Last week I challenged myself to blog everyday for a week. Like many people, I made several goals for the new year, and like many people, I've had trouble following through with them. I needed a smaller, more attainable goal to reach for, so blogging every day for one week was it.
I'm not going to lie, coming up with a topic every day was a challenge, and one of my posts ended up being about how I couldn't come up with anything to write about for the day. Below are a few of the realizations I came to about blogging and some things I learned.
1. Blogging takes a lot of time and is a lot of work.
All those pretty blogs you come across out there on the great internet do not just happen in a matter of minutes while the blogger sits on her couch in her pj's or yoga pants with her cup of coffee or tea. Nope, there are pictures to be taken and edited to help make the blog more appealing to readers and text to be written that is hopefully not to ho-hum and boring and doesn't contain too many grammatical errors. Topics must be researched and credits given where credit is due.
2. One topic idea can generate several other ideas for future blog posts.
Although I did have trouble in the beginning of the week coming up with topics, by the end of the week I had more ideas than I could share. Coming up with topics is a lot like building a snow man. You start with just a clump of snow. Start rolling it around and eventually it starts to pick up more snow and become bigger and bigger. Hopefully the ideas keep coming and hopefully they don't melt away. ;)
3. Posting every day or on a regular basis really does help increase your blog traffic.
I saw my audience size increase 6x the size it was at the beginning of the week. I'm really interested to see if this trend continues or was just a lucky coincidence.
4, Planning and writing ahead is key
It is a Sunday afternoon as I write the draft for this post and some other posts I hope to share in the coming week. Last week I wrote each blog the day of the post and often it was done later in the evening and posted when most likely not many people would see my posts through my social media outlets. By coming up with my topics and drafts before my official work week starts, I'm hoping to get my posts out at a better time for my readers and create better quality posts.
If you've made it all the way through this post, thank you! I hope I've been able to inspire you to set a small goal for yourself that is a part of one your larger goals. Mountains are climbed one step at a time, and I hope to see you at the top!
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