How To Create A Daily Blogging Habit To Produce Great Content Consistently

Great ContentDo you struggle with blogging consistently?

I know I do.

Come on, raise your hand.

guilty

(guilty)

You know you have what it takes to publish great content. The ideas. The skills.

You just don’t do it consistently.

Today we’re going to fix that by creating a daily blogging habit.

The results of this habit? For me: around 40,000 words so far this year.

For you: A novel? Two non-fiction books? 12 ebooks? 50 blog posts?

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(my daily writing frequency in March and April this year)

The biggest challenge of blogging

Thanks to Sue, you have all the tools you need to publish a great post.

She has shown you how to launch your blog, given you great tips on writing and even told you the best ways to promote your post.

You really have no excuse NOT to publish great content – and sometimes you do.

But what do you do then? You stop.

Life happens.

Work. Kids. A big event.

2 months later you publish a panic post on your deserted blog.

No one reads it. No one cares. Except for you – because then you really want to quit.

What happened? You fell for tip #10 on Andrew’s recent list of tips you should have ignored.

“Blogging is easy.”

It’s not.

Producing great content consistently is the hardest part of blogging.

Note: Notice how I didn’t say “publishing” consistently. It doesn’t matter whether you post twice a week or once a month. The important part is to write daily, so you can keep the quality of your content sky-high.

If you only write when you feel inspired, in the mood or find the time, you’ll never make it.

This is the true reason 90% of bloggers fail: they never make writing a habit.

Writing is always an effort, a task on their to-do list, in short it’s WORK.

And that’s never easy.

You know what’s easy? Habits.

You do them on autopilot.

Great writers know that:

I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately, it strikes at nine o’clock sharp every morning. – William Faulkner

Great bloggers do the same.

Nathan Barry made a commitment to write 1,000 words a day. Keeping this habit for 365 days in a row resulted in roughly $250,000 for him. That’s $683 per day.

Not bad for a single habit.

Want to blog daily now? There are 2 phases of implementing this habit.

Phase 1: Plan your habit once through commitment, a list of action items and a trigger.

Phase 2: Execute your habit every day by cleaning your desktop, picking your action item and using the Pomodoro technique.

I’ll walk you through the process.

Note: I’ve compiled a whole bunch of bonuses to help you implement this today, including walk-through videos, alternative solutions, a free week of personalized writing coaching with a top-notch coach, and a simple acronym and checklist to remember all this.

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Phase 1: The PLAN Phase

You only have to do this once. Once the plan is in place, all you have to do is execute it every day. Here are the 3 steps of a solid plan:

Step 1: Make a commitment

Want to know the difference between the top 3% of earners of the 1979 Harvard MBA class and the rest of their peers? They had written goals – which helped them earn 10x the money. Here’s the best way to make a commitment: Go to coach.me and sign up (it’s free). Once you hit sign up you’ll get to your dashboard. Hit ‘Add a goal’.   coachmedash Enter ‘write’ into the search bar.   writesearch Hit enter, scroll down and pick one of the top writing goals.   topgoalswrite Click the goal, hit ‘join’ and you’ll be taken to the goal options. It’s important to set the right frequency and reminders.   settarget Set your weekly target to 7 and in the reminder section select all days and the time you want the reminder each day.   Tip: The earlier in the day you write the better. I highly suggest writing first thing in the morning.   faulknerstyle Note: See the ‘Hire a coach’ option on the bottom? If you’re really lazy you can hire a writing coach for just $3.50/day to personally kick you in the butt to write each day. I recommend my friend Cecily, she’s one of the top coaches on the platform.  I asked her and as a special bonus for Successful Blogging readers, she’ll throw in a free week of writing coaching for anyone taking action on this post. You can grab the coupon code from the bonus section I set up specifically for this post. Now your dashboard will look like this:   dashafter Once you’re done writing each day, you can hit the check mark (you’ll even get a high five on occasion).   coachmehighfive You can even ask the community questions, see who else checked in and enter how much progress you made.   progressnote If you’re traveling a lot, you can download the coach.me app (iPhone/Android) and have your commitment in your pocket.  Note: If you’re having trouble setting this up I’ll walk you through the tech part on video. I’ll even show you an alternative to coach.me if you don’t like signing up anywhere. Find that in the bonus section.

Step 2: Create a list of action items

Why do 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail? They’re either too generic (lose weight) or too big (write a GREAT blog post every single day).   Whether you want to complete a project or implement a habit, you need to take small and specific steps.

If you want to blog every day, the process is repetitive. You need to come up with headlines, an outline, content, and so on for each post and then repeat. To know what you’re going to do, come up with a list of all the small repetitive tasks involved in writing your posts, none of which should take you more than 25 minutes. I call it a loop list.  Here’s an idea of what the loop list for creating posts in the style of this blog post could look like:

  • Come up with 3 good headlines, according to Sue’s guide
  • Create blog post outline
  • Write 300-word intro
  • Write out 1 step of solution (repeat until all steps are done)
  • Write 300-word end-of-post summary
  • Create bonus PDF (500 words)
  • Freestyle (250 words)

The loop list allows you to pick one action item for each day, complete that, and thus make writing a habit.   It’s not supposed to help you flesh out 3 articles a week, but to make sure you write every single day, so when you do publish, the quality is aces.   You can go through it in order and then loop from the beginning once you’ve published your post. You can also just follow the process and when you get stuck you just pick another item from your loop list for the next day. For example, if you get stuck on Monday writing out important content, just come up with 3 new headlines for another post on Tuesday, or freestyle for a day (you could write in a journal, come up with a great email to pitch a guest post, or revamp your about me page).

Note: As a goodie, I’ve created a sample loop list as a plan on coach.me so you can just add it to your dashboard next to your writing commitment. It’ll even automatically loop and let you pick a different action item each day. Find that at the end of this post. looplistplancover

Step 3: Set a trigger

A new habit needs a trigger that connects your commitment to an action. Every time it fires you will fulfill your commitment with an action from the loop list. It’s hard to consistently do something, but it’s easy to set a consistent trigger, like a reminder in your calendar. A good trigger is both easy to set up and memorable. You’ve already set a trigger when you turned on the notifications for your writing habit in coach.me. When you’re starting a new habit, though, it’s good to have more than one trigger. Here are some examples for good triggers:  A reminder in your calendar that pings you at a certain time to write. This sounds obvious, but hardly anyone schedules tasks like writing, as most people just reserve their calendar for appointments. Big mistake. Here’s a screenshot from my calendar:   calendar If I didn’t write by 10 am in the morning, I’ll get a reminder each day. Another trigger is my desktop. When I open my laptop in the morning, I see this:   Productivity-Post-2-The-MIT-solution-16 This sticky note is the ONLY thing on there. (I’ll show you how to set it up in part 2.) The best triggers are time and context-sensitive. For example: If you want to write each morning when you have your coffee after breakfast, do this. Get your favorite coffee mug, a piece of paper, and a marker. Put the mug on the paper and circle around the bottom with your marker.   Coffeetrigger1 (the only way I can draw a proper circle) Take the mug off and write the word ‘WRITE’ into the circle.   Coffeetrigger2 Leave the piece of paper on your desk or coffee table, wherever your usual writing space is. Now, every morning when you arrive at your workspace with your mug of coffee, putting the mug down in its pre-marked place will be your trigger to write.   Coffeetrigger3 (it’s writing time)

Recap: How to plan your daily blogging habit

Here are the 3 steps you need to take right now:   Step 1: Make a commitment by signing up for a writing habit on coach.me.   Step 2: Create your loop list of small action items that take 25 minutes or less each.   Step 3: Set at least one memorable trigger.  Got it? Good. Let’s move on to phase 2.

Phase 2: The EXECUTE phase

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week. – George S. Patton

Good job, you now have a great plan in place to stick to your daily blogging habit. Unfortunately, the best plan is useless when it’s not executed. That’s why I’ll show you the 3 steps you can repeat each day to make sure you execute your plan.

Step 1: Clean your desktop

Question: When does a successful day start? When you arrive at your office? In the morning?   Wrong. The correct answer is: The night before.  None of all this will work if you screw up the night before. Want to make sure you NEVER create a daily blogging habit? Stay up late, work and multitask like crazy until you hit the pillow, get way too little sleep, pick your tasks in the moment you want to start and oh, leave as many browser tabs open as you can, will ya? How your morning goes is only a result of how your evening went. The first step to nailing the perfectly prepared evening is to clean your desktop. Here’s how: Set a time in the evening when you’re going to stop working.   Any guesses what might help with this?  Triggers!   calendarreminder (your two most important apps) I have two that both fire at 8 pm every day, one in my calendar, and one as a reminder.   trigger trigger2Why 2 at the same time?   Because a single notification in the top corner of my screen is easy to ignore and push away, but when multiple things pop up and multiple sounds occur at the same time, that catches my attention. You could go as far as putting 10 triggers at the same time, just to get your attention.   triggers10 (how’s that for a clear call to action?) At exactly that time, Cmd+Q (the shortcut to quitting an application) will become your best friend. Close all tabs in your browser, save what you have to save and shut down everything. When you’re done, your desktop should look like this:   cleandesktop Pro tip: Ideally, shut down all electronic devices 2 hours before you want to go to bed. If you have to keep working until right before bed, at least use f.lux. It’s a software that adapts the light of your screen to the time of day. At night instead of blue, energizing light it changes your screen color to a more warm, red color that helps your body wind down and prepare for sleep.   Note: If you can’t follow through with this at all, there’s a more drastic solution to this that will force you to shut down your computer at a certain time each day. If you’re a real night owl, I’ll show you how you can do this as a bonus.

Step 2: Pick an action item from your loop list

Now, before you close your laptop and start the rest of your evening routine, you need to decide what tomorrow’s action item will be. That means looking at your loop list and picking what you want to work on the next day. This is a simple act called pre-deciding and like the commitment from phase 1 it helps you follow through.   Have you ever bought tickets to a movie the day before? Booked a flight 3 months before the vacation? Rented a car in advance? This is the same thing. I bet you made sure to follow through on all of those. Pre-deciding is especially effective when you have to put money on the line, but the underlying principle is the same here.   Here’s how to do it: Look at your loop list, whether you’ve created it as an Evernote note, hand-written on a post-it, or joined the coach.me plan I made for you. Pick the action item that you think will most likely move you forward tomorrow.   looplistpick If you came up with headlines today, try outlining your post tomorrow. If you wrote out the content for a step in your guide, pick the next step. If you got completely stuck and didn’t get anything done today, just decide to freestyle 250 words.   Now all you need to do is pin it down where it jumps in your face first thing tomorrow morning.  The easiest way to do this is to use Stickies. It’s an app built-in on Mac (in your “Other” folder in applications), but free for Windows as well (just google it).   otherfolder Open Stickies, hit Cmd+N to create a new note (or just tweak the text in the note you already created) and then just type in your action item, for example:   “Your MIT for the day”

Note: The term MIT refers to “Most Important Task” as introduced by Leo Babauta from zenhabits. If you want to extend using this concept for other projects, you can check out this guide. That’s it. Leave Stickies open when you power down your laptop and tomorrow morning your desktop will be nice and clean, except for this, staring you down:   stickynote (alright, alright I’ll do it, stop nagging!) Okay, time to go to bed.   gotobed (I bet he didn’t use f.lux)

Step 3: Use the Pomodoro technique to complete your action item

I’m not a big fan of productivity hacks and gimmicks, but if 2 million people use one technique, there’s gotta be something to it.   pomodoro The Pomodoro Technique is as simple as cutting your workload into 25 minute segments with 5 minute breaks between them. You set a timer for 25 minutes, work on a single task, then set it again to 5 minutes in which you do something completely unrelated to work (stretching, push ups, collecting dog poop in the yard, jumping jacks, cleaning dishes, eating a cookie). Rinse and repeat and you’ll stay fresh longer.   Remember your goal? Blogging daily, consistently? With the help of the Pomodoro technique you can knock out your action item first thing in the morning.   That’s also why none of the items on your loop list should take longer than 25 minutes. I’ll show you how to do it (no, you don’t need to buy a tomato-shaped timer first): Fire up your laptop. Start a staring contest with Stickies.   Staringcontest (damn this thing is tough) Lose after 5 seconds.   Open Google.   Type in “set timer 25 minutes”.   Hit enter.   googletimer (didn’t think it was that easy, did you?) Open a Google Doc or your writing software. And write away!   Note: You might have to change your Google language settings to English, as this doesn’t work when you type in English, but your language is set to German, for example. 25 minutes later you’ll have taken the single biggest step to become more successful at blogging. No matter what the rest of the day brings, you’ve now got a daily blogging habit going for you.

How can you start your daily blogging habit right now?

Phase 1 – PLAN

  • Take 5 minutes to come with your loop list of action items, which all take 25 minutes or less.
  • Create at least one trigger, like a reminder on coach.me or in your calendar.

Phase 2 – EXECUTE

  • Clean your desktop at the same time each day before shutting down your laptop (set a reminder for this).
  • Pick tomorrow’s action item and pin it to your clean desktop using Stickies.
  • Use the Pomodoro technique to knock out your action item early every morning.

Need more help?

This has worked really well for me this year. I want you to have the same results (heck, to even get better results than me!). So, to help you implement this right now I’ve created a bunch of bonuses:

  • A video where I walk you through setting up the habit on coach.me
  • An alternative to coach.me that doesn’t require signing up anywhere
  • How you can get a free week of Cecily’s coaching where she personally holds you accountable each day
  • Access to the daily blogging loop list I created on coach.me
  • The definitive way to make sure you stop working at the same time each day, no matter how much discipline you have
  • How to remember the 6 steps with a very simple acronym and a checklist so you can get cracking right now

Take them to implement your daily blogging habit right now. Do. Not. Wait! To get all the goodies, enter the bonus section here.

Niklas Goeke teaches marketers and entrepreneurs how to make productivity a habit. He writes at niklasgoeke.com about overcoming fear, building willpower and making habits stick. To keep putting his in-depth guides into action, join his free newsletter.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for giving Niklas the opportunity to come up with this awesome and very actionable post today; this is my first comment on your blog and I wonder where I’ve been all this while.

    Hi Niklas,

    Your post is very actionable; I took lots of notes.

    Thanks for introducing me to coach.me; it was exactly the tool I needed and I’m better equipped now than ever to write daily.

    And you were right when you emphasized the fact that executing a good plan now is way better than executing a perfect plan tomorrow; perfection comes by consistent practice and not by procrastination.

    Thanks for the post; I’m grateful to have found it.

    Cheers

    • says

      Dan,

      thank you so much for this comment, I’m glad you found the post helpful!

      I agree, done is always better than perfect!

      If you have any questions about coach.me or need further help with this, you can reach out to me at any time 🙂

      Have fun writing!

  2. says

    Thank you for this great post :-). I am personally not a big fan of the Pomodoro technique. What are your thoughts on GTD in the context of this article?

    • says

      Stephen, thanks for asking!

      I like GTD, I use parts of the system like a collection bucket and the next actions list.

      Coincidentally another guest post of mine was published today where I outline a 3-note minimalist GTD system in Evernote.

      I totally think you can integrate it more into this system as well and ditch Pomodoro, if you like.

      If you’re more of a sprint work guy doing longer sprints and then longer breaks, that might be for you (it’s on Productivityist).

      Different things work at different times, and I also sometimes extend my Pomodoro blocks, but in general the technique works well for me.

  3. says

    Hi Sue,

    Another very detailed and easy to follow guide.

    Thanks for having Niklas here. \

    Hi Niklas,

    Finding the inspiration to write everyday is kinda hard when life happens. But with this post I realize that despite everything around us, with planning and indomitable will, it is still possible.

    Thanks for introducing us to Pomodoro Technique – sounds actionable.

    Great post!

    Luna

    • says

      Thanks Luna, that’s right: Plan and execute, that’s all you need 🙂

      Let me know how Pomodoro works out for you!

  4. says

    I do struggle with my blogging activities on a daily basis. I really needed a post like this to make my brain clear on what I could do to organise myself better for organising my blogging activities. Thanks a ton for this brilliant article.

    • says

      Thanks Sangeetha, I’m glad you found it helpful! If you have any further questions, reach out to me on Twitter or so 🙂

  5. says

    Great post! As a writer and ghost blogger your post was extremely well thought out and well written. I loved all the actionable items as well. Thanks for keeping the value high out there and thanks for a great guest post here!
    -Kate

    • says

      Thanks Kate, coming from a fellow writer that means a lot! Action solves a lot of problems, so I want to facilitate it wherever I can 🙂

  6. says

    Hi Sue,
    Firstly thanks for sharing an useful article with us.

    And, now for Niklas,

    Yes. we need to make habit of writing for better blogging. As a blogger i always try to write consistently but i can’t cause there are so many works left to do for me!

    Really it is some hard to do blogging. But if we do work accordingly our plan we can get success.

    Anyway, most thanks for sharing coach.me with us. Keep it up!

    Happy blogging!

    • says

      Minhaj, glad you like coach.me! It is a GREAT platform truly, I cannot recommend it enough.

      If you need any further assistance with the tech part let me know 🙂

      Also, always take baby steps, that’s important.

      Rather make progress slowly, but steadily, instead of big sprints that come much too rare, if your workload doesn’t allow them.

      You got this!

  7. says

    Hi Niklas,

    That’s right! Yes, i have in mind to take baby steps always:-D

    Definitely, i will make you busy by asking some thing boring!

    You gotta!

    • says

      There is no such thing as boring questions 😉

      Looking forward to it Minhaj!

  8. says

    Hi Sue,

    I really enjoyed this article and found it very useful. I’ve been trying to write on a schedule for some time now but I get stuck often because I want to create the perfect post.
    I know I should just get it out the door but my perfectionist alter ego just trips me up all the time.
    I’m going to try and use these tips and see how it works out.

    Hey Niklas,

    Thanks for a great article.
    Concise, easy to read and full of useful tips and insights.
    I’ve been reading a lot of self-development books lately and the funny thing is that you were able to summarize about 12 of them in a single post.
    The action list is also very helpful.
    Looking forward to more of these articles
    Cheers

    • says

      Hi, Reza,

      Amy Hoy always says “Just Fu***g Ship It” – just get it out the door!

      Thanks for the comment.
      Sue

    • says

      Reza, thanks so much, I always try to pack as many actionable takeaways into one post as I can 🙂

      What Sue says is right: JFS (it’s also a book btw, great read, just finished it)

      Happy to help and look forward to providing more in the future 🙂

  9. says

    Hi Sue,

    Been sometime and hey, great article!

    The images are killers by the way!

    My biggest takeaway is to focus and plan. I am always jumping the gun without planning and that is insane (trust me).

    So yes, thanks for the knock on the head!

    • says

      Hey Reginald,

      thanks so much for your comment!

      What’s your immediate plan for this week?

      Plan + Execution = Win!

      🙂

  10. says

    Hi sue,
    I have been struggling with my blog writing from past few months because of my studies. I was about the left blog for a couple of months before reading this awesome article by you. I think I can make a schedule for my blog writing.
    Thanks for the tips
    Mohit

  11. says

    Thank you for this helpful post.
    I find that I am more productive at night, after the kids are asleep. Because of fulltime work and other commitments the morning setup doesn’t work for me.
    I find it helpful to use the notes feature in my phone for saving random thoughts and ideas during the day. Sometimes a thought will hit me that will help make a new post or fix an old one.
    I find this collection of notes vital to my blogging.
    I also find that a critical task is reading which I will also often do from my phone or tablet. Knowing what others write about and what is being shared is good for idea generation.
    I would like to know how Niklas handles these impromtu activitites in his scheduling.
    Thank you,

    • says

      Thanks for your comment and your question. Niklas will definitely answer it.

      I try to keep some time everyday for unscheduled items that pop up. Hope that helps a little!
      Sue

    • says

      Miranda, thanks for your question!

      I pretty much use the same strategy you do: A note in my phone.

      Whenever I write or am focused on work and a distracting thought (remember to buy milk) comes up, I pin it down in my phone and transfer it to Evernote later.

