When people first opt in to receive my 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit course, in the welcome email that I send out, I ask, “What is your biggest content creation challenge?” While is a variety of responses to this question, one of the common things that people express is that they are afraid that their content won’t be good enough. I’m certainly no psychologist, and I’m just speculating as to why so many people struggle with this, but my hunch is that one of the biggest issues that cause bloggers to feel insecure about writing blog posts is that there’s a lot of talk about creating epic content.
If you don’t have a target market with a pain that you can heal, your website won’t go anywhere.
Be a Prolific Writer
This morning in my quiet time, I rather unexpectedly got what I believe is to be my “word” for the coming year — PROLIFIC.
I thought a bit about what it means to be a prolific writer, and to be honest, it scares me a bit to commit to it, and yet I believe that I need to at least put myself out there by writing about it in this short post.
Here are a couple of ways I can be a prolific writer:
When you consistently use the same routines, your entire writing process becomes more automatic. This order and automation reduces the amount of time you might waste with a more haphazard approach to your blogging.
January 14, 2014
How to Be a More Consistent Blogger
When people join my email list, in the first email they receive from me, I ask them to tell me their biggest blogging challenge.
Just this last week, I got one that is a common one, for sure, and that is the struggle to blog consistently. I thought I would share the brief answer that I provided:
Whenever I ask people what about their biggest blogging challenge, one of the top ideas is not knowing what to blog about. It’s not uncommon to have difficulty coming up with blog post ideas, so if you struggle with that, know that you’re not alone!
I’ve written quite a bit on this topic before, but in this post, I want to share an idea that is not original to me; I got it from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.
Have you ever noticed that children thrive with routines? The reason is that routines naturally reduce anxiety because they let you know exactly what to expect. . . If you have good blogging rituals in place, you won’t be filled with anxiety when you sit down to write.
The tip from this particular lesson is Day 9 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is focused on promoting your blog by joining a forum. I’d like to add that some of the same features and benefits can be obtained by joining Facebook or LinkedIn groups, though forums do have some unique features that are worth checking out.