Are you interested in improving the regularity and value of your blogging? If you are, you might find this post extremely useful!
I was recently asked how long I spent, writing my blog posts. The answer I gave was that it usually takes me between 20 to 30 minutes; occasionally a little longer. The guy who asked me, said that he often spends a couple of hours writing a single post. This is something I hear about a great deal – people who love the idea of blogging, but who find it takes too long to produce great content regularly. This makes it very hard to build a substantial readership or develop a community around the blog’s readers.
Blog posts do not need to be perfect
I’ve spoken with dozens of bloggers, who are only able to publish a post a handful of times a month or so, and in almost every case, their problem is that they are seeking perfection from every post. The challenge with the perfectionist-blogger’s mindset, is that it stifles their creativity. It clogs up momentum. In my opinion, it also makes the blogger seem less natural or personable too – which is a BIG mistake, if you want your readers to identify with you as a person!
One of the great things about writing a blog, is that errors can not only be fixed (if you wish;) they often open up great debates in your blog’s comment section. Yes, you should always strive to make what you write as good, valuable and clear as possible, but ultimately, you need to give yourself permission to be human. This means allowing yourself the freedom to be just 99% right, occasionally ;)
A blog post or a special report?
Another reason why many people find it takes them so long to write their blog posts, is that they write such LONG posts. Some of these posts are so detailed, that they read more like special reports, than blog posts. Now, for those people, who are happy with blogging less often and writing GREAT, long, detailed posts – this is perfect. However, if you blog (like I do) as a way to market your services and you want people to regularly get involved with your blog and contribute – you may want to think about shorter, punchier posts.
I know that many people struggle with brevity. Some find it hard to make their points in few words, others feel that the length of a post is a key determinate of that post’s value. I can tell you from experience, that most popular posts on this blog, are usually the shorter ones!
Your blogging tips
I know that many of you are bloggers and I would LOVE to hear your tips, for producing great quality, regular content. It would be great if you could share your ideas here, with your fellow readers and myself!
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