Your newly minted blog look spiffy- the user interface is polished, the layout is perfect, the widgets are working like they’re supposed to and you already have a social media promotion campaign in the works. Now, here comes the hardest part- writing content for public consumption.
Blogging, for some, is more than just an outlet for thoughts and ideas– it can also be a source of livelihood. It can be the jumpoff point for one’s freelance writing career. It can facilitate business deals, promote products, advertise services. A blog’s money-making potential is unlimited.
But writing, as most people know, is a very thought-intensive activity. It takes a whole lot of time and effort to put words down on paper (or the word processor). Sometimes, the act of writing itself scares people. This fear causes them to procrastinate, leaving their blogs to languish forgotten without anything barely interesting written in them.
So, how do you find time (as well as the motivation) to write for your blog? Here are a few life hacks and tips to kickstart your blog writing gear:
1. Keep a notebook with you at all times.
Ideas and inspiration sometimes strike unexpected. A notebook is a handy device for catching those fleeting thoughts that have been floating around in your head. If you want to go digital, then you can check out note-taking apps like EverNote or Google Keep.
2. Write about what you know and what you love.
Or to put it simply, be passionate in your writing. It’s hard to find words for something that you’re not interested about. If you’re new to blogging, it’s better to start off with topics that you are familiar with- these are the subjects that will get your writing juices going for the rest of your blogging career.
3. Turn writing into a routine.
This means defining a set schedule for your writing. People have different working times, so it’s best to figure out exactly what time of the day (or night) you are at your most prolific. Then you must maintain this writing schedule conscientiously by working at it on a regular basis. By the time you’ll get used to it, you’ll start to feel guilty whenever you missed out on your writing. Guilt works as a motivating factor.
4. Use productivity tools and software.
Aside from writer’s block, distractions are among the most troublesome issues that bloggers must face on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully, there are a lot of productivity systems to choose from that can help you get back to your writing. For example, the Pomodoro Technique is a productivity method that can guide writers to manage their time well and to focus on the task at hand by dividing work into 25-minute increments. Apps and software like the Focus Booster extension, on the other hand, block distracting and time-wasting websites.
It’s important to remember that writing is not an innate talent- it’s a skill. One that can be honed and improved upon through daily practice. If you find writing hard, then just keep at it. Eventually you’ll find your own groove as time goes by.