Are you struggling to write your next blog post?
Never fear, I’m going to give you 5 ways to make yourself write your next blog post.
I often take a look at people’s blogs and, to my astonishment found that they only posted 3 or 4 times a year… I can only put this down to either lacking the enthusiasm to write or lacking the motivation to write.
Having a clear and structured content marketing strategy for your business is vital.
Thousands of blog posts are written every day in your niche and, if you’re not making a major contribution to that, you’re missing out!
Where possible, you want to write at least one blog post per month as a bare minimum – granted, this isn’t always possible due to time constraints but I find the biggest hurdle is not the writing itself, it’s actually getting started.
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The very first thing you need to do to write your next blog post is to set a small goal. For example, you could say: “I am going to write at least 300 words” or “I’m going to try to write a paragraph every 15 minutes”. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter what the goal is, you just need to have one and then commit to it.
My advice would be to start small, then increase the number of words over a period of time so if you start with 300 words, commit to increasing that to 400 or even 450. Then, simply, just keep stepping it up each time you write a new blog post.
I guarantee that you’ll start getting better at this and will increase the amount of content that you write over time.
Set aside time to take regular breaks when you’re writing a blog post.
If you give yourself 2 or 3 hours to write, make sure you have regular 15 to 20-minute breaks.
If it’s possible, leave your space, go make yourself a coffee/tea and take the time to get away from where you’re working.
I’ve written thousands of blog posts in my time and the one thing I keep in mind to do is writing when I’m in the mood.
What exactly do I mean by that?
In order to write really great content, you need to be in the right frame of mind and mood to write it.
If you’re lucky and you find yourself in that situation, then I suggest you write until you can’t write anymore.
Don’t bother trying to bold, italic, underline, proofread or spell check your work. Just write!
On the other hand, if you’re not in the mood to write, don’t… If you try to force it, you’re likely to write rubbish content.
This means your writing will have no passion and probably won’t be written from the heart. It’s always a bad idea to do this.
Write when you’re in the mood to write and you’ll come up with a lot more ideas and you’ll find that it will be a much better quality piece of content.
If you can, try to write in the same space that you always write in. You’ll find that, if you keep changing locations, you’ll be majorly distracted.
Simple things like pieces of furniture having been moved from one place to another will alert your attention.
On the flip side, if you’re writing a short or long story and need inspiration then it’s OK to change your location when you’re writing. Oftentimes it’s hard to get inspiration for a story when you write in the same place all the time.
Mind maps are a bit like marmite – you either love them or hate them.
A mind map is basically a visual representation of hierarchical information.
You start off with a topic and then branch out of that help topic with different ideas.
You tend to find people who are more right-brained use the technique rather than left-brained. The alternative is to just write a list.
Mindmup is a premium piece of software, however, they also do a free version which allows you to try it out. With the free version, you’re not able to print once you’ve finished your map so, to get around this, I use a piece of software called SnagIT.
SnagIT allows you to take screen grabs of your screen so when you’ve finished your mind map, instead of upgrading to the premium version, just do a screen grab of it.
One of the best things you can do, if you’re struggling to write your next blog post, is to join a forum or Twitter chat.
These forums allow you to speak to other people who are struggling and it also allows you to speak to writing experts who can motivate you and offer alternative advice.
There’s nothing like being part of a community to help get you motivated to write.
Des is a full-time online marketer who sells information products and a membership program. He tests and studies what does and doesn't work and then shares his findings on this website. He takes you behind the scenes of how he runs his business to help you market yours.
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