How to Write a Brilliant Blog Post per Week

Great observations and tips on how to write a brilliant blog from the fellow blogger Christian Mihai.

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Thank you Christian!

Hi guys,

Today’s post is all about writing that great post. The one that is going to attract new readers, build trust with the old ones, and engage every one who stumbles upon your blog to comment…

We’ve already talked about writing a blog post in 15 minutes, which is a great skill to have, and we also tackled the issue of being consistent.

Consistently creating great content is the backbone of any blog.

But how can you make that happen? Well, one option is to caffeinated yourself to the point of near death and stay up late the night before you publish your post.

But the better option is to spread the writing and editing process over a few days. Sounds good?

Quality over quantity

The truth is that publishing a great post once a week is better than posting mediocre content on a daily basis.

That’s what your goal should be: one weekly post that will attract attention, engage readers emotions, and turn them into loyal subscribers.

The idea is that you should be able to sustain the pace. Writing content on a daily basis is not easy to sustain, even if you dedicate a lot of your time on your hand.

So, how exactly do you write a great post a week? Well, let’s all take in day by day.

Day 1: Ideas and headlines

Start by thinking about your topic, and what angle you’ll approach it from.

Think of what the readers has to gain from reading your post. How exactly is your post going to help me? How is it going to make them feel?

What are YOU trying to make them feel?

Think of all these things as you write down as many ideas for a headline as possible. First impressions matter, so you need to create the best headline that is sure to attract attention.

While you’re at it, you can also write down your subheads. The general ideas of the post. Try to get a feel for it, to sense the direction in which everything’s headed.

That’s enough for day one.

The first step is the most difficult, and you’re off to a good start. Move on to the rest of your day, and prepare for tomorrow — it’s going to be a heavy one.

Day 2: The devil is in the details

First off, revise the headline and subheads you wrote yesterday. Do they still make sense? Are they still intriguing? Are you looking forward to filling in what’s missing?

If not, edit. Once you’re satisfied, it’s time to fill in the details. Ready? Set? Go!

I know what you’re saying right now. “It’s not a race.” Actually, it kind of is.

Don’t think, just write.

Don’t try to analyse your writing, don’t linger too much on any one paragraph. Write as fast as you can.

Punch the damn keys!

Write from the heart.

Finally, before you wrap up working on your post for the day, look for an image, something that will capture what your post is all about.

Now, it’s time to walk away. Stop thinking about your post. Take a break.

Day 3: Writing is rewriting. Also, editing.

On day three, read through your first draft to see how it looks today. You might want to read it out loud in a monotone voice to be sure it still makes sense and sounds good, even with no inflection.

Now, it’s time to rewrite and edit. Move text around, keep reading, keep tweaking.

When you’re pleased with the final result, it’s time to format your post. Add bulleted lists where you can. Add excerpts using block quotes. Break up long paragraphs into smaller chunks to make them easier to read on screen.

Last thing on your do-do list should be about checking a few more things:

  • Does the headline make a reader want to know what your post is all about?
  • Is the image intriguing enough?
  • Do the subheads tell your story all by themselves?
  • Have you asked an engaging question at the end to encourage comments and conversation?
  • Did you add a call to action for a product, service, or your email list?

Ideally, you should be answering yes to all of these questions.

Day 4: This is the day

Now, don’t think that if you get to hit that “publish” button that your job is done. No. You also need to promote your post.

How can you do that? Try:

  • Making yourself available to respond to comments, answer questions and converse with your readers
  • Promoting your post across the social media channels you use
  • Include it in your e-mail newsletter.

It’s not easy to write epic posts week after week, but dividing the work up over several days will make it a lot easier.

Building time into your schedule to get away from your post will make you a better editor.

What’s your writing schedule?

This is one way to write brilliant posts, but there are many others.

Do you have a favorite technique?

Let’s talk about it in the comments.

The Home Buying Process

Today we feature our guest blogger, Bret Engle article.

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Many first-time home buyers consider purchasing a fixer-upper. While you may think a fixer-upper is an inexpensive way into your first home, or a fast track to easy money, it could turn into a money pit. Take these points into consideration so you can make a smart choice.

The home-buying process. Before you do anything else, you need to know the ins and outs of the home-buying process. CNN explains the basic steps:

Save for a down payment. Typically this is around 20 percent of the purchase price.

  • Know your credit score. The better your credit rating, the better your chance of getting a loan and securing a good interest rate.
  • Talk with your bank. Your lender can tell you how much you can borrow.
  • Explore the market. Find out what’s available in your price range.

