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Actionable Steps on How to Blog Regularly and Keep Your Blog from Stagnating

Posted by on 13th Sep 2013 | 8 comments

We all know the importance of keeping blogs updated but the question is can we stick to it?

Blogging consistently can be an uphill battle for many people. There are so many excuses for not being able to blog regularly. Business owners easily put blogging aside because they have more important stuff to do. Freelance writers who write for several clients can’t find the time to write on their own blogs.

blog regularly - find when you're most productiveThe result can be frustrating. Your blog suffers and you’ll lose a lot of opportunities for creating more income.

So how do you make the habit stick?

I’ve read an article from Mike Sobol of Search Enging People and it featured 10 ways on how you can be consistent in blogging. He’s presented really simple and actionable steps that I’m sure will help you become more disciplined and consistent.

Here are some tips that have helped me blog regularly:

Find the most productive time for you

There’s a certain time of the day when you’re highly productive. Find it. You’ll get things done a lot faster if you know which time you’re more productive.

I write better in the early hours of the day. I discovered that words flow easily and I can digest info a lot better. This could be probably because no one’s up and everything’s quiet but I used to write better between 6 p.m.and 12 midnight and that’s a time when everyone’s at home so I’m guessing that it’s not just because I have the house to myself.

These times change. You could be more productive at 5 a.m. today and then at 2 p.m. a couple of weeks from now so be prepared to adjust.

Shut everyone out

Being around so many people can suck at times. You sure can’t write continuously when someone’s constantly bugging you so be brave enough to tell people you live with to leave you alone even for just a few hours.

When I was starting out, I was living with a lot of people and my work area was either the living room or the dining table. And it’s really hard to focus on writing when you’re constantly asked to do something or they call your attention for something you really don’t have anything to do with.

It breaks concentration and makes you just want to strangle someone.

What I did was to go out and work at coffee shops or the gym. Even though these are public places, people usually don’t bother you so it helped me get more stuff done.

Talk to your housemates. Tell them that as much as you enjoy their company, you need to work and that means leaving you undisturbed for at least 4 hours. Do it politely and explain your work flow. Most people would understand.

Set a specific amount of time for writing and take frequent breaks

Once you’re settled in, take a timer and set it to ring after 30, 40, or 50 minutes depending on how much work you need to do. Write continuously and don’t stop until the timer goes off. That means no Facebook, phone calls, text messages, or emails.

Imprison yourself for that time frame and you’ll be surprised at how quickly tasks can be done.

Taking frequent breaks is also advisable because it keeps your mind refreshed. If you work continuously for long hours, you’ll get exhausted easily and won’t get many tasks done.

This is a lot like the Pomodoro technique, which has worked really well for a lot of people.

Always be on the lookout for ideas

One reason for failing to blog regularly is the lack of something to blog about. Make sure that you already have a blog topic before you open your computer. You’ll waste a lot of time if you don’t.

That means always be ready to capture ideas. Look for inspiration everywhere and be sure to…

Always have your iPhone or a pen and notebook

I’ve written before that blog ideas can hit you unexpectedly so you must be ready to take note. That’s why you should always have a pen and paper or your iPhone. The notepad feature can be useful when jotting down ideas for titles, link sources, and even titles. You can also download apps like Evernote.

Make an editorial calendar.

It helps to plan your posts early. That way, you don’t have to continually rack your brains for possible topics. Use Google calendar or simply create an Excel sheet.

It’d be better if you can have at least a month’s worth of possible articles. Having an editorial calendar is also good in case you decide to outsource your posts.

Download distraction-free apps for writing

Even though you’ve promised yourself to not check Facebook or send a tweet while working, the temptation to do an Alt-Tab and open a new browser can be very hard to resist.

Download distraction-free apps like Omm Writer or Write Monkey. I’ve tried Write Monkey and it’s really cool. Your laptop monitor will rid all distractions and all you’ll see is a black background and the words you type.

Take baby steps

If you’re just starting out, don’t overwhelm yourself with huge goals or expectations. Take things slowly. Take baby steps. Don’t rush because you’re only going to encounter more problems.

If you think you’ll find it difficult to blog regularly, then start small. Aim for 1 post a week then work from there. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.

If all else fails, just go back to what matters to you the most: your love for writing. Stop thinking about failing to meet your client’s needs for a while and focus on why you’re blogging. That should help motivate you to stick to blogging regularly.

 


Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

8 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Metz on 14th Sep 2013

    Consistent blogging will bring positive outcome. To find the most productive time for you is certainly helping. While, being in a crowded place is not good. It is irritating, annoying and it keeps me away from focusing. Take Baby steps. Take it slow, slowly but surely. :) Brilliant post, I must say.

  • Posted by Gautham on 14th Sep 2013

    Hi,

    Consistent blogging as Metz quoted, is good for the readers and Search engines love it as well, if you are targeting organic traffic. If we are away on a vacation, we need schedule posts to fill the time are away. Thanks for sharing these tips.
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  • Posted by Ajit Tiwari on 15th Sep 2013

    hello Irwin,
    This is a big problem, when people are around you. and even i faced this problem a lot specially with my 3 years old son,
    so i had changed my time and now i work only in night time when everyone is in deep sleep.

    and this works great once we set a specific amount of time for writing. and specially social sites this consume much time then any other work.

    To look for ideas is still a big issue really. and finally as am new at this place am correct posting 1 article 1 week almost,

    Finally thanks for the awesome post, but as i mention earlier can you come up with post on tips to get content ideas specially as a blogger.
    as a new blogger this is my biggest hectic….. and suggestions be away from social sites till you complete your article……specially for new bloggers like me.

  • Posted by Your Name on 15th Sep 2013

    The most important part is the time management. I don’t get time for blogging which I love the most.

  • Posted by Edson Hale on 16th Sep 2013

    Hey Irwin you are right idea does not knock the door, it directly dashed into our mind so we must take a notebook or tab with us all the time and note down it to implement it in free time. Rest of the tips are also awesome.
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  • Posted by Minhajul Islam on 18th Sep 2013

    Thanks. Very nice post. It’s a big problem to write blog post consistently. I like the tip “Baby steps”.
    Usually I write all my blog post at night. I am more productive at night when everyone sleeps deeply. The quietness of night helps me to stay productive.
    When you write at your home, select a separate room. keep the door closed. You can hang a printed poster on the door saying “Excuse Me, I am busy now”.
    To get blog post ideas I would say Keep an eye on everyday news related to your blogging topics. Also read blogs related to your blogging topics. You will get the idea.
    Thanks.

  • Posted by Rahul Pahal on 21st Sep 2013

    regular consistency is the backbone for any blog. No one can get 25 hours in a day. But we can manage our 24 hours in such a way that we can get done all important things along with blogging. And I must say that great management tips are given in this post.
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  • Posted by Denis D. on 2nd Oct 2013

    I want to add a cool tip that might help some people that want to regularly publish blog posts. If you have one free day like a Saturday or Sunday then sit down for the whole day uninterrupted and write down all the popssible ideas that you can think of for your blog posts. After writing the ideas start writing as much as possible and complete one post after another, not forgetting to take some breaks in between. You will be surprised at how many blog posts you can write in the span of 8 hours. Now that you are done with at least 10 blog posts, sit back and for the next two weeks publish them over regular time intervals, just make sure to proof read them and edit.

    This strategy works well for me and I usually publish 3 solid posts per week. Sometimes if I have the whole weekend off I can write up to 25 posts and have them sit in the que waiting to be published at specified time.
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