      I try to have one anchor task for the day that I have to finish and then use the rest of the time towards other tasks and those unscheduled items that pop up.

      Reading: I do it first thing in the morning when I wake up, right after drinking a glass of water! It’s part of my morning routine and I absolutely agree: all good writers read a lot 🙂

      Hope this gives you an idea and will gladly answer any followups!

  12. says

    OMG, 40k words? A lot 🙂 I’m very impressed and honestly – congratulations perseverance 🙂 I know that I really can’t do that. There is so many other things to do and my blog is slowly dying 🙂

  13. says

    Hi Niklas,

    Dead on dude!

    I use your tips to write a 6,000 word eBook daily. For 2 months straight 😉 Break, develop a writing habit and shut all else out. These 3 tips keep me nice and prolific.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  14. says

    Woah that was crazy good! It’s weird, I’ve read so much on productivity, on consistency, on getting things done, and yet this was the article that hit home (and gave me a kick up the behind). I have the very annoying combination of being a list maker, to-do obsessed, a planner, an organiser, and ambitious, and yet also being a procrastinator and a potterer. My focus at the moment is on trying to fire up all those good characteristics and overcome the latter two. It’s just a matter of creating habits, being intentional, and constantly being my own sergeant (like that guy in An Officer & a Gentleman who shouts ‘Mayonnaise’!). But it doesn’t come easy.

  15. says

    Hi Sue,
    What an informative post by Niklas.
    To be sincere, I’ve seen articles that talk on how to write consistently but no one is telling me how to write daily.
    I just started a new blog and for the past one week I’ve not written an article because i don’t plan myself and i give myself unnecessary excuses.
    One thing i need to implement is setting up multiple reminders for myself so i can’t afford to ignore them.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  16. says

    This is really a very epic guide Sue,
    Writing is never an easy task but it will become much more fun once it becomes a habit because like they say, We are what we repeatedly do therefore, excellent is never an act but a habit. You will agree with me that same thing also applies to writing.

    I’ve been forcing myself to write daily recently but its not been that easy for me and after reading this post, I’ve made up my mind once again to get on with it.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • says

      Theodore, thanks for reading! Be sure to make the habit small in the beginning and especially fun! You can always increase the amount of writing later, it should never be a burden though!

  17. says

    I’m not writing too much like Niklas, but I always keep to write one article per day and of course repeat everyday.

    I have set my notification to tell me remember to write it once a day. I hope I will archive a good amount of $ soon enough.
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  18. says

    This was that what I was looking for, to be more productive…Awesome article! Actually consistency plays an important role behind any success. Definitely I’ll follow your tips to serve better content on regular basis.

    • says

      Thanks so much Sudhir, I’m glad you found it useful!

  19. says

    Thanks to Sue, you have all the tools you need to publish a great post.

    • says

      Exactly right! She does a great job giving us all the resources we need 🙂

  20. says

    Hi Niklas,

    Nice to see you on sue’s blog. What a great content on how to make daily blogging habit to create awesome content frequently. Consistency builds community, and for that reason I blog.

    From me keeping myself on a schedule that frees me up to do other thing. I always love to do my blogging on a schedule. I enjoy to see Pomodoro technique and inspired to see Set Timer. Thank you for your valuable content.

    • says

      Hi Yasin,

      I’m glad you found it valuable!

      Merry Christmas and enjoy the holidays!

  21. says

    I totally agree with you. Initially, I never believed I could write one article everyday for 7 days a week but when I began to work on myself, I discovered I could do it. But let’s be frank here, it’s not easy to be consistent even when you aren’t seeing results from your blogging effort. However, if you persevere, you will win big.

    • says

      Emenike, thank you for taking the time to chime in 🙂

      Showing yourself that you CAN do it is the first step. It’ll take a while to get there, but once you break the barrier, your entire set of possible options changes.

      That’s exactly what’s the hard part about it, the purpose of the game. Can you play long enough to win? That’s the question. If the results came first, everybody would win, so that’s really the trick. To just stick with it until it becomes inevitable to work out.

      Hang in there!

      All the best from Germany,

      Nik
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      • says

        You are welcome. I’m seriously enjoying all your blog posts. I hope to interview you on my Entrepreneur Business Blog one of these days.

