#06 The Clarity Sessions - How To Start Your Blog

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Are you struggling to get started in this crazy world of sharing your message online? This post is based on my podcast interview with Zeena Regis

Zeena is a grief counselor and hospice chaplain who wants to know how to start a faith-based community where the members can connect with one another and share resources about end-of-life care and about how to handle grief. She is considering a blog, podcast and/or web portal where people can share best practices on what has worked for them.

The first step is to get to know your audience. As you get to know your audience you will find an opportunity that will become your product.

Here are three suggested exercises:

1. Create a narrative.

Zeena's avatar (ideal reader) is a person she has named Anne. Anne wants to support her friend whose mother has passed away. Write a narrative of “Anne” from the point when Anne heard that her friend’s mom is...

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#05 The Clarity Sessions - How To Monetize A "Spiritual Encouragement" Blog

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Do you write from a faith-based perspective? Struggle to sell to your audience while also serving them? If so, you are in the right place. Hope Writer member, Tia McNelly, and I chat about her question: "When my blog is centered on offering spiritual encouragement, how can I monetize that? I don't want to try to sell Jesus. But at the same time, there's got to be something that I could offer."

I see this question quite a bit, and not even just in the faith-based space. I've even seen it in the parenting space with parents questioning if they should sell parenting advice. I've seen it in education and fitness coaching and more.

There are two issues. One of them is imposter syndrome feeling like you're not really the expert and that there are others more qualified. The second issue is how to provide value that people are wanting for a reasonable price knowing they will experience the results they are looking for.

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#04 The Clarity Sessions - How To Figure Out Your Ideal Audience

Are you ready to figure out your ideal audience?

Do you struggle to figure out what kind of product or service to offer to your audience? What about figuring out who your audience even is? Ryan Fairbanks from Noted Pro and I chat about these questions. If you feel stuck, keep reading.

Ryan has thought about doing a book or putting together a course and was wanting my insight on how to figure out his ideal audience.

1. Identify your ideal reader.

Ryan said that his ideal readers are guys who are getting in business trying to build their own confidence and platform and some guys who may have or may not have had good examples to guide them.

It's important to narrow in your audience. So I walked Ryan through this process. Let's say that there's guy, we'll just call him John. He's 29 years old, so we sit within your target audience. He was working for a company and he decided to go out on his own as a consultant and start his own kind of consulting firm -- just a one-man shop. He got...

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#01 The Clarity Sessions - Grow Your Ideal Audience

It's time to grow your ideal audience.

Have you ever struggled to grow your ideal audience? Well, if you have, you've come to the right place. Danette Gora is an interior designer, podcaster, and writer who is looking to connect to her ideal audience. 

As a new writer working on writing a book, she wants to figure out how to grow her audience and know exactly where to put her time. It's hard to know what to work on and how much time to spend on each of her platforms. She has three days a week to pour into her content and wants to make the most out of her time.

Here are my tips for how she can reach and grow her ideal audience:

1. Narrow down your audience.

We often think that everyone should be included in our audience because if everyone is our audience, we will sell more, right? Wrong. What I've found is when I focus on only one person and serve that person really well, it makes it really clear what I should say and what I shouldn't say.

I write for Cheryl. She's...

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