Maintaining a daily blog is a terrific way to drive new visitors to your website. Regardless of your topic, creating more content will help to increase your traffic. Assuming you’re blogging on one main theme, a daily blog post will help you build a big audience.
How do you keep up a daily blog?
This is a common question for new bloggers. It’s not necessary to do a daily blog post. In fact, if you set your goal too high to start, you might feel overwhelmed and abandon the idea of blogging before you even get started. If you’re new to blogging, consider setting a goal to blog once a month or once a week. As you establish the habit of blogging regularly, you can do what it takes to fit it into additional days of the week. If, however, you’ve already established daily writing habits and you have a passion for a particular topic, you’re well on your way to reaching your goal of publishing a daily blog post.
1. Make your daily blog post a priority.
Writing a daily blog post is a big commitment. Even if you love to write and blog, you have to have some sort of passion or motivation to share on a particular topic in order to continue to come up with new ideas every day. By publishing a daily blog post, you will, over time be able to drive a huge amount of traffic to your site. This does, of course, assume that you’re passionate about a particular topic and you have a strong desire to motivate people into action. When you prioritize a daily blog post, you’re telling your readers that you’re serious about your subject.
2. Make it the first thing you do in the morning.
Assuming that you’re ready to commit to a daily blog post, you’re also committing to making it a big priority in your life. What is the best way to treat a priority? It’s to put it at the top of your list and at the beginning of your day. Make it the first thing you do when you open your laptop or sit down at your computer. By doing this, you’re able to capture some of your best brain time of the day, plus you’ll be able to go through the rest of your day without trying to figure out when you’re going to get around to putting out your daily blog post. Deciding to do a daily blog post is easy, but following through to make sure it happens is a completely different level of commitment. By deciding to make it the first thing you do in the morning, it helps to ensure that it will really happen.
3. Wake up early.
Richard Byrne publishes at least one blog post every day. He has had great success with his commitment to a daily blog post by waking up early so that he can find the time to blog before daily distractions begin. He typically wakes up sometime between 4 am and 7 am.
Can a night owl become an early bird?
4. Write a blog post every morning.
Whether it comes easy or not, just make the decision to write a daily blog post. There will be days when you’re eager to share something that’s on your mind or something you recently discovered on the web. You don’t need to have super fresh content every day, but it is helpful if you strive to find new angles and twists on your main subject. The morning is the best time to do a daily blog post because you have the best mental energy before you’ve gone through all the activities of the day. Although some might be successful at writing blog posts in the evening, you might want to experiment to see what works best for you. Take into consideration the amount of time it takes you to write a post, the number of words in the post and your overall satisfaction with it. In addition, you can follow up later to see the statistics on which posts work best.
5. Save extra blog posts for later.
Sometimes you’ll have easy days when you come up with extra ideas. And you’ll have days when it’s hard to come up with a blog post, so when you’re on a roll and coming up with multiple ideas on one day, it’s helpful to save them for future days when you don’t have an idea. You’re sure to have some days when you’re booked in all-day activities, on vacation, or simply don’t have the energy to come up with a daily blog post. Some bloggers do all their blogging in one day and schedule it out to post throughout the week. Do whatever works best for you.
6. Make it a habit.
However you decide to manage your daily blog posts, know that it’s the habits you establish that will drive your results. If you make it a habit to publish a daily blog post, it will get easier and easier over time. And once you establish a habit, you do it automatically without questioning whether you should do it or not. It’s like brushing your teeth every evening. No matter how tired you are, you’ve decided to keep the habit and you do it regardless of how you feel about it because you know it’s the right thing for you. Once you establish the habit, you’ll start seeing the rewards by adding new followers and increasing the traffic on your site. These, in turn, provide you with more motivation to maintain your habit.
If you’re interested in developing writing habits that will help you increase your productivity, read the Blogger’s Quick Guide to Writing Rituals and Routines by Rebecca Livermore.
7. Keep a notebook with you everywhere you go.
Take your notebook with you everywhere you go. Write down ideas for blog posts when they come to you. You never know when you might get a great idea. If you don’t take the time to write it down, you’ll lose the idea. If lugging around a large notebook doesn’t work for you, then consider a small Moleskine notebook that you can easily slip into your wallet, pocket or handbag.
If you prefer to track your notes digitally, you can use an app like Google Keep, Trello or Evernote to track your ideas. It’s much easier to capture the ideas as they come to you so that you have something to trigger your ideas when you sit down at your computer to do your daily blog post. By making it a habit to keep a list of blog post ideas, you’ll find that it’s much easier to start writing when you sit down at your computer.
8. Give your followers a way to connect with you.
Notice that Richard Byrnes ends his vlog post by giving viewers a way to contact him via email. You can leave comments on his video or reach out to him on his Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page. Plus he offers a variety of ways to contact him through his website, FreeTech4Teachers.com.
Richard Byrne started blogging about ed tech in 2007 and he has been blogging ever since. He offers helpful tips for teachers on his site at Free Technology for Teachers.
Notice that Richard says it’s easy to blog every day. He goes on to mention that he makes it a priority and the first thing he does when he gets to his computer. Although he says it’s simple, as you listen to his full vlog post, you can see that he has additional habits that support his ability to put out a daily blog post. These additional habits make up the ten points listed in this blog post.
9. Answer the questions your followers ask.
Whether you get an email or see a question on social media, pay attention to what your readers’ comments and questions. They’re fuel for new blog posts. Chances are, if one reader is asking a question, then other readers have the same question as well.
Notice that Richard Byrne answers a blog question via his blog. It doesn’t really matter how you respond to your readers, but be dedicated to responding to their needs. Your readers are more likely to engage with you if they know you’re paying attention to what they have to say. Becoming a good listener is one of the best ways to meet the needs of your audience.
10. Blog daily on topics of interest.
If you want to stick to your commitment to blog daily, it’s critical that you write about topics of interest. Blogging gives you a way to share with others what you’re learning to deepen your understanding. It’s helpful to blog for a particular audience and be somewhat consistent within your topic. Otherwise, readers will be less likely to subscribe and follow consistently. Richard Byrne is obviously passionate about education technology for teachers. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to withstand blogging on this same topic for over a decade.
As you begin to blog daily, your interests may shift and flow from one topic to another. Instead of feeling locked in to one topic, feel free to explore and allow yourself to go in a new direction. It’s normal for interests to change and develop over time, so be sure to give yourself the freedom to seek and explore new possibilities.