1. Nab trending topics within your niche while there is still time. Choose your topic and plan an outline for your next post as soon as you publish a post.
Create an Editorial Calendar where you actually slot the ideas into a calendar over the coming week, month, or longer.
Figure out where you work best. Block off two hours in a coffee shop to work on your blog each week…free from distractions and very close to high-quality coffee.
Make the most of your writing time by have a basic idea of what you need to do, what your plans are, and what task needs to be completed next.
Set aside time to specifically come up with blog post ideas instead of deciding what to write about day after day. Brainstorm and mind map blog ideas. Having the ideas ready to go when you need them will save you a lot of time.
Use a timer. Decide a minimum amount of time that you want to spend on your blog each day. Setting a timer forces you to stay focused, get to the point, and keep the schedule you’ve set for yourself.
2. Nail down your niche. Know your target audience and target your posts. Stay as close as you can to your audience and the topics you cover so that when you finally sit down to write, you are ready to go. Be content with the stage of blogging that you are in…if your niche is truly your niche…and your content is truly your passion…be persistent…
3. Name your destination.—Know which direction you are headed.
Using a planner will help you stay on track of goals for the week, month, and any other long term goals…as well as what needs to be done and when.
Start your work day by making a ‘to do’ list and going through your planner to see what you have scheduled for the day.
Set up routines where you can. Routines enable you to complete certain tasks automatically and helps reduce stress.
Tracking your time spent during work hours-what you’re doing, when, how long, what you have written. This will help you evaluate and change habits, eliminate wasted time, and increase your productivity.
4. Nap on it for a while…Before hitting Publish, take time to actually read and reread your post several times. Does it make sense? Is the post well written? Should I even publish this in the first place?
Take real breaks. This may seem counterintuitive, but your brain actually needs a break every so often.
Work smart. Plan out your work sessions. Know what you’re going to get done, so you don’t waste part of your work time figuring out what you need to do.
5. Navigate your way around your R&R (research and writing) world smartly. Know who you can turn to for advice or facts. Know where to find whatever it is that you are looking for. Know how your creative juices get pumping and how your brain works.
Divide work on your blog into functions—research, writing, rewriting, reviewing. Carve out longer chunks of time to do the most important tasks in ‘batches’. Set achievable goals in each area.
Go through your daily ‘to do’ list and group your tasks so that you are not constantly going back and forth from one type of task to another and can knock out an entire category of work in no time.
Know your limits. Learn to say “no” to things you don’t have to do.
Limit time spent on social media. Turn off social media notifications.
6. Neighbor your neighborhood…Each of us has something to offer each individual they come in contact with. Learn from those around you.
Take time to actually meet and find fellow bloggers and blog readers within your niche and within your actual neighborhood that have similar interests within your target niche.
The most important people to have on your team are actually other bloggers. Having a good support system of fellow bloggers should offer education (learning techniques and strategies related to topics such as design, promotion, and branding), long-lasting friendships (the feeling for belonging to something other than writing blog posts in your pajamas), promotion (being able to reach a much larger audience than if you were working on your own), and support (having other bloggers review your site, offer suggestions, and work with you).
Other bloggers that you choose to add on your team should have large, active and engaged audiences, should be seen as influential or somewhat influential, and should be relevant to your niche.
As far as places to meet and network with other bloggers, consider…
1. Actual Blogs...The most obvious way to find other bloggers is through their own blogs. Leave comments. Start reading their blogs regularly. Send them an email asking them about a previous post. The main thing is “to see and be seen.”
2. Blog Conferences—Blog shows held in Texas include…
Alt Summit“Altitude Summit is the premier business conference for pioneering and rookie bloggers and creatives in this space.” (Multiple cities)
- Blog Elevated“Whether you blog as a hobby but would like to make some money, or you are a seasoned blogger already earning a steady income, we’ll equip you with the training you need to become a professional blogger with a real business.” (September, Texas)
- Blogalicious“Hands-on, in-depth workshops with leaders in their fields; advanced topics where we take you to the next level in terms of content; and relationship building.” (November, Texas)
- Blogging Concentrated—“Geared to advanced level bloggers who know there are things they could be doing better, faster, cheaper, smarter.” (Multiple cities)
- Bloggy Bootcamp—“Known for its intimate atmosphere with assigned seating and brand inclusion, BBC offers a dynamic day of education and networking.” (Multiple cities)
- Declare“—A blogging conference desiring to equip, encourage, and support a community of women as we seek to know God and make Him known.” (August, Texas)
- Go Blog Social—“Go Blog Social is a digital community and conference gathering for creative individuals passionate about growing their business, blog, or social outreach.” (Multiple cities)
- SearchLove—“A two-day event, SearchLove brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing.Get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more.” (Multiple cities)
- TECHmunch—“Our blend of networking, panels and demos will inspire even the most seasoned culinary and lifestyle blogger.” (Multiple cities and Virtual)
3. Blog Engage ..Blog Engage is a blogging community where bloggers submit articles to be read and voted on by other members. As a blogger trying to meet other bloggers, it is important that you find the right Group for yourself. These Groups allow users to share articles with other members who specifically share a common interest in a topic.
