How to Find Your Blogging Rhythm

Not everyone has the same blogging rhythmHave you found your blogging rhythm? Once you do, you’ll find that blogging becomes more natural and with a good blogging rhythm in place, you’ll also feel more motivated to blog consistently.

Let’s look at how rhythm applies to blogging, and how you can benefit from finding your own unique blogging rhythm

To Develop a Blogging Rhythm, You Have to Move

 

Rhythm doesn’t occur without movement. This is true whether talking about the rhythm of the tides, rhythm in music, or blogging rhythm.

One of the biggest hindrances to finding your blogging rhythm is lack of activity. It can be hard to discover your own blogging rhythm if you don’t get up and blog. Yes, that’s right. . . you’ll never discover your blogging rhythm if you only think about blogging, or blog sporadically. Discovering your blogging rhythm will only happen as you get a move on and start blogging.

When you first start blogging, your blogging efforts may be off beat, uncertain, and awkward.

Keep blogging, keep moving, and as you do, you’ll begin to discover your blogging rhythm.

Important Components of Blogging Rhythm

 

To give you a little guidance as you begin, so that you don’t “dance” your way through your blog in a way that is passionate but totally uncoordinated, consider the following aspects of how to apply the concept of rhythm to your blogging efforts.

Consider Your Own Body Rhythm and How it Impacts Your Blogging Rhythm

 

A lot of my blogging friends are night owls, and really get in gear with their blogging late at night, long after the kids have gone to bed, when everyone else is sleeping.

In contrast, I’m totally useless later at night and in fact, I find that I am less productive as the day goes on. Because of that, if I’m going to err on the side of extremity when it comes to the time of day that I blog, early in the morning is when it happens to be best for me.

You may find that neither late at night or early in the morning works best for you. The main thing is to pay attention to when your blogging efforts are most effective and choose that time of day to schedule your blogging time.

Consider Your Own Capacity to Create Content When Determining Your Blogging Rhythm

 

There are many different opinions out there when it comes to how frequently you should blog. Some people blog daily or even two or three times per day, some blog a couple of times per week, and some blog weekly or perhaps even less often.

One aspect of rhythm is that it is a pattern that occurs consistently. You’ll never develop a blogging rhythm by blogging sporadically, so as you consider what blogging rhythm will work best for you, be sure to be realistic.

When it comes to any new discipline, it is better to start slow and build, rather than start off with a crazy goal such as blogging three times a day. At some point, blogging three times per day may work well for you, and if that’s the case, you’ll certainly discover that as you begin to blog consistently. But most people who start off with a goal like that burn out quickly and in many cases give up because they simply can’t keep up the pace long term.

As you work on establishing your blogging rhythm, don’t worry too much about what other people are doing, and instead focus on what works best for you.

Make Blogging a Priority

 

One of my biggest hindrances to finding my own blogging rhythm was that I made everything else in my life a priority.

I’m a virtual assistant and in addition to my own blog, I write for other clients. When I first left my day job to work as a VA, I made a point of starting on work for my clients first, with the plan to get to my own writing at some point later in the day.

The problem with this approach, at least for me, was that once I got started on work for other people, sitting down to write blog posts for my own blog just never happened. By the time I took care of everyone else’s needs, I had nothing left in terms of energy to write blog posts.

To remedy that, first thing in the morning I now do a very quick check of all of my client emails, but unless there is some type of urgent task that simply can’t wait, I don’t do any VA work or other types of client work until after I’ve first spent some time on my own blog.

Since taking care of the needs of others is a normal part of my personality, I never have to worry about my clients not getting the care they need, so devoting time to my own blog first thing in the morning is an approach that works best for me.

In order to find your own blogging rhythm, be sure to make blogging a priority, in a way that makes sense to you.

 When you dance with a partner whose rhythm is different from yours, you’re bound to get your toes stepped on. Trying to blog to someone else’s rhythm is bound to be just as painful and awkward. Find your own blogging rhythm and see what a difference it makes in your own blog.

Your Turn

 

What about you? Have you found your own blogging rhythm, or are you still trying to figure that out? Leave a comment below to let me know what has worked best for you when it comes to getting into a good blogging routine.

Rebecca Livermore is a blogger and content manager. If you need help developing the blogging habit, she invites you to sign up for her free eCourse, 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit,or to connect with her on Facebook.

