Andy Capaloff
May 20, 2020

So You Have More Time On Your Hands And Want To Take Up Blogging?

Got time on your hands? Want to get into blogging

If you Google “How To Make Money Blogging”, you’ll find free guides, paid courses and videos. Everyone has tips. And if you have a little extra time on your hands right now, this really could be a good time to follow your dream.

I’m not here to tell you how to make money. But I’ll certainly caution you against paying people to tell you how to do it. Yes, maybe some people are making good money doing it. But do you really think their method can work for everyone? If 100 or 10,000 people buy their course, and all of them do the same things, will they all make money?


Carve Out Your Own Space

The words “Be yourself, Everyone else is already taken” have been attributed to Oscar Wilde so many times, they are automatically presumed to have actually originated with him. But the Professor Buzzkill blog sets us straight.

Did the actual writer of these words hope to have his or her words attributed to the great wordsmith? Did that person actually just copy a style, thus leading to a false attribution?

The answer to that is actually irrelevant. But the message is clear:

If someone ‘owns’ a writing or business style, it’s theirs, not yours. Copy it, and you’re just trying to be them, rather than being yourself. Not everyone can be known for their own unique style. But those who successfully carve out their own space will always be more memorable than those who follow someone else into theirs.

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Punctuation (And More) Still Matters!

I’ve written before about how important good English is. OK. You can get away with poor or non-existent punctuation in a text. But no decent blog will accept your guest posts if your sentences are difficult to follow.

Here’s The More Part…

STOP with the long, rambling sentences! Do you work hard reading blog articles? No? Well, guess what? Nobody else does, either! A 40+ word sentence is too much. A 40+ word sentence without punctuation is a guaranteed bounce – especially if it’s in the first paragraph.

Talking Of The First Paragraph

Strong openings are important for everything. Here are a few of those (every)things:

  • Cover letters and resumes
  • Social Media posts
  • Videos
  • Movies
  • Music
  • First dates
  • Speeches
  • Outreach emails (another pet peeve – another article)

And? And?

  • Blog posts! Well, who’d’a thunk it, eh?

Well over half of the articles that are submitted to Curatti have really poor openings. A ridiculous percentage have trite openings. You wouldn’t believe how many start with things that everyone – and I mean EVERYONE! – has known as second nature since time immemorial.

I’m guessing you wouldn’t read an article that starts with “Social Media is really important”, so why the [expletive deleted] do you [expletive deleted] insist on [expletive deleted] writing such inane crap! You’re not unique! If you won’t read a certain thing, don’t [expletive deleted] write it! Is that really so [expletive deleted] difficult to grasp? No? Good! Now go prove it!!

You may also want to read: How To Find Your Unique Blogging Style


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Andy Capaloff

Andy Capaloff is the COO of Curatti. Prior to moving into the world of Content Marketing, Social Media Management and the day-to-day running of a Digital Marketing company, Andy spent over 3 decades in various aspects of IT. It is here that he honed his writing and technical skills, and his ability to ask uncommon questions.