Diary writingDiary writing, perhaps, conjures up the image of a young girl, happily scribbling away some random thought about her life in a her handwritten journal.

Diaries are more than just a written record of random thoughts - they are an exercise in creativity. They are flexing the creative writing muscle.

But you already knew that.

You love to journal, or want to get started. You also live in the digital age. It is time to find out how to link this age-old practice with computer technology.

  By WritingLives.org

Virginia Wolfe, famous British author, said it best:

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something looseknit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk, or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through.

 

Has diary writing has been ripped apart, by distractions like social media, video games and TV?

You can see it that way,

OR

you can understand that although people have these distractions, blogging has stepped forward as a digital diary, holding the diary writer’s thoughts in cyberspace.

Blogging is saving the dying art of diary writing.

What if I told you that you can keep a diary online, by blogging? What if I also told you that it is possible to keep a diary online as a blog, that can also pay you to be a published writer? It not only possible, but with the right effort, it can be probable.

But first, let us look at how blogging is saving the art of diary writing.

 

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1. Share as much as you want….

Blogging can share your thoughts and feelings to more people than ever before. If you are opinionated, keep an online journal. If you love to inspire people, keep an online journal. If you just want to vent, get into blogging. One of the greatest perks of blogging is that you can share your message with others and start a discussion. You can bring awareness to a topic you are passionate about. Blogs helps you share more than was every possible before.

 

2. Or share as little as you want. 

Keep a journal online – but still maintain privacy. Depending on how public or private you want your thoughts, you can adjust your privacy settings.

 

3. Synching is easy with a blog.

With a paper and pencil journal, you can take it with you, but sometimes having that one extra piece of writing equipment makes it more difficult or inconvenient to journal. With a blog, you can simply carry a smartphone and download an app on your phone. This way, you can journal on the go.

 

4. Never lose your journal.

Losing a handwritten journal can be devastating. First of all, you lose ALL or your data. Second, you risk the chance of someone getting a hold of it. And third, it can be destroyed. Blogs are digital, stored in a server in cyberspace. You can download it, back it up and transfer it.

Digitalized diary writing is extra safeguard against losing your work.

 

5. You can easily use pictures in your digital diary writing.Diary writing

If pictures are worth a thousand words, then a picture in your diary writing is worth even more. Diary writing with pictures before blogs meant that you had to print photos and paste them into your journal. The vast majority of journals are text only.

If you have a collection of photos, then it is scrapbooking.

Blogs can be a hybrid of diary writing and scrapbooking, because you can save photos, videos, sound bytes and more within your blog.

 

6. Transcribe old journal entries into digital form.

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From the Diary of EW Manifold – WWI

There are millions of journals out there, unread. Your childhood journals could be one of them. But there are other examples of journals that could use transcribing:

  • Your mom’s observations as she was growing up during the 1960s.
  • Your grandfather’s old journal entries from his time serving as a missionary.
  • Love letters your uncle wrote to your aunt during the war.
  • Records and notes kept by your great grandfather as he ran his business – in New York.

You could even translate documents by ancestors that lived in Europe, Asia, Africa or elsewhere…

You can scan documents and add them to your collection.

Old written records are no longer collecting dust – they are online and potentially accessible by anyone to whom you choose to make them accessible.

 

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7. Remove barriers to consistent diary writing.

If you want to start keeping a journal on a consistent basis, then keeping a journal online is easier. You can schedule posts out, save drafts for new ideas and flesh them out later, or copy and paste ideas from outside sources.

You can also set up reminders to write, complete with topic ideas.

The cool thing about using a blog for diary writing is that you can transition smoothly from using the computer to writing. You don’t have to hunt down your journal. You don’t have to search high and low for a pen. It is all right there in front of you.

 

8. Easier to read.

I don’t have perfect penmanship. I know a lot of people don’t. Writing on a blog, even with typos, is far more legible than writing with a pen and paper.

Diary Writing - The Things in Our DiariesGraphology is the study of penmanship to understand the psychological state and / or character of the writer. Your handwriting changes over time, as you age, go through major events. It can even change when you become ill or develop a chronic condition.

In an article for CBS news entitled, “Why Handwriting Changes as You Age,” Michelle Dresbold, who is a handwriting experts explains:

…some of the factors that may affect handwriting include your psychological state. If you are depressed, for instance, she said people will write in a downward angle. If one is happy, she said the end of sentences will slant up.

In other words, legible handwriting is temporary at best.

From Longreads 

 

9. Blogging offers a rich array of diary writing methods.

Diary writing is genius in its simplicity – put pen to paper. However, blogging offers a vast array of journaling methods never before anticipated or used.

