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?

Seeking the Peak: Staying on Track with 80/20

Staying on track with the 80/20 rule to maintain my Seek the Peak Training has not been easy. I work right down the road from the North Shore mountains and in a gym! Imagine my excuse being, “I don’t have enough time.” What will our clients think?

As an entrepreneur, I will do anything I need to in order to ensure that my business is successful. Sometimes that means putting in extra development, administrative and clinical hours. These past three weeks have been very full with interviewing, hiring and integrating three new Kinesiologists and one part-time administrator, while managing new and current clients. Once these new people are integrated, I will have more time to train.
In the meantime, July 4th is fast approaching. Here is where the 80/20 rule comes into play. When you have limited time, what is the 20% that will get you 80% of the way? Eighty percent is still very successful.
For me, the 20% that will give me an 80% return (an excellent investment) is being able to run for 2 hours or sixteen kilometers and have the power to stride up to the top of Grouse Mountain. My training sessions have dropped from six days per week to three: one power-endurance session, one Lactate Balance session and one endurance day. I am keeping my head on straight by focusing my attention and intention on improving my key performance indicators, just like I do in my business.
Today I came close to sleeping in, but instead I rolled out of bed and ran 11.2 kilometers in 65 minutes with an average heart rate of 15o bpm (approximately my MaxVO2), before training four clients. Including a two-week taper, I will still reach the 16 km distance before race time. What are your excuses? How do you stay on track towards your goals and stay confident?