I’ve started and abandoned more blogs than I can event tell you, so I’m writing this from the perspective of someone who has tried to blog consistently and failed, but also from the perspective of someone who has overcome that struggle.
The following 3 tips will help you blog consistently.
1. Determine your own blogging rhythm.
Much of the failure to blog consistently comes, I believe, from trying to be someone other than yourself and comparing yourself with others. I’m still not blogging as often each week as I think I “should” be, but I’ve settled into a good blogging rhythm for me, and that has made all the difference in the world with my consistency.
2. Blog about an area of passion.
Unless we’re blogging just for fun and on topics such as family or perhaps a hobby we just want to write about, many bloggers hope to bring in some income through their blogs.
That is all well and good, but it is possible for that focus to backfire. I’m speaking from experience here in that some of my abandoned blogs were ones that I started in what I thought would be a lucrative niche, and thus the choice to blog on those topics.
Choosing to blog for profit is not a mistake, but choosing a topic based on potential profit, without there being the passion to go with it IS a mistake. At least it has been for me.
3. Write every day.
It’s not essential to post a blog post every day, but writing every day makes a big difference when it comes to consistently putting out great content. I recommend at least 30 minutes of writing every day, but even 15 minutes can make a difference if done consistently.
There are a couple of things that writing every day does for you. The first one is that you develop a writing routine. It is hard to get into a routine when you only do something sporadically. Routines make life more efficient, and the time spent more productive.
I see writing like exercise. You’ll never get into shape if you don’t exercise consistently, and you’ll never blog consistently without making writing a normal part of each day.
There may be some days when you’re not in the right mindset to do quality writing. On those days, simply do some freewriting or journaling. You might be surprised with what you come up with when you journal or do other types of relaxed writing. Some of it might well make a good blog post and even if it doesn’t, it still keeps your writing muscles in good shape.
How frequently do you publish blog posts? Do you find that writing every day helps keep your writing muscles in shape? Please share your tips and struggles with blogging consistently in the comment section below.