This post isn't for everybody, it's not supposed to be. This post is aimed at our fellow bloggers, people we feel we can help by imparting our collected experience and knowledge. I'm not sure if this will be a consistent thing, but I'll give it a try and see what the interest is… If any at all. =)
Taylor and I have been at this for a few years now. There'll be a post about that one later. Anyway, in “learning the ropes” I've definitely learned a ton of stuff along the way. I think the biggest thing I've learned is that consistency means everything.
What does consistency mean? No, no, you know what it is and I'm not going to give you the dictionary definition and etymology.
Consistency as a blogger relies on a love for what you're writing about and some level of discipline.
- Being consistent means writing more than one post in a given month. Try writing 3 to 5 posts per week.
- Consistency means keeping current on your events and news stories. That's one of the great ways to find inspiration to write about
- Bring your friends and family into the mix. I can't tell you how many articles I've written here based on conversations I've had with friends and family. There's been a ton!
- Take your subject matter and chop it up into five to ten different categories. Next, see if you can't come up with a few sub-categories for each one. Now take a look at what you've compiled for your categories. Could you not take any one of them and write at least 300 words on any one of those topics?
- Make a ‘blog calendar.' Put together a shitty little calendar of your blog posts and when you intend to write them. It doesn't have to be. I use iCal to put together my posts for the coming week to two weeks. I know what I'm going to be writing about before I start writing more times than not. It's an easy habit to get into. You're pro status if you can work up a month's worth of posts in advance and have them already written. That leaves you time to write current and relevant posts along the way, while having nice, pre-written, content in the can.