For example:

  • Video – Bloggers nowadays can choose to journal via video. This kind of blogging is known as a vlog. Youube and Vimeo are the best examples.

 

  • Photo Blogs – Mostly used by professional photographers, apps like Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr and Tumblr have made it easy for netizens to photoblog.

 

  • Microblogs – If you use Facebook or Twitter, you microblog. Microblogs have short entries that are generally a couple of hundred words. For Twitter, it is 140 characters or less.

 

  • Purpose journals – These are journals like dream diaries, weight loss journals, food journals, personal development logs, etc. The beauty of using online blogs is that there are apps and blogs that are specific to each type of journaling. For example, Myfitnesspal.com is diary writing for the healthy lifestyle. You can record exercise, food choices and connect with your friends and others for support.

 

  • Creative diaries – These are diaries where you can turn your life or event into a story. Some blogs allow children to turn their thoughts and photos into comic books. Others can help you put together a virtual scrapbook. There are thousands of different types that you can use.

Here are some diary writing tools available online. If you want to get your children involved in blogging or journaling, there are some websites here for children as well.

 

Diary writing for Adults

Remembary - A personal diary app that aggregates online entries from social media, blogs, and digital photos into one handy place. It facilities the journaling process by offering tutorials, tips, and extra privacy options.

Penzu – One of the easiest online journals to use, Penzu is free.

Day One App – Mobile app that allows you to geo-tag and sync. Very simple, elegant interface. Free.

OmmWriter – A distraction-free writing app based in Barcelona, Spain. Pay what you feel it is worth to you.

Blogger – One of the first of its kind, Blogger is now owned by Google.

Live Journal – A journal that facilitates user interaction, this one is great if you want people to come visit your journal. You can also use privacy settings to restrict access certain posts.

Animoto and Magisto – Both take your photos, short video clips, and preselected music (by you) and turn it into an edited masterpiece. It looks like you spent hours editing a video, when it fact it only took minutes.

 

Journaling for Teens

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Pixton – Makes online comics for those kids who love comics, but can’t draw them.

Skrappy – An app that allows kids to create scrapbooks, journals, music, videos and more. $2.99 in iTunes.

Photo 365 – “Remember your year, one photo at a time.” Can also upload multiple photos per day and share on social media. $1.99 on iTunes.

 

Journaling for School Age Children

iDiary for Kids – Great as a starter journaling app for kids 5 and up, children can write, draw, and color in their app. They can search for past entries and upload photos. $1.99 on iTunes.

 

10. Easy to search past posts.

And last, but not least, when you have a regular paper journal, it can be difficult to go back and find journal entries that you have written. With blogging and online journaling, you can easily do a search with a couple of words and find the exact journal that you found.

 

5 Ways You Can Profit From Your Blogging and Journaling

Now that you have a ton of ideas on how to create an online journal, why not make some extra money? People do it everyday. I’m not talking about making money off of your private thoughts, but taking something that you like to write about, create a public blog about it, and create a side income. If you want to learn more about making money diary writing and other methods of earning money online, check this out. 

Interested? Keep reading.

 

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1. Banners and ads.

The easiest and most direct way to make money off of your blog is to put up advertising. You can have people pay you to put banners on your site. Or you can sign up for a Google Adwords account and get paid per impression.

 

2. Affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is promoting a product, digital or physical, and then getting paid a commission for every sale made through your link. If your blog or journal is about a specific item or topic, you can place affiliate links throughout your text. Amazon is one of top websites for affiliate marketing. You can link to anything from electronics to books.

 

3. Create your own product and sell it on your blog.

If you like to blog about healthy eating, as an example, you can create a digital cookbook, complete with pictures and graphics, and sell it on your site. You can outsource your book writing and book formatting. You can sell it as a digital product, which means you can create it once, make it downloadable to buyers, and sell it over and over.

 

4. Brand yourself.

If you have a service you can perform, you can create a blog about that service. If you are a dog trainer, you can create a blog with your best dog training tips. You can then offer your services or even combine number 3 – sell an ebook.

 

5. Sell physical products.

If you have an eBay, Etsy or Amazon store where you sell products, you can create a blog around your products and use the blog to sell them. You can write articles about your things, create stories around them and get people interested. It can be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

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There you have it! I have given you the rundown of how blogging is saving the dying art of diary writing.

Hopefully, I have opened up your mind to thinking outside the box when it comes to diary writing – you can see how you can write, take photos, shoot videos, create scrapbooks and journal about a specific topic, all for free or very low cost, from your computer or your phone.

I have also shown you some money-making opportunities. I trust you now have an excellent place to start your own creative endeavors using the power of blogging. Have fun!

