How to Get the Most Out of Your Blog Posts: An Infographic

Blogging can help build your career by bringing readers to your website and letting them know what you do. Whether you are a freelance writer, copyeditor, or author (published or unpublished), a blog can help potential clients or readers sample your writing style, subject matter, and expertise. It’s one of the simplest and most effective ways to market your work.

Here is an infographic that describes 12 simple, free things you can do after you write a blog post. For more ideas on why and how to do this, visit the member area and listen to the April teleclass with PR Expert, Diana Ennen.

Your Blog Post Promotion Checklist from

How to get the most promotional mileage out of your posts on your NAIWE member blog.

20 Secrets of Blogging Success with Carol Tice

Carol Tice, professional blogger.If you’ve wondered what to put on your blog, how often to post, and just what it’s all for, you’ll love this special members-only teleclass with NAIWE member and professional blogger, Carol Tice. Carol’s own blog, Make a Living Writing was chosen as one of the Top Ten Blogs for Writers at the well-known Write to Done site, so it’s apparent that she really understands the world of blogging.

In her bio, Carol states, “I started Make a Living Writing because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about successful freelancing and help writers support themselves with their craft. This blog is my give-back to the profession that allows me to pay my bills doing something I truly enjoy.” She’s providing a handout of the 20 Secrets that you’ll doubtless find helpful as you apply the things you learn. Carol is an engaging speaker with a lot to teach, so don’t miss this!

3:30 pm EST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).
If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

NAIWE’s 2010 Summer Challenge: Get It Done!

Summer has started, and we know it can be an off-season for many of you. It doesn’t have to be, though, so we’d like to invite you to enlist in the NAIWE Get It Done 2010 Summer Challenge.

Take the NAIWE 2010 Summer Challenge for writers and editors!We’re challenging you to take this summer to learn, grow, and get ready for a busy and successful autumn. There are three parts to the challenge:

  1. Read three books that will stretch your mind and inspire your creative spirit.
  2. Finish one project that’s been nagging at you for longer than you care to admit.
  3. Brainstorm a new project that will bring you an additional stream of income, then take the first step to make it happen.

If you’re going to take part in the challenge, here’s what to do:

  1. Post the challenge button on your website or blog (right-click to copy and save it to your hard drive)
  2. Write a post about what you plan to read and do to meet the challenge
  3. Link the button to this post or paste the address of this post next to the button so visitors will know how to find the challenge for themselves
  4. Leave a comment below with your URL so that others who take the challenge can visit your blog or website.

All of this will have the useful effect of increasing traffic to your website during the notoriously slow months of summer, and that’s a good thing!

Of course, we have a few suggestions for books to read, but we’d also love to hear your recommendations. Some of our selections aren’t new, but they’re good. If you haven’t read them, now would be a good time!

Books to Build Your Thinking and Business Skills

  • Purple Cow or others by Seth Godin
  • Outliers or others by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan
  • No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy
  • Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers by Shel Horowitz
  • The Well-Fed Writer and/or The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter Bowerman

Books to Strengthen Your Craft

  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Putting Your Passion Into Print by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
  • Miss Thistlebottom’s Hobgoblins by Theodore M. Bernstein
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn

Projects You May Want to Tackle

  • Updating all your social media profiles
  • Adding content to your website and blog (This will help you show up higher in search engine results for your field or genre.)
  • Listing your business on Google Local so you’ll show up at the top of search results for your specialty
  • Finishing a book or article that’s been on the back burner
  • Putting together a class you could teach to introduce others to your area of expertise
  • That annoying, nagging thing you just need to get done

Ideas for Additional Streams of Income

  • Compile all your notes on your subject of expertise, write a succinct how-to book, and post it on your site as an e-book (we’ll have a teleclass on how to do this later this summer).
  • Add Google AdSense to your personal website and blog.
  • Query a new magazine market.
  • Create a tips booklet and offer it to prospective clients or sell it on your website (listen to the teleclass by NAIWE Expert Paulette Ensign to learn how to do it).
  • There are many more ways to do this, but extra income streams can add up to a additional security. You can do this!

If you have other ideas to contribute, please feel free to comment.