6 Simple ways to keep blogging from being a burden
This page may contain links to Amazon.com or other sites from which I may receive commission on purchases you make after clicking on such links. Read my full Disclosure Policy
There’s no question about it – blogging takes time. As a solopreneur with a to-do list as long as your arm, updating your blog may not always make it to the top of that list. However, it’s a valuable marketing strategy, so resist the urge to just leave it on the back burner.
Here are six tips for taking the weight off your shoulders and making blogging the enjoyable and profitable activity it should be.
1. Find your best writing times
Each of us has a unique set of energy cycles. For example, you might feel most inspired in the mornings just after you wake up. Set aside time during these periods for working on blog posts.
2. Block time for blogging
Instead of scrambling to whip up a blog post just before you publish it, devote an afternoon or even a whole day to writing and loading up your blog with draft posts. If you write a number of posts at one time, you’ll be set for several days or weeks, and you won’t be sidelined when you just don’t feel like writing, or when other emergencies come up.
3. Keep an ideas file
Whenever you get an idea for a post, whether you’re working, walking your dog, or even going to sleep, write it down. A recent Blogging Organizers poll revealed that the majority of members use a paper notebook to capture their blogging ideas. Other popular choices include a Word document, Evernote, OneNote, and an editorial calendar. Several members admitted to keeping their ideas in their head, but I don’t actually recommend that.
Whichever tool you prefer, start a file for your blogging ideas and just keep adding to it. When you’re feeling uninspired or have writer’s block, refer to this file and choose a topic that strikes your fancy.
You might also set aside time for brainstorming topics. Let the ideas fly and don’t judge whether or not they’re worthwhile. An idea might seem off-the-wall now, but may be a winner later.
4. Keep a list of sources
Bookmark good websites for getting new ideas when you run out. You can find interesting ideas absolutely anywhere, but some of the best resources include forums, question and answer sites, article directories, social media sites, or other blogs. Read what people are talking about. When a question is posted that’s relevant to your area of expertise, write a blog post that answers it.
5. Outsource and edit
Hire someone to draft short articles, then edit their work to flesh it out with your own ideas and give it your own voice. As they come to know you, they can even come up with post ideas for you.
6. When the inspiration dies…
If you just don’t feel like blogging, don’t! If you write when you’re not feeling inspired, it’ll show, and you need to give your readers nothing less than your best.
When you’re feeling uninspired, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just take on some other tasks from your to-do list and move on.
How do you keep blogging from being a burden? Do you have something to add to this list?
Image © stokkete / depositphotos