Wild Rider Magazine – Crush Procrastination, Boost Your Blog and Writing

Life Hacks * Tips * Blogging * SEO * Movies * Links * Inspiration

This is the second issue of Wild Rider Magazine. Bringing you discoveries from around the web and my wild life.

In school or out for good, here are a few tips and life hacks to help you beat procrastination and links to improve your next blog post or writing project. We all want to do that, but a lot of things can get in the way. Procrastination or lack of focus (Wait. What was that sparkly thing over there?), fear of missing out on social media, and the lack of new information can throw our latest WIP (work in progress), into a death spiral. We can only get so much from the internet.

I’ve put together Ten Ways to Help You Reach Your Goals.

Magazine issue explores procrastination, boosting your blog and writing

Fight Procrastination:

We’ve all faced procrastination. It can lurk in the shadowy background of any project. It comes out of hiding as soon as we don’t want to work hard, we lose interest, or can’t solve a problem.

Most of us find it hard to disconnect from the Internet. We plan to get our work done, but with temptation only one click away, it can be super tough. I looked into a few apps and then realized we could do most of this on our own.

Here are some tips on combatting this enemy:

Reset your notifications. Popups used to drive me nuts while writing. I tried shutting down a few of them, but ended up turning all of them off. If there’s a fire somewhere, I’ll get a phone call.

Set a timer for 25 minutes. I’ve done this several times to make myself settle down and start on a writing project. Once the 25 minutes are up, I either quit, reset the timer, or continue writing.

I also have use this method for writing blog posts, limiting myself to 25 minutes. Sometimes I spend hours and days on posts only to get the same amount of views. Nope. I didn’t use a timer on this one.

There’s a timer on your phone or you can use this site to countdown.

Make a list of goals. If I don’t write them down, I space out half of them. I bought a daytimer in January and make a list and check off at least a couple items every day. I have long term goals in the back of it along with contest entry deadlines. I know many people make lists on their phones and that’s great, but there is something about physically crossing them off that gives me an extra special sense of gratification. I’m all about gratification and rewards. Promise me a gold star and I’ll work for it.

#UNPLUG4HOURS.  Announce to your social media friends that you will “peace out” for a few hours. You’re on the honor system and could lurk, but if you comment or Like something, you’ll be busted. I use #unplug4hours on Twitter. It helps me stay on track when I’m having a hard time focusing. For more on unplugging check out my post called Unplug 4 Hours. It works!

Twitter. Find a posse of writers trying to finish a project and meet up on Twitter or Facebook. Do a writing sprint and meet up again to give your buds virtual high fives.

Check Out These Links for Writers and Bloggers:

Read on to find a list of links to great websites, podcasts and classes. But lets start with a movie. Didn’t you love watching movies in school?

What the movie Blair Witch Project can teach you:

The first Blair Witch movie proved you didn’t need a stellar cast or elaborate sets to make an intense movie. With one view from a movie camera lens it created and executed tension so taught, it was exhausting to watch. Have you been told you need to create tension in a scene? You need to make your reader care what happens to your protagonist? This is the movie for you. The sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, comes out September 16th although this one seems bent in the horror direction.

Links for Writer’s Conferences and Podcasts.

It’s not too late to find a writing conference. Check out the Association of Writers and Writing Programs at AWP.org. I will attend The Colorado Gold Conference in Denver September 9-11. See you there!

The Writer’s Life will link you up with 15 writer podcasts. There are many tips and interviews to explore.

Use iTunes? Then check out The Open University for all kinds of free classes. Don’t have a Mac? Check out The Open University website and search for a variety topics.

Follow this Website. You’ll be glad you did:

I found Donald Maass’s blog, Writer Unboxed, and check it frequently for insightful writing and business tips. I also use their search bar if I’m looking for something in particular. Donald posts once a month and always blows my mind. A new article is posted every day by knowledgeable Writer Unboxed authors.

See How Your Site Ranks.

Ever heard of Alexa? Well there are probably quite a few in the world, but only one ranks your website. With Google constantly changing their logarithms, mine has been on a roller coaster ride for months. I still check once in a while for kicks and giggles.

