8 ways to blog consistently

8 ways to blog consistently

Lately, the one thing I am consistent with is my inconsistency. Yep, I’m owning it.  I will admit, I’m a little frustrated that I haven’t spent more time working on my blog.

Consistently Inconsisten

Consistently Inconsistent

 

Each week I have failed to write this post… on consistency of all things!  Ha! Each week, I have filled my days with other activities.  For a couple of weeks now this topic has been on my mind.

Why is it so hard to sit down and write? 

One would think it’s because I don’t enjoy it.  Oh,  but I do!  But, for me, blogging is different than writing.

Blogging requires a process.  There are those who just write, and push publish, and if that’s you, that’s great!

I’m not wired that way. Blogging is a creative outlet for me, and it encompasses more than just writing.

Perfecting my photography and canva skills, discovering different plugins,  and researching is all a part of what I enjoy,  all part of the creative outlet for me. That can be overwhelming when I look at the big picture or my desired outcome. BUT, if I break it down into a process, it’s totally doable.

Maybe you’re like me.  Let’s try and figure out how to conquer inconsistency together!

What IS stopping me from being consistent?

reasons I'm not consistent with blogging
What’s stopping you from being a consistent blogger?

Now to overcome, each of these objectives with a PLAN.

Blogging distractions
Blogger distracted with Phone

Set a timer

Commit to a time that you will sit down to write for 30 minutes each day.  You may want to commit on a certain number of words, as this will eliminate HOURS spent going down  1) rabbit trails or 2) overthinking because you HAVE to have something written down.

(I use time blocking)

Set Realistic Expectations

I’m guilty of having this superhuman image of myself where I think I can do it all.  I can set 3) unrealistic expectations.  That is a recipe for disaster.  Be realistic.

As an example, let’s use weight loss.  If you want to lose 30 pounds and you set a goal to lose that in 3 weeks, 10 pounds per week, what do you think is going to happen?  Will you get frustrated, overwhelmed, behind before you barely start?

Now, let’s say you give yourself 6 weeks at 5 pounds per week?

What about 12 weeks at 2.5 pounds per week?

Just because you have a goal of publishing 3 posts a week, does your schedule allow for that? What about starting with 1 post a week consistently and then moving up to 2?

Just say No

Honor yourself and only commit to what is feeding your soul and not draining your energy.  4)Say No more often. You will have more time to write and a clearer mind to do so,

Proactive Progression

We’re all so busy and 5) procrastinating is easy to do.  Maybe you say, I’ll do it tomorrow and do twice as much to catch up.  That’s a slippery slope that ends up into trying to catch up with a week in one day

Or, maybe you don’t feel like your post is as good as it could be, so you keep tweaking and you get closer and closer to your deadline. That perfection mentality is actually keeping you from making progress

progress not perfection
Progress not perfection

Eliminate Distractions


6) Distractions can be different for each person. But, what is the same is the more we’re distracted the less work we get done.

  • Shut off your phone, or at least put it out of sight

  • Stay off of social media sites while you are working on your blog

  • Find a quiet spot where you’re able to focus (for some a busy coffee shop may not be the best spot)

  • Turn off the TV

  • If you can’t tune out from the housework that needs to be done at home, you could go to a library

Write Daily

 

In order to become a consistent blogger, you need to write daily., even when you’re not  7 ) inspired to write.   That doesn’t mean you need to publish daily. Commit to 30 minutes at first and just write. Don’t even worry about the end result.

Imagine if you only did other things in your life when you were inspired to do so. Do you always feel like getting up at the crack of dawn, cooking dinner, paying bills, apologizing??

So now that you have your plan, it’s just a matter of 8) taking action,  putting your fingers on the keyboard and getting to work!

 

So, what is the answer to becoming a consistent blogger??

habits

Determine ahead of time where you will work, what time you will start, and what part of the blogging process you want to accomplish each day, besides the 30 minutes of daily writing.

 

It needs to be so ingrained into your daily routine, that you miss it when you don’t do it. For me it needs to be like getting my morning coffee, putting on lipstick, walking my dogs, kissing my husband….just part of my daily routine.

