Starting a blog may be easy, but keeping it going is a challenge that very few people have the time and energy for. Your blog will only grow if you add valuable content a few times a week, so it’s important that you invest the right amount of effort into the blog in order to keep making progress on it.
Struggling to find time? Here are some tips to help you prioritize your day so that you’ll have both the time and energy to start that blog and keep it rolling:
Make a list of topics
Not sure what to blog about? No worries! Take a few minutes to think about what you’d like to say on your blog, then write down a list of 10 to 20 ideas for posts. Make it a point to add topics to the list every weekend until you have 50 ideas to write about. Then, every month or so, when the list runs low, add more topics. That way, when it comes time to sit down and write the posts, you can just pick from the list.
Set a time of day
It may seem easier said than done, but it’s the key to actually making the time to write. Set aside half an hour to an hour every day, and take that time to go into your office or onto the porch with your laptop and a pair of headphones. Block out the world during that one hour, and make it a point to ONLY blog for that short amount of time.
Focus on the important things
What do you really want to blog about? You may not be interested in politics, news, religion, health, or sports, but perhaps you want to blog about a passion of yours. Think about what topics are most important, and focus on those. It will keep you inspired about your blog.
Do more than one at a time
Many people find that writing multiple posts at once helps them to get a lot more done, rather than trying to do them one a day. If you can write three or four posts on the weekend, you’ll have all of your posts for the week.
Work starts in your mind
The writing process begins in your mind, starting out as an idea and slowly forming into a post. Set your mind to work on new ideas well before it comes time to sit down and write, and the posts will write themselves!
Commit to it
That commitment to your blog is the key to actually posting. Make it a point to post once, twice, or even three times a week, come hell or high water. You can always do more, but NEVER do less!
Create your headspace
What helps you get in the mood for blogging? Is it your favorite music, a cup of coffee, or a special snack? Having a ritual has been proven to help get your “head in the game” for writing those blog posts.
Follow these tips, and you’ll find that blogging–while never easy–is eminently doable!