Many of my long time readers keep asking me this question: How do you manage to stay consistent with blogging?
To be honest! Blogging isn’t as easy as sending a tweet or updating your Facebook status! But it is very enjoyable and more self satisfying than the two!
The excitement of beginnings
Let’s face it, many people get so exited at the beginning, and would spend hours on end choosing the blog template and colors, customizing it with cool widgets, some go as far as setting a proper sitemap and getting their SEO on.
And then nothing, for weeks then for months!!
What happens is that early burst of excitement ended and they found themselves with an empty blog with no topics and no readers, and then they abandon the blog once and for all!
I know this happens very often, because I’ve been there more than once!
|The joy of a new beginning |
After a strong start people tend to lost interest fast and drift away from blogging.
Over the next few steps I'll cover some things I had to overcome to be more consistent which I believe many people face whenever blogging and would like a little help with that.
Success doesn't happen overnight
If success would happen over night it wouldn't have been so satisfying would it?
Like many things in life blogging needs some work before you can see the results, luckily it doesn't take much for your blog to stand up on it's own and gain interest, besides blogging is so much fun that "work" isn't actually work when you look at it!
|Goals and success|
Set goals for yourself on your blog
a successful career or a successful family life, you need to plan your
blogging and set clear goals, your goals could be some of these:
Create more posts.
Reach a certain number of posts.
Reach a certain number of page views
All of the above!
Any thing you like! And you need to celebrate achieving your blogging
goals! (I'll be talking about it in a bit).
Blog about your passion subjects
If you are interested in sports, fashion, media or politics. Then it is your lucky day! Each of these subjects make a great blog! And those are just example! You can blog about almost anything! And since you are passionate about it. Then writing would be so much fun!
Writing about a passion subject is a great deal of fun, you will look forward to blogging and it will be something you look forward to on a busy week!
Link blogging with a daily habit
It's always a good idea to link an existing habit of yours with a new one you are trying to develop, if you are a coffee person then maybe you want to try to write a post while having a tasty cup of Joe, or maybe blog after coming home from a good run and a cold shower! Soon enough the two habits will become one and you find yourself sitting to blog without even thinking of it.
Make sure to keep your drink (coffee or tea) away from the keyboard/laptop or you might spill the contents of the cup on the laptop, ouch!
|Enjoy your coffee while blogging|
Dealing with some minor nuisances
If you feel blogging is a heavy chore then you need to read on!
Clearly identify what bothers you and makes blogging less enjoyable
Could be that your chair is uncomfortable and causes you back pain? Or that your computer is painfully slow and makes blogging a living hell, I'll be posting soon on how to speed up your computer with little to no cost!
Or that simply you don't like the place you sit at, then simply go somewhere else!
Now that we took care of the annoying bugs that many bloggers have or suffer from silently on daily basis, lets get to the fun stuff!!
Create a flow
Once you got your minor issues worked out. You can finally sit and work on your blogging. Either it's the living room shed on lazy afternoon, or your favorite coffee shop downtown, or a park near you that you always feel good when you visit or drop by it for an afternoon walk. Where ever you feel motivated to sit and create is fine!
As long you create a consistent habit that happens naturally without forcing then you are on the right track.
Setting the place and time will help you stay consistent with your blogging!
Don't chase perfection
It's unachievable! And you will achieve nothing! Being a blogger is different from being a writer or a journalist as you get a chance to edit your work without the world falling on your head, and since you use a blogging platform you can edit as many times as you like without "stopping the press" and causing a problem!
Stop procrastinating and publish those drafts, they are good enough!
|Nothing is perfect|
Something to add to your resume
When preparing a resume its always helpful to add some interests and hobbies to give a little bit about your personality to your potential employer. Any human resource manager would be impressed to see that you blog on regular basis. Not only that you will gain respect for what you do (as many people aren't consistent enough to do that) your chances of getting certain jobs will increase compared to others with the same level of skill and experience! (coming from a personal experience).
Did someone say money?
Money is the power that moves the world. Love it or hate it we all need money to live. You can make money off your blog with some basic advertise strategy such as Google Adsense. If your blog is a heavily visited one then you can make a decent amount of money doing what you love and having fun connecting with your fans.
That's inspiring ;)
Even without money involvement, the sense of satisfaction of knowing that your writing could inspire another human, help them solve a problem or change their lives to the better is the best feeling ever!
Blogging will help you reach people you never dreamed you could ever reach and have a positive impact on their lives!
Write with good intent and good things will happen!
Be proud with what you do
work hard on your blog, so its OK to brag a little about it (don't be a
jerk and ruin it for the rest of us!) It's a blogger's duty to offer a
helping hand to his readers and be sociable and modest with them
Encourage other people to blog too!
You might think you aren't that good, but compared to an absolute novice
you know a lot! Get them started on the basics and offer some support
and that is guaranteed to rekindle your love with blogging!
Connect with other bloggers
like a given, but some bloggers isolate themselves from society
and don't communicate enough with fellow bloggers.
It would be a good idea of get together with other bloggers who share
your interests, it will inspire you to write more and grow better as a
blogger in general!
|Connect with other bloggers|
It maybe silly! But offering yourself a little reward after writing a post and publishing it could wonders! It depends on you and what you think of as a reward. It could be something simple like a candy bar or something more meaningful as a walk on the beach (if you happen to live near one).
If a reward can encourage a student to study, why not you?
Have fun blogging!
Blogging should be something you enjoy doing! An escape from everyday stress and drama and a change from your daily working pace (unless you work as a professional blogger, then I have some bad news for you!).
|Blogging is fun|
You are making a difference
Since you are blogging about the experiences you had and your journey through life, you are helping someone else without even knowing it! When blogging the world is your stage and you may never know who read your post and felt better about themselves and decided to change their lives for the better. Therefore you are making a difference and it's only a matter of time before someone tells you that! It will make your day, trust me ;)
I hope these pointers help you jump start your blogging career! Share them with your friends and family, and let the blogging spirit spread!