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How to Maintain Your Blogging Momentum

 

The thing with blogging is, I have good days/weeks/months, and bad ones. I have weeks where I’m so inspired, I could happily write and publish three posts every day. I’m on fire with words and inspiration, and can sit and type for hours, expounding all my wit and wisdom for all the world to read. And then, as quickly as it came, it disappears and I’m left with the blank page staring at me, mocking me. All of the blogging tips we read tell us that the key to blogging success is to post regularly – but how do you do that, when you can’t think of a single thing to say?

maintain your blogging momentum

Until this year, when I was feeling uninspired I would just not write. My blog would go days without a post, while I worried that I’d somehow lost my blogging mojo. I know from conversations I’ve had recently that I’m not the only person who experiences this. So today, I’m going to tell you how I get through those days when my blogging mojo has left me.

It turns out that a day without blogging mojo is a lot like a day with depression. I learned long ago that the only way to get through a depressive episode is to plod. Put one foot in front of the other, and go through the motions.

Composing a weekly schedule of posts will give you the bones of your blogging week. I do this by taking part in regular linkys, hosting my own linkys, and hosting regular guest posts in the form of my #DayInTheLife and #LovelyBlogs projects – and, of course, my weekly podcast.

I like to post a lot on my blog. With my normal schedule of posts, I have fifteen per week. That means that even on a week where I feel a bit uninspired and have nothing to say, I still publish fifteen posts. Here are my regular weekly posts:

Weekly Blog Schedule

This list provides me with daily prompts. Each is a post title in its own right, and I don’t need to try and come up with an idea for a post. If I’m not feeling particularly wordy, most of these posts will all but write themselves. If I am in the mood for writing, I can make them a little longer, a little more interesting and detailed. And then, when my writing urge comes back, I can write more posts to fill in the blanks!

I post an awful lot on my blog. I enjoy taking part in the linkys I join, and I love the long-term projects I’m working on. I want to post consistently, so I like to ensure I have at least one post per day.

Each Friday I get out a pen and paper, and write out my plan for the week. The list above forms the bones of my week, and then I go through and add in any other posts I intend to write: reviews, sponsored content, posts on current affairs or other random ideas I’ve had. In this way I can plan my week in advance, and schedule as many posts as possible.

Knowing in advance what I intend to post on each day allows me to sit down and schedule posts in blocks, so that it doesn’t take me too long.  When I published my list of reasons to schedule blog posts the main jist of the comments I got was that people would love to be able to do that, to have time to do that, to know in advance what they wanted to publish.

I started working on my blog like this at the beginning of 2015, and so far this year I think I’ve had one day where I didn’t publish new content on the blog. Some weeks I published more than 20 posts. You might not want to post anywhere near that many, but hopefully using this approach can help you to keep your blog going even through the days or weeks when you’re feeling quite uninspired.

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

26 Comments
  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective

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    Thanks for sharing these tips, Vicky. I can be similar - some days I'm on fire, other days I feel like I write complete rubbish, and the words just won't come. You're right though, plodding on is the way through it, and I like your idea of a weekly schedule xx Leigh - Headspace Perspective recently posted...Don’t Anticipate a Good Day, Or a Bad Day. Just Have A DayMy Profile

  • Karen

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    I have not yet become that ambitious with my blogging goals. I am for one to two posts per week. If I am not satisfied with the piece I am working on it doesn't get posted. I would like to maybe work on incorporating a weekly theme or two. Thanks for the great advice! Karen recently posted...Graceful Exits (How to Walk Away)My Profile

  • Ashley Beolens

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    Thanks for the advice :) I've found writing as much as I can when I can eans if there are times where inspiration fails you have something in the locker ready to throw up (well it's helpped me post daily since Feb Ashley Beolens recently posted...Back pain and kidsMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Brilliant Ashley. My problem is that if I've finished writing something I want to post it and find it hard to wait longer than a couple of days! It's always good to have a few half-finished posts kicking about too though!

  • Lucy Dorrington

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    How funny, I recently had a similar idea myself! Following a spate of Blogger's Block, I started making a list of different posts I could publish each day, then I realised I could take part in quite a few linkys each week too! I can't see me ever posting that many blogposts each week, even during an inspired spell, but I'm glad to know I'm on the right lines to combating the blank spells at least! Lucy Dorrington recently posted...My Captured MomentMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Ah great minds eh! I think for me if I write enough - even if it's stuff for regular linky updates - it sort of pulls me out the other side more quickly and helps me to write other posts. Most of the time any way!

