If you want to be a successful blogger, you’ve got to dig in and form some habits. It’s something all successful bloggers – erm, successful people in general have in common. They’ve got habits that keep them on point and going strong through all of it.
You’ve got to build some good blogging habits if you want to produce a quality and consistent blog.
Once you’ve got your blog up and going, work on these habits below and see if your blog improves!
If you want to be a successful blogger, you’ve got to dig in and form some habits @tommythetechie
Habit: Take Notes
I can’t stress how important this actually is. Keep something with you that you can jot down notes on. There’s really no excuse for ANY of us now, in 2016, when almost all of us have a smartphone – with a built in note-taking app. There’s Evernote, OneNote, Google Keep – and hundreds of others. Pen and paper work just as well too.
The key thing is: take notes if you want to be a great blogger. There will be times when you think of a mind-blowing article that you want to write about when you get home… and when you get home, you’ll forget what that idea was and then it’s gone forever. Write it down! If you write it down, you can use that idea when you get home.
Note taking isn’t just good for keeping up with spur of the moment ideas. If you’re going to be an awesome blogger and write on a VERY regular basis, your ideas and thoughts and topics and facts will start to run together. If you take notes, you can organize your content and keep up with it.
Habit: Keep it Real
This one is huge also. You want to be as authentic as you can (Like..100%!). As I’ve mentioned before, the Web is huge and we can get our information from nearly anywhere. If you’re authentic, people will come back to you. They’re coming back to you for a reason – and that’s why.
When you first begin, it will be harder than you might think – but as you blog your little heart out, it will get easier. I think we all do this. We try to hard when we start writing and the finished product just doesn’t sound like something that we would say naturally. You want your blog posts to be your voice…So actually, try doing that. Read your articles out loud to yourself and see how they sound. Chances are some of them might sound “WHOA!”, but that will give you a chance to work out the kinks on the fly and polish that article into something nice and authentic.
Habit: Post Consistently
I’ve already mentioned this a few times as well. It’s just that important. You want your blog to flow with fairly regular content. Don’t post every single day – you’ll burn yourself out and you’ll just drop your blog for good. Take time and work on writing quality blog posts – but do your best to keep your continent coming consistently. That’s something that, as a reader, you appreciate – so put yourself in your audiences shoes. They like to read new stuff!
Set up a schedule for yourself and do your best to stick to it. Whatever works for you, just do it. Even if it’s 15 minutes of writing every night, or one blog post per week. Work out something that will help you stick to it. There will be days and nights where you don’t feel like writing, but if you hold yourself accountable with a schedule – you’re more apt to stick to it.
Habit: Be a Self Starter
I feel like this one should be a no-brainer. If you’re blogging, you’re not working for anyone. You’re not driving to work and clocking in, you’re not working with coworkers, you don’t have a boss to keep you on task. You’re doing this all on your own – so you’ve obviously got to be able to start on your own if you want to be a successful blogger.
You have to be a self starter!
Habit: Network network network
As I’ve already mentioned, blogging is just you. You’re not working for anyone, you don’t have a team with you. It’s all you. With that in mind, you’ve got to network a bit. You’ll have to build up a network of awesome people that you can collaborate with and communicate with if you really want your blog to be great.
There are tons of blogs out there that are going to be similar to you. Reach out to them and start a conversation. Check out people and groups on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. If you’re writing a blog about hot dog recipes, look for foodie and recipe groups – those are the people you want to work with obviously, they think just like you do!
I’ll also say this… I’m an introvert, so this was always something that I thought was going to be hard. It’s really not that bad. The beauty of the Internet is I can reach out to people without being face to face or chatting over the phone. That makes it a lot easier for me to start up a conversation about something. And, just like above – be persistent..the more you do it, the easier it will get. Just jump in!
These habits are nothing special either. They’re all fairly easy to do – just practice and be consistent and before you know if you’ll be a real live successful blogger! What’s that super cliche saying? Practice makes perfect? Yeah that one.