The general idea regarding blogging is that it’s just a hobby, it’s not as serious as a “real” job, it doesn’t eat up so much time as a 9-5 job. But the fact of the matter is that there are thousands of hard working bloggers out there, and some “lucky” ones that could make any employee jealous.
The number of blogs is constantly increasing, but if you want to be successful you need to work hard and you need to follow some simple and yet vital rules:
Blog, blog, blog
The most important thing is to write and create a routine. We all know that creating is one of the most challenging things, but once you get a rhythm and a schedule going, it will become natural.
You might find excuses, like there’s nothing to write about or that you simply can’t find inspiration. That might be actually true, but you need to write nonetheless. You can get some tips about setting up a routine from famous writters here.
Avoid social networks while blogging
You might be tempted to say that being a blogger is all about multitasking. In reality that’s not true – bloggers aren’t exempted from procrastination. There’s a huge difference between completing three things at once, and focusing on one thing at a time. Let’s take for example an ordinary day where you have to write an article, do some research and keep in touch with your community.
If you’re doing all three at the same time, it will take you on average about two times more to get the job done. That’s because although you research for a while, you will eventually get sucked by the urge to check your social networks. Getting back on track has proven to take at least 15 minutes.
Have schedules and deadlines
It’s very important to have time dedicated just for work. Bloggers usually don’t have a fixed schedule, but most of the successful bloggers say that you need to have a schedule and to set deadlines. This will help you focus on the tasks at hand and will also help your community to know when to expect new posts.
It’s very important because you never know what tomorrow brings. For example let’s say that you won’t be able to write for a couple of days, you’re traveling, sick or you simply don’t have time.
This is when drafts kick in. It’s very important to have at least a couple of articles laying around, that you can use in case of emergency. You can write drafts when you’re fired up with new ideas or simply when you have some spare time.
Be accountable to someone
One of the best thing of being a blogger is that you don’t have a boss, you might have clients, but no actual boss. Sometimes this might do more harm than good, that’s why you need to be accountable to someone. Find someone you respect and ask him/her to check your work from time to time. This way you will get more insight into how you’re evolving as a writter and in theory it will make you more conscious.
Schedule posts and shares
Blog platforms like WordPress allow you to schedule posts ahead of time. This way if you’re away from a computer or don’t have an internet connection, your readers will still get to read your posts. The same goes for sharing links, using a tools like Hootsuite can help schedule your posts on Facebook, Twitter and more.
Structure your posts
A great post needs structure, if it’s not easy to follow, the great idea behind it will be wasted. Write your posts in way that the reader can walk away with at least 3 good ideas just by having a quick read.
Relax, research and network
These three activities can go hand in hand if you have a good time management system. There’s nothing better than relaxing with other bloggers and friends, while you learn new things about your niche. It’s very important to socialize with other bloggers, because it will make it easier to help each other when in need.