Five Leads for Self-Help with WordPress.com

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You started a new blog, or you’ve taken a Blogging University course and you’re inspired to keep working on your site’s look and content. Maybe you want to keep learning at your own pace. Or you’re just not sure how to add a new feature or where to find help. Here are five leads to find the information you need to maintain your blogging momentum.

learn.wordpress.com

Pro tip: bookmark these resources so that they’re always at your fingertips.

If you’re just getting started with your new blog, you might feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of how to keep making progress. Check out learn.wordpress.com — it offers bite-sized chunks of information on configuring basic settings, getting comfortable navigating within your dashboard, picking a theme, publishing posts and pages on your site, and more. The beautiful thing about Learn is that you can work through the sections…

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Getting Started with a Prompt Box

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The other thing I discovered: If I had a topic to begin with, it was easier to get started.

— Natalie Goldberg, Long Quiet Highway

Sometimes with writing, getting started is the hardest part. You feel this energy inside you, this impulse to write, to spill words and sentences and paragraphs onto a page. Electric with excitement for the brilliance in your mind, for the genius you will share, you sit down to write.

And… nothing.

You stare at your blank screen. Your white sheet of paper. You think, “What was that idea I had in the shower? The beginning I thought of as I fell asleep last night?” You stand up and pace. You think. You sit down again.

And? Nothing.

Most writers know this feeling. I certainly did. Then I remembered my prompt box.

How I write

Writing Station Writing Station

I abandoned my writing practice in the second half…

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Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day

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I presented the following at WordCamp US 2015. Enjoy!

You’re an awesome blogger, right? You never run out of ideas, you work your full time job, exercise daily, manage your household, and still publish regularly on your blog. You post exciting content every day and can sustain your level of blogging forever and ever, amiright?

Yeah. Me neither.

Publish in 10 Minutes Per day Slide 2 -- Eeyore Sad blogger.

Days go by, and then weeks. You think about how good posting would feel: to write, to publish, to get those likes and comments. But you don’t actually do anything about it. The longer your blog sits untouched, the more pressure you feel to make your next post AWESOME to make up for being a slacker. Which of course means you now have writer’s block, because really, who can write under the pressure of having to write something amazing? So you don’t post. Your visitors leave. Your views trickle…

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Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

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Write more. Paint more. Photograph more.

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself.

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring WordPress.com, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writerStephanie Dandanat Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Travelingsolo, Stephanie willmeet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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