5 steps to becoming a more productive blogger
A guest post by Ravi Sharma.
Do you want to be a successful and more productive blogger?
There are many people who start blogging by spending lots of money buying a domain and creating an impressive blogging website. Unfortunately the reality is everything doesn’t depend on money and attractiveness. If you wish to succeed, you need to keep your blogs informative and maintain high quality.
Because everyone does not have experience in all of this, they face confusion about keeping things perfect. Working on a blog requires a proper schedule, research, and much more. Before going through a complete blogging procedure, you should know what a blogger is.
What is a blogger?
Blogger is not just a writer. They are a professional who shares information with their audience by publishing online content on a specific website.
This website is like a diary which includes entries in the form of blogs, photographs, links to high authority and informative sources. A professional blogger could have a motive for monetising via advertising, product displays, etc.
Being a good writer is not enough to set up a successful blogging career. You have to become a productive blogger to achieve objectives and get popularity in the community.
Step 1: Work on basics
Becoming a productive blogger is not an easy task. Especially when it comes to generating ideas to regularly write content. If you are unaware to what you need or how to write, then you won’t be able to run a blog successfully. The best thing is not to panic or get stressed.
- Ways to start writing
You will not succeed if you waste hours staring at a blank sheet thinking about the topic you want to write. Start writing by converting the thoughts from your mind into words.
Once you start writing, you will subconsciously find a suitable topic or lead to follow. This is an example of a free writing style. This will result in a short story based on your imagination, which will help you to present your dream world as a blog and share your ideas with your audience.
- Pause your inner editor for a while
When you start to write a piece of content, don’t bother focusing on grammatical or spelling errors for a while. Try to explore your ideas more and just write on the topic. You can deal with editing once you’ve completed the content. Worrying about editing earlier can only cause distraction.
- Don’t waste your effort
Sometimes you find your output isn’t completely perfect or suitable to publish. Many writers delete this content. However, this is a big mistake. You should save this content, especially after all the effort and time you have taken to write it. You could find it useful sometime in the future, as hidden treasure which was buried instead of being spoiled.
- Don’t stop
If you start writing and find you have picked up a flow, don’t stop. The more you write, the better results you will get. Every blogger knows ‘practice makes perfect’ by writing content, improvising it, and repeating it again and again.
Step 2: Keep distracting elements away
Avoid being distracted when writing a blog, as it affects the quality and prevents you from presenting your views perfectly. The question is, what create distractions?
- Social media
Social media is one of the biggest source of distraction. Many individuals waste hours exploring entertaining content. However, social media is useful when working on research to create a piece of writing. It is also a good source to refresh your mind and get some ideas. It is best to use this purely to focus on quickly writing content again.
- Put your email on silent
Email should be used to communicate with someone professionally and share information effectively. However, if you are writing and you are constantly notified every time you get an email, this could become a big distraction. The smartest move would be to put your email notification or alert on silent for a while to avoid distractions and stay focused on the blog.
Create appealing and amazing piece of content needs a proper environment. Location plays an important role as somewhere to write blogs other than in your personal space. Try to find a place with silence and is comfortable to write in. You cannot create high-quality content sitting in your living room with your family talking around you.
These things are not only useful in improving the quality of your writing, but also help boost the productivity level and save you lots of time.
Step 3: Create a plan
Creating a plan will help you to organise your writing activities. It is useful to provide an effective solution to avoid confusion and save time while writing. Break your content into several sections, such as an introduction, conclusion, facts gained from research and any other areas you may want to highlight.
A plan could help simplify the writing procedure. Sometimes you end up writing more or less than your desired limit according to your plan. In this case, don’t worry. It is totally normal and happens to most writers. It is important not break your flow or concentration. Just complete your blog in one attempt by explaining all facts you decided on earlier.
Step 4: Set goals and make a schedule
A productive blogger sets up goals and schedules. The schedule shows how much time you have to write a blog post, such as the deadline you need to write and publish by.
Preparing a schedule means avoiding time wastage and focus on progressing with your blog. You get to complete all your tasks on time and maintain consistency in your blog updates.
Bloggers who don’t have a schedule flounder as there is no-one there to instruct or keep order. If you want to be come a successful and productive blogger, you need to be strict within your schedule.
Every blogger needs to be motivated and encouraged to perform their tasks. This is why you set goals for yourself, such as to publish a certain number of posts in a week. This will automatically keep you working as per the schedule.
Step 5: Use of online tools
No one wants to spend hours formatting, checking and adjusting elements on their content after finishing writing. Many bloggers face productivity problems within this phase. However, there are many online tools to help you with this.
These tools could help you give the final touch to your content and get it ready to publish quickly. This is also beneficial in keeping the content free from grammatical and spelling errors.
Another way to increase productivity is to repurpose your content. This means using the same content in multiple forms, such as adapting your text into videos and infographics. It will save lots of research and content creation time.
If you work with multiple professionals on a project, these tools will help set up good coordination. Each person will know what you are doing, allowing them to proceed with graphics, videos or image creation accordingly. They don’t need to wait for your content completion in order to proceed.
Every productive blogger should remember their audience
Finally, you should not forget about using your audience for research, as they will introduce you to their interests and requirements. It is important to write blogs for your target audience, who in turn will give answers to your queries, provide information, and allow you to learn something new about the world.
Let me know in the comments below your experiences of becoming a productive blogger, so we can all learn more from you.
About the author
Ravi Sharma, CEO of Webomaze, is a highly enthusiastic entrepreneur. He has got a great grip on the idea of effective eCommerce Strategies, SEO processes, and tactics which are vital for virtual exposure. He is a fun-loving person and a keen traveller who always hunts to find adventure in new places. Find him on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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