The feeling you have after writing your first blog post allows you to be more confident as a writer. You get excited, you thought that it would be way harder to get started but you did it.
As you become more familiar with blogging and the consistency that you need to have in order to become successful at it, the process can get tiring.
There have been more than a handful of days where I thought that writing wasn’t for me. One thing I will say is that as a blogger you’ll soon come to realize that you’ll need all the tips you can get in order to keep doing it daily.
If you’re somebody who loves to write then you may find daily blogging to be fun and it can be with the right mindset, but like anything else in life, once you start doing something for a long amount of time the love that you had for that habit at first can fade away. This is why it’s important to be able to hold yourself accountable as a daily blogger.
It’s not going to be easy and there will be days where you feel like giving up but writing can change your life for the better. If you look at writing as a way to make money only then you will find your journey to be very stressful. If you look at writing as a skill that you can always get better at and do it because it’s something you see yourself doing for the rest of your life, then you will have an easier time.
In order to become comfortable with daily blogging you need to work on two things:
- Building a passion for the craft
- Giving yourself a daily limit
Let’s look at how you can implement these two writing principles into your daily routine and the steps you can take to hold on to them for a long time.
Decide How Much You Want to Write Daily
You may have heard to write until your hands fall off but this can ultimately lead you to burnout. You should decide how much you want to write daily if you want to become more accustomed to writing every day. You can do this in multiple ways like deciding how many articles you want to post each week or how many words you want to write each day.
Figure out a way to make sure that you have some type of limit to your writing, you need to find some way to write every day without it being too stressful.
For the past few months, I’ve been keeping myself accountable by making sure my articles are at least 1,200 words long. If I write more than that, then that’s great but I try to make sure that I at least hit that 1,200-word mark as much as I can.
There will be scenarios where you don’t want your article to be too stretched out, if this is the case it would be better for you to give yourself a word limit that you know you can hit with ease and pass if you wanted to.
If you’re thinking more about how your week is going to look like as a daily blogger then you may want to focus on how many articles you would like to have posted by the end of the week.
Some days you will not like an article that you wrote so you may not want to post it, this is fine and will leave you with more time to edit later. The goal of a daily blogger is to post every day but if you’re just beginning then you should not put the initial stress on yourself, build up to that consistent rate over time. It’s also good to post articles you’re not too proud of once in a while because it prevents you from having “writer’s block” in the future.
Use Personal Incentives to Push Yourself
One incentive that you can use when you don’t feel like writing is allowing yourself to work on another hobby or passion when you’re done writing.
Writing may be your only passion for now and maybe it is your purpose but it’s good to find enjoyment in other things that you’re not doing every day.
An example of this can be drawing or painting. These two are similar in the fact that they allow you to feel instantly creative. Who doesn’t like to mix colors and paint whatever is on their mind onto a canvas?
Make sure that you’re writing up to your preferred limit for the day, when done you can bust out some crayons and paper. Keep this activity in mind when you don’t feel like writing anymore, you haven’t built the strength yet to write on command and it will take time, but for now, don’t beat yourself up, give yourself an incentive to keep pushing forward.
Another incentive that you use that still keeps you writing consistently is to allow yourself to write a bit instructed in your last few sentences.
I do this at the end of each of my articles by writing my conclusion solely based on my thoughts. I also allow myself to finish off with a quote that takes a few minutes to find. I only let myself put a quote in once I've hit my preferred word count for the article.
Find ways to make writing more fun for you daily, whether this is giving yourself a new incentive every day or one that you can do daily for the long term. Your writing process should be enjoyable, whenever you hit a wall full of stress and fatigue look back to your incentives for a little more push.
Have Rules and Routines In Mind
Giving yourself a set of rules when writing every day can be very beneficial to your life and writing career. Some rules that every writer should have is being focused on your work for a certain amount of time, whether that’s 30 minutes or an hour.
Another rule that writers should have is to make sure your writing for the audience and not yourself. These are two really good examples that will hold you accountable when writing.
They’re something to think about while your writing, allowing you to enter into a flow state.
What’s your writing routine like now?
Whether you write in the morning or at night, it’s good to have a routine. Try making a special space for your writing, maybe it is your room or in the kitchen, find a place that helps you write with comfort and ease.
Add in some things to your routine like doing a few simple exercises before you start writing or making yourself a cup of tea for when you’re writing.
Before every article, I wash any dishes that are left in the sink and do about 20 pushups. This is a habit that has worked for me within the last recent months. It allows me to recognize that I’m about to get into the zone with writing. The pushups also help me with becoming more awake if I feel a little sleepy when getting started.
Try having a structured format that you use for your writing every day like having a certain number of body paragraphs or a certain amount of headlines you would like to use for each topic.
Being a daily blogger takes time and you will learn your own way of making it easier. Learn how to write every day and you will be able to build many other daily, healthy habits into your life as well. I’ll leave you with a quote from Adeyemi Taiwo Eunice that says
“Consistency in little will pay off on big days.”