As I blog every day, I need something to write about every day. I had a couple of readers ask me yesterday how I think of something to write about every single day and there are a few methods I use. One is reading and answering readers comments, so thank you for the inspiration for today’s post.
Yesterday’s post was all about consistency. Daily blogging and why consistency is key can be read by clicking here.
For me, consistency results in much more engagement on my blog. My stats increase, interest in my blog grows significantly and readers gain a level of trust and expectation. But to be consistent, I need to have methods. I also need to have something to blog about daily, which can be tricky.
My methods have been simple and not so simple. Some much easier than others. I am going to start with the biggest method I used to help with my blog…
Since my year in the US, I always wanted to travel again for this length of time. Somewhere that I would feel I could settle easily with a similar culture and escape the norm back home. Leave my full time job, my daily routine and experience something brand new. My journey here wasn’t necessarily to learn more about myself or experience a new culture, but to free my time completely.
Before Sydney I was working on my blog (partially) and wanted to put more effort into it. With half my time taken up with work and the other half catching up with friends, I left very little time dedicated to blogging. I knew that if I was to take a year out it would free up so much time that I could devote to blogging, as well as find plenty of things to blog about along the way. The Australian Working Holiday Visa was bought, my one way ticket booked and in a couple of months I was on my way. The beauty of this visa is that it allows me to work and fund my travels, meaning I could leave home a lot sooner. Needing time to save was not an excuse.
Now I understand that this isn’t possible for everyone. For those that are able to and are thinking about it, I would highly recommend it. It is a big commitment to travel, particularly alone but it is incredibly rewarding. If you are thinking about it, stop thinking about it and go for it.
This doesn’t mean that you have to travel to the other side of the world to blog freely. It just helped me. Firstly, to be able to blog everyday or at least frequently, you have to have a passion for it. Like any hobby, if your heart isn’t there, you are doomed. If you have a desire, you are on the right track.
Secondly, you need to dedicate time to doing so. I spend a couple of hours a day on my blog, and I know this isn’t possible for everyone. But maybe 30 minutes is, during breakfast or after an afternoon run and cool down. Schedule a time in the day that you can dedicate to your blog and try to stick to it. It will eventually become a habit and make blogging so much easier. Routine is very effective.
Also, there are some people out there that fool themselves into thinking they don’t have time. What about that hours commute to work on the bus that is usually wasted looking at memes? Or the half an hour spent in between classes in college? We have so much free time that we waste that could be used to ooze productivity, and we won’t have these pockets of time forever. Try to use them wisely.
Blogging is like going to the gym. If we walk slowly for 30 minutes on the treadmill once a week, results will be slow or next to non-existent. If we work twice as hard for twice as long three times a week, the results will reflect this.
The effort you put in is what you get back out.
When I am free, I like to get out of the house. I live in a city, so I am constantly finding inspiration around me in the form of street art, people and buildings. But this can also be achieved through nature and the weather. For me, getting out and taking a walk increases my productivity ten fold. It was the same for me in Sydney and now in Brisbane. I had reasons to blog through photos and stories along the way, I often didn’t think of ideas, instead they often came to me.
I cannot blog when I am walking. So instead I use the photos I take as reminders and add draft titles to my my blog. I have 40+ blog ideas that are merely blog titles right now, and my camera roll is a queue of blog posts in the making. When I am finished with a post, I transfer the images to my laptop, delete them from my phone and free up space for more photos. Don’t let ideas slip you by when you don’t have time to blog about them. Write them on a piece of paper. Type them into your phones notes. Take a screenshot. Do anything you can, just don’t let them go to waste.
This is basically the methods that allow me to be present here every single day. Searching for inspiration everyday around me by getting up and exploring the neighbourhood, noting down all of my ideas before I forget them in anyway I can and dedicating time daily to sit down and publish that post. This, and giving myself enough free time to make this all achievable. If I can do it, so can you. Once you find the commitment, the results follow.
I hope this was a help and inspiration to some of you, and I wish you the best with your own blog. What you put in is what you get out, and the satisfaction is what keeps me going.
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