A lot of my writer friends share that keeping up a blog is a real struggle. The main reason is that you have to keep coming up with something new to share, on a regular basis. Personally, I struggled with this at a certain time as well. It was an incredibly stressful time in my life and it was difficult to focus. Luckily that time is over and even when it was difficult, I never stopped blogging. I love it. It’s a way to connect and share a piece of myself. As long as there is passion, that’s a damn good start.
The first thing that will help get and keep you on track is a schedule. Even if you’re just starting, it’s important to know when and how often you’ll post. The ideal amount to post is once a week at the very least. I blog twice a week, once on Sunday and once on Wednesday. I do, however, write both my blog posts on Sunday and schedule one of them for Wednesday. On Monday I post a link on Twitter using the #MondayBlogs hashtag, which is also a good tip. Sunday is a quiet day for me, which means that I have plenty of time to write my posts. Rushed blog posts are bad blog posts. In my experience, anyway.
Knowing you have to post at certain times is a great motivator. But what to post? I have a special notebook (yay notebooks!) that I use for my website/blog. In it I also write brainstorms on blog topics. You can also check out inspiration online because there are plenty of people who have suggestions for a writer’s blog, or whatever your topic is going to be. A good starting point is thinking of what you would want to read if you were your own reader. The topics have to be something you genuinely care about, or it’s going to be a drag to write them. If it’s not fun, you’re not going to stick it out.
It also doesn’t hurt to ask around. I have asked people on Twitter or friends what they’d like to read on my blog. It’s fun to fill requests, and sometimes comments might surprise you. Perhaps you’ll write about something you didn’t expect and love it. Keeping an open mind is always good. It allows for good things to fall in.
Knowing when to write and what to write is a big step in the right direction of keeping up with your blog. Blogs are personal and there’s always something that you can share about yourself or your experiences. We never stop growing, experiencing, learning. Which means we never have to stop sharing those lessons. As long as you write about what you love, having a blog is nothing but an awesome way to connect and share.