Most people have something worth sharing, but too often their message never gets out. This is something I’ve definitely noticed in the first nine months since starting this blog. Here are some of the resources I’ve been learning from in an effort to better get my message out (I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in utilizing these resources but my intention is to focus more time on implementing what I’m learning and to dig deeper to see what else I need to do — these resources are great for individuals and/or organizations that simply want to do a better job of getting their message out):
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World | Book by Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt, one of the top business bloggers in the world, provides down-to-earth guidance for building and expanding a powerful platform. To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creatives are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Hyatt speaks from experience. He writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world and has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. His large and growing platform serves as the foundation for his successful writing, speaking, and consulting practice.
Erich’s note: there are so many helpful, practical ideas in this book (and on Michael Hyatt’s blog). You’ll find yourself going back to it often. Make sure you follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his blog (you’ll get a free eBook when you do).
- Goins, Writer: On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference | Blog by Jeff Goins
Description of Jeff’s blog: I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently started calling myself a writer and actually believing it. I started this blog in 2010 with some burning questions:
- How do successful writers make a living?
- What does it really take to get published?
- How do you pursue a passion?
What I found in this search was a community of like-minded individuals sharing many of the same struggles. Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together to find purpose in our art and lives. If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this blog is for you.
- How to Start a Blog | Resources by Claire Diaz-Ortiz
Claire Díaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she was hired to lead social innovation, and where she still works today. Her post, How to Start a Blog, was her top post in 2013. She is also the author of Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Make sure you follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her blog (you’ll receive several free resources when you do).
Erich’s note: I discovered Claire’s resources when I read her BarnaFRAMES book, Greater Expectations. After reading her book I found her blog to be loaded with great posts and resources. FYI: I currently use the free WordPress blog for my platform but I’ve been thinking about following the advice of these 3 to set up a “self-hosting” blog (if so, I might do it in June around the 1 year anniversary of my blog if I get courageous enough and find someone to help me design it, we’ll see…)
Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve found useful in getting your message out?