Having a hard time staying motivated and blogging consistently?
Today, I have a really cool episode. I'm going to be talking about one of the biggest problems that bloggers tend to have.Not only bloggers, but podcasters and bloggers as well, and that is how do you stay consistent? If you want to have a successful blog, being consistent is one of the most important things you can do. It doesn't matter how often you do it. It just matters that you do it on a set schedule. So, if you start doing daily, you really need to keep that up. If you want to blog weekly, it's just important that you set a day and you try to do it every week at that time.
If you want to have a successful blog, being consistent is one of the most important things you can do. It doesn't matter how often you do it. It just matters that you do it on a set schedule.
The example I like to use to show kind of why it's bad if you're not consistent is, say you find a new favorite restaurant and you really love the food there. You start going maybe once every other week or something like that. Well, say one day you're really excited for that food at the restaurant. You go there and there's a sign on the door that says sorry, we're closed. We're on vacation or whatever it is, and we'll be back in a week. That is just really disappointing when you have your mind set, when you're ready for that favorite food that you have and then you don't get to have it. Then, what's going to happen the next time you want that food? You might go one more time and check, but if it happens twice then you're definitely going to be thinking twice about it before you decide to take that drive all the way over to eat at the restaurant because hey, what if they're just closed out of the blue again?
It's the same way with content. When people come to expect content on a schedule, like on a certain day, then it's going to be that much more easy for that person to not come back again to check for your content. So, how do you stay consistent? Well, first of all, I'm just going to say here it's probably not that you're forgetting to write. It's more probably that you don't feel like writing or you can't come up with a topic or you're just having a really hard time getting started. Well, I've had and still do have all of those problems and these are some things that I like to do to help me stay productive.
Okay, the first tip is that you should try to consume content yourself. Like, find some content, whether it's blog articles, or podcasts or videos about whatever your topic that you are blogging about is. Staying up to date on news or blog articles in your niche is a really good way to help you stay inspired. Just gives you ideas of things that you might want to write about and you don't necessarily want to write exactly about the things that you've read, but like I said, they'll give you ideas and inspire you so that when it comes to the time when you're supposed to be writing, you'll have some ideas and some references to fall back on.
Keep a Content Calendar
Okay, the second tip is a really important one and that is to keep a content calendar. Now, a content calendar doesn't have to be really complicated. I think the most important thing to do, though, is any time you think of an interesting topic that you might want to write about, write it down. Just, no matter what it is, whether you have to send yourself a text message or send yourself an email to remind you to actually put it in your content calendar. Always put things in your content calendar because you'll find that you come up with ideas at some pretty random times and when you can put those all in one place and then come back and then really go over them and refine them and organize them, that will be extremely helpful.
Create Different Content Formats
Okay, number three is maybe consider trying to do a different format of your content. Sometimes I really just don't feel like writing and if you've listened to the podcast before you know I don't like to write very much. That's why I do this podcast. This is a hundred times easier for me to do than it is for me to sit down and actually write out a blog post of a thousand or 2,000 words, so if you're sitting down to write and you really are just not feeling like it, then try recording a podcast or try making a video. It's not like you're going to have to do that every week, but just do it that one week and post that instead of text. Some other types of content you could do are infographics if you're good at graphic design or you could do a PowerPoint presentation and publish it on SlideShare. That way you can embed it in your blog.
Use a Tool
Okay, and the final tip I'll give, this is something that I try not to do very often, but it's kind of a last resort. If I'm really just having a hard time getting excited about writing either a blog post or coming up with a blog post idea, I'll go and use some tools called blog post generators and you can just go search Google. There's a ton of them out there. Some of them are better than others, but essentially, they'll ask you to put a topic in. Some of them don't even need a topic. They'll come up with a topic for you, but some of the better ones allow you to put in a subject and then a description of what kind of subject it is that you're talking about. Then, it will spit out like five or 10 really pretty interesting blog title ideas.
To give you an idea about what I'm talking about, I'm going to go to HubSpot. They have a blog title generator and in their tool, they ask for up to three nouns and you just fill in the nouns. In this I'm just going to put fishing as the noun and I'm going to hit the submit button. Here's what they gave me. Number one, Five Tools that Everyone in the Fishing Industry Should Be Using. Number two, Think You're Cut Out for Fishing? Take This Quiz. Number three, What Will Fishing Be Like in 100 Years? Number four, 14 Common Misconceptions About Fishing, and number five, 10 Quick Tips About Fishing. Sometimes I have to try one or two different tools, but eventually I'll come across a title that gets me kind of inspired to write. As a bonus, you've got a really catchy title that you don't have to come up with.
Those are some of the things that I like to do when I'm feeling stuck or not motivated or I just want to be able to come up with something to write about. If you've got any tips that you'd like to share, just leave a comment below. All right, that's going to do it for this episode. If you have any questions about what I talked about, or if you've got a question you'd like me to answer on an upcoming podcast, you can send an email to Podcast@AllThingsBlogging.com and I'll make sure to get back to you right away. Finally, if you haven't had a chance yet, please take a minute or two to give us a rating or review on iTunes, Stitcher, the Google Play Store or anywhere else you might be listening to this podcast from. As always, thank you so much for joining me and I hope the rest of your week is great. Hope you'll join me next week for another episode of All Things Blogging.