  • Catherine

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    I'm impressed by the number of times you post a week, I can't keep up with that momentum! I have a loose blogging schedule but find that some weeks I'm inspired to write more. I always have at least four draft posts written so that when a week is busier I have content that I can still publish. I've found that taking a break during the school holidays helps, I'm always much more inspired during the first week back at school! Catherine recently posted...George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl & Quentin BlakeMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      I think I'm just in a routine with it now; last year I didn't post this often at all but I decided to up my game a little. Fingers crossed, it's working and having the weekly schedule is helping to keep me going!

  • Kim Carberry

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    You are an amazing blogger....I do one a day every day and sometimes struggle. Kim Carberry recently posted...Lots of LOL's....My Profile

  • hannah

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    Those are some really great tips. I'm going to follow suit and put a plan in place so I can prompt myself on what to write on the days when i dont feel i have much to say. Thanks hannah recently posted...#camerarollcringe My Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Fabulous good luck Hannah! I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.

  • Kimmie

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    Gosh, 20 posts in a week....You're a bloggy marathoner :) I'm lucky some weeks if I get one post up o_O - Not through lack of inspiration, more lack of time, wellness ect. My biggest draw back to posting more is the time it takes me to put a post together - OCD and self doubt has me going over and over every word before I can finally hit the publish button. I do write everyday mind, just not always for the blog :) An interesting post Vicky. Popped over from the #WeekendBlogHop I hope you and S are enjoying your weekend Take care, Kimmie x Kimmie recently posted...'Bert' - The Very Friendly ButterflyMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Thanks Kimmie. Hopefully the process of writing and publishing blog posts will help you to become less doubtful of yourself over time and give you more confidence in what is a fantastic blog! x

  • Life with Six Kids

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    I like the idea of having a schedule. I have just had a month out while I had to a make a big decision and felt that I had lost the blogging love. Think I am back after my last post though :) Life with Six Kids recently posted...Why I’m leaving teachingMy Profile

  • Baby Isabella

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    Fifteen posts a week! Woweeee that's great going! It's good to be promoted by linkys when you are stuck for ideas. Where do you find the time? We have loads of posts in drafts just no enough hours in the day to finish and publish them. Great post #WeekendBlogHop Baby Isabella recently posted...How NOT to become a blogging monsterMy Profile

    1. Baby Isabella

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      Apologies for the typos <^<^ typing too fast! ;) x...Zzzzz nearly bedtime! Baby Isabella recently posted...50 things that make me happy… by a toddlerMy Profile

      1. Vicky Charles

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        haha story of my life!

    2. Vicky Charles

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      I think I'm just in a routine now. Most of the linkys I join in with are photographs or lists that are not as hard to put together as a full written post. But writing them helps me to get the cogs moving in my brain!

  • Sue

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    Great tips, Vicky, thanks! I think my head would explode if I tried to write 20 posts a week; I can just about manage two! Even then, I sometimes wonder "what in the world am I going to blog about this week?!" That's when I pull a Blue Peter and fall back on "something I made earlier". Like you, I'm sometimes on fire. That's when I draft a load of potential posts. Then, when I'm running on embers, I have a sort through and see which of the posts I've already started re-ignite the flame. Slightly unstructured, but it works for me :-) x

  • the mummy madness

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    I'm going through writers block I think something where I post the same day something similar would really help! Thanks for the tops

    1. Vicky Charles

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      I hope you find it useful. I find the best way to deal with writers block is to just sit down and write whatever I can, even if it's all rubbish - it gets the brain moving again!

  • Rosie

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    What a great idea. I've been building up my blog output this year. I'm aiming to be blogging everyday by the end of the year. At the moment I have 3 weekly posts and some occasional monthly posts. I think I'm going to try planning out my posts on a monthly basis. Thanks for the tips. :) Rosie recently posted...5 Sites I’ve Enjoyed: 26-04-15My Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      So glad to be of help Rosie - do let me know how you get on x

  • Martin Ricky

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    Creating a list of future blog posts in certainly a very helpful tool for bloggers. But sometimes it's even hard to find the ideas!! I have been trying to do this every week but I have come up pretty empty so far! I have gone off inspiration for as long as I can. Excellent post. Martin Ricky recently posted...Writing Shorter Blog Posts Isn't So BadMy Profile

  • Adventures of a Novice Mum

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    Really really good plan to have a post list for each day. I keep putting one roughly together but I don't stick to it; reading your post is another reminder to really try and work to plan as a minimum. Otherwise, not much gets done; especially when there's so much to do! #aNoviceMumBlogBounce Adventures of a Novice Mum recently posted...My Sunday Photo 14My Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      I went for ages with random lists and all sorts; it's only since the start of this year that I've found a way to stick with it.

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