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  1. Neelam Joshi
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    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??

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      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

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  2. Ching Ya
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    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~

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      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

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  3. Theresa Leschmann
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    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.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      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!

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

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      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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