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How SEO Tips And Tricks For Bloggers Can Make You Rich

by Lawrence Tam on December 1, 2014

SEO tips and tricks can make me rich? How is that possible?  

I am living proof. I have done very well online (google “Lawrence Tam 100k month”), and a big part of these earnings was using SEO tips and tricks.

If you know anything about me, I started out as an engineer. I got laid off. I got another job with crappy pay and two kids later, my accountant called me to tell me that there was NO WAY I would be able to support my kids’ college educations.   

I had no freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted. 

I started selling on eBay, but wanted a better way to earn money without having to spend so much on product AND without having my income fluctuate wildly from one month to the other.   

That’s when I discovered SEO.  

I failed SO many times, I hate to think about all the late nights that I spent writing articles that would bomb or fail. But I kept going. Finally, at just age 33, I was able to retire not only myself, but also my wife, pay off my house and raise three kids.

This article is going to break down the components of good SEO. I am throwing in the best SEO tips and tricks to date.  This will help you not only get ranked, but found, read and shared.   

Let’s dive in.  

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From SMPS Boston

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What Is Marketing? This Guy Explains It

by Lawrence Tam on November 9, 2014

Check out how this guy relates marketing to getting married.

If you are dating or married… it hits the spot ;)

What is Marketing? This Guy Explained It

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My own…
10. If a girl goes on google, and types “Looking for Rich Man to Marry” and
finds your blog post that talks about how you are rich, single, and looking to marry – That’s Niche SEO Marketing

 

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Marketing With Kids #5 – Leads

by Lawrence Tam on November 1, 2014

Marketing with Kids Episode 5 - Leads

Previous Episodes of Marketing With Kids Click HERE

Lead Generation is CRITICAL to your business. Here is a good place to learn how to build capture pages and the software I use. Let Me In Leave a comment, reply with your own marketing with kids videos, and what other topics we should cover below. Thanks!

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How To Convert A Lead ~99.9% of the Time

by Lawrence Tam on October 9, 2014

I wanted to share with you a cool way I’ve been generating leads … but not through the traditional sense.It’s a weird way on how to convert a lead… and probably get the lead 99% of the time.

Interested?

Read on

Lead = someone requested MORE information*peanut-butter Always adhere to CAN-SPAM (read more about spam and emails here) and ONLY email those who have requested to be emailed. So this is going to play out like a simple cooking recipe… so simple it’s like making peanut butter sandwiches.

The Better you are able to FOLLOW directions the better you will understand how this works and replicate it INSTANTLY :) You ready?

How to Convert A Lead Presentation

 

You are going to want to bookmark/save this and share this to your friends

Step 1: Understand What A Lead Is

You must understand what a LEAD is and why you want them. If you do not… you should stop here… cause you are going to ruin your masterful recipe. – Yes I know… move on – No I do now know why I want leads -> Watch my 10 Day Video Series On Marketing

 

 

Step 2: Process

Generally someone clicks a LINK -> which goes to a capture page. That person then has the option to put in their email to “become a lead”. Here is an example.

I’m going to show you below how to skip a capture page because so many don’t know how to build them..
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*capture page above built using this software
Normally I use capture pages but I’m always testing.Sometimes it’s actually better to NOT send to a capture page to get MORE people to see your offers or see your training.
That extra barrier sometimes could hurt you … so you just gotta monitor the situation.

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Facebook Fanpage Tab… you know the one at top of your fan page

Here is what you will need.

1) Capture Page – Best to double dip by having a capture page that has the ability to get the Facebook Like Also
Here is an example of a capture page with Facebook LIKE call to action (facebook tab example)

2) Facebook Fan – It can be in any niche, mine is in affiliate marketing.
Here is my facebook fanpage to get an example.

Notice the fanpage tab can be named anything you want

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by Lawrence Tam

Mobile Website Landing Pages are a must.. especially 2014 and on. It comes down to meeting your audience where they are at. If they are on Mobile.. you gotta make sure your websites can be viewed on them properly.   Mobile Website Landing Page Tutorial   Get more training on building high converting websites, even […]

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by Lawrence Tam

Podcast (lawrencetam): Play in new window | Embed Learn how to Increase Facebook likes organically with my special guest, Holly Homer as she discusses how she’s built her Fan Page to over 600,000 Likes with over 70% engagement. Show Notes – Increase Facebook Likes Organically: Guest – Holly Homer Where you can reach Holly FanPage […]

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by Lawrence Tam

Marketing with Kids Episode 4 – Jobs vs Business Previous Episodes of Marketing With Kids Click HERE   Questions I Have: If you have a Job, how many weeks of vacation do you have (I maxed out at 3 weeks before I retired) If you have a Business, would you hire yourself to work for […]

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