7 Blogging Tips: How to Write Daily

7 Blogging Tips: How to Write Daily

It has been two weeks (almost!) since I wrote a post on this blog. That’s the longest break I have taken in the last year. Although I wouldn’t really call it Writer’s block or Blogging block, I do think it had something to do with my online presence. So, why am here to tell you how to write daily?

This doesn’t mean I have been idle in the blogging space. Oh no, I have actually signed up to be a Write Tribe Pro Blogger, where this cool bunch has decided to blog consistently, every day, for a year. Maybe more. Who knows?

But, ah, I was clever. I know that I cannot do justice to this blog with the daily writing challenge, so I smartly signed up my Fiction blog, since I dabble in flash fiction and micro-fiction, most of which is under 100 words in length. Of course, the real smartness of the move will be revealed if I actually manage to complete a year of blogging daily. Ha, that’s going to be something!

In order to do this , though, it requires a fair deal of management in the time and writing areas. So, today, I will share how we can balance our writing and social media roles together with the mundane demands of life, work and everything else!

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Do you want to blog regularly and find yourself falling off the wagon each time? Find yourself distracted? In this post, I share 7 simple tips on how to write daily. Blogging this way can help build your brand and audience.

1. Writing Everyday

 
 

It’s actually do-able, if you work around a schedule. I find that I write best between 9.30 and 10.30 pm every night. I don’t know why, but it’s true. Perhaps the silence of the household, after sending everyone off to bed, is a good booster. Or maybe the fact that the dishes are done and the kitchen is sparkling clean, so I can now reward myself with some time to write, could be the reason.

Either way, find your groove. Pick a time and write daily/ nightly at the same time. I’m guessing some curious writer gnome is watching and sending me creative vibes every night. Hey, who am I to complain?

2. What do I write about?

This is a common concern, am I right? You feel that panic kicking in each time you sit and stare at the blank screen or notepad, racking your brains for an idea.

That’s why we have prompts, my dear bloggers.

Search the web. You’ll find thousands of them. If nothing else, pick up a book and flip through it. A phrase will catch your eye. Use that as a prompt.

3. Organise your Writing

If you’re anything like me, you will constantly have four or five tabs open in your browser while writing a post. Wordcounter.net is a great website for people like me, who write to prompts and have to abide by a specific word count. I draft the whole post there and simultaneously open my WordPress dashboard, where I copy paste the draft.
Next, I open the tab for image search. There is great value in adding an image to your post, especially since it draws on the interest of the reader and also makes it Pinnable!
If you are writing for the same weekly challenge, then you can save time by copy-pasting the template for future posts. Adding a generic statement at the bottom, such as ‘I am a Pro Blogger’ also frees up the time it would take to type out that statement each time.
Don’t edit while you write. Write without thinking and without stopping. Always make time to go back and check the draft for grammatical errors, run-on sentences, spelling mistakes and other typos. Think three times, before you hit that ‘Publish’ button. Remember, you’re building an audience for the writing. Let not a carelessly-worded sentence bring you down.

4. Leave a Comment

 
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An integral part of blogging, in my opinion, is the idea of networking. This was especially brought home during my first-ever Blogging meet, in Goa this July. I was able to connect to a fair share of bloggers, mainly because I had followed them through their writings and interacted with them on their posts. There is a certain human connection that is established when you do this.
It makes the blogger feel wonderful, knowing that he/she is being read and acknowledged. So, as much as it is wonderful to get a ‘Like’ via Facebook or WordPress and an RT via Twitter, it is infinitely more heartwarming to get a comment that appreciates what you have taken time to create.

5. Take Breaks

 
Sometimes, nothing helps. You just can’t get the wheels to turn in your head. No problem. Go out for a walk in the garden or down the street to get some milk. Carry your phone or camera along. Snap away when the mood strikes. You never know what it takes to kick start that inspirational bunny within.

6. Get off Social Media

 
As much as I advocate networking, I don’t really recommend it when you are in the thick of the writing process. Social Media Distracts. Let’s be very very honest about this.
This was probably the hardest part of the challenge for me.  Yes, I admit it. I am a Social Media junkie, more specifically, Facebook, Whatsapp and to a certain extent, Twitter. Thanks to the WordPress for Android app, that adds its fair share of distractions as well.
So, what do I do now?
  1. I turn off my Smartphone when I am writing my blog posts. I don’t get distracted  by those ‘pings’ every single time someone comments on the blog. Hey, I jump in excitement when I get fifteen ‘pings’ at a time after two hours of not being connected to the Net. Yeah, that’s your bonus 🙂
  2. I keep the tabs closed on my browser. You know that niggling need to check Facebook in between your writing? Yeah, stop doing that. You want a break? Go for a walk. Grab a cup of tea. Pick up a book. DO NOT OPEN that Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest tab.

7. Make time to network

This may seem counter to point #6, but it’ not. How you use social media as a blogger is as important as turning it off when you actually blog. So, you’re overwhelmed with all the writing, the editing and the responding to comments. I get that. Hey, we also have lives in the real world to consider. That shirt is not going to iron itself and the stove is just not going to turn on magically and heat up that pasta, no matter how hard I wish I had Harry Potter’s powers. Nope! Not going to happen.

So, if I can make an hour’s time to write everyday, I can surely find another hour to visit other blogs daily? And perhaps engage with them on social media? The key here is keeping it to a manageable number of blogs and hours.

