I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting. ~ Mark Twain
If only sleeping and resting could keep our blogs healthy and robust with stats and comments and posts…
Getting back to the point!
Just like we exercise to keep ourselves fit, read to keep our minds active, we need to do SOMETHING to keep our blogs active too.
I have observed that most successful blogs have one of these three ‘blog posting styles’:
- Post regularly (daily, multiple times a week)
- Post rarely, but write super-awesome posts when you do
- Post content which is authentic, unique and provides immense value to the reader.
Let’s tackle each method one by one. Don’t worry, I’m giving my daily three tips along with every method!
A. For a blogger who posts regularly (daily, multiple times a week)
Making time to post regularly is the relatively easier part. An editorial calendar helps to manage time daily. The relatively difficult part is: getting new ideas regularly.
You may have a niche blog, or a blog where you post poetry or fiction. Writing content for these type of blogs is time and brain power consuming. And don’t forget, you also need to get photos of the food you cook / place you visit / product your review / book you review.
Hence, it is pretty easy to feel burned out once a month, and you may often feel the urge of picking up your blog and throwing it away in the virtual dustbin.
And here I come, a Supergirl, to save your day.
Ever heard of creative writing exercises? I feel that they can be successfully implemented into a blog writing exercises.
Warning: These ideas are not original, as many bloggers/writers may already use them in their content creation strategy. I’m just curating the ones which are effective, from my point of view.
- Glance through your comments section, and check out if any reader has suggested that you do a post on a particular topic. It helps to creates a strong rapport with you and your audience.
- Recycle some of your old posts. For example, if you have a post titled ‘7 Reasons to be Happy’, try writing ‘7 More Reasons to be Happy’. This way, you get traffic for your old posts, as well as content for a new one!
- If you are a fiction/poetry writer, use this handy trick I use sometimes: take a Dictionary, close your eyes, open any three random pages from the Dictionary, and select any three random words. These are your prompts for a new post. If you don’t want to try it with a Dictionary, any other newspaper/magazine/blog post will work fine. Just make sure you don’t allow the content from the newspaper/magazine/blog post to influence what you are writing!
B. For a blogger who posts rarely, but write superawesome posts when you do
Now, bloggers like you need no help. You are super-awesome, because you write only when the muse presents herself to you. And those are the times when perfect posts are written.
Yet, if you need to attract the muse on an urgent basis, here are some tips.
- Watch a movie. Many times, this is the only nudge I’ve ever needed to write down an awesome post. I had written a particularly inflammatory essay after watching ‘Inferno’, and I never published it. But the next day, I wrote a pretty damn good post about something completely unrelated. Isn’t this the miracle of the muse?
- Roam around aimlessly. Keep your five senses open and aware. Note down any activity that sparks your creative juices. Ask weird questions. ‘Why do railway station stalls sell juices in a glass, when there are tetrapacked juices available with them?’,’Why do some girls prefer short hair, while others adorable their long hair?’ Any of these weird thoughts may turn into fodder into a new post.
- Free-write. I know, it’s very difficult for people who post rarely to free-write. That’s because: you write rarely because you are a perfectionist. But, try free-writing once in a while. Set a timer. Write. Reread what you have written. Circle ideas that you feel are good enough to pursue in a full length post. And then, discard the rest. (Hey, you are a perfectionist! 😛 )
C. For a blogger who posts content which is authentic, unique and provides immense value to the reader (the ones which are usually supplemented with research, data and a beautiful infographic)
The most exhausting part of writing posts like these, is the research. And then presenting it in a way that doesn’t make it seem encyclopaedia-ish. I honestly salute bloggers who write posts like these!
Three tips for you awesome peeps:
- Before you start searching for ideas, look for what’s relevant in the current situation. It does not have to be a trending topic (because you’re most likely going to finish writing the post only once the trending topic has disappeared from the top 20 list). The key is to create evergreen content which also happens to be in context to the current situation. That helps to create a steady traffic all through your blogging life, which justifies the amount of effort you put into a post.
- Do some other form of writing apart from informative posts. If you wish, publish / don’t publish it on the blog. That’s your choice. But taking a break from writing non-fiction posts and working on something that’s full of fun, frolic and fiction can do wonders to your creative juices. A diversion of the mind, and you could employ some fiction writing techniques into your non-fiction posts!
- Be regular, and how to react when you are irregular. I know, by way of your blogging personality, it’s impossible to believe that you would be anything but regular. But there are certain odd days when you may feel like ‘not writing/researching anything’. Hence, do some extra work beforehand and make sure you have one or two posts lined up in the Drafts section. Make sure that these posts just requires a little brushing, proofreading and editing. Thus, you don’t have to feel guilty about not sticking to your goal, and also have posted a blog post on the day you didn’t feel like writing!
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share some creative writing exercises that you swear by, because we can never have enough creative writing exercises!