Since we have another Part 2 today, you probably know that I have to mention the importance of beginning today’s reading with Part 1. So, why don’t you go ahead and check that out . . . right . . . here. Oh, and some companion blog posts that might give you some added perspective for the continuation of this topic can be found: here, here, and here.
Okay. Very good. Now, we can proceed.
The name of the game for doing the blogging work and being consistent with it is having a blogging routine and sticking to it. Such a doable charge. But in all actuality, this undertaking can be quite difficult to do at times. Why? Because we get bombarded with soooooooo many things in the course of a week. Therefore, it becomes very tempting to put aside activities that aren’t deemed as much of a priority as others.
Blogging can easily fit into that “put on the back burners because more important things are taking up the front burners” category, especially if you’re not seeing instant benefits from your blogging experience. And with progress seemingly slow-going, a blogger could lose interest in the blogging scene pretty quickly. But, if you’ve come into the blogging ranks for the long haul, then creative content-making on a regular basis has to be built within the week’s schedule.
And let me just tell you that my own development of a blogging schedule has most certainly created a weekly blogging priority of activities that are going to take the front burners instead of the back burners within the appointed days of the week.
As a matter of fact, I have a pretty basic routine for blogging and it consists of a Tuesday/Friday schedule. I even went so far as to identify what topics I’m planning on discussing on Tuesdays and Fridays and then communicated (here in previous blog posts at Degrees of Maternity) what that blogging schedule will look like for you as the reader.
And in case you’ve never read those blog posts or read them and forgot them, then I’ll quickly recap their information for you directly below:
- Tuesdays are dedicated to the “Creative Entrepreneurship Basics” and “Lessons Learned as a Parent of a Virtually-Schooled Student” series.
- Fridays are dedicated to the “Blogging Truths Be Told” series.
Having this blogging schedule with assigned topics reminds me what work needs to get done (“doing the work” component) and how often (“being consistent” component). I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY BLOGGING SCHEDULE! Here’s what else the schedule does for me and you:
- The blogging schedule allows me to sort out my thoughts and assign them to their appropriate Tuesday or Friday placement each week. As my ideas materialize for blogging tips, content creation basics, or distance learning, I simply get them recorded on my monthly content calendar before I forget them. Then, I have an organized blogging plan to work off of for the month.
- The schedule also affords me the opportunity to keep things fresh each week by discussing a variety of related topics that are all in line with Degrees of Maternity’s message of continuously pursuing personal and professional growth for life betterment.
- I also think that having a schedule provides a benefit to you, because it allows you some foresight into what’s coming from me to you each week. Ideally, I’d love for you to check out my content on both Tuesdays and Fridays, but I realize that there may be certain blog subject matter that speak to you more than others. So, your familiarity with my blogging schedule allows you to tune into the topics most meaningful to you, while saving you from content that you might want to forgo.
In a nutshell, whatever you set your weekly schedule for blogging to be, try to make it routine. Make it a habit. Make it something that you are CONSISTENTLY doing. For example, you know how much you’re a stickler (or if not you, then someone else) for the morning routine. You wake up in the morning, enter your bathroom where you do all of your cleanliness and grooming activities, put on your outfit for the day, enter the kitchen where you get some nourishment into your system — perhaps a “wake-up” cup of coffee included, and proceed to get the working part of your day going.
So, just like your morning routine, evening routine, or in-between times routine, your blogging schedule needs to be factored into your life in the same manner. You just have to do it; or believe me, it won’t be a regular occurrence in your week. It just won’t. It won’t have time to become a natural part of your life if you don’t rehearse it to be that way week-in and week-out. Trust me on that one.
Putting in the work and putting in the work consistently HAS TO BE DEVELOPED into a strong routine in order to eventually see some noticeable traction with your blog. There’s no fancy way to say it. And if you tend to be a procrastinator or an unorganized and unmotivated ball of non-energy when it comes to blogging, then you have to actively push in the other direction to change your inconsistent and inactive ways when it comes to blogging.
And if you’re new to the blogosphere or have been around awhile but need to readjust your work habits to reach more productive results, you’ll have to learn to incorporate helpful habit-forming strategies into your blogging life to get you going. You might try the following:
- creating that schedule I keep talking about, where you set days of the week and times of the day to work on blogging activities. And within that schedule, you have timelines (known as deadlines) for when you want to “publish” your posts. And with those publishing days, you factor in flexibility to handle oddball situations that may take you temporarily off your workflow course.
- utilizing various reminders to yourself to keep you on track with your blogging priorities. Some helpful reminders are calendars, planners, physical notes to self planted in high traffic areas within the home or office, timers, alarms, accountability partners . . . You get the picture.
- rehearsing the routine for as many consecutive days as you can until it doesn’t seem forced — until it becomes as natural for you to incorporate into your day as brushing your teeth, wearing your watch/ring/glasses, and even more routine than checking social media. And when I say “consecutive”, I don’t necessarily mean one day following the next in all cases. As a matter of fact, several times in my blogging life, I actually blogged almost daily, because I either took out Saturdays or Saturdays + Sundays as non-work days. So, as long as I was “consistently” keeping my Monday through Friday or Sunday through Friday schedule, then I was working consecutively. Basically, factor out your non-work days and keep to the other days as consistently as possible to develop your blogging work habits.
Okay, I think I’ve created enough lists for one blog post. And I hope you’re understanding the underlying theme for today’s discussion. Simply stated, there’s no quick fix, shortcut, cutting corners process for long-term success in blogging. Sustainability in the blogging realm is going to take your precious time, your unrelenting hard work, and your concentrated and consistent effort.
Being a hard worker can be sustained by most people for short periods of time. But can you sustain the hard worker mentality and act it out OVER and OVER again throughout the expanse of your blogging life? How much do you want blogging success? Well, the answer to that question depends on how you rehearse the answer to the question before it.