contract out the work to a freelancer at a site like elance.com. 3.    “The Internet is too open.” The openness/exposure of the World Wide Web should not scare you; in fact, this should empower you. It means you can easily influence millions of people around the world through the use of your words. 4.    “There are thousands of established bloggers out there already.”  The fact that a lot of people are already blogging should not stop you. This should, in fact, inspire you to work harder to differentiate your blog...

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