Anyone who has ever started a blog other than a personal journal knows the challenge of consistently generating content. Here are five things I do to try and keep consistent content.
TIP #1 – Write in Chunks
Writing is a tricky thing. Sometimes words just flow quickly from your mind into the computer, but other times you can struggle to construct a single sentence. While it’s worthwhile to work on being disciplined, the reality is that you will produce more and better content when you’re inspired. When you’re inspired, write a lot!
TIP#2 – Don’t Be Afraid of Short Posts
If you’re like me, you tend to write long posts. I don’t even mean to do it. I just start typing and by the time I’m finished I’ve written far too much. Because of this tendency, whenever I write a shorter post, I don’t feel like I’ve created something worthwhile.
It’s ok to write shorter posts. Ever post doesn’t need to fully explore the subject. You just need something to say.
TIP #3 – Break Long Posts Up Into Multiple Posts
As I said in the previous post, when I sit down to write, I tend to write far more than I anticipated. When a post turns into an e-Book turn it into a series (and be sure to include links to the other posts). Ideally you’ll want to give each part a unique title and I would avoid simply using something like “Blog Series Part I” (in the past I’ve done this poorly)
TIP #4 – Get Evernote on Your Phone & Record Every Idea You Have for a Post
I’m a big fan of Evernote. Whatever note taking app you use, always keep a running note for blog ideas. Right now I have 13 blog ideas in my Evernote account. Several of these ideas would function well as a series. Half of the list have no content besides a title, and the other half have actual points and outlines. These ideas go back as far as two years.
In addition I have 24 blogs in draft form in my blog software. Once again about half of these posts are just an idea, and the other half I have already started writing. I recently posted a blog which I started writing four years ago.
You always want to have lots of ideas for what to write when you’re inspired
TIP #5 – Find External Content to Supplement Days
THREE THINGS I DO:
- Free Stuff on Fridays – Just find free stuff you want to share
- Blog Round Up – Simply share links to your favorite articles and blogs of the week
- Videos – Anytime I see something on YouTube I want to share, so long as it isn’t urgent, I scheduled it for the next open Saturday or Sunday