People think I’m a superhero.
I’m not even kidding. It’s probably the thing people say most to me. I’m often tagged in Twitter chats or when I mention I’ve just sat and written 5 blog posts. People are like WOW YOU’RE SUPERHERO.
Not like I let it get to my head or anything.
LOL JKs. It’s totally gone to my head. Please send more compliments, please. I am a superhero. I am THE BATMAN.
Let’s get one thing straight – daily blogging isn’t something that makes me superhuman.
It might make me dedicated, committed, motivated and full of ideas, lacking a life outside blogging. But not super human.
I think there are only 3 conditions you need to be able to blog daily. Or 10 times a week. Or 5 days a week. Whatever. Here are what I think are the things you need to be able to blog daily (or stick to a set schedule).
I can’t remember the exact quote, but practicing something for ten thousand hours is when you become an expert in it. The same can be said for blogging.
It just get’s easier.
In terms of actually writing a post and getting your thoughts on paper, in terms of being able to come up with new ideas for blog posts and in terms of having that habit in place that you’re going to do something daily.
Of course, you don’t have to write a blog post every day, you can write in bulk on your days off. But I do something blog related every day unless I have a social event which is a full day.
Tasks I do on daily basis are:
- Schedule Tweets with Buffer.
- Check e-mails and mostly reply.
- Comment on blogs.
- Write a blog post, or take and edit photos.
It’s dead important to keep on top of your admin type tasks. Because when you have a few hours to actually write a blog post, you don’t want to be spending 2 hours replying to e-mails and scheduling Tweets before you get started.
Doing these odd jobs here and there can save you time in the long run.
It’s all practice, it’s getting into a routine and a habit. It’s finding what works for you.
I don’t care how good you are at writing or taking photos. How well you can code your theme and how great your ideas are.
If you’re not fully committed, then it ain’t going to work.
There are so many goals we all want to achieve in life. Stopping smoking, losing weight, running a marathon, raising money for charity, learning a new language or instrument. But you know that you have to have that FIRE in your belly to achieve your goals.
You have to NOT make excuses. When things get in the way you plan around it. When people tell you that you can’t, you prove them wrong.
When things get in the way you plan around it. When people tell you that you can’t, you prove them wrong.
When people tell you that you can’t, you prove them wrong.
When you feel a bit cba, you MAKE yourself be arsed.
If you are not the type of person who can stick to that type of commitment, then that’s okay. Not everyone needs to daily blog, not everyone even wants to. But if you want to try, you can’t be half-arsed about it.
So commitment is the third ingredient.
This is probably the most obvious one – but you need to plan when you’re going to write your posts.
The way I do it is I plan to get everything scheduled on my day off for the following days until my next day off at least.
There are times that I can’t get this done, in cases like these, I will have in mind a time when I can get a post finished. I usually have the images edited, it’s just a case of taking 30 minutes after work to write and schedule the post.
I also plan to take photos in bulk, edit photos and write bits and pieces here and there.
For example, currently, it’s a Monday evening. I’ve got every post scheduled up until Saturday, and Saturday is my next day off.
I’m writing this post for the following week. I’ll probably just write the first draft, then come back to it later.
Each night this week after work, I’ll most like either write drafts or take and edit photos.
I also need to write a fitness post for Friday. Which I’ll most likely wing on Wednesday or Thursday night.
You plan, you see what works. When something works you keep doing it. When something doesn’t work, you don’t. Some days you’ll be able to write a post for the following week after work, some days you’ll just want to sit in front of the TV. But because you’ve planned in advance, you have that options.
So that’s all there is to it, really. A whole lot of trying what works for you, motivation to keep going and practice.
IT DOES GET EASIER. I promise you this. Plus, once you start doing it for a few weeks, months – you get more determined to carry on.
Not all heroes wear capes 😉
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