Consistency is a crucial aspect of running a successful blog. We’ve heard that multiple times, haven’t we?
But since you’re looking for ways to stay consistent with blogging, you’re most likely aware that blogging is hard work, and it can be difficult to stay consistent not only with your posting schedule but with all the tasks blogging requires.
I mean, let’s face it, blogging isn’t just writing. There’s much more than writing that goes into running a blog.
So, let’s dive into the tips on how to blog consistently.
14 Ways to Stay Consistent with Blogging
1. Set deadlines
The number one thing that’s been helping me with consistency is setting deadlines. In fact, I like setting fairly tight deadlines.
Have you ever noticed that if you set a deadline that’s a month from now, you’ll finish the work or project by that time? But if you set a deadline a week from now, you’ll get the work done that week.
I’m not saying you should set tight deadlines for yourself to stress yourself out. Set tight but doable deadlines.
Do you really need the whole month to finish that project or task? Or are two weeks just enough?
2. Organize your day
Good organization is a big culprit in staying consistent with your blog. What I like to do is that each week, usually Sunday evening, I write down all the tasks that need to be done within that week. Then, each day, I work on the most important tasks for the day.
Generally, I don’t recommend writing too many tasks on your to-do list for the day. It would be easy for you to get overwhelmed and end up watching Netflix instead.
If you’re still new to blogging, don’t work on more than one big task per day. If you put too many tasks on your daily to-do list, you’re just going to rush through them to get them done.
The problem with this approach is that you won’t be happy with your results and will have to go back to rework whatever you’ve done.
3. Set an achievable posting schedule
Often, we are overly optimistic when it comes to posting schedules. Whether that’s for the blog or for social media. You see, most of us aren’t able to stick to daily blogging.
How frequently should you post on a blog anyway?
As many times per week or month you want, as long as your content is of good quality.
If you know you can’t post three blog posts a week, don’t do it. You’re going to rush it and the end product will lack quality. Remember that in blogging, it’s all about quality over quantity. What if, instead, you were posting just once a week? If the content is good, it most likely won’t cost you any traffic or subscribers.
4. Let go of perfectionism
We creators tend to be perfectionists. It makes sense. We want to put out only the best work.
But you know what?
Perfection doesn’t exist! You’ll never be fully happy with anything you produce.
And do you want to know a secret?
Nobody knows what your vision looks like so they can’t compare it with the version you have in mind. Chances are that people will most likely be happy with the version you give them.
Another thing is that, as a creator, it’s difficult to know for sure what your audience will like. Sometimes you produce something you think is going to be a hit, and it’s a big flop instead. And sometimes, you put out something you’re not even in love with, and it ends up being the most successful product/content you’ve ever produced.
Don’t get hung up on perfection. Create the best content you can to your current ability with the equipment you have available at the moment.
5. Write whenever you can
Blogging isn’t all about writing as some people think. But writing still makes up a big part of blogging.
And, although, I believe the best thing you can do is to set a specific time of the day to dedicate to writing, this approach isn’t always doable.
What you can do is to write whenever you can instead. When you’re waiting in a line or when you’re commuting.
The good thing is that you don’t need to carry your laptop everywhere with you. You can write in a notebook or even on your smartphone. Sure, writing on a laptop is much more comfortable, but not always doable. Especially if you’re waiting in line. Just saying!
RECOMMENDED READING: How to Write the Perfect Blog Post
6. Make a commitment to show up daily
It’s the small steps that lead to big results. And one of those small steps is to show up daily.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate of taking breaks so you can always be the best self. So, yes, take your weekends off if you can, but make the commitment to show up daily.
I’m not saying to hustle daily for eighteen hours a day. That’s not doable in the long run. Just make sure to work on your blog daily to get closer to your dreams and goals step by step. Even if it’s just a small task.
7. Create a daily checklist for yourself
It’s important to create a to-do list with the specific tasks for the day.
But I’ve also recently created a daily checklist for myself with all the tasks I need to get done on a daily basis. These tasks include stuff like upload X amount of stories on my Instagram account, engage with X amount of accounts daily, etc.
Creating this little daily checklist has been keeping me accountable and consistent.
I created a daily checklist for bloggers which you can grab in the form below!
8. Remove distractions when you need to work
When you need to work, try to remove all distractions.
I know that this is not achievable for everyone. Some of you have kids running around or have different commitments.
The key is to work around with your surroundings and find a time of the day when you can work on your blog undisturbed.
9. Use the Pomodoro technique for optimal productivity
If you find that you yourself are your biggest distraction because you can’t concentrate on the task long enough, the Pomodoro technique might be a great option for you.
How does the Pomodoro technique work?
You work on a project for 25 minutes straight. Then you take a five-minute break. You do this four times in a row and then take a longer break. You can then repeat this whole process again.
10. Batch similar tasks
Batching has been a game-changer for me and has helped me blog more regularly. If you have two or more similar tasks to work on, batch them!
What personally helped me the most has been theming my days. I don’t do this with every single day of the week, but some of my days are themed.
For instance, I have a specific day of the week dedicated to social media. On this day, I create all my social media content for the week and schedule it as well.
Yes, creating all my Pinterest pins in one day and scheduling them can be tiring. But I find this approach way better than creating a few pins a day along with my other daily tasks.
11. Plan your content in advance and schedule in advance
I feel like this is the number one reason why bloggers are unable to stay consistent with their blogging schedule.
Plan your content in advance! I like to plan my content quarterly. At around the middle of each quarter, I like to sit down and create a content calendar for the next quarter.
But it doesn’t end with just writing a few titles down. You also need to create your content in advance. Sometimes life happens and you won’t always be able to write daily.
By creating your content in advance, you’ll also have enough time to go through the content and make sure it’s the quality you want to produce.
12. Republish old content
If everything else fails, you can always republish your existing content. Sometimes stuff happens and you just can’t create new content.
You can go through some of your existing content, update it, and republish it.
If you’re on WordPress, this is very easy. All you need to do is to go to the article and change the publish date to a date in the future. The blog post will be republished on that day making it look like you’ve created a new piece of content.
13. Prioritize blogging
If you want to turn your blog into a business or scale the business, you need to prioritize it.
Don’t treat your blog as a hobby or a side hustle. If you want this to be your full-time career, your blog needs to become your priority.
14. Consider contributors
If you find that you really can’t stick to the frequency you’d love to, consider hiring contributors.
There are a few ways to go about this:
- Guest bloggers
Guest bloggers are a great option if you’re not ready for a financial commitment. Generally, those are other bloggers in your niche who will write a blog post for your blog. In return, you’ll give them a link to their website which helps them with exposure and traffic.
Ghostwriters are writers who will create content for your blog but won’t get credit for that. Everything they create will be published under your name. Instead of exposure, you will reward them financially.
Just a shameless promo, my agency The Blogger Assistant, offers ghostwriting services to lifestyle, home decor, and fashion bloggers!
Blogging regularly is important if you want to turn your blog into a full-time career or scale your already existing business.
So, how do you blog regularly?
- Plan ahead
- Stay organized
- Create an achievable posting schedule
- Create a daily checklist for yourself
- Batch similar tasks
- Let go of perfectionism