Editor’s Note: I’m often asked by aspiring and new bloggers on how to get started as well as best practices. As a member of Blogger Babes, I’ve found a great resource. It’s a community of driven female bloggers, and Blogger Babes provides education, sponsored campaigns, networking events, and business coaching and support services. This post, by Ponn Sabra of Blogger Babes, is a one-stop in the month-long Blogger Babes blog tour which began here. To read this post in-context, we recommend starting at the beginning–then hop along with us for the full journey.
Offering Biculutural Mommy Support
I first met Maria through one of my dearest life’s confidantes, Holly Pavlika of MOMentumNation, when we shared how I, too, am a Bicultural Mama. I’m first-generation Filipino-Thai and my husband is Palestinian immigrant –which makes are girls first-and-a-half generations…LOL. First-generation Palestinian or Muslims, second-generation American…aww…who’s counting anyways?
Not having a second language of my own, I was adamant even before marrying that my kids would be. So, we’re all bilingual in Arabic…which isn’t an easy task as I learn with them. However, it helps that in the past five years, we live half the year in here and the other half year in Gaza, Egypt and/or Saudi Arabia. Now, that they (not me) are all quite secure in their writing, speaking, reading fluency, it’s time for a third language. So, I’m so incredibly excited that we just secured Rosetta Stone in Tagalog (Filipino language) last week, and a native Filipino (my graphic designer in the Philippines) to tutor them because they always wanted their own “secret language”.
Add to the fact that I’m the only Muslim and homeschooler in my family, my girls are always minorities wherever they are. Built with confidence and a ton of humor, if you ask my girls, they wouldn’t want it any other way. “Being different makes us unique…and, if nothing else, we always stick out of the crowd–and, that makes us special!”
Needless to say, I’m very humbled and blessed to have my three girls, and to say I’m proud that Maria chose freelance writing and blogging over her corporate job is an understatement. I did that way back in 2001, and have never turned back! [My professional blogging journey is chronicled during this whole 25-blog tour, so please consider starting at the beginning.]
Repurposing Content for Better Publicity of Your Writing
Repurpose old (or present) content. Do you have any old articles you’ve written sitting in draft form on your hard drive or in WordPress? Old reports or PLR (private label rights) material? Put them to good use and repurpose them into new blog posts.
Here’s how you can get started:
- Go through your old content and highlight individual ideas and pick one.
- Write a short post (no more than 500 words) just on that single topic.
If you do this for an entire document such as a report or even just a longer article, you will find that you have nice batch of coordinated blog posts in just one afternoon!
The tip above is an excerpt from our debut “21 Fast and Simple Tips to Write Blog Posts Faster” Guide, one of seven documents in our comprehensive Blogger Monthly Tutorials launching on May 1st.
As you’d see from this blog post sample, I’m applying the very tips written in our ekit to share it with you! As a freelance writer and author, I spent a ton of time researching for various articles and many times the editors chop things in half or in some cases only takes quotes. Rather than waste that great content, I try to repurpose content in as many ways as possible: email article, guest blog posts, audio recording, interview answers, etc.
Get in the habit of repurposing content, and you’ll be able to run a 25-blog tour on top of your own blogging schedule too!
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Two one-hour blog coaching sessions, one with Heidi and one with Ponn. Coaching will be conducted separately on the phone (domestic), Skype, or our recorded webinar room (international).
How to Enter:
Make one comment below for each name idea you have for the Blogger Babes Monthly Training Tutorials ekit. Each comment is considered an entry. Make sure you use your primary email so it’s easy for us to reach you if you win!
- Any age, any country. Minors with guardian’s permission.
- Unlimited number of entries across any/all guest blog posts from now until Monday, April 20, 2015.
- Deadline date: Monday, April 20, 2015 11:59 pm Pacific Time. [After all, we need time to design the covers. 😉 ]
- Winner selection: Heidi and Ponn will select one winner and announce it Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
[Note: Championing your title ideas do not serve as contest entries. Official entries must be made on this blogpost…but, we’d love to connect with you nonetheless.]
- Check out our draft sales page now, take some time, and share your proposed title below in the comments area on or before April 20th 11:59 pm Pacific time. While you’re there, sign up for our Early Bird release special!
- Follow the rest of my tour to meet new bloggers, “spy” on other creative title entries, and learn along with me. Here’s our blog tour schedule.
Can’t wait to read your replies!
Ponn Sabra is a best-selling author and homeschool mom of three tween and teen daughters, also bestselling authors and probloggers [http://PonnSabra.com]. The Managing Partner of Blogger Babes, Ponn enjoys living a bicultural life and eager to hear other mamas’ unique parenting stories too. Please share!