  22. says

    Thanks for this!
    Question: when you start writing your blog, in what form do you work?
    In the website environment at once? Or first in a google doc or WORD…

    What would you recommend? Also in terms of not starting to edit right away, which distracts the flow.

    Thanks!

    • says

      It’s easiest to type right into WordPress but I do Word or Google Docs sometimes. For editing, give it a day and then edit it. Your mind will be fresher.

      Thanks for your comment, Jessica!
      Sue

    • says

      Jessica, it highly depends on the length of the post. Very long posts (3k+ words) I’ll usually draft in Google Docs, finish, then edit after a break, then transfer.

      For shorter posts (<2k words) I do it right in WordPress.

      Hope that helps!
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  23. says

    hi, great post there, Really attracts me into working hard now.
    i wonder blog posting everyday with 2 piece of articles, Would i attract organic traffic ??

    • says

      Vinayak,

      it all depends on whether what you write is interesting and serves the people who look for that particular keyword you pick for each post well.

      But in general I highly recommend posting once a day to create SEO momentum faster. The more content you have that ranks, the better you’ll do.
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      • says

        Thanks, Niklas Goeke For the advice
        I will certainly focus on quality content with proper keywords.

  24. says

    When you make writing a habit, blogging becomes easier. Bloggers who suffer from bloggers’ block is an indication that they don’t have a laiddown procedure they follow in running in their blog.

    Personally, I stick to 6 blog posts every month, until I begin to run my Entrepreneur Business Blog full time.
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    • says

      6 Blog Posts a month is a great start, kudos! Steer the course, put in the work, and good luck!
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  25. says

    Hi Nik,
    Thanks for another great post! I have recently implemented your blogging strategy from another post (How to publish like a huge content creation team) and have successfully been publishing 800-1000 word posts a day, five times a week (going into week 5). These are done as “three minute summaries” of academic papers in my field of study (industrial safety).

    My problem now is that I would like to write some more free-form “mega-posts” that draw on my these more templated daily ones. However, I am having a hard time finding the time as I am always trying to keep my assembly line of daily posts going. Any thoughts?

    • says

      First of all, congrats on actually executing and kicking ass at it, I checked the website, super specific, love it! And papers hand themselves well for this, I think.

      For one, don’t stress about it and risk dropping your daily output, that’s obviously working. If it takes a while to find the time, I wouldn’t worry, as content output is fairly consistent right now. Don’t give up something that’s working for something that might, but will also take away from that.

      Take the time to maybe write 1.5 or 1.3 posts a day for a while and build a little buffer that you can use for longer posts. But just keep doing what you’re doing. That’s the most important thing.

      PS: Little mention of FMB with a link would be awesome if it makes sense somewhere 🙂 Thanks!
      Niklas Goeke recently posted…Alibaba’s World SummaryMy Profile

      • says

        Thanks Nik, I think I needed to hear that! I think you are spot on with not giving up something thats working for something that might not.

        I am an avid book reader as well so I will definitely put something in on FMB. Also, do you know if blinkest or someone has a similar service but for textbooks? I am looking to eventually do some posts reviewing textbooks in my field but they obviously require some time to get through.

        Thanks again and I look forward to see what you come out with next!

        • says

          Awesome, thanks Chris!

          I think GetAbstract has some, but mostly focuses on business books/articles/non-fiction.

          There’s also Course-Notes.org and Chegg, which might be worth checking out.
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  26. says

    Indeed, writing is really considered as easiest part of blogging but you have discussed amazing factors regarding its importance. Sometimes our audience neglect our blog due to several reason so it called writing is easy but its existence is tough. Now-a-days, style of blogging changing day by day due to many factor such as competition. Every professional blogger wants their blog make space in heart of audience but it is quite difficult. We should always try to enhance our content to make possible engagement of targeted audience. Today, importance of social media platform increasing day by day for its vital role to make our content successful. Eventually, thanks for sharing your amazing ideology with us.

  27. says

    Blogging is so hard, when nobody is reading your articles in the beginning. You need to be persistent. I think most people give up before they get the chance to benefit from the traffic the blog would have generated.

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