Today's guest poster is Damien Riley, host of the Online Diarists Forum. You will find more about Damien at the end of this post.
Blogging is like a Gestalt image: One person sees the vase while another sees the two faces. The trick is knowing what to look for and how to make it look that way!
In this post, I name 5 blogging challenges for any blogger and simple tactics to be successful. At the end I share what I measure success by:
1. Ideas: I keep a small pad in my pocket. When I get ideas for blog entries, I jot them down. Sometimes I'll be on my way to work or even relaxing on a lunch break when inspiration strikes.
I have learned that a one word entry in my book is quite sufficient to recall good ideas later. I get many of these one word entries in a given day.
When I actually sit down to blog however, only one, or even none, gets through. In the long-term picture, even if only a small number of these "from the field" ideas get blogged, then you know you aren't missing the best.
2. Photos: Every photo you take off your camera or save from the web, put in a dedicated folder. This makes it easy to retrieve them. Don't just scatter them on your desktop.
When you get a lot of photos in there, archive that set into an "archive" with the date as the title. This way you always have a small number of photos to work with when you open the folder.
Be saving photos all the time. You'd be amazed how even boring pictures can be used as illustrations when they might apply to a future post. (For the advanced: Get a copy of ADOBE Photoshop and learn how to make drop shadow and frame effects.)