4. Blogger Forums…Check out this list of the ten best discussion forums for bloggers from Mint Blogger. My ADHD self honestly had trouble focusing on any of these forums, but this is always an option for meeting other bloggers…
5. Blogger Meetups…Meetup offers a database of local groups that meet together in “real life” to talk about a given topic or support a given cause…for example, this calendar of September events in DFW related to blogging.
6. Facebook Groups…Facebook Groups can be a great way to connect with various groups of people in the blogging world. Whether you are looking for design help, for connections to cross promote, or for Pinterest boards to collaborate on, Facebook groups are a great place to start looking. They are free and really easy to use and see right in your newsfeed.
- Blog + Biz BFFs
- Blog and Business: Moms Who do it All;
- Blogger Perks
- Bloggers United
- Blogging Newbs
- Christian Women Bloggers Network
- Christian Women Blogs
- Christian Bloggers Network
- Grow Your Blog
- Inspired Bloggers Network
- Mommyhood Media Bloggers
- SITS Girls
- Social Media Network Group
- The Blog Loft
- The Blogger Life
- WordPress Help for Beginners
- WordPress Help & Share
- Writers/Bloggers Network
7. Inbound.org…Inbound.org is a bookmarking website and learning tool that gives you a large community of active top industry influencers that can help you find inspiration for blogging.
8. Local Colleges and Universities...Local colleges and universities are another group of people that can be added to your team. Not only will these provide you with access to other bloggers, but obviously professionals and faculty. I am seriously considering this OMCA® Social Media Associate program from the University of Texas at Arlington, my alma mater…and thisSocial Media class from Tarrant Community College.
9. Triberr…Triberr is a social platform that helps bloggers work together to share each other’s content. The site is built around various “tribes” or communities of interest. Once you join a tribe, the idea is that you share the blog content of fellow tribemates to your social following and they do they same.
7. Nestle down once you decide where you have been planted to bloom and be able to answer anything anyone asks you about anything about your blog. A few days ago someone asked me what my niche was…I had to stop and think…Is my blog actually useful for aspiring innkeepers, or am I just writing about whatever I want to write about when I wake up each morning.
Take as much time as it takes to figure things out, create systems that work for me, and getting into a routine that works for building not only a successful blog, but also a profitable bed and breakfast.
Use a Template—Identify the key elements needed in most blog posts. Use this list as a simple, straightforward framework for your blog posts.
8. Never hesitate to tell people about your blog or that you even blog in the first place. If you blog often enough and invest time researching and writing enough, blogging just becomes a habit and a normal part of everyday life.
9. Notice those areas that you are not spending enough time or not wanting to even think about. This whole web design and coding thing scares me to death…but am I simply going to be content to sit here in my pajamas and “hunt and peck” for every?
Set definite, but realistic deadlines and goals. Remember the importance of preparing quality content, not simply quantity.
10. Nourish whatever it is that you’re passionate enough to be writing about. Don’t get so caught up in writing about what you like to do, that you no longer actually do it at all.
View writing as a priority. Develop a writing habit. Be diligent about completing your work and you’ll find yourself treating your blog like a business instead of a hobby.
Develop a schedule, but maintain some flexibility. Learn to work around the changes that inevitably occur.
Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking may seem like a good way to get more done in less time, but it actually slows you down because your attention is divided between two activities.
Decide how much time you want to devote to writing each week…along with my weekly two or three hour-long coffee shop sessions, I would like to aim for three half hour sessions per day.
Write as part of your morning routine. The earlier you get it done, the less your day can interfere.