The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 8/28/15

Aug 28, 2015 | Better Writing

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to articles and blog posts that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

Articles & Posts

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on monetizing your blog, building blog traffic, and beating writer’s block.

From Vishveshwar Jatain: How To Monetize Your Blog: A Newbie’s Guide

“Okay, so you want to make money from your blog. The good news is that you’re in great company—there are many professional bloggers out there who have turned blogging into their full-time job. Heck, some even earn six-figure incomes. So you know it’s not a goal that can’t be achieved; there may be hiccups along the way, it may not buy you an Aston Martin DB9 in six months, but making money is fairly in the realm of possibility.”

From Becky Robinson: Getting Traction for a New Blog Site

“If you want to create regular, steady traffic to a new blog, the best advice I have is to settle in for the long haul. Longevity in blogging creates traction with repeat readers, who find value in what you’re writing — and in organic search traffic because the more content your site contains, the more likely people are to find you when they search for terms relevant to your site. Here are a few other ideas:”

From Writers Write: 25 Proven Ways To Beat Writer’s Block

“As with most productivity issues, there’s a range where some writers may find it difficult to work for a few days, and all they need is a break, while for others the block is far worse and needs some radical intervention. Thankfully, all of the writers overcame it. The survey also found the solutions that the writers used to get them writing again.”

Thanks to Merce Cardus for pointing me to this piece.

Reading Lists and Suggestions

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This section of the Writing Edge is about the “read a lot” part.

From Sindhu Kashyap:The ultimate reading list: 50+ books that entrepreneurs should read

“Most entrepreneurs need guidance and constant inspiration, especially when they hit a wall. Here’s an exhaustive list of little over 50 books that entrepreneurs should read:”

And here’s something that doesn’t fit my categories, but it was too good not to share. Think of it as a special treat.

From Michael Wade: You Just Might Be a Book Lover

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writing Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

Digital Book World

Frances Caballo

Joanna Penn

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence