Recently, while contemplating the advice of a few bloggers and reading up on helpful hints, I came across some excellent, yet easy to follow, guidelines for blogging.
Michael Hyatt, with Platform University, shares some incredible tips on blogging. Some of his learned from practice wisdom I was already employing, so Michael’s words were a confirmation that maybe I wasn’t doing so badly after all.
Here are 5 of the 'best of the best' ideas for blogging compiled from Michael, as well as some things I've learned along the way, in my experience as an author and (very) part time blogger.
5 Key Pointers to Help you Get Going with Blogging
1. Set apart the time for writing/blogging. If you put it on the calendar, it’s more likely to happen & less likely to be a frustrating adventure (This is something I did while writing my book). Setting a timer will help you focus & keep you on track.
2. Gather your resources ahead of time and have them at your fingertips. Keep a notebook or journal handy to write down any ideas that come to your mind for a blog (small spiraled pocket notepads are great).
3. If you’re writing a blog, you probably have someone, hopefully more than one person, that you are directing your thoughts to. Get to know your readers/ followers. How can you write something that is relevant to them unless you know your audience- who they are, their likes and dislikes, where they live and what concerns them. I good way to discover these things is to do a small 10 question (at max) survey, with www.SurveyMonkey.com.
4. Whether you use humor, or are more of a serious writer, fiction or non, be authentic and write about what you know. People will spot an inauthentic writer a mile away. Don’t be that person.
5. Last, but definitely not least, once you have all you need to begin writing: Sit Down and Write! Stop looking at the dust on shelves, don’t worry about what you want to make for dinner and tell that 5 year old in your mind, who wants to get up and think about everything else going on around her, to ‘Sit DOWN’ and start writing!
Be sure to check out other helpful ideas from Michael Hyatt’s blog, Intentional Leadership. He has a message to share and he does it well.
If you are passionate about something and want to share your message, write about it. Chances are, others will be able to identify in some way and hopefully you will encourage someone else in their pursuits.
Until next time, keep those ideas flowing and be proud of what you accomplish today!