Writing effective content on your blog shouldn’t be scary at all. If you’re an avid blogger like me, you may want to get disciplined about your writing schedule and habits so that you never get bored of writing, not to mention, start procrastinating.
I’m writing this blog post because I want you to be more productive as a blogger. The purpose of this blog post is to help you write better content on your blog. If you follow the steps that I’m about to share, then not only will you feel good while writing, but you will also get better at writing.
Full disclosure: These are my tried-and-tested methods — they worked for me very well, but may not work for everyone. The reason for sharing these steps with you is that I’m a big believer of CONSISTENCY and SMALL EFFORTS.
In fact, James Clear emphasized on starting small to build a habit.
Gary Vaynerchuk also said, “Micro game and short goals are good.”
It sometimes put people off when I talk about the short-term practical goals.
I don’t hate all that cliché: shoot for the moon and land among the stars.
I get it.
It’s not for me.
I’m hardwired to be okay with FAILING and GETTING REJECTED. It doesn’t stop me at all. I love so much when people reject me. I always smile, later on, and say, “you have no idea what you’re going to miss out.”
Because in the long-run, I win. It’s what that matters.
So the steps I’m going to share with you might be bite-sized, but I know for the fact that they have helped me in transforming my business. I implore you to pay attention now:
1. Enable Your Distraction-free Mode
To achieve the maximum output, you need to create an environment that doesn’t distract you. A mobile screen’s light may entice you to check your phone and then scroll through the Facebook for the next few minutes.
The environment doesn’t have to be a fancy workplace at home where no one is allowed to come. In fact, what I mean by the distraction-free mode is that you could either change your location if you are hearing a sound from somewhere, or leave your mobile device in other room, or put your kids or dog to bed and then get to writing. It’s up to you that how you enable a distraction-free mode for yourself.
2. Grab a Drink
I just grabbed a cup of tea with one teaspoon of honey before started writing this article. Coffee and tea are the drinks that keep your mind fresh. I’m a tea person and don’t touch coffee at all. So a cup of tea in the morning, or whenever I sit back to write helps me.
Don’t push yourself so hard. If you aren’t comfortable with tea or coffee, don’t hesitate to try out lemonade or fresh water, meaning, whatever works for you. The idea is to take a few sips before or in the middle of the work. That would keep you awake.
3. Try Out Different Timings
To write effective content, you may have to try out different techniques; one of them is working on different schedules. Many writers who prefer to write in the morning. On the contrary, there are bloggers like me who always prefer to write at night.
It doesn’t mean that I don’t write in the morning—or I haven’t written content in the afternoon—because I write whenever I feel that it’s time to write. I reckon you should test out different times of the day and see when you feel happy about writing.
4. Read Blogs on a Daily Basis
You can’t grow as a blogger if you stay in the rabbit hole. Writing all day long doesn’t help, anyway. Watch Netflix, eat popcorn, chat with someone on Facebook, and visit mom & dad or a friend.
The point is that if you think that writing hours and hours a day would make you a better writer, then you’re mistaken; it would make you stressed out instead.
Reading others’ blogs is one of the best strategies to learn, explore, and evolve. I highly recommend reading others’ blogs if you’re a blogger and struggling to get to the next level. You’d come to know what they learned and how they’re doing it. In fact, don’t forget to appreciate other bloggers via comments, if you learn something from them. I don’t get a whole bunch of comments on every blog post, but readers consistently leave comments on my blog posts and share their opinions with me, which makes me so happy.
5. Embrace the Feedback
Don’t neglect all those less-crispy comments and private messages that someone sends you about your writing mistakes. We often don’t like being under the spotlight of someone who’s telling us that we’ve made a few mistakes here and there.
Don’t take it personally. Instead, use it as an opportunity to learn, get better, and become proficient at writing. You should be thanking someone if they come out and give their time highlighting the writing mistakes that you’re doing.
The point is that if you knew it all, you would not have made those mistakes in the first place. So we all learn and improve our skills. No biggie.
6. Feel the Pulse of the Target Audience
One of the best techniques to write better content and grow a blog is understanding what the audience wants from your blog. Look at the comments, see what they’re saying on Facebook, and pay close attention to the emails you’re getting.
The content isn’t just about what you feel is right. It could be the other way around. Just make sure to find the ways that help you understand the audience and the rest will be fine.
I’ve shared six steps that I learned over the past few years.
It’s your turn now to tell everybody that how you write effective content on your blog. Some of you are terrific bloggers, SEOs, and digital marketing experts, which is why I’m looking forward to reading your take on writing effective content.