by M Frederick
Want a consistent and compelling blog? Love and writing journals are all you need.
|Blogging. Intention. Love. Focus. (BILF)
Okay, forget the acronym - We will keep it simple here. I will start by telling you a short story on my writing history.
Once upon a time, I thought blogging was easy. 2 years ago I thought blogging was easy. The reason I thought blogging was easy - my perspective of the blogosphere was minimal, to say the least.
I didn't have a blog. Not one that I took seriously anyway. Then, on a beautiful sunny day in Seattle, a friend asked me this question:
"If you're a writer, why don't you have a blog?"
I didn't have an answer for him.
Over the next couple days, that question stuck in my mind. Perhaps the universe used my friend as a channel to relay a message to me.
I decided to educate myself on blog styles and what others were blogging about. I jumped in with both feet.
After jumping in, I found myself a bit perplexed on what I could blog about. I have many interests - it wasn't an issue with that. I didn't know how to format my interests into blog posts. I wasn't sure how to lay it out. I wasn't sure if I had enough ideas to truly start a blog.
Then it dawned on me -- "Your private journals!"
I jumped up and ran to my desk. I sat down in my chair, scanned the desk, and it then occurred to me that I didn't have a private journal.
That instant reaction to check something that I didn’t own at the time was a clear indication — It was time for a change.
That happened almost 2 years ago. I now have a private journal - in fact, I have several of them.
So, how does this apply to maintaining consistency in blog posts? It's quite simple:
Use your journals. Even journals from 10 or 15 years ago. Take ideas from them and use them as an outline for future posts. If you have enough journals, you could potentially outline blog posts for the next 6 months.
Often when we neglect our blog it's because we don't want to add mediocre material. We want to continue dazzling our readers with our brilliance.
Even if that's not the reason - then surely your reason is time constraints. You don't have the time (or willingness to create the time) to write every day. You can't think of anything interesting to add today. You don't want to repeat any content.
The list is long and we've all faced a few of them. Perhaps you have battled all of them. With dedication and willingness, a consistent blog will manifest itself naturally over time.
I'd like to offer a few suggestions in maintaining consistency with your blog.
Everyone has their own challenges. Consistent blogging is difficult while juggling responsibilities at home, work, and/or school. The good news is that you can make the time without sacrificing any previous commitments.
If you're not blogging consistently, evaluate your self-awareness. You are a blogger. You are a writer. You have value and people want to hear what you have to say.
So, now what? Am I really saying that internal discussion is the most crucial aspect of maintaining a consistent blog? Yes - I am saying that.
With personal affirmation comes confidence. Confidence breeds productivity.
With outlines or journals at your side - writer's block ceases to exist. You're grounded in the topic as you sit down to write.
As you begin working - just keep writing. There will be moments you'll deal with distractions. Make sure these distractions are things that are out of your control. For example - Social media, phone, television, etc. are things that are easily shut down before the writing process begins.
If you have children, that's another story.
My suggestion for those types of distractions is to talk with your family. Explain to them what writing means to you. Tell them you need one hour (or five) per day to work on your craft. Offer a compromise for their kindness and understanding.
Make a specific time to write. Try to write at the same time every day. This type of discipline is similar to your body cycles. Sleep, digestion, and so-on. It builds routine and your body craves routine. Cells are more productive when they work on a healthy cycle.
Personally, I write in the evening. Right now, it's 8:36 PM.
Every day, my muse knows when it's between 7 PM and 11 PM, she must be ready to work. She follows her schedule extremely well.
Read a lot. As often as you can. If you are a reader, you know why I suggest this. If you're not a reader and you start reading, you'll soon begin to understand why I suggest it.
My final suggestion is to take these suggestions and make them your own. Form your own formula around them. Everyone is different in terms of schedules, children, work, sleeping, and required writing time.
If you are looking to make your blog more consistent and more compelling for your readers - you can achieve it with relentless focus, desire, and setting noble goals for yourself.
You are a Blogger. Write Today. Write Tomorrow. Write Every day.
And Love What You Do.
Happy Blogging, my friends.