What’s stopping you?

 Why is it so hard to sit down and write?  One would think it’s because I don’t enjoy it.  Oh,  but I do!  But, for me, blogging is different than writing.  Blogging requires a process.  There are those who just write, and push publish, and if that’s you, that’s great!

Thank you for reading.  Please stop by next week, because I plan to be consistent!!  I’m working on a step by step guide for those just starting their blogging journey and will share soon.

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Comments (14)

  • Angie Reply

    Haha, right when I posted I’m inconsistent with my blogging, always good to see that others have similar problem and how they resolve them. I have to seriously reduce my IG time, it’s like a drug.

    September 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      LOL…you and your crazy IG skills amaze me though, but I agree something has to go, or be cut back on. All a matter of priority<3
      Hugs my Ageless Rebel friend!
      Melanie

      September 26, 2019 at 3:51 pm
  • Heidi Reply

    I needed this!! I am exactly the same Melanie. Thank you for writing and posting!

    September 25, 2019 at 11:45 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Hi Heidi:
      I had a feeling I wasn’t alone;)
      Hugs, Melanie

      September 26, 2019 at 3:50 pm
  • Lisa Reply

    Oh my word!! I needed to read this!! This is so helpful! I have gotten out of my routine and this list gives me inspiration to get back to it!

    September 25, 2019 at 11:51 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Hi Lisa:
      I’m so glad! Getting into a rut, or out of our “routine” is so easy to do. We’ve got this!
      Xx Melanie

      September 26, 2019 at 3:49 pm
  • Lauren Reply

    Wow, Melanie! I feel like you were inside my head with this post … I can so identify with pretty much all of the stumbling blocks you mentioned! I’ve been feeling frustrated with myself lately for allowing these things to get in the way, especially procrastination (stemming from perfectionism) and unrealistic expectations. Love the tips you share here … I’m shooting for one blog post per week at this point, which is mostly working. I’m so glad you shared your struggles … it’s always good to know we’re not alone! Oh, and if you haven’t ever read it, Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art is a great deep dive into the resistance we battle when trying to write or create … highly recommend it. 😊

    September 26, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    • Melanie Reply

      Oh, you’re so not alone on this Lauren! I haven’t read it and just put it on my list. Thank you…I know you’re a great book resource. Xx

      September 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm
  • Susie Reply

    I can totally relate to this! My problem is definitely social media. By the time I’m done with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn… Omg 🤦‍♀️ You’re right, the phone needs to be turned off during blogging/writing time! Thank you for sharing these great tips & looking forward to your step by step guide!💕💕

    September 27, 2019 at 3:58 am
    • Melanie Reply

      I know Susie! They are huge time suckers for sure! Managing all those are a challenge and I often think, so what would happen if I didn’t engage as often on them? Thanks for popping in Xo

      September 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm
  • Phyllis Lerner Reply

    It’s definitely a struggle. I love writing my blog posts but unfortunately social media is the name of the game but I am definitely cutting back!

    September 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm
  • Nancy Reply

    I blog as well and only post 2 a week. I was told by a pretty famous blogger that too many distract our readers.

    That same blogger also reminded me that IG is not ours. But our Blog is… that hit me and I went running to my blog. I have lots of tweaks yet to do. But remember… YOU own your Blog!

    You have great tips.

    Keep it up. Have fun with it!!

    I am more of a photographer blogger and my words are formed around my photos and lifestyle. So it’s easier for me.

    Enjoy and Good Luck!

    Nancy @nance_endles_summer

    September 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm
  • Rosemary Davis Reply

    OMG!
    You said it out loud and so clearly…I think you are inside my brain!
    This is my situation exactly.
    Thanks for the eye opening post.
    First things first and let the rest follow.
    It’s the blog!

    Xoxo Rosemary
    http://www.distinctlysouthernstyle.com

    September 29, 2019 at 9:34 am
    • Melanie Reply

      We’ve got this Rosemary! We’re not alone with this:)
      Xo…Melanie

      September 30, 2019 at 1:34 pm

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