8 Easy Ways to Post More Often to Your Blog

As the chief, cook and bottle washer, I find it difficult to post frequently to my blogs. Finding easy ways to write more often will help engage your readers, keep them coming back for more and referring their friends. Since my holiday in August when I wrote several posts for my three blogs, I have found it difficult to write consistently. “That’s Not a Blog Post” by Amanda Vogel and the comments it elicited reignited my writing.

Some responses to Amanda’s article were that small business owners who didn’t blog “were simply lazy.” The counter argument to that is that we are far from lazy. In fact, we are really busy doing other things instead of blogging. I know I was. My last entry here was September 28th. Do I think that I don’t have the time to write? It is amazing what beliefs we allow to sink into our mindset that become truths.

Here are some ideas to help you post more often to your blog:

  1. Set a Schedule for Writing: Pick a time of the week when you feel creative and when you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Get an Idea Book: In ProBlogger: Secrets to Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income, Darren Rowse suggests taking an hour to write as many ideas as you can to see if you have enough for a blog. You can do this idea dump every few weeks. Another option is to carry around a notebook for writing down ideas. I am always coming across news items, conversations and other observations that inspire me. Use one idea that sparks your imagination on that day.
  3. Write on the Commute: I figured out how to use MS Word 2007 to publish to my blog. I now try write as much as possible during my 40-minute commute.
  4. Start Writing: The toughest part of writing is starting those first words. Stop editing the first sentence and just write. The piece will start to form and change as you write. Finish the first draft then edit until you are satisfied that it is ready to be published.
  5. Write When You are Inspired: Sometimes you can be inspired by something and have the urge to write. This is a good time to write.
  6. Perfection is Not Profitable: Fiona Walsh, a business coach, once told me this and as a reformed perfectionist it resonates within me. Each post doesn’t have to win awards. The more often you write, the easier it becomes and over time your writing will improve.
  7. Keep it Short and Simple: Since blog posts are not meant to be university papers, stick to 500-600 words or less. Knowing that you only have one subject and the post needs to be short alleviates much of the stress of having to write a lot. When it becomes too long, see if you can split it into several topics which can be saved and published at different times.
  8. Make Writing Part of the “Other Things”: David Allen of Getting Things Done inspired the notion that you have to know what you are doing and what you’re not, and be comfortable with not doing those things. Make writing a part of what you do to build your business. Is there something else that you can delegate that will then open up more time for you to write?

Do you have any other suggestions?

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Getting Noticed in the Blogosphere

I am relatively new to the whole concept of blogging and it has been a long time since I created my own website using basic HTML (1995). We usually have the superb team at Graphically Speaking make additions/changes to our website. However, in an effort to save my money and learn more about the subject, I decided to venture out on my own.

One of the points of the three blogs on the Lifemoves website is for myself and my company to establish credibility. Second, it is to engage our readers and provide useful and relevant information for them.

Sure, we could write posts until we were sick of writing, however we need to find readers. So, I diligently went down to my local book store and purchased, ” The Rough Guide to Blogging” by Jonathan Yang. It is segmented into great little chapters about the ins and outs of blogging, including a list of some of the top blogs in various categories.
There are two ways to get noticed and have people follow you: one is having an RSS feed and second is to be listed on blog directories. Sometimes I do things backwards. I created an account at Technorati, a huge blog directory and tried to claim my blogs without having the RSS feeds. Technorati gets you to put a post on the blog and add an RSS with a code to identify the post as yours.
After a couple of hours of mucking around with a desktop RSS Builder and Adobe Contribute to create the feeds and icons to the blogs, I figured out a simpler solution. Using the feed builder at Ice Rocket and Feedburner to create the feeds and editing the template HTML to add the icon, I was finally successful. With a little bit of trepidation I submitted our blogs to Technorati again. Eureka, it worked!
If you own a blog and aren’t on Technorati, do so today. There are all kinds of tools, widgets and blogs to help you get noticed. There are a few more steps, like adding a description, placing keywords and waiting for them to review our blogs. You can even automate the PING when there is an update. All things I still need to do using the easy instructions.
I look forward to more of our Kinesiologists writing posts as our blogs and podcasts grow.
Happy Blogging