I don’t know about you, but I always have hundreds of unread blogs posts in my Google Reader.
After reading a great post from Stanford Smith last week, I realized it was time to clean up my
blog subscriptions and make it a bit more manageable. Although I didn’t prune my subscription list as far as Stanford did, I did whittle down my blog subscription list quite a bit.
You wanna know the number one reason I unsubscribed from someone’s blog?
Lack of recent post.
I was astonished at the number of blogs I had subscribed to that had not been updated in weeks or maybe even months. If you haven’t blogged since October, why should I stick around? I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for your next post to come out.
I’m not saying you have to blog every day. But, I think it’s a good rule of thumb to post something on your blog once a week.
I know, I know. That’s easier said than done, right? How on earth do you carve out time to blog regularly when you are also trying to build a business?
Although there is not a magic formula, there are some things you can do to set yourself up for success and get in the habit of posting regularly:
Set a schedule.
Determine how often you are going to post something on your blog, which days you will post it. Not only does this help your readers, but it also helps you commit to a schedule to write something.
Set a goal to write a new post once a week and see how that goes. After you gain some momentum, you can build up to posting more often if that fits with your goals.
If you have trouble keeping up with your blog schedule, write a few posts at a time. It’s easier to write when you’re in the flow of it. And, this prevents you from getting behind on theh blog.
Keep ideas handy.
When blog post ideas pop into my head, I jot them down in my notebook or shoot myself an email. That way, when it’s time to write my next post, I’ve got a well of resources at my disposal.
Accept a guest post.
If you know you’re going to have a busy week or if you will be on vacation, it might be a good time to invite a new voice to write for your blog. This keeps your blog moving, even when you can’t be there to share information with your readers.
What is your biggest challenge in blogging regularly? What do you do to overcome it? Share your thoughts in the comments and we’ll help each other get on track!
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