Life is a balancing act and it’s not easy to achieve balance with one foot offline and the other online in an environment that never sleeps. The Internet doesn’t stop, can’t stop, won’t stop, so they say. It’s this aspect of blogging that can become repetitive and disheartening. You create content, publish, promote, comment, discuss and the cycle continues.
Passion and Persistence
Blogging begins with a passion for something that matters. If you blog, you have a commitment to publish on a regular basis. When your idea bank is empty you question: why am I doing this? The answer is validation. Keep creating content regardless of how you may feel at that moment. Publish and you will receive that validation.
In-depth knowledge of the topic you are writing on will make your blogging easier. The more you know about your subject and the more invested you are in it, the more you have to write about. But regardless of how much you think you know, it’s important to research before you write. That’s when you will discover new material or come up with a new writing approach.
Compelling error-free content is what people expect when they visit a blog. Committing to a content creation and publishing schedule (a certain number of words, hours, or articles per day/week/month) will help you maintain momentum. Schedule your time in advance and research, write or edit for exactly that amount of time, whether it is going well or not.
Reading high-caliber blogs is one of the most effective ways to improve your writing. What you read shapes how you write so learn from styles that differ from yours. What’s more is that reading fuels your imagination and that, after all, is a writer’s best friend.
Initiating connection and discussion leads to building a blog centered community. Learning from reader feedback helps you grow and your blog evolve. Pay close attention to what your blogging friends publish so you can comment and backlink to related content in your new posts. Network and be open to new ideas. Then when you write you are buoyed with the passion you had on the first day you began to blog.
I joined WordPress.com five years ago. I have enjoyed exploring the ins and outs of wordpress.com blogging and I hope my readers have too.
When I first became a member I believe the WordPress version was 1.5 or so. In any event it lacked all the fancy features we have now. There was only 1 staff member in Support, 1 Moderator, and 1 FAQs thread at the head of the single support forum we had. There was no support documentation.
Every time I learned something new I answered forum questions and passed that knowledge on. I also blogged it in 2006 in this blog which is now archived. That blog became the forerunner to one cool site which now contains 551 published posts..
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Blog It! Writing Ideas Checklist
Blogging Through Writer’s Block
Bloggers: Are You Still Multitasking?
Blogging: Focus on Content Creation
Social media time management strategy
Blogging and Community Building
Blogging, Content Creation and Time Management