1. Only write about things you’re passionate about
People know what you’re passionate about, it comes through in your writing. Pick 3-5 things that you love to write, think, and talk about while thinking carefully why you want people to come to your blog. What do they want? Is it to feel entertained? helpful? challenged? to stay informed on your life? It can be some of these or all of them and these are only a few examples. Then you should think about what you’re known for. Do people know you love to write about national service? educational reform? Harry Potter fan-fiction? Try to weave these into the wants of your readers and you’ll have a thriving blog.
If you’re like me you hit a writer’s block often. If you don’t hit a block then you’re probably bogged down in the day-to-day of your job and ‘can’t find the time’ to blog. Plinky.com provides daily writing prompts for bloggers that prevents radio silence. At the very least, while you’re browsing their prompts you might be moved to write about something completely different. Run with it. Your readers want to hear from you.
3. Pick daily themes
This is a recent discovery for me and it may not work for everyone.On my blog I’ve chosen a theme for everyday (think: Sexual Health Sundays, ‘Member That Time Mondays, Technology Tuesdays) and it has kept me thinking, coming back to my blog, and providing my readers with much needed content. If you can’t think about daily themes then remember to focus on things that you’re passionate about and that you love. Remember Tip #1.
4. Make your blog yours
One of the major reasons I feel connected to my blog is that it’s my own space. I’ve spent many hours making my blog look exactly like I want it to and reflective of my personality. It has links to my other social media landing zones (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and it truly represents me. Don’t have Photoshop expertise? It’s OK, I’m sure you have friends that do (me). Reach out to people you know who can help you make your space yours so you can feel connected to the place that you share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the world.
5. Be realistic
Before you (re)start your blog think critically about the amount of time you have to devote to your cause. Do you want to write one post per day? per week? per month? These increments can all work as long as you make it meaningful for you and your readers. If you’re realistic (and up-front) about how often you’re going to update your blog with fresh content then you won’t feel guilty when you don’t publish a post on a particular day. There are countless things that you should take into consideration before you make this choice but make it deliberate.
Bonus Tip: Use your blog’s ‘delayed post’ feature
Has happened to you before – you spend a long time away from your blog and you’re coming back to writing and all of a sudden you have 5 awesome ideas for content but you can’t possibly write 5 posts in one day (or at least I think that it would be silly of you to do that). Most blogs have a delayed post feature where you can create a post and set a date and time you want the world to see it. This way you can maintain your blog without having to write everyday about it. The feature is also extremely helpful when you know you can’t (or shoudn’t) blog during the day. I know people might think “how does Romel have time to blog during the day” but I don’t. I typically write them the night before and set it to be posted the next day. Try it out, you might like it!
- 3 Tips to Help You Write More Mesmerizing Blog Posts (famousbloggers.net)
- Tips for Bloggers (frankviola.wordpress.com)
- When Passion and Complacency Collide: Tips to Get Out of the Funk (bloggingtips.com)