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?
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:
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.
Leigh - Headspace Perspective
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 Day
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)
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 kids
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 Moment
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 Blake
You are an amazing blogger....I do one a day every day and sometimes struggle. Kim Carberry recently posted...Lots of LOL's....
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
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 Butterfly
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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 teaching
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 monster
Apologies for the typos <^<^ typing too fast! ;) x...Zzzzz nearly bedtime! Baby Isabella recently posted...50 things that make me happy… by a toddler
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
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: 26-04-15
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 Bad
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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 14