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How to Blog Every Day: Video of my Talk and More Resources to Help you Blog

Laura Kimball (lamiki) speaking at WCPDX

We all need a little push to get the creative juices going and, you know, write.

Two years ago a friend of mine came up with a crazy idea to blog every single day. It was a way to get both of us writing on a consistent basis. And it worked so well that every November I commit to writing and publishing a blog post every single day.

That experiment worked so well for me that I talked about it at WordCamp Portland last month. And guess what? The video from my talk, How to Blog Every Day, is now available!

Video of my talk, How to Blog Every Day, at WordCamp Portland

The talk lasts about 36 minutes, and is packed with ideas to help get you writing—either every day or simply every week. I’m embedding the video and the slides for you below (feel free to download and share). Once you’re finished watching the video, be sure to check out the extensive list of resources that were published with the original slides.

There was some great un-mic-ed discussion at the end of my talk during the Q&A, so and I tried to repeat anything that was said off-screen, but I apologize if there’s something you miss!

Thank you to Blaze Streaming Media for recording the video!

Want to blog every day and need ideas?

Here are two ideas that will help get you writing:

The Daily Post A project from WordPress.com filled with ideas, prompts, and even writing challenges with the soul purpose to keep bloggers blogging.

Join a daily blogging challenge – Every once in a while an organization will start a month-long writing series where they will release prompts daily and invite bloggers to write about it. It’s a great way to give you ideas of what to write. You can either search out a new writing series or check out prompts from the archives of past writing events. For example, check out the prompts from Trust30 and Reverb11 to get started (links go to the archives).

If you’re interested in blogging every day this November (or any month), leave a comment with a link to your blog! I’m collecting a small team of daily bloggers and want to follow you, too! :)

Next up, the video from my presentation at WordCamp Seattle, How to Promote Your Blog Without Losing Your Soul.

WordCamp Portland and the WordPress Community

Laura Kimball (@lamiki) and Harmony Hasbrook (@deedeemama) on bicycles in Portland

WordCamp Portland was amazing. This was my second WordCamp as an attendee and a speaker. I traveled with my friend and fellow blogger, Harmony Hasbrook of 100 Days or More. 300 WordPress users and developers attended the daylong conference with the majority of people from Portland but there was a nice representation from Seattle too.

The content and atmosphere of WordCamp Seattle back in May was geared towards how to use WordPress for business. The talk I gave included heavy marketing strategy, so naturally the conversations I had with attendees after my talk were about business and how to market your blog. It was also the first time that I gave a solo talk and as I attended the sessions before my own, I was very nervous and kept to myself.

At WordCamp Portland, the atmosphere was less about the tools and more about the people of the community that has formed around WordPress. The talks created this theme, as did the layout of the venue, the questions the attendees asked of the speakers, and how they mingled with each other. I also had a much better experience at WordCamp Portland because I was more open to talking with other attendees than I was at Seattle (way too nervous). (more…)

How to Blog Every Day: Slides and Resources from WordCamp Portland

Ryan Gosling blogger meme

Today I’m giving a talk at WordCamp Portland on how to blog every day. I wrote this talk based on what I learned from blogging every day for a month in November 2010 and November 2011 and I’m excited to share it with the Portland-area WordPress community.

Live stream — All of the sessions will be live streamed, here, and follow along with the hashtag, #wcpdx. I’m in the Bergen Dining room at 2:15pm.

Once I get a recording of the video, I’ll post it here. For now, here’s a copy of my slides and additional resources that I reference in the talk. Feel free to download and share this presentation as you’d like!

How to Blog Every Day

The secret to blogging every day is easy—just write. But the process of coming up with an idea is hard. Then it comes the excruciating part of putting words to the page, editing it, finding the perfect photo to accompany your post, and formatting it on your site all before you can press that beloved “Publish” button.

Oh, and if you’re writing every single day, you do it all again tomorrow.

Resources to help you Blog Every Day

Here is a list of blog posts and resources I reference during my talk, and here’s a link to the video of my talk so that you can catch what you missed at WordCamp Portland.

Where to buy my t-shirt

What I learned from blogging every day for 30 days

Examples of how to create a content or editorial calendar

Tools to help you capture your ideas

  • Favorite note-taking app that syncs with your phone, computer, tablet: Evernote
  • Favorite tool that helps you start writing: 750 Words
  • Favorite non-battery-powered option: a journal

Examples of different blog formats

Ways to beat writer’s block

  • Choose a different topic on your content calendar
  • Get inspired by going for a walk, watch a video, hop on Twitter, read something, talk with a friend
  • Take a day off (it’s okay, but tell us what you’re doing instead of blogging)
  • Help Me Be Fing Creative

Examples of posts I wrote when I had writer’s block

What to after you publish your blog post

After you have that out of your system, sit back down, and promote your blog post like crazy. If you need help, check out the presentation I did for WordCamp Seattle on just that: How to Promote Your Blog without Losing Your Soul.

Why I wrote this talk

I’m not expecting you to start blogging every single day. But if you only blog once every other month and really want to blog more, this presentation and ideas should help you get started. If you blog once or twice a week and want to start blogging three times a week, this will help you even more.

Blogging every single day is not for the faint of heart; it takes time, lots of time. Plus you have to strike a careful balance between planning what you’re going to post and letting your muse run away with you. However blogging every single day for thirty days straight will teach you more about your writing style and how you blog than you could from anything else. I highly recommend it.

Psst, a recording of this talk has been posted here: How to Blog Every Day: Video of my Talk and More Resources to Help you Blog.

Guess Who’s Coming to Portland…

The patriotic eagle giving a speech to the other toys in this photo from Toy Confidential.

I’m still riding the wave that started from my WordCamp Seattle talk (Did I mention that talk was featured on the homepage of SlideShare.net?), and this week I found out that I’ll be speaking at WordCamp Portland on August 18th!

That’s right – lamiki’s appearance at WordCamp has turned into a Pacific Northwest tour and the next stop is Portland!

This time I won’t be talking about marketing (tragic, I know!), but my first love, writing:

How to Blog Once a Day

Creating a blog is ‘easy’ – you pick a theme, add some custom design assets, install it on your domain and you’re done. Right? Sure, except that now you have to actually write and publish something on it. We’ll talk about how to figure out what your niche is, where to look for ideas, different types of blog posts you can write, how to write the first draft, if you need an editorial calendar to keep consistent, and what to do if you get writer’s block.

If you’re a regular around here, then you already know part of this story. But don’t worry; there will be new juicy tidbits (And, of course, the slides will be posted after the talk!)

Join me at WordCamp Portland?

WordCamp Portland 2012 logo

First, block off your calendar for Saturday, August 18th.

Then, go here and buy your ticket. Every ticket includes a daylong adventure in all things WordPress with content for WordPress beginners, experienced bloggers, designers, and developers. Plus a pint glass, which must mean there’s beer…

There are twelve pre-planned sessions (I’ve already made my list of the ones I hope to attend) and there will be some time available for unconference-style sessions to be organized by attendees on the day of the event.

And it’s located in the amazing city of Portland. Do you need another reason?

But let’s be real here, I had a lot of fun at WordCamp Seattle as WordPress has built a very warm, friendly community of people (yes, people) who love what they do online. There are developers, bloggers, and regular people who are curious and want to learn more about how they can use this platform to do more of whatever they want to do.

And you’ll learn something new, I promise you that.

And if not, at least you’ll be able to meet me, and that will be something new. :)

Will I see you in Portland?

Photo by Toy Confidential