  1. If you have a WordPress (WP) account, just add your preferred WP blogs to the Reader there and visit them from within the app.
  2. For blogspot blogs, get the Feedly app. This has a very good interface and helps you click through to the blog and comment as well.
  3. Make sure you follow the ‘No Social Media distraction’ rule here as well. Turn off those tabs when you are blog hopping. When sharing a post that you like, share them through the blog’s page directly and hop straight out of Twitter/ Facebook/ Google Plus.
  4. When you do network on social media, don’t hop across networks. Space out Twitter, Facebook and Instagram through the day.
All said and done though, don’t get bogged down by the guilt. There will be days when you just cannot do it all. Moments will come when you want to throw in the towel and not write. That’s okay too. Just remember, we’re in this for the ride. Let’s enjoy it for as long as we can.
Happy Blogging, everyone!
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39 thoughts on “7 Blogging Tips: How to Write Daily

  1. Those are valuable tips, Shailaja..I follow most of these, save the switching off from social platforms. They are distracting but not enough to hinder my creativity.

  2. Good tips, Shailaja, especially about getting off the social media 🙂 I have realized that it is actually difficult to get back in the blogging groove after a break of several days/weeks. I am even finding it difficult to write on prompts…but hopefully this phase too shall pass 🙂 But I am not ready to be a 'pro-blogger' yet. I don't think I will ever be! But that's okay, I like life in slow lane.

  3. What lovely tips, Shailaja :).. I especially liked the one about writing at the same time everyday – am definitely going to try it when I finally get around to reviving that other blog of mine.

  4. i have to agree… I feel very antsy when I havent blogged for awhile and that urge to type something… anything just takes over. Having said that, I dont envy you for the year long challenge… I just cant see myself doing that 😀
    Definitely agree on the distraction that social media gives.. exactly as the pic shows!

  5. these are great tips but I think that we all find our own groove. Mine is clearly not blogging everyday as I miss the interactions with other bloggers if I do that. And bloggers come by to read our posts if we make time for theirs. I also find that readers get blogger burn out too and need a breather from our posts. Twice or thrice a week works well for me. Good luck with being a pro blogger and hope daily blogging is your groove.

  6. I loved reading the post and enjoyed the photos even more.

    When we resolve to do something, we do it. How much we want to is directly proportional to our efforts. But then there is the priority list. We simply have to decide what's more important. I too signed up for the Write Tribe Pro Blogger initiative (in fact I announced it too ;-)) but I am not going to get stressed over missing a day or two! The moment I decide that, the daily writing is pressure-free.

    I love to write in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and nights.

    Keep on keeping on, Shailaja!

  7. I loved this post Shailja. Came here because Vidya shared it on G+ so thanks to her too.

    You writing style is easy and conversational. And you seem to have the same writing (or shall I say social media) challenges that I do. But yes, of late I've started closing down the social media tabs when I'm in the thick of it. In fact I close my browser since I write on Windows Live Writer.

    Writing daily haan? My that's too tough for me. I tried it during the A-Z in April and I still feel shell-shocked. 😀

  8. I think it's great how you are going! You've got some really good tips here. To be honest, if I wasn't going to uni, working and socialising, I probably could do it all with ease. But with all the other stuff, I sometimes only have time to write and not interact and I hate that…I want to comment on other blogs, and I want to reply to comments on mine but I just can't fit it in. Oh and now, with having to write each week on different topics for university, it's kinda impeding with blogging creativity! 😛 Good luck being a pro-blogger! 🙂

  9. Shailaja, I am telling you! I just can't write… the discipline it needs is so not there in me! And still I LOVE it so!
    I do not think of me as much of a writer… I just can document… and that is kind of ok with me for right now 🙂 But that social media tip is for me!! And the editing one… and well all of it loL!

  10. I am glad to say daily blogging does seem to be my groove. Yes, there are days when I cannot do it all, but I do not beat myself up over it. I just make up for it on the days that I have more time 🙂

  11. I came across this post on Twitter, and oh my gosh, I had to shake my head- I totally get what you're saying! I've gotten so many great tips from other blogs, and I actually laughed out loud at the part where you mentioned having four or five tabs open, that is SO me!! Great post!

  12. facebook and Pinterest can be so distracting… I could have written so much if not for these two evils I usually don’t have trouble writing but it’s the selection of photographs and their processing that takes hours. And sometimes days.
    I am glad you registered your fiction blog for daily writing… I am such a big fan of your stories… I can’t wait to start reading them great points there.
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    1. As a photographer I am sure it’s way more challenging for you. Most of my images are high-quality stock photos and I don’t play around too much with filters. Usually just use a standard template or a set of those and manage.

      Oh and this post is a couple of years old! I am not taking up the fiction challenge right now 🙂 This was actually a way to market the fact that I am doing Pinterest and enjoying it now 😉 Now that you mentioned it though, I should get back to writing flash fiction. I’m happier when I do so.

  13. Stumbled upon this one and so glad I did. Mercifully I can be a problogger by blogging just two times a week. And that itself makes me so proud. Daily blogging is a tall order and to be honest I wouldn’t want to burden the reader. Also, I’m not sure I would be able to come up with decent content if I blog every day. I do like the idea of staying away from social media and the bit about multiple tabs – so so true. I’ve got six of them open right now.
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