Blogging is exciting, especially if you’re covering topics that you truly are interested in – and if you are new to it. After a while, though, even if you may have an inherent passion about the topics you write about, you will find that dry periods occur more than you want. After all, how many ways can you spin a topic? How many angles can you approach a niche from?
One thing you have to realize is this: blogging involves some effort.
You may have regular bursts of inspiration and productivity, but if you’re in it for the long haul, you will have to consciously work on things.
If you’re in a rut – or something of that sort – you might want to take steps to supercharge your blogging this year. Here are three really simple ways you can do this.
Write every day.
Writing is a skill, although we cannot deny that some people seem to have been born with a talent for writing. Just like any other skill, writing needs to be practiced, and the only way to do this is to commit to writing every single day.
You might be thinking: “But I already do that. It’s my job!”
What I am talking about, though, is setting aside a specific period of time to focus on your pet writing project. Something that takes you away from your daily routine.
Do you have a personal blog that is not really related to work? Have you been sitting on a novel/short story/book? Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing an amazing article that you want to submit to your favorite popular site?
Why not set aside 30 minutes – or even 20 minutes – every day to work on this pet project? Commit to working on this and forget everything else. Just keep at it till you find yourself unable to go a day without these 20 or 30 minutes.
Read. Every day.
Writing every day is great. It’s like working your muscles every day and seeing the results after a few weeks.
There is, however, another side to the coin, and that is reading.
Writing regularly is not enough. You need to up the ante, improve your writing style, open yourself up to excellent writing.
And how exactly can you do that? By reading the work of other writers.
Obviously, I am referring to high quality writing. There is a glut of pieces online, and you really need to sift through that if you want to pick up good writing style and habits.
So yeah, while Buzzfeed and 9gag may make your day with their lists and belly-busting images, you might want to allot some time for other sites. Naturally, your personal preferences will play a large role in your selection, but here are some sites that provide good reading:
To add order to your day, I suggest making this reading time exclusive – just like with the writing time I talked about earlier. For example, set aside 20-30 minutes to visit your preferred sites and only read. Again, get rid of distractions and be purposeful in your reading.
Don’t read just for pleasure. Pay close attention to the topic, the way the title is written, and the way the sentences are crafted. Turn this time into a learning moment – and apply what you learn when you write.
Interact with other writers/bloggers.
Writing is a solitary activity, but improving your skills does not mean you can’t be social about it. One simple thing that you can do to supercharge your blogging is to increase your interaction with other bloggers. It’s a common tip you find in articles such as this one, actually.
The point I want to highlight, however, is more about learning and sharing (as opposed to getting exposure and making contacts, although that will be a natural – and wanted – byproduct). Comment on blog posts. Join groups on LinkedIn and Quora and post questions and your own experiences.
Remember your goal: to learn and share what you know, still with the intention of picking up pointers and ideas.