Sometimes I just don’t want to blog. Face it, you don’t sit down at the computer every day and think, “Wow, I am so excited to blog today! Let’s see what I can write new about the same subject for the ninetieth bazillion time!” However, you know you have to update your blog regularly if you want to keep your traffic up. With that in mind, here are five tips to keep you blogging even when you don’t want to:
A guest post by Jason Miner
Just do it – Just getting started is the hardest part for me. I will sit there and stare at the screen forever before I just give up. Instead of doing this bad habit I have started to just write. It does not matter what it is. It can be a song, a poem, something silly, even just “I hate blogging” over and over again. When your fingers start moving you will be surprised at how much easier it is to actually get something done!
Use multimedia –If you are just not in the writing mode, then try multimedia Things like videos, images and infographics work well in blogs and offer a fun way to mix up a mostly text blog. If you have a song that has inspired you or a YouTube video you find funny then go ahead and share it. At least you are updating your blog in some way, and maybe it will inspire you to write once you have something on the page.
Be funny –Sarcasm and stupidity are great door openers. I can be sarcastic about almost any topic. If you are having a hard time writing about a topic then try being sarcastic about it. Write the opposite of the way you feel. If you hate cats then write about how much you love them. Outline all the reasons that they are so great, like the endless shedding that you can make sweaters out of, the aloofness that makes them so independent, and the desire they have to have your undivided attention… on their time. See? It is easy!
Get angry – There is a reason that rants make up a lot of the internet content out there. When people get angry they have something to say. Pick a subject that you are angry about. Maybe it is the gas prices or maybe it is the latest political farce. Maybe it is just that you wanted a cup of green tea and the store was all out. When you express your anger you write even before your realize you are doing it. Voila! an instant blog post!
Reward yourself – Last but not least, you can reward yourself for a job well done. When I am having a hard time blogging I think of something fun I can do when I finish. I can have a snack, go for a walk, and check Facebook and so on. It motivates me to keep going and get something done, even if I am not feeling motivated. Find out what rewards keep you going and then set up a system. Maybe five minutes of Facebook for every five hundred words written?
Blogging is not always a fun job, but you need to keep it up to be successful at it. The next time you are feeling less than enthusiastic about blogging try one of these five tips to get yourself back on track.
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