If you can’t seem to blog consistently you are suffering through a frustrating ride.
Traffic up, then down. Then down deeper. Maybe you see a mini spike after posting for the first time in months. Then the bottom drops out. Almost like riding on a boat being tossed around in a hurricane.
Cut through this wild, annoying, disheartening roller coaster ride by following 5 tips to:
- blog consistently
- become prolific
- increase blog traffic
- increase your blogging profits
1: Enjoy the Ride
Enjoy the ride.
Writer’s block = tension.
Prolific Bloggers = no tension.
Pick a niche you love. Cover it consistently. The tense feeling vanishes. You blog consistently.
When blogging feels like work you will struggle to get the job done but when it feels fun, you’ll become prolific.
2: Stick to a Modest Posting Schedule
Do not blog daily. Blog weekly. Or 2 times weekly.
If you are having a terrible time blogging regularly you probably picked an ambitious posting schedule. This common error hamstrings most bloggers at least once during their careers.
The goal is not to create a high volume of content over months. The ultimate goal is to create helpful, rich resources which solve a specific problem for your audience, over the course of years.
Any top blogger persistently helped their ideal reader with pressing problems over years if not over a decade.
Post once weekly as a newbie. If you feel flooded with ideas post twice weekly. 3 times may be the charm but only if it feels really, really good. No overwhelm setting in, right? Good.
Be honest; can you sustain with blogging 3 times weekly for the next 5 years? Answer that question to find the right posting frequency so you can blog consistently.
3: Write 1000 Words Daily for Practice
Write 1000 words daily for practice in a Word document. Trash the document after finishing.
If 1000 words feels overwhelming aim for 500 words. If 500 words feels too intimidating you are in the wrong blogging niche or maybe you should not be blogging. Because a few hundred words should flow if you put 1/10th of your energy in the moment toward writing about your blogging niche.
Consistency problems are creativity problems. Slamming into the wall of writer’s block is akin to facing a fear and turning around. Writing 500 to 1000 words daily helps you climb the wall to reach the other side. The other side being, you being a prolific blogger.
Establish this habit daily. Pick a time when you feel energized. I can write morning or night but you should pick a time frame that works for you.
4: Follow Inspirational Bloggers
Follow inspirational bloggers from your niche.
Top bloggers clue you in to what you need to do and how you need to do it to blog with consistency.
Top bloggers also supply you with rich blog post ideas through topics covered on their blogs.
These dynamos also help you to edge out of your comfort zone, pushing you to write when you feel afraid to write.
Follow successful bloggers. If they can blog consistently for years on end you can write and publish a weekly blog post. The top pros in any niche give you permission to be great through their example.
Note; leave the struggling bloggers behind. Only because your life becomes the sum total of the 5 closest friends you surround yourself with.
5: Keep Your Ears Open for Pressing Problems
Do you feel frustrated by a lack of blogging ideas?
Keep your ears to the cyber street.
Run hashtag searches related to your niche on Twitter. Ask people how they are struggling in your niche. Follow comments on top blogs from your niche. Seize these problems. Turn the problems into blog posts.
Answer each problem through your solution-post. Never run out of blogging ideas again.
Check out this 1 telling analogy between writer’s block and when I spent time in NYC:
What tips can you add to this list?
How do you blog consistently?
Or are you having a tough time blogging consistently?