Blogging is one thing. Successful blogging is another.
Being a blogger is easy. As long as you’re someone who posts your thoughts or share other posts in the internet, then you are considered as a blogger. You may not be a professional blogger, but you are still a blogger.
Now, if you want to be a successful blogger, then you must learn how to manage your time. These three tips can help you do that.
1. Keep on writing
Sometimes for a blogger, the biggest roadblock to productivity is writer’s block. It’s no wonder that they both sound the same in the end.
When we write, we always tend to want to make it perfect, but guess what? Writing is never perfect. It just doesn’t work that way. So, instead of wasting time trying to figure out which topic is the best, which writing style should be used, or whatever it is that keeps you from writing when you are supposed to be, just forget about it. Instead of beating yourself off about it, just keep on writing.
The most important thing is to have an output. You’re never going to have a finished product if you keep on thinking about what to write. You have to actually do it.
A writing piece isn’t supposed to be perfect. It is just supposed to be written. There’s a reason why writing is different from editing. After you finish writing, you’re supposed to edit it so that you can transform into its awesome form.
The first draft is supposed to be imperfect. That is what the editing part is for. That being said, you shouldn’t hold back. Just keep on writing.
2. Get rid of distractions
As a writer, it can be hard to focus. It’s like your head is always travelling different places.
You can sit in front of your computer all day and not come up with a single article because there are so many distractions. You could have a great idea, but when your phone suddenly rings, and your mind suddenly goes blank. You can be in “the zone” and then suddenly, when you hear a dog bark, you feel like you’ve lost your inspiration.
Here’s how you “get in the zone” and stay there:
- Find a peaceful, quiet place to work
- Shut off your phone, or at the very least, turn the volume down so that when it rings, you won’t get distracted.
- Log out of your social media accounts. As long as you’re online, it can be easy to dis whatever doing so you can like your friends’ post or perhaps chat with them.
You don’t have to put up with a noisy environment, especially if you are working on a new blog post. I know how horrible it is. I am a writer, too, but you can opt to get rid of these distractions.
3. Strive to be consistent
Google’s algorithm utilizes web crawlers to rank the innumerable websites that are running today. These crawlers look for new and fresh content that aim to serve its readers better. Even on days you don’t publish anything, your site is still under their surveillance.
Obviously, the more you consistently blog, the more chances that you’ll come across these crawlers right when they’re ranking!
Another benefit of consistency comes when you’re writing posts in series. You don’t want to leave your reader high and dry since your last blog post, so make your publishing patterns steady.
To help you be consistent, you must know the usual days and hours when majority of your readers flood your site for new content. Knowing this will greatly help your cause.
Be a productive blogger
Blogging is an investment whose returns largely hinge on your dedication. There’s no absolute guarantee though that it’ll be a profitable endeavor in an instant, but it’s certain that it won’t if you don’t put the work.
I challenge you to be a productive blogger by blogging consistently each week. It’ll be worth it in the end!
Note: This guest blog post is written by Danny Adams, a proud alumnus of University of Oregon with a degree in creative writing. With his writing finesse and knack for managing people, he co-founded essayhelp.io. Some of his published articles are aimed towards helping and providing opportunities for freelance writers. If his busy schedule permits, Danny indulges in golf or hockey.