Blogging is tough.
No I’m not discouraging you. But hey, let’s face it.
Just be honest to yourself and answer this question:
Haven’t you felt at least once in your blogging career that writing blog posts is one of the most boring tasks?
Hey I’ll shut my ears; answer the question to yourself!
As a blogger it becomes a necessity to create content on a regular basis.
You need to consistently produce high quality content, otherwise your competition is waiting at your door step to eat you up.
And as a consequence, content creation becomes somewhat like a race – something you need to keep doing otherwise someone else is gonna overtake you.
But mind you, I am totally against the content creation rat race strategy. There is no point in creating content for the sake of it! In other words….
BUT when you are into this nifty blogging business, you gotta create content for people to consume. Otherwise there is simply no point in being there.
OK, so as I’ve promised in the title of this post, I’m gonna share a few tips (not the “average tips” ya know; take them seriously, please) that work for me every time so that I create content for my blogs (5 of them) without getting bored or burned out.
You would have heard this time and time again if you are reading my blog regularly. But I cannot stop saying that!
Coz capturing ideas when and as they pop up (they usually pop up at odd times, ya know) is one of the most effective practices (habits?) of being a blogger.
If you don’t have an idea bank, and if you’re 30 minutes away from your usual publish time starring at the blank the screen, content creation will just become the most bitter tasks in your life.
And remember, if you don’t enjoy creating content, I’m not sure how you can expect people to enjoy your stuff.
If you write a blog post in a hurry, without having a proper background or an idea, out of the blue, in order to keep up with the rat race and hence under pressure – your blog post is gonna suck!
There are numerous ways to capture ideas and you cannot give an excuse; especially with the technological advancements around us.
Pick any one way that suits you and be ready to capture any idea that occurs to you.
When you sit down to write a blog post you should be able to choose a topic that makes you write casually and make your experience enjoyable.
And this is possible only when you have a bank of ideas at your disposal.
Work on multiple posts simultaneously
This may not work for everyone. Especially if you are someone who doesn’t like multi-tasking. But it works for me, always.
I always have half-cooked posts in my drafts folder – more than one of them. When I am in the mood to write or when my brain says “it’s time to write” I just pick up any post that strikes a chord with my mood then.
Coz you cannot write all kinds of posts at all times and at all moods 🙂
While some of you may tell this is a bad idea, I’ve found it to work, probably for two reasons:
- Having a variety of posts to work on gives me ample choices to pick whatever type of post I can write, depending upon the time and my mood.
- I am not “under pressure” to complete ONE post and publish it today by all means – no matter if I can write it or not.
Basically this gives me more freedom and more room for thought.
In addition, since I proceed with writing all the posts by almost simultaneously working on them, I get multiple posts completed at one time, rather than getting one post done. This is a plus and motivates me better.
Don’t try to be a perfectionist
Trying to be a perfectionist and trying to write a “perfect” blog post is one of the major drawbacks that put many bloggers on hold with content creation.
In the effort to make every blog post “perfect”, bloggers push themselves too hard, take longer hours to finish a blog post, thus making blog post writing a tedious task!
First of all, “perfect” is a relative thing. Something which is “perfect” to my eyes might be rubbish to the others, and vice versa.
So there is no point in trying to create a perfect post from your own perspective. And there is no point in holding off blog post publishing in order to make it perfect.
But, hang on, I’m not saying that you can publish half-cooked crappy posts. You should always give your best in every post. But don’t try to make it perfect!
Note: If you think you are not a great writer and if you want to write great content I highly recommend you to check out Danny’s Write Like Freddy course.
Writing blog posts should be enjoyable. This directly influences the quality of your post.
If you crank out content under pressure or under compulsion (to keep up with the content creation rat race) then your content will most probably reflect your mood.
Apart from this, since blogging is a long-term commitment which claims consistency, if content creation becomes a burden or a boring task, you can’t stick to this business for a long time.