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.
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.