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11 Quick Ways to Make Blogging EASIER

One of the toughest things about learning to blog is the self-imposed pressure to always have a terrific, earth-shattering, life-changing blog post that makes people catch fire just reading it.

You know what I mean...

...You've got that little voice whispering in your ear that if your posts don't measure up to some impossibly high standard you've set, then all is lost and the world will know that you're a fraud.

The good news is, it simply isn't true.

You don't need every post to be a 2,000-word masterpiece or the final definitive word on your topic. Instead, all you need is content that gives your readers what they want.

That's it.

Blogging 101

Your readers want to know the latest news or the best methods? Then that's what you give them. Forget trying to be a great writer and instead focus on being your readers' "friend in the business" and you'll be an AMAZING blogger.

Here are 11 tips to take some pressure away from you and put the fun back into blogging

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  • Make yourself a posting schedule and then stick to it as regularly as you brush your teeth. Surprisingly, having a blogging schedule actually makes it easier for you to blog. It provides soft deadlines that keep you motivated to sit down and write. You won't be able to put off your blogging if your readers expect a new post every Tuesday and you know it.
  • Keep a running list of blogging ideas. Use a program like Evernote or Trello to keep track of your ideas and the resources you can draw from when writing your posts.
  • Forget being totally original. Seriously. Every idea is inspired by someone else's idea. So give credit where credit is due and provide your own unique twist or take on the subject and relax–no one expects you to reinvent everything.
  • Re-purpose your content. Curate, list, pull bits and pieces from here and there–it's all good.  Go back to your own content and see if you can't update it, re-purpose it, mix it up or whatever. Odds are if you've blogged for more than a year then you've got a small goldmine of content you can sift through to create new content.
  • Be more of a reporter and less of an expert. Being the go-to expert in your niche is difficult, especially when you're new to blogging. The pressure can become so unbearable that you stop blogging, afraid you'll write something that will make you look foolish in your readers' eyes. But if you place your focus on reporting instead of being the absolute authority, magic will happen. You'll feel freer to express your own opinions, you'll find it's far easier to write posts, and because you are referencing other authorities and experts in your niche, you become your own authority to your readers.
  • Mix up your content. Are you only writing blog posts? Then add videos. Are you only podcasting? Then write posts. If you limit yourself to one medium, you're also limiting the number of visitors you'll get.
  • Short is great. So is long. There are bloggers that say that no post should be under 2,000 words, and all posts should take days to write and be the absolute authority on whatever you're writing about. Hogwash. I briefly mentioned this in the beginning–write as much as you need to. If you can cover your topic in 800 words, DO IT. If it takes 2,000 words, then just make sure you're holding your readers' attention for the ENTIRE 2,000.
  • Think before leaving a terrific blog comment on other person's blogs. Seriously. You just read a post on a high traffic blog and you've got your own opinion or insight you want to share that you're sure will help that blog's readers. Leave a short comment PLUS create your own post on your own blog and link back to the original blog. Then let the original blogger know that you mentioned and linked to them in your post. This way your blog has more great content and who knows? You might get a back link from the blog you referenced.
  • Use images. Every. Single. Time. Maybe more than once, too. It's irrefutable that images work at grabbing attention, so make sure that every post you make has at least one image.
  • Publish your articles on other sites. Sites like LinkedIn, The Huffington Post, and many, many others allow content to be republished on their sites as long as it fits their guidelines or they let you guest post for them. This is a terrific way to pick up new subscribers by posting a link back to your own blog or, even better, a landing page so you capture their email address.
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If you've had trouble blogging regularly, hopefully, now you realize that blogging need not be so stressful.

The rules are not as rigid as some would have you believe, and the most important thing of all is to simply give your readers what they want, in whatever form it might take.

One of the toughest things about blogging is the self-imposed pressure to always have a terrific, earth-shattering, life-changing blog post that makes people catch fire just reading i

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36 comments on “11 Quick Ways to Make Blogging EASIER”

  1. I used to write just freehand. Have an idea and then start typing. Boy did that take a long time - not to write, but to edit and put it into some form of cohesive structure. More recently I've been writing to a structure. (like a table of contents, even if I don't use the headings in the actualy post). Im so much more efficient now! Not only can I dip in and out and not lose my place, but I can consistently work out how long a piece of work takes me to put together. I should, of course have realized this years ago, as my list is my mistress and she must be obeyed!

  2. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for this article. Blogging can be draining and all of your ideas can really help. Keeping a running list of ideas is a big one for me. I've always had a list of article ideas, either or paper or in a Word doc, and then when I need to write something I don't feel overwhelmed or need to come up with something quickly.

  3. Hi Sue,

    Your article really relieves a lot of pressure, most of it unnecessary and self-imposed. It is worth remembering to give the reader what he wants or needs in the form he wants instead of trying to come up with a perfect or completely original post. It is very true that all ideas are built upon other ideas.

    Some tips are valuable like using images every single time. Also not limiting oneself to text, podcasts or videos and using all or as many as possible. But, by far the most effective tips in term of reducing pressure are to have a posting schedule and to have a running list of blogging ideas.

