You’ve done all of the prep work.
You’ve built a solid foundation for your soon-to-be trending blog.
With a creative domain name, a popular blog niche, and a natural passion for your mission, you can practically feel your income itching to multiply.
Of course, your blog won’t generate much of anything- except disappointment- until you fill it with engaging, high-quality content.
This is a pretty easy task in the beginning, when you’re fresh and excited and bursting with creative ideas. However, many bloggers eventually step into hidden landmines.
Some stop writing daily, some neglect their target audience, and others surrender to the dark side of spam.
You’re here because you recognize the value of a well-managed blog and want to succeed without stumbling into the same pitfalls that have doomed so many bloggers before you.
And I’m here because I can make it happen! I built my first blogs while working as a full-time accountant with zero, and I mean zero, experience in the blogging world.
Now I know exactly how to build successful blogs from scratch and I’m passing that wisdom on to you.
Because as much fun as it was to lose $50,000 on a bow tie business and devote five years to hard-learned lessons, I know you’d rather skip right to the part where you make money and see proof of your success.
That’s why today’s lesson focuses on how to blog every day. Once you incorporate blogging into your daily routine, it feels just like a workout or a meal: your day isn’t complete without it.
Use these five techniques to add valuable daily content to your blog without breaking a sweat.
Connect With Your Core Purpose
When I started my blogging journey, I didn’t have a deep purpose. Instead, I chased every shiny object I saw. I had plenty of early passion, but absolutely no follow-through. My efforts were scattered, haphazard, and utterly disorganized.
How many hours did I waste on “good opportunities” that went nowhere?
It wasn’t until I stumbled upon my core purpose that I finally gained momentum. You already know your purpose; it’s reflected in your domain name. Every time you sit down to write a blog, connect with that purpose to remember why you’re writing.
Take Action: Always ask yourself, What do I want to tell my readers? When your core purpose is clearly identified, people will flock to your blog to see what you have to say.
Make Specific Goals and Set Deadlines
When you started your own blog, you made a commitment to yourself. Maybe it was to make some extra money on the side. Or to escape the “dollars for hours” mentality. Or perhaps to finally earn an income from your true passion.
You made an awesome, inspiring commitment to use blogging to improve your life. Now it’s time to set smaller, more specific goals and deadlines in order to achieve that original commitment.
These goals aren’t always romantic and exciting; they’re practical and designed to keep you organized. Consider these questions to get a feel for the goals you can set for yourself:
- When will you write your blogs each day?
- Where will you work?
- How many blogs will you post every day, week, month?
- Who will know your goals and hold you accountable?
- Will you reward yourself for reaching certain goals? If so, how?
Take Action: Set realistic goals for yourself with specific endpoints. Start by setting a daily and weekly goal. For example, “I will write one blog every weekday and post it online before 8PM.” Take a few days to adjust your normal routine as needed in order to consistently achieve your goals.
Carve Out Time to Write Each Day
You wake up and say, “Alright, I’ll get a blog done today.” But then your kids wake up, or you get distracted on Facebook, or you decide it’s the perfect day to mow the lawn. Suddenly, a week has passed and your blog is sitting silent and neglected.
If you’re serious about building a successful blog, writing at least one blog a day must become a daily ritual. Just like brushing your teeth or walking the dog.
But just like exercising, not everybody does their best writing at the same time of day. My wife and I love CrossFit, but I can conquer burpees so much better at 4PM than 6AM. I’m the opposite of my wife, who can’t start her day without an intense early morning workout.
I don’t force myself into a CrossFit session at 6AM because I know I’ll only perform at 40% of my potential. The same principle should be applied to your blogging schedule.
If you know your mornings are hopelessly chaotic, don’t shove blog writing into your AM schedule. You’ll just increase your frustration and diminish your productivity. The trick is to find your “sweet spot” when you hit your writing peak.
Take Action: Ask yourself these questions:
- When am I focused and raring to write?
- When can I concentrate without interruptions?
- When can I incorporate blogging at the same consistent time each day?
Use these questions as a guide to carve out your designating blogging time each day. This is a simple but essential way to transform blogging into an unbreakable daily habit.
Create a Content Calendar
Imagine trying to juggle your bill payments, social obligations, and work functions without the help of a calendar. It’d be madness!
Juggling a successful blog without a defined content calendar is just as hopeless. Blogging every day becomes so much easier when you already have your ideas sketched out.
If you’re not familiar with the term already, a content calendar (or content plan) is a weekly or monthly schedule of planned blogs, promotions, and updates to existing content.
Creating a content calendar helps you stay consistent, purposeful, and organized. With a content calendar in hand, you can skip the aggravation of wondering, What the heck should I say today? and just get down to business.
Take Action: It only takes 0.0034 seconds on Google to find hundreds of valuable articles about content calendars. Do a bit of research and then create your own content calendar. It doesn’t need to be complex or in-depth (personally, I just a free version of Trello to organize what I’m going to write about) it just needs to define the path in front of you.
Find New Ways to Learn and Grow
It’s true that blogging requires a chair, a table, and a computer. But it also requires inspiration and experience, two things best found when you explore out of your comfort zone. Whether you’re visiting new places, meeting new people, or jumping into a new adventure, you’ll nurture the ideas and creativity you need to add more value to your blog.
You can also join a blogging community for extra support. Social media sites all host different types of blogging groups in which members encourage each other, share their thoughts, and hold each other accountable.
Take Action: Hop on Facebook and join my free community of bloggers. Bloggers of all niches face many of the same struggles and questions. Participating in group discussions may pay off with valuable lessons learned, new industry connections, and a fresh burst of encouragement and support.
Wrapping It Up
Blogging daily is the key to a flourishing, profitable blog. Motivation is important, but you need other tools in your arsenal to help you write with consistency and value.
The tips outlined above create a solid writing approach to incorporate blog writing into your daily life.
To recap, here’s the secret to success:
- Connect with your core purpose
- Create specific goals with deadlines
- Carve out time to write each day
- Create a content calendar
- Find new ways to learn and grow
Spend the next few days getting comfortable with the new addition to your routine: blogging. It’s important to adjust to this change before tackling other blogging goals. Blogging daily is an essential skill; once it’s mastered, you can build upon it without limits.
For more support, you can always join the 30-day blog challenge and learn how to launch a profitable blog.