How to Find A Good Blog Rhythm
I participated in one the greatest Twitter chats with BlogElevated [Twitter account] about writing tips for bloggers this week! I was pleased to know what my answers were helpful to many participants. I have a writing process and default writing processes (aka what to do when I have writer’s block) for my blog. I loved the questions from the Twitter chat so much that I wanted to share some of my answers under these 5 key points about finding a blog rhythm. This is important to have because it will make writing much easier and less dreadful.
Consider the reader’s intended emotion
Everything I publish has to have a purpose. It has to make sense and it has to accomplish an end-goal. This end goal could be to create inspiration for my reader or to help them feel motivated to take action with the information I provide. I want my reader’s to feel like we’re in a conversation. I aim to evoke an emotion with my rant posts or push them to think differently about their lives and business. I write with purpose.
When you write, think about how you want someone who reads your blog post to feel after they’ve read your post. Consider the words associated with those emotions and write with those words in mind. In a previous post, I wrote about the 5 things your audience should feel when you post. These 5 things are important, but what matters is your intended outcome and your intended message. If you think about your end goal, a writing rhythm will come easier to you.
Choose a reasonable writing process
Just because someone has a certain writing process doesn’t mean you have to follow their process. If you like writing at 6am on a whim, do that! If you hate outlining before you write, don’t outline. If you are a spare of the moment writer, own it!
I like to batch write which means I create multiple outlines of topics I want to discuss and/or teach. Posting doesn’t happen all the time. Sometimes I can’t get my life together, but I do try my best to make it a habit to batch create. My entire writing process should be another blog post, but to sum it up, I outline my blogs then I return to write under those key points. This is usually how it goes:
Outline key points >> Write rough draft >> day break >> proof >> create graphics >> proof >> upload >> proof
I don’t force myself to write. I write without correcting my grammar. My grammar isn’t perfect with my blog because I don’t want it to be, but I do what I want –you should too! Find a writing process that will keep you consistent and happy. Forcing yourself to blog like someone else will cause you to dread blogging.
Change your writing location often
Where do you write? Where does your inspiration come from? There will be times when you can’t focus. There will be times when you develop writer’s block. It happens but it’s important to learn what inspires you. If you blog from your bed or your house, change locations when you get writer’s block. Visiting coffee shops help with creativity for many (including myself). You can also consider a work-cation. Find a hotel that you would love to stay at, get a room, and spend a night there. You may also consider taking a break from writing, exercising, and reading other blogs or books to get those creative juices flowing!
Write last to first
Remember those feelings that you want your readers to leave with after reading your blog post? Create your final paragraph first with a call-to-action for your audience. A call-to-action can ask your audience to share your post, to sign up for your email list, or to download a content upgrade. Sometimes writing backward can help you create the rest of your post. Remember you make your own rules for your blog. Some of us work better backward and regardless of what that looks like to others, it helps our productivity tremendously.
After you write your final paragraph, create 3 to 7 points for your topic or begin your rough draft if outlining doesn’t work for you. Test your brain. Determine which direction is easier for you. I’ve started from the middle and the end before which created one of my most popular blogs. The goal is to learn your comfort pattern for writing and stick to it. Determine what allows you to produce the most value and productivity then create a system for it going forward.
Stick to creativity peaks
Sometimes you just have to start writing and forget all of these rules or time blocks you’ve created for yourself. Sometimes there is no system that could produce creativity. However, when creativity is high and present, take advantage of it even if it’s at 3 a.m. When your creativity peaks, just write about whatever is on your heart and create your blog title last! If you are a newbie, write the times you were able to write a blog post without any hesitation or blockage. If you write better on Thursdays at midnight, begin writing at that time. You may even write better after a good shower or meditation. Find your peak! The worse blog posts come when there is a force. It’s not written with passion and it doesn’t feel good.
Finding a good blog rhythm will help with consistency and writing habits. You’ll become a better writer once you learn how your brain responses to different things at different times. Pay attention to the things that make you flourish despite the order they’re in. Many people dread blogging because they don’t have an effective blog process. They dread blogging because they dislike lacking new, but relevant content ideas. Or, simply put, they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s why I created the blogger cheat sheets to take away any dreadful feelings about blogging. These cheat sheets will increase blog traffic as your influence. By applying all the tips, using the tools, and using resources provided, you can create a writing system and find your blog rhythm. The blogger cheat sheets provide must-have tips, a blog structure template + blog planner templates.