Even though social media seems to be where most businesses focus their attention these days, there is still a great deal of value and benefit to blogging!
I publish a new blog post every Tuesday. (I also publish a new – shorter post Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.) I do so because…
- It increases my visibility
- It gives me content to share on social media
- It evokes conversation
- It helps with my SEO
- It lets potential clients see I’m serious about staying on top of industry trends, etc.
Over the years, I’ve come up with a few little tricks/habits that have helped me become a more consistent blogger. Because, if you’re going to blog, consistency is key.
Just like it doesn’t take very long to develop a bad habit, it doesn’t take long to create a new habit either! Stick with it, and blogging will soon become second nature to you!
Five consistent blogging habits you can start building now!
Pick a day. Choose a day (or days if you’re blogging more than once a week) to blog and stick to it. Whether it’s one day a week, one day a month, one day every other week… it doesn’t matter – just pick your day. I recommend starting with a manageable goal because it’s much easier/better to add more posts to your schedule than less. If you think you’ll have trouble writing a weekly blog post, then post bi-weekly to start. Schedule this like you would any other appointment.
Read other blogs. You can’t possibly become a good blogger without reading other good blogs. Find some blogs you enjoy (ask for recommendations if necessary), and build blog reading time into your daily schedule. You’ll find more often than not, a well-written blog post will inspire you to write a post of your own!
Set reminders. If you don’t trust yourself to remember to write your posts, have a back up plan. Create reminders on your phone and/or computer to buzz you when it’s time for you to write a new one! Since I keep Evernote open all of the time, I have a social media/blogging schedule note I refer to every day so I make sure I don’t miss anything!Haphazard blogging habits create a haphazard blogger!Click To Tweet
Take notes. Blog content ideas will come to you more often, the more often you read other blogs and write your own posts. You’ll need a system to keep track of those ideas. Find one that works for you and stick to it. Whether it’s creating a swipe file on a note pad or in something like Evernote, adding notes to an editorial calendar, a document on your computer, whatever … find a way to keep track of those ideas, and review them when it’s time to write.
Create a signal for your brain. It can be difficult to switch from business owner mode to blog writer mode. Some folks find it helpful to have some sort of physical switch or signal to get their brain into a creative state. It might be setting a timer, pouring a cup of tea, lighting a candle, or having a snack. Just make it something that will signal your brain that it’s time to do something else. Tip: If you make it a ritual you really enjoy, it will be much easier to stick to this great new habit you’re developing!
What are some tips you can share for being a more consistent blogger?
Also published on Medium.