This is Part 2 of the blogging series that I am writing for you. If you would love to know the basics of blogging, then you are in the right place. If you would love to know step by step how to open up a WordPress account, read part one of the series.
Today we will talk about how to create content and keep it consistent. You have set up your blog and now you are wondering how you should go about being consistent. Consistency is key in developing and growing a blog and I can testify. The rule is that if you are going to post twice a day, then post twice a day…continuously. If it’s going to be once a week then let it be once a week and stick to that. Writing, like everything else, requires practice. If you have already compiled articles/ stories to publish, then your work is reduced by half. If you haven’t any articles written down, there is no need to worry because it is what I will be talking about.
Having a notebook is very important. It helps a great deal to have a place where you can easily jot down everything about your blog. It could be passwords to a plethora of tools and services you have signed up for ( Guilty here!), ideas for future blog posts, and anything else that you think will come in handy later. A notebook helps you have a tangible place for your blog related stuff and it helps you stay organized. Again any notebook will work great. I have a larger notebook that stays home and a pocket-sized one that I keep with me for those days when ideas strike and need to be written down before they disappear.
One you have selected a notebook, jot down ideas. ALL. OF. THEM! The great thing about creativity is that inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. It could happen when you are taking a walk, when you are taking a shower, shopping, traveling and sleeping. Yes even sleeping! Make sure your ideas are in line with your over all theme and purpose. Once you have written down your ideas, start drafting blog post topics and outlines. What you do is decide what days in either a week or month you want to post and then assign each of those days a topic. One effective method I love is using sticky notes to write down potential blog topics and a few general ideas I have about them that I may forget. It looks a little something like this:
This is honestly a game changer and helps reduce the time it would normally take to brainstorm ideas, write blog posts and schedule them. This method is very important for me because it helps me have a glance of the whole month and stay aware of what I need to be working on so that I stay within my deadlines. You can do this by setting aside another notebook where you paste multicolored sticky notes (or paper) to write down topics of your blog posts. You can generate ideas and plan up to six months of content and then just work towards drafting and polishing the posts.
Now that you have planned out your months, it is time to draft posts. Having a working schedule will make publishing easier, reduce burnout and, maintain originality. When I started out I was over ambitious and thought posting twice a week would work but after a short while, I had to change my schedule to posting once a week. This allows me to thoroughly experiment with my creations before I posted them and has made it possible for me to publish quality without having burnout. Keep in mind that everything takes practice. Drafting your blog posts days before they are scheduled to be published gives you time to polish them well so you can have well-rounded articles. The great thing with WordPress is that you can write your drafts and you can keep updating them as much as you want until you feel you are ready to hit the publish button. For proofreading, grammar, and spellcheck, I recommend using the world’s best automated proofreader, Grammarly.
Once you have written your posts and are content that they are ready to be published, you can now schedule them. Your posts will be automatically posted on each scheduled day respectively without you doing a single thing. This allows you to plan for the future and allocate your time to doing other things while the blog is being updated consistently.
A great way to make friends in the blogging world aside from social media is by leaving comments on other people’s blogs and liking their posts. Interact with other blogs you admire and your readers. Discover other blogs and bloggers. Comment, like, share views, guest blog, email and encourage each other. It not only helps the owners of other blogs check out yours but also other commenters will be able to visit your blog. It’s a big world out there and it can be fun.
I hope this part was useful to you.
I will be sharing the final part of this 3 Part Series in the coming weeks. It will be a compilation of all the tools that I have used to blog. From image editors to social media scheduling sites. If you are wondering what tool I am using to create these graphics, just stay tuned for Part 3.
If you have any other questions about blogging in general, let me know in the comments below.
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