Content is key, so the aforementioned links could help you.

SEO information from the experts. 

Now that you’ve returned from summer distractions, posting more regularly may also help your rank. Who knows? For SEO information, read MOZ’s Whiteboard Friday. Let me know if something works for you.

So now you should be ready to rock your new projects and learn something new. You can kick procrastination, and take your blog and writing project to another level. You might want to start by making a list.

Click here for last month’s issue of Wild Rider Magazine.

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Any comments or questions? Maybe you can think of something to add that may help another Wild Rider.

49 thoughts on “Wild Rider Magazine – Crush Procrastination, Boost Your Blog and Writing

    • Thanks, John! It can be tough. Not having popups really helped me. On days that I blog, find myself refreshing stats, which when you think about it, is ridiculous! I put a lot of time into some of these blog posts and should probably be working on my book or screenplay. It would be different if I were paid. 🙂

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  1. Talking about procrastination, I’ve been struggling with mine for the last 10 years and read countless books and self help methods. Here is what I’m having best results with. First of all, procrastination bulldozer method has worked wonders for me. I highly recommend you apply it. Secondly, whenever you have a task that takes less than 5 minutes to do, do it right away. No delays. I’m really starting to take control of my life now.

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    • Cool! That’s so great to hear. I love your tip about getting the quick tasks out of the way. We can still put them on lists and cross them off! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Everlia!

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  2. Good tips here Susie. A timer…genius! Where has the summer gone? Poof! Although here in Phoenix we wouldn’t know about that. And the poor kids line up for the school bus in the heat. Crazy. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! 🙂

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    • Thanks Karen and for the kind shares!
      I can’t believe the kids are back. Summer ends early now. I remember when Labor Day was the last hurrah. Hope all is well for you too!
      The timer really works when I have a case of the “I don’t want to’s.” Not sure how to spell that. Ha! Stay cool my friend!

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    • Life can do that! I spoke with a lady who had three kids at home. I was amazed she got anything done! I’m easily distracted.
      Don’t forget to check out Writer Unboxed. Lots of good stuff there.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What’s UP Wild Rider?! Glad you have another issue of your magazine hot off the press 🙂 You know you’re the second person to tell me about Writer UnBoxed and I totally checked it out the first time and I completely agree with you. They got a lot of good stuff and it helps me out from time to time. The one that was on there a couple days or last week about writing and Tom Petty was timely as I’m still editing, editing, editing. I feel like I’m never gonna finish sometimes. Thanks for the tips again

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    • I’m rockin’ it these days. Thanks, Guat! How are you? Heading out to your neck of the woods today! My son is taking classes in Burbank, so Courtney and I going to visit him and stay in Venice Beach. Let me know if you’re in the area. 🙂 susielindau@gmail.com
      I had been thinking about posting WRM bi-weekly, but they take a lot of time.
      I’m querying my first book. It’ll go through edits until it’s published. That’s the nature of the beast, for me anyway. 🙂 I’m going to a writing conference and plan to take a class on “Writing the first chapter to hook an agent.” I don’t know whether to have them critique my first story after being rewritten 876 times, or toss my new story into the black water to be eaten by sharks like chum. Ha!
      Always great to “see” you!

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  4. Nice going Susie! Quick couple questions here … I have my blogs on .com and I see you do too; should I stay with this or blog on WordPress on n on? I’m thinking you aren’t seen if you just have .com and not WordPress blog. Frankly, I don’t know what to do. I like blogging n writing n feel I have value to contribute but am not clear about the difference. Secondly, did you make your site premium for the magazine title? Have you heard of WIX? All the best.

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  8. Hello!I am hopping on with you for this wonderful ride!You write so beautifully and I would love to read more for sure.Thank you so much for sharing these tips with us.I am definitely going to check the referrals you mentioned.Thanks a ton!

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  9. So much good stuff on your blog and this post alone. I have it on my home screen and when I have a minute I check out a link. I’m a really new blogger. Only 3 posts so far but I’m excited and hoping I can find my target audience. They must be out there! 🙂

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