Finding time to write regularly is very important if your blog is part of your business plan. But that’s not all! Along with posting regularly, it’s key to make those posts fresh and eye-opening. You want to offer something unique in your blogging, so that people are drawn to your posts and find them useful and entertaining.
The good news is that this sounds more challenging than it actually is. And one of the biggest keys to success is your own engagement with the material you are blogging about.
So, read on … here are 3 Timely Tips for keeping your blogging fresh for your readers AND for you!
- Every idea is a seed. You never know when an idea for a post is going to come your way. That’s why it’s important to always have some tools available for capturing these gems. You want to record your idea somehow, as it comes, right on the spot. It’s also important to make sure your ideas are accessible. Gather your ideas together in a few central places for easy access when you are ready to plant your seeds.
- A small notebook can work well, as can a digital voice recorder, for ideas that come on the fly.
- Depending on where you are, you can also send an e-mail or text to yourself, to jog your memory.
- Evernote can be an excellent tool for capturing ideas you find on the web – or for storing documents, lists, or jotting notes to yourself.
- You could create a category titled “Blogging Ideas” in whatever To Do List you use (Remember the Milk is flexible in this way).
- Another idea might be to create a Board in Pinterest, where you can pin ideas for posts.
- Try creating a folder for “Blogging Ideas” in whatever e-mail system you use, or keep a folder on your desktop.
- You can jot your notes and ideas in “Draft” posts in many blogging platforms, such as WordPress. They remain unpublished and available to you, whenever you want to continue working on them.
The important thing is to have your ideas close at hand, so that you can dip in and grab one when you need to.
- Don’t slip into a rut. If you find yourself feeling stuck, pick an idea that sparks your interest – or even pick one at random, to give yourself a little bit of a challenge. Then change the way you write, to help you connect with the work. If you typically write at your computer, grab a pen and paper – or try dictating into a voice recorder to get yourself started. Write standing up if you usually sit, or begin with your closing paragraph. Changes in routine bring a fresh perspective and new ideas. Don’t be afraid to turn things topsy turvy and see what happens!
- Breathing space can give you a big blogging boost. If the ideas aren’t coming – or if they feel stale, give yourself a break. Go for a walk, take a shower, do anything to move your energy and get you away from your desk. Don’t be afraid to step away; something new will come, once you make room for it! You are a wellspring of ideas. Don’t lose heart or think that you don’t have anything to write about. The reality is that you are full of wonderful seeds of ideas, just waiting to be planted. When you feel confident about this, you relax and create the internal space that allows your ideas to emerge. There is no scarcity here! Just breathe deep and welcome what comes.