When it comes to making blogging a habit, the best advice comes from Nike:
Just do it!
The only way to introduce a new habit into your life is to do it repeatedly on a schedule, without fail.
In fact, there are some really helpful programs that I’ve used to introduce blogging into my everyday (or nearly so) schedule.
1. Writing Groups that Inspire
One great inspiration is NaNoWriMo for bloggers. This is where a group of bloggers gets together and agrees to support each others’ posts.
All of the writers agree to post every day for 30 days, whether it’s a short or long post. If you join up in an effort like this, you are going to surpass the 21 days that creating a new habit requires.
Of course, you’re also going to bring a lot more attention to your blog!
2. Take Your Foot Off the Brake
While scheduling regular blogging is important, you also have to use another technique I found: Mentally letting go!
Sometimes we get so worried about being perfect and whether or not our topic is one time and all these other details, that we scare ourselves right out of a great post.
Your blog attracts readers because they enjoy what you’re sharing.
If you’re enthusiastic and passionate about it, then don’t worry about whether it’s going to have a universal appeal. Take the brakes off your creativity and give yourself permission to just write.
It’s your blog and you’ll be more inclined to post regularly when you put fewer restrictions on yourself. I understand it can be challenging to mentally relax, but the payoff is huge.
3. Get Into the Right Frame of Mind
What other techniques do you use when you’re trying to create a habit? Anytime you want to eat better, get fit, or simply stop visiting the same places, it takes a concerted effort.
You need to devote time to it in your notes, in your travel planning and how you go about your daily life. Apply the same concepts and ideas to your blogging.
Those little ideas you get at night–write them down. The mental energy you spend coming up with these topics is the same energy that is going to remind you to share them.
If you find that going to a certain place every day helps you get in tune with your writing, then go there. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a few minutes at the park–whatever it takes to get in that frame of mind.
4. Pressure is a Great Motivator
If you really want to make blogging a habit, then you need to put some external pressure on yourself. Tell everyone you know that you’re going to be posting every day.
Use your social media outlets and invite people to subscribe to your daily posts. When you have an audience that is waiting for new material every day and is sharing the word for you, then you have a strong reason to keep up with that promise.
If you don’t, you risk your online reputation. Increasing your audience will make sure you follow through.
If you can use a combination of these ideas, then you’ll find your blogging habit increases steadily and consistently.
The time to share your blog and reach your goals is now. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll create a brand new, productive habit.
You have any tips or ideas to create a blogging habit?
We’d love to hear them in the comments below…