If you have recently decided to jump into the world of blogging, the congratulations and welcome. I have been blogging for over a year now and while I am not an expert at it, I would like to share some of what I have learned from my research and from my experiences. Blogging can take up as much or as little time as you want.
*Planning Ahead or Writing in the Moment
Most people would tell you to plan your content ahead of time. While I do agree to a point, I have a running list of blog post ideas, I am a writer who unfortunately hates plotting and lets the characters tell me their stories. So when I’m blogging, I tend to write about what’s in my head that day. I am getting better at planning the whole week’s topics, though. There are benefits to writing ahead, such as if your internet goes out but you’ve scheduled your post to publish. At the same time, if you schedule too far ahead you may find that the post is no longer relevant or your opinion on the subject has changed.
*What Time to Write?
Finding the time to write may seem daunting with our already (usually) busy lives. I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to write in the chaos. I used to write my posts while the kids were down for their nap but I’ve found that I like that time more for my quiet time with God. However, that left a big when to write question. Now I drag my laptop into my living room around 10-ish or so and write while my kids play and fight and need (read ‘want’). Yes this often means I have to take breaks for various reasons, but honestly I would be doing that anyway (music is as much a motivator as a distraction).
*How Often Should I Post?
That’s really up to you. How often do you want to post? I find that I need a day off from even blogging and I’ve put that day square in the middle of my blogging schedule. It’s okay to post once or twice a week and it’s okay to post seven days a week. I will tell you that building a following takes publishing posts. The more posts the more you’re out there, but also the more days you post helps ease any negative emotion over missing a day. Just don’t pile on too much too fast or you will burn out. You know your limits, let them guide you.
*What Do I Write About?
What do you want to talk about? I know a lot of people will say to write in your niche but when you’re just starting out, you might not know what that niche is. That’s okay. If you have multiple things you want to talk about then apply them to different days. If you already know your niche, that’s great! Even niche’s can have multiple veins and may require different days for different veins. We’re not 2-D people, we all have multiple interests and passions. Most of us have multiple titles (mom, daughter, wife, teacher, dancer). What’s going on in your life? You’ve obviously come to blogging because there’s something you want to share, so share it! No matter if you think what you’re sharing has already been done. It hasn’t been done or explained your way. Get it? Great, then get to writing.
Everyone Blogs differently. It wouldn’t be your blog if you wrote just like, and about what, everyone else does. It may take trial and error to find what works for you, honestly. It’s all a part of learning about this world. Just don’t let the unknown or the doubt stop you from beginning the journey. Happy Tuesday!
Fellow bloggers, What advice do you have for new bloggers? What kind of schedule have you found works you? Have you found yourself wandering outside of your original niche?