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8 thoughts on “How to Find Your Blogging Rhythm

  1. Neelam Joshi says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    I’ve started 4 blogs all of which have fizzled after about 3 months or less. Each time I am intent on following through, determined and enthused, but that all gives way to confusion, nerves and lack of motivation….
    How do I organize myself so that I have content flowing at a regular pace, and write things of value? Should I write something conversational or informational? Does it have to have information that is researched or is it ok to have the blog interspersed with more witty, personal insights, not necessarily connected to the business? What should I include/ exclude on a blog dedicated to silver and gemstone jewelry? I own and operate the above and have been grappling with my own website which seems to be in the ‘revamp’ state for the longest time. I also started a blog, but couldn’t think of what would keep an audience interested after two months of stories of different stones. I mean…really. I enjoy writing but I don’t want my readership to get bored after the first para, if all I have to tell them is Garnet comes in a plethora of the color red. Any suggestions? Are you still with me??

    • Neelam,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your heartfelt comment. I can feel your frustration!

      There are a couple of things that I’d like to encourage you to do. First of all, set a reasonable goal for yourself. For instance, I “feel” that I should write at least two blog posts per week, but I’m not sure that I would be consistent if I tried writing two per week, so instead I am doing one. At some point, once blogging becomes more of a regular part of my routine, then I’d like to increase it, but for right now, I’m sticking to once per week.

      Second, I would recommend that you push through and keep going beyond the three month mark — go for at least a year of weekly (or more if you can manage) blog posts before you let yourself think of giving up.

      Third, make a list of every single question you can think of that any customer has ever asked you about gemstones and silver, and use your blog posts to answer the questions — make the question the title of the blog post, and then explain the answer to the question. If you came up with 25 questions, and if you blog only once a week, you will have the ideas for 25 weeks’ worth of blog posts. Every time someone asks you a question, write it down and make a point of answering it at some point on your blog.

      Finally, I also recommend setting up Google Alerts for your topics — that could be silver jewelry, rubies, etc. Many of the articles that are uncovered may not lead to good ideas for blog posts, but many will trigger ideas that you can use as a springboard to blog posts.

      Hope this helps, and do stop by again!

      Best,

      Rebecca

  2. Hi Rebecca, first of all, thanks so much for participating the ‘Fans Appreciation Day’ on my page, really happy to see you there! :-)

    Interesting post and I think all bloggers can resonate with your story, Rebecca. Before my newborn arrived, I always find morning the best time to blog; but now, my schedule is a bit uncertain, lol! I could be alerted for feeding, changing diapers, calming the little one.. before you know it, it’s afternoon! Therefore, I’m now blogging/researching whenever I got the chance when the baby is asleep. No fixed timing yet but hopefully I could come up with one so to get back on my freelance work. Sometimes even wee hours like 4am or so, is the best time for me but we’ll see.

    Great post here and I’ll make sure my Twitter followers see it too. Happy Friday! Hugs~

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Ching Ya!

      Newborn babies have a way of turning a world upside down, so what you are experiencing is totally normal! It can be challenging to even find time to take a shower. I do remember those days, and you certainly have to be flexible and just do the best you can.

      Part of the deal is that right now, your baby may not be into the best rhythm, and as (s)he settles into a routine, it will be easier for you to re-establish your own routines.

      Enjoy this season, though, because soon enough it will change and you’ll likely miss at least certain aspects of it.

      Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment. And of course for sharing on Twitter, too! I look forward to getting to know you better.

      Rebecca

  3. Theresa Leschmann says:

    I guess I have not found my blogging rhythm yet because I blog inconsistently atbest. Ilove my topics but I,too, put the “paying” work first and then never get to the “me” stuff. I am also a morning person ad do my best writing in the morning. However, I have learned that if I take a break like when I make dinner, eat with the family and get mentally away from work, I can come back in the evenings and spend a little creative one-on-one time with my PC. Thanks for making me take a closer look at my own blogging rhythm.

    • Theresa,

      It sounds like we have a lot in common. I know all about putting paying work first. That is natural because we all want to be paid! But since I do want to be paid, I get the paid work done, one way or another and yet can neglect something like blogging. Also, I think that a lot of women are programmed to focus on other people rather than themselves and then never have time for what they want. While that is commendable to a degree, I think we are better equipped to take care of others when we do a few things for ourselves as well.

      Like you, I get a second wind in the evening, as long as it doesn’t go too late.

      I hope I’ll be seeing more of you here, Theresa. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. It is always hard to find time for my blog.

    • Lana, I can certainly relate to that! I think you really do need to find something that works for you when it comes to frequency, time of day, etc. I find that I also sometimes let other things be higher priority. But what I’ve learned is that I will do the high priority things (e.g. work I am directly paid for) no matter what, so I’m trying to blog first and then work on the other things. I’m a morning person, so this works for me.

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