Before you go “oh, spill the tea sis!” This isn’t some hot tea…just a little mild. Anywho, if you’re a blogger or thinking about being a blogger, then I’m sure you already know that one of the most important parts of blogging is being consistent. It doesn’t matter if you’re consistently blogging on one day every week or every single day, that consistency is what really can help you. A lot of people tend to struggle with being consistent, hell I’m surprised that I’ve even been this consistent for this long, and some people may notice the inconsistency but not know all it takes to remain consistent. I’m here to drop the tea on being a consistent blogger. I’m giving you ways that could help you remain consistent and the tea on why it can be hard to keep that consistency. Let’s get into it!
Tips To Help With Staying Consistent!
1. Schedule your posts. Scheduling is so important to help with consistency. WordPress has a scheduling feature on it…take advantage of that. I love to schedule my posts because I know if I wrote my posts the same day I posted them, they won’t get out until late and I really prefer them to be out until noon. In fact, I might have more days that there won’t even be a post because maybe I’ll be too tired from work or something. If you never used the scheduler before, I highly recommend. Especially if you know you have a busy week ahead of you.
2. Plan. This probably should’ve been first, but either way, scheduling and planning go hand in hand. This is something I’m still working on myself to do. Sitting down, writing out post ideas, and planning which days you’re going to post them can really help. I’m still working on planning out what days I want specific posts to go up, but I did start writing out a list of topics for the month. This can be a big lifesaver when it comes to time. Sometimes it can take a long time to figure out what you want to write. Next thing you know, time has passed and nothing has yet to be written. Here’s a tip inside a tip…if you write out posts for the entire month then be sure to write out more ideas than the number of days you plan to post. That way if you decide you don’t want to write about something anymore, you have more options.
3. Pick your posting days. I think you’re getting a theme here that dates and planning and etc are really important. I know this seems repetitive, but what makes this tip different is picking the days you’re planning on being consistent with posting. For example, I post on Monday’s, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Once you’ve picked which day(s) you want to write, you can write out your posts ahead of time, and then have them prescheduled on that certain day(s). See how it all goes together?
4. Write about what you love. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to be consistent if I don’t get to write about what I love. The good thing about blogging is that it’s not for a grade and no one is telling you what to do. You can write about whatever you want. You’re free to write how you want for once unlike in school…so why not take advantage of it and do topics that’ll make you want to keep coming back to write more?
5. Just start. The hardest tip of them all is to just sit down and start writing. Trust me, even if you’re writing your most favorite topic, it can still be hard for someone who struggles with energy and motivation like me. Another good tip within a tip is to not write all your blog posts for the week in one day. Blogging takes a lot and sitting for longer than an hour or even 30min can drive you crazy. No cup of coffee or playlist can get you out of that. It doesn’t matter how long you take to start, just start. You can start on your post, save it, and come back to it later that day.
Why It’s Hard To Be A Consistent Blogger
So, I gave you guy some tips to help you with your consistency, but now you need to know the tea behind being a consistent blogger…aka the struggle tea. As great as it is to be able to keep a consistent schedule, being consistent comes with a lot of struggles. First off, there’s the struggle with having a lack of motivation. Sometimes it can hit you at random times and when it does, it hits hard! I know because I constantly struggle with it myself and when you have no motivation, then you just don’t feel like writing. Next is feeling the pressure. What I mean by that is feeling the pressure to not miss a posting day. As much as we may want to remain consistent, life gets in the way that may cause us to miss a day and that’s fine. Sometimes we may need to miss more than a day and that’s still fine. Don’t let others or yourself feel pressured to just stick to such a strict schedule and not take a break. Of course along with taking a break can come the guilt of doing so. It’s easy to feel guilty like you’re not giving your readers what they deserve. I’d like to call it bloggers guilt. Bloggers guilt is very real and can even consume you. Lastly, being consistent means new blog posts all the time, which can eventually cause writer’s block. Any writer can tell you that that’s the worst. Writer’s block can really take a toll on your sanity if you’re just not able to come up with new ideas. Sometimes you just need to take a breather before it gets to you. People can say being consistent is easy, but it’s not…and that’s the tea!
Although being a consistent blogger is hard, the tips I provided can help you eliminate some of the struggles that come with it.
What’s the hardest part for you about being consistent?