I’ve been a long time reader of Seth Godin’s blog and a consumer of his work. One of his suggestions was to blog daily. Sounds simple, but as I’ve been discovering, it’s not.
Today marks the 63rd day in a row of daily blogging for me. It’s been an interesting experience for me as I work on HOW to produce a daily post that is of value. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
Starting from scratch every day is much more work than knowing what you’re going to write about. Planning your topics in advance is a good start. You’ll be able write faster and with more focus.
It’s a Process
Setting aside a regular time to blog is helpful. Sometimes a post seems to write itself. That’s great, because if you’ve set aside an hour for writing then you can use the “extra” time to start working on your next one.
Get Ahead of Yourself
If you know your topics, try to have several posts finished and queued up. This frees you to not have to write every day, allowing you to deal with unexpected demands on your time. The pressure of having to produce something TODAY can be tough.
Enjoy the Benefits
Daily (or regular) blogging can have a lot of positive benefits.
- Build community
- Increase your traffic
- Give your site more depth
- Increase your audience
- Clarify your thoughts
- Refresh your knowledge
- Boost your motivation
- Have fun showcasing your knowledge
- Enjoy learning
Seth says about daily blogging that “The first 1000 are the most difficult“. He also says people tell him that after around 200 daily posts they become glad they did it. Check back with me in 137 days and I’ll let you know if I’m glad about the experience 🙂