One of the hardest parts of keeping to a consistent blogging schedule is finding things to write about as constantly coming up with new ideas can be challenging. If you've ever been thinking of starting a blog, keep in mind that consistent updates is one of the keys to success. No one wants to read a blog that never gets updated nor if updates are sporadic and unpredictable at best. So how do you go about finding new things to write on a regular basis?
It's easy when you have stories to tell. Everyday life is a story, but finding the right angle on the things you do on a daily basis is the key to creating unique stories worth telling. People love a good story, maybe one that has a lesson to be learned or simply something interesting. The really good stories are often retold to others, thereby increasing the chance that someone will pass along a link to your blog entry which results to an increase in website traffic. While theory is important, it's the life stories that the majority of people find interesting. If you never leave your home, office or step outside of your normal day to day routine, you probably won't be a very interesting blogger.
Blogging has forced me to do interesting things outside of the everyday norm so that I would have interesting stories to tell to create a better reader experience. It's also provided the opportunity to direct people toward the blog with photos and additional commentary to backup a story I've told. If you find yourself in a rut with nothing new to write about for your blog, do something new and especially out of the ordinary. The BV Ride is just one example of something out of the ordinary that has provided plenty of mileage (no pun intended) for my blog.
The BV Ride a Part of History?
Two weeks ago, the family and I went on a road trip through 6 different states and drove the new BV Ride more than 2,000 miles over that trek. It was a great experience where the journey was just as fun as the destination. We certainly got a lot of looks due to the BV Ride and overall it was good for the BannerView.com brand as much as it was fun for the family.
One of the destinations was Yellowstone National Park. In fact, during the month of July, 2009, Yellowstone reported a record number of visitors. It was great to see the huge number of visitors, see nearby hotels sold out and see the neighboring tourist towns bustling with activity. It's been quite some time since I've visited any national parks outside of Nevada and the activity was much greater than I remember or had anticipated. It sure does seem to lend credibility to calling the end of the economic down cycle.
Enjoy some photos of the BV Ride during its latest journey.
|The BV Ride on Antelope Island overlooking The Great Salt Lake||The BV Ride at Jackson Lake Damn on the Snake River inside Grand Teton National Park|
|The BV Ride in front of Ripley's Believe It or Not in Jackson Hole, Wyoming||The BV Ride taking in the Grand Tetons|
|The BV Ride in front of the Moose, Wyoming Post Office||The BV Ride riding alongside the Grand Teton mountain peaks|
|The BV Ride taking in a lakefront view on the way to Yellowstone||The BV Ride entering Yellowstone National Park, doing it's part to carry a record number of visitors to the park|
|The BV Ride overlooking the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake||The BV Ride overlooking the Firehole River inside Yellowstone|
|The BV Ride at the Old Faithful Geyser U.S. Post Office||The BV Ride entering Montana into West Yellowstone|
|The BV Ride takes a moment to read the Idaho State Journal||The BV Ride takes in the view from the top of Ephraim Canyon in the Manti-La Sal National Forest|
|The BV Ride takes in a view coming down the canyon in the Manti-La Sal National Forest located in central Utah||The BV Ride goes to school at Snow College|
|The BV Ride visits historic downtown Cedar City, Utah||The BV Ride in the distance realizes how small it is compared to the mountains of Zion National Park|
|The BV Ride checks out Uinta National Forest|
Catch the BV Ride in Phoenix as Jeff Helvin and I make a trip to co-present Effective use of Blogging & Email Marketing to Drive Website Traffic brought to you by BusinessWire.
|About the author
Mark Cenicola is the president and CEO of BannerView.com, developers of BannerOS, the software that helps companies turn their websites into powerful business tools. Mark is also the author of the book "The Banner Brand – Small Business Success Comes from a Banner Brand – Build it on a Budget." Read Mark's full biography. You can find him tweeting on Twitter and starring in videos for the company's YouTube channel.
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