You want to start blogging, and that’s great! So, where do you start? Do you really need a blog? What topic are you going to write about? Where are you going to get ideas? How you are going to get it all done?
I have gathered a few great tips from Lifehack.org blogging experts to get you started. There are a great many amazing bloggers who have created their best lifestyles on the foundation of blogging, so these questions should form the foundation of the blog you’re planning.
“Blogging is the new poetry of our time!” - Author Unknown
Do you need a blog?
Why am I advocating adding another thing to your daily task list? Why am I telling you why you need a blog?
Because blogging isn’t going anywhere.
More importantly, it’s not something that should be seen as adding to what you’re doing—on the contrary, blogging (if done well), can be the most productive thing you do all day, and can even take the place of many of your daily “to-do”s. You might need to step out of your comfort zone, but trust me—it’s worth it.
Focus on Your Passion
What keeps most bloggers motivated and productive is the reminder of why they are doing what they are doing. Most of us started out with a mission: a vision to share our skills, knowledge or experiences with the world in the hope that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Reconnect with that passion daily, hang a quote about it over your desk if necessary, and when you realize you have gone off track, look up and get back to writing that good content that will make you not just the most productive, but the best blogger on the block.
Create a Stockpile of Blog Post Ideas
Just as there are days when you struggle to come up with something to blog about, there are also days when you have so many ideas that you can’t possibly cover them all. When these days come around, make sure you write down all your ideas, either down on paper or in a file saved on your computer. When you aren’t motivated or can’t think of something “good” to blog about, consult your list—you might find yourself inspired again.
This is what a “normal” day could look like for me:
- Wake up at 6. Try to get two or three blog posts finished.
- Go to work at 8.
- Work until lunch. Try to write 1,000 words (on anything: blogs, books, etc.)
- Work until 5. On the way home, brainstorm and plan the evening’s writing goals.
- Write until 8 or 9 pm (I like to do this in Starbucks, because everyone loves to make fun of writers in Starbucks).
- Go to bed.
Why You Must Have A Schedule
When you have all the time in the world for work, you end up using all that time to work. If you resign yourself to the fact you have the entire day to finish your workload, it will literally take the entire day to finish. It just happens to work that way.
I can speak from personal experience—I work better with time constraints, and you probably do too. If I limit my working time to 4 hours, I’m betting I’ll get all the work done. I’ll find a way to.
Now, with a great foundation and some helpful tips like these, you too will soon be on your way to being a awesome blogger! Find your passion, find your rhythm, and share your most epic stories.
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