One of my really lovely Facebook friends wrote me an ‘Ask Sarah’ question recently…
Hey I know you probably get this all the time, and I’m sorry if you do, but I was hoping I could get your advice on something. What do you suggest that someone would do that wants to start their own blog and not get bored with it? I’ve had many blogs throughout the years, but I always either get bored, don’t get any traffic, or I just think what I have to say is stupid. I read your blog all the time and you are such an inspiration. A lot of what you write about I can relate to so much. I love that you aren’t just “female orientated”. Men can also relate to a lot of what you say (gay men especially).
The best piece of advice I could offer is to write about things you love.
This way you’ll never get bored. I always make it a point to only write when I feel inspired and not to push myself too much. There’s no point. Otherwise people can tell you’re just trying to post to get traffic. Make a list of all of the stuff that you could talk about for ages and ages and then create weekly features on your blog.
Here are 9 ideas to help you to stay on track with your writing adventures…
1. Create a writing schedule + set clear intentions
Ask yourself some serious questions about the information you are trying to convey. What are you hoping to achieve by sharing your writing? What are your main objectives? Also, by adding very specific windows of time to your calendar that are dedicated to writing, you are more likely to stay focused on achieving your desired result. Great writers make time to write.
2. Keep your ideas in a special list somewhere
I have an app on my Mac + iPad called ‘Things‘ where I list out all of my tasks for work + home etc. It’s like a super-dooper to-do list. On here I keep a ‘project’ called ‘IDEAS FOR BLOG POSTS’. Every time I have an idea for a post I write it here and refer back to it when I need a little boost in the writing inspiration department.
3. Learn how to integrate social media
By making sure you are active on social media (making connections, tweeting with people etc) you are increasing the likelihood of building a great rapport with your readers. Ensure your blog is all set up with the right social integration from like + tweet buttons… to a box in your sidebar where people can ‘love‘ you on Facebook.
You are the queen bee. Your blog is the hive. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are your worker bees. And the community you create on + around your blog is the honey.
4. Join blog networks
Two great places to start are Bloglovin and Networked Blogs. These services have really cool communities and methods to expand your audience really quickly. Plus, they can autopost so you don’t have to manually do it yourself.
5. Leave comments on other blogs
Don’t be shy. Let people know what you think about their post. Use it as an opportunity to express your opinions, your gratitude or your ideas. It’s also a great way to be seen by other people as well. Comments and feedback give writers more purpose to keep creating great content. Leave one below if you agree with me!
6. Make a list of the blogs that inspire you
Formulate a folder of blogs and website that you admire. Pull apart all of the elements and the reasons why you love it so much then create your own unique twist on their approach. I’m not saying ‘copy’ or ‘imitate’ them…just be aware and conscious of the energy of what makes their blog so appealing. Use your appreciation as a benchmark for how much more you intend to create a blog that you’re proud to put your name to.
7. Write guest posts for others
This is a great way to get your name out there and attract more attention for your blog. In fact, you should write an article for AdventuresInManifesting.org – we’d love to see a sample of your writing.
8. Use Google Analytics + set some goals
Stats can become very addictive when understood. Make a point (if you haven’t already) to sign up for a Google Analytics account. It’s so great to tweet out a link to your site and then see the little green dots on the globe light up from all around the world where your readers are based. Also get clear about the timelines you’d like to see your traffic stats increase by.
9. Keep and archive any praise you receive
We all have days when we doubt out ability to write, or when we question if our blogs are any good. The best thing I could recommend is that you save any and all praise that you recieve from your readers/fans. This stuff is like magic for transforming your mood when you’re feeling a little down.