I’ve been blogging for around 16 years now. It’s become a habit for me so it’s relaxing. However, blogging can be stressful, so let’s look at some blogging tips which will help.
Blogging tips to help you to blog more, more easily
Why blog? I blog for one simple reason: blogging delivers opportunities. I quickly discovered that my blogs brought me clients, so I could focus less on marketing, and more on writing.
For writers, blogging’s an easy form of marketing, no matter what kind of writing you do.
Let’s look at some tips which will help you to blog more.
1. Generate ideas which work for your blog, fast
What do you want your blog to do? Decide on the results you want from your blogging. When you know what you want, you can generate ideas which will help you to achieve what you want — FAST.
For example, let’s say that you’re a beginning writer, and you want to get hired to write. Ask yourself who you’d like to hire you. Today, there are more opportunities for writers than there have ever been, but you need to decide what you want.
You’ll get hired faster if you focus on local writing gigs, if you’re a beginner. No matter where you live in the world, the competition’s a lot lower if you focus on getting local gigs.
When you’re looking for ideas to help you to get local gigs, think local. Make a list of topics. Your topics depend on what you feel comfortable writing about. Maybe you’re comfortable writing about local shopping, or local sports.
Your topics aren’t important. Just keep your eye on what you want: you want to be hired by local businesses.
Once you’ve created a list of topics, to get ideas on those topics, ask yourself: who, what, why, when, where and how.
2. Write a SHORT blog post (or post an image)
Currently many bloggers report that they’re getting good results by writing longer blog posts of around 2,000 words.
So what? Just because professional bloggers tell you that 2K word blog posts work for them, it doesn’t mean that they would work for you. Keep your attention on what you want your blog to do for you, and do what makes sense for you.
It’s your blog. Experiment. Sticking with our scenario of a beginning writer, who wants to get hired to write by local businesses, you might try posting a very short blog post (50 words), or even just an image.
3. Choose a day, and write blog posts titles, and mini outlines
I do all my blog preparation on Sunday afternoons. I write a series of blog post titles, and write a few sentences as an outline. I then post these to WordPress as draft posts.
If I’m in the mood, I also create a few images for the posts.
Once you have a draft post, and an image, it’s easier to complete the post.
Tip: don’t TRY. Drop your expectations. A title’s nothing at all. You can change it at any time, and you certainly will. When you’re writing your titles, and mini outlines, your sole aim is to create a few drafts. Write.
Trying to write well will block you. Professional writers focus on getting words — any words — onto the computer screen. They know that they can always fix the words later.
4. Bored? Set a timer for ten minutes
You’re bored. You’d rather jab a sharp stick into your eyeball than write a blog post.
Set a timer for ten minutes. Write. When the timer sounds, you’re done. You may become inspired before the ten minutes are up and write more. Or you may not. Either way, you’ve created a draft blog post, and that’s an achievement.
5. Love a topic? Write a series of posts on the topic
When you hit on a topic you enjoy writing about, develop a series of posts. Go deep into the topic. Remember, who, what, why, when, where and how.
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