    Thanks very much for an article that brings fun back to a task that could otherwise become overwhelming. Have a great day.

    -Naveen

  4. Sue, I agree with most of your content and highlights on this post. I always find it harder to continue with good contents. How to find good contents for your blogs on regular basis? Do i have to be expertise on a particular field to start blogging?

    1. It definitely helps if are a step ahead of your readers, Lindsay. But you just need to know enough and you'll grow your expertise with every post!

      Thanks for your comment and question.
      Sue

  5. I have a blog and I can state with certainty that one of the most difficult tasks is to keep your audience always attentive to your news and engaged in what you want to pass on to them. With so much useless content on the internet, but that attracts so much attention, it's really hard to compete. Thank you very much for sharing so much information that I will certainly use.

  6. Hi Chris & Sue,

    A great amazing article, if one should follow and implement these steps closely, it certainly would be easier for him.

    As Sue mentioned, the holiday is at the corner, it's time for a break.

    However, I like the idea of having a content creation plan and stick it. It enables you to maintain consistency and create remarkable blog posts. Repurposing your old blog posts is also great because it helps you create amazing posts in less time.

    As for the perfect length of a great post, there has been controversy over the length of a stunning blog post. Some experts say, 800 words, others, 1500, and yet others say 2000 word articles perform best.

    The analysis varies, so my advice is this, create the best article you can, it may be an 800-word blog post or 2000, the point is for you to give it your best.

    NB: I haven't guest post on your site but I'm glad to inform you that I'm getting traffic from your site.

  7. Completely agree with your first 3 points, but being original is important, i call original even you do some tweaks which makes the past thing better.

  8. The points on being original and curating are golden. I think too many newer bloggers try to reinvent the wheel.

    While you don't want to repeat exactly what the other guys have already said a thousand times, it's all about adding another angle that could genuinely help the reader.

    Also, as far as making blogging easier in general:

    - Install the Pixabay Images plugin. It's truly a Godsend. I search for images and insert them into my posts, all from a single location.

    - Install Jing if you rely a lot on screenshots. Otherwise, visit Snaggy (a website) which takes online screenshots and stores them on the cloud instantly and seamlessly.

    - Use WordPress' distraction-free mode if you get too distracted by the bloated screen while composing or publishing. Even better, use Google Docs instead; it allows you to type from the cloud, which makes Microsoft Word feel like a huge time sink by comparison.

    Thanks for the read, Sue

    Elvis

    1. Hi Elvis,

      Love these 3 ideas you added! Excellent ways to make life easier for a blogger, right?'

      Always appreciate your comments.
      Sue

  9. Awesome thoughts, Sue.

    I love the simplicity with which you communicated these ideas.

    Re-purposing contents is one aspect I'm going to invest massively in a few months from now. I think I'm more comfortable to start with videos. I will also check on Huffington Post or Business Insider if they will agree to republish my popular posts.

    Thanks for this reminder.

    Emenike

  10. Thank you Dude !

    Great apps for blogging. Many peoples didn’t know about it but this post make easier for them. And also helpful for me.

  11. Nice, Sue!

    i am unable to find the good length of article which will help in ranking fast and that will stay few months some time i write nearly 3000 words like many other site some time i wrote only 1000 words like but both stay more than two months so if you have any idea of google length post then let me know.

    BY the way thanks for posting these kind of informative article and i always delighted whenever i read article.

    1. From what I understand, you are writing the Google approved length of articles - over 1000 words. Just keep writing content your audience enjoys and making them 1000+ and you'll get there!

      Thanks for commenting.
      Sue

  12. Hey Sue,

    Awesome Article. Precise and to the point content. I have not tried the EverNote and Trello tools. I will have a try for better task scheduling. Moreover, the idea you have shared on "Mix up your content" will be more helpful. Will give a shot on this as well.

    Cheer Up!

  13. Creating a posting schedule and sticking to it is easier said than done but it's good advice none-the-less. Good post!

  14. Hi Sue,

    Although it was written a while back, the points are still gold. They are quick tips yet so powerful and they are timeless as well. Keeping a blog posting schedule is what most people lack and that’s why they often don’t focus on the consistency.

    Consistency is one thing that makes or breaks your blogging success. So if you want to build a successful blog, create a posting schedule and stick with it. You can use Google editorial calendar just in case if you want to schedule your post ideas and work later on them easily.

    Also jotting down ideas and storing them online (or in a notepad offline) is a great way to not lose your creative thoughts and work on them anytime you want. I also store some of the blog post ideas in WordPress drafts by outlining them with subheadings and references.

    Great quick tips Sue.

    1. Hi Anil,

      I always appreciate your great comments. Thanks for taking the time to read it and comment!

      Sue

  15. Thanks for the info. I had just started blogging not too long ago. I'm not so good at it. I'm using yoast plugin to help me with seo. I wii continue to follow posts. Thanks

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  17. Hi Sue,

    Your article really relieves a lot of pressure, most of it unnecessary and self-imposed. It is worth remembering to give the reader what he wants or needs in the form he wants instead of trying to come up with a perfect or completely original post. It is very true that all ideas are built upon other ideas.

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