I put up a blog post (almost) every day, and sometimes, I put up more than one a day. On top of this, I write for clients, write for other projects, work on books, and other things. Some of you don’t have all these other writing commitments, but still want some ideas on getting more writing out the door. Here are some thoughts into my process that I hope will give you a framework for writing a blog post (almost) every day.
- Read something new every day. Need a starting point? Try Alltop. (Hint: read something outside your particular circle to get new thoughts).
- Talk with people every day. I get many of my topic ideas from questions people pose to me, or through conversations.
- Write down titles and topic ideas in a notepad file. ( I’ve given you 100 blog topics and another 20 blog topics just to get started.)
- Maintain a healthy bookmarking and revisiting habit. I use Delicious.com
- Find 20-40 minutes in every day to sit still and type.
- Follow an easy framework. Here are 27 blogging secrets to start you on what I mean.
- Get the post up fast, not perfect. You can edit if you have to, later. Perfectionism kills good habits.
- Dissect other people’s posts to understand what makes them tick. The more you understand of HOW they write, the more you can take the best parts of it into how you write. (hint, my 27 blogging secrets post gives you my patterns.)
- Find useful and interesting pictures. I use Flickr photos licensed under Creative commons for most of my photos. This helps me sometimes get a great photo for a post I already have in mind, but it also gives me post material sometimes.
- Think about what your customers and prospects need. I write from the perspective of the communities I serve. Every post is aimed at something I believe will be helpful to my community in some form or another. This focus takes some weight off my worries about what I should write about or not. I write about what my community needs.
- Mix things up by sometimes blogging on paper first.
- Mix things up by writing guest posts for sites that aren’t like yours. This gives your mind new formats to think about. I did this recently as part of a project and I loved it.
- Mix things up by changing the lengths of your posts: some long, some brief. Learn what makes an impact how.
- Never worry about throwing up the occasional “best of” post, once you get enough material. Example: here’s My best advice about blogging.
It’s not easy, but once you develop the habits, they stick with you. I’m writing quite regularly now, but it took me several years to get my groove down to a science. Some days, it’s still thrown off. Busy schedules can get the best of us, no matter what. That said, try to keep some content “in the can,” so that you’re rarely at a loss to keep your audience happy.
What do you think? Any other ideas to add?
Credit: Chris Brogan