Special funding. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for special loans to buy a fixer-upper. There are government-backed home-renovation loans available through Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration. These loans are determined in part by your credit rating, along with other factors affecting eligibility.

House hunting. You need to research the homes available in your area, becoming familiar with all the local market offers. You should explore what is in your price range, decide if you can afford repairs, and think about whether it’s appropriate to invest your time, money, and energy in a fixer-upper. For instance, homes for sale in Stamford, CT have a median listing price of $570,000.

As Bob Vila explains, if you’re pooling all your funds for a down payment, it may not be reasonable to consider a home you can’t afford to fix right away. Some repairs are cosmetic, and you can live on-site and do the work yourself. In that case, you can probably take your time and make repairs during evenings and weekends. If a house has structural issues or needs major renovations, consider where you will live and whether you have the skills to do the work. When determining repairs, some items may be difficult for a layperson to evaluate. Before you fall in love with property, some experts note it’s wise to pay for appropriate inspections, which may mean hiring more than the traditional certified home inspector. There are specialized inspections for roofs, sewers, pests, and geological issues, and you might even be able to get the seller to pay for them.

Smart decisions. If you elect to take the jump into purchasing a fixer-upper home, you’ll need to invest in appropriate tools and materials. You won’t want to pinch pennies by buying poor-quality items because good tools such as drills, sanders, and jigsaws make your work much easier. Better quality equates to better efficiency and a lighter workload on your part. You also need to prioritize properly. For instance, HGTV notes you want to make any major repairs to kitchens and bathrooms first because those rooms are of high use and value.

Sell or stay? This is a big question, and there are many determining factors. One of the biggest factors in whether to flip your fixer-upper is the expense involved in your renovations. If quick, cosmetic repairs are all that’s needed and a home is located in a desirable location, you can potentially turn a profit flipping a home. However, expensive repairs, a downturn in the market, or a location that isn’t so marketable can all factor into whether your investment will pay off. Some professionals warn that for many first-time home buyers who purchase fixer-uppers, bankruptcy can be the outcome instead of a tidy profit. Weigh the pros and cons carefully before your dream of flipping a fixer-upper becomes a financial nightmare!

First-time fixer-upper? If you’re puzzling over whether to purchase a fixer-upper as your first home, it’s wise to be cautious. Understand the buying process and evaluate whether you have the skills and money to make it worthwhile. Weigh the many factors involved if you’re considering attempting to flip the property. Careful considerations are the key to making a smart decision!

Bret Engle Article

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This Zero-Emission Home Creates Enough Energy To Power An Electric Car For One Year

This just might just be the most beautiful zero-emission home we have ever laid eyes on. Snøhetta, a design firm in Norway, has created the ZEB Multi-Comfort House in Ringdalskogen, Larvik, Norway. The house not only runs solely on solar energy, but collects enough extra solar energy to power an electric car for one year.

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ZEB took 10 months to build and, according to Kristian Edwards, the lead architect of the project, a very intricate process was employed to ensure that the solar energy would be used at the highest efficiency.

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The result? A home with striking features like a tilted roof that is slanted at a 19-degree angle to accommodate the photovoltaic panels (the ones that provide electricity) and the solar thermal panels (the ones that provide heat and hot water). Edwards told The Huffington Post that the roof also provides a dramatic flair to the inside of the home. “It is perhaps the most striking element of the upper floor,” he says. “Relatively small bedrooms gain great volume, hugely beneficial to sleep comfort, light transmission and of course, a certain drama.”

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In the atrium, Edwards used recovered brickwork from a barn that was being demolished. “The recovered brick serves a thermal mass which passively contributes to balance temperature spikes,” says Edwards.

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There are currently no tenants in the home. However, Edwards says that there are plans in the works to have families occupy the space “in order to realistically test the building and system performance.” Feedback from visitors has been “generally extremely positive,” he adds.

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Despite it’s forward-thinking approach, Edwards says the goal of ZEB was to create a place that is welcoming and comfortable, with energy-saving features that virtually disappear into the background. “Our goal was to ensure that the house, whilst advanced, is predominantly welcoming,” says Edwards. “The outdoor covered atrium with a fireplace gives a welcome extension of the outdoor season that is fundamental to the Norwegian culture. This shows that the steps toward zero carbon housing need not represent a quantum leap in lifestyle, and therefore, makes it simpler and quicker to make the switch.”

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