International Start a Blog Day Class of 2020

How long have you been blogging? Is it days? Weeks? Months? Years? Or are you yet to start? Do you know that 2020 represents my third decade blogging? No, I haven’t been blogging for 30 years, but I started in the ‘Noughties’ and continued through the teen years of this century and now it’s 2020. I don’t tell you this to brag, but instead to let you know that blogging has sustained me – and […]


How to Quit Your Job and Build an Online Business

Today I want to tell you some advice I received when I was starting out that I completely ignored completely but my friend took to heart. It’s a story about regret. And I hope it moves you to take more action on building your blog and your business. “Don’t Give Up Your Day Job” Back in 2004, a lot of people told me, “Don’t give up your day job”. I’d been blogging for about a […]


4 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog in the New Year

At a recent Christmas party a friend asked me a series of rapid-fire questions about blogging. “Do you think I should start a blog this year? Or have I missed the boat with blogging? If blogging is still relevant, how could it benefit me? I guess I’m trying to work out… why should I start a blog?” My friend isn’t the only one asking these kinds of questions. At the start of every year a […]


Should You Blog Anonymously or Use Your Real Name?

This post is based on episode 122 of the ProBlogger podcast. One of the decisions you face when starting a blog is whether or not to use your real name. It can be a tricky decision, because there are pros and cons to whatever you decide. You can choose anything from ‘no anonymity’ through to ‘full anonymity’. For instance, you could: Blog under your real name and promote it prominently on your blog. This is what I […]