If in beauty we stick to our regimen of cleanse, tone and moisturize to keep it in its pristine condition, consider the following three C’s (not CC Cream, LOL) as your blog’s workout to stay in shape! Thus making you one happy blogger.
While I was still trying to put together my DIY steps in self-hosting and make it blogger-friendly as much as I can, I took a moment to sit back, but then this idea of a post came rushing in. Funny how I was trying to take a break from writing only to feel motivated to write more! Ever go through the same thing?
So what are these three Cs?
Content. Consistency. Connect.
We all know that CONTENT IS KING. In fact, it’s the best element in blogging. A good content, in my book, doesn’t happen overnight, and writer’s block just makes it a little bit harder for us to produce one.
But don’t you worry, the blogosphere has got you covered*!
It’s one big bowl of inspiration, that you can either feast on it, or simply nitpick the pieces you like. Just don’t mistake nitpicking as stealing! People can get really confused with this one and just because it’s online, it doesn’t mean that it’s OK to steal one’s idea and call it your own. Stealing is stealing and it will take away any credibility you are looking to grow for your blog.
Don’t forget, we all have this creativeness in us that we just need to fire up at the right moment to make something special. There might be billions of us in this world, but originality still exists, that I believe much.
I’m sure you have your own tricks up your sleeves to produce a well-worth reading material but here’s just some of mine:
- Keeping tabs when ideas pop up.
I have my iPhone to thank for that extra storage, when keeping mental notes don’t work anymore.
- Reading your article out loud!
Your parents or neighbors might think you’ve gone crazy, but you’d be surprised how this can work well to your advantage by spotting spelling or grammatical mistakes that you might have missed before.
A fresh pair of eyes
This one works, too! Hence, whenever I get a chance, I send some of my posts to hubby for further inspection. Did I say he’s one cool blog mentor?
What about you?
Know what sporadic posts look like? Yes, been there, done that. Kudos to the amazing bloggers, who can keep up with their blog routine and schedule their posts way ahead of time. My blog has definitely succumbed to posting sporadically in the last few weeks due to failing time management. With different priorities popping up in our lives, it’s just normal to put blogging aside. By the time we’re in blog mode, we’ve missed a few days or even weeks from blogging regularly.
BUT… don’t be too hard on yourself. This is a perfect opportunity to look into how you can stay consistent on your blog without straining yourself. Do you really have to blog every single day? Being consistent doesn’t have to be everyday blogging, to be honest. And your readers know this, too.
Why not try MWF, or TTH? And then alternate them? It’s all about giving yourself that required time to relax, sit down, enjoy your cuppa, and write your post without the pressure. Blog happy, I say. Squeezing the last drop of juices from your brain, when there’s really not much left should be considered a sin. LOL.
Blog once a week and stick to it, that’s consistency. It’s better than not blogging at all! Something I’ve learned, when I skipped blogging for a week or two. Your blog will take the hit, but you can easily turn it around by breaching the gap and start planning on what works for you and your blog based on your life’s busy schedule.
And lastly, never forget to Connect.
There are many ways to connect, one is on your blog by replying to your readers comments or visiting other blogs.
However, the majority of us probably spend way more time on our social networks than on our blogs. Now, there’s pros and cons on this and it’s up to you to weigh things up whether this is beneficial to your blog, or not. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest have become giant sources of traffic for most blogs, and it’s no surprise because these platforms are popular hubs for beauty fanatics, fashionistas, DIY mavens, book lovers and so on.. And you are practically one click away from gaining another follower.
I think as long as you don’t get carried away ‘socially’ and spend more time there than cultivating the next post, then all will be fine. I’m not saying connecting is a bad thing, but managing your ‘social’ time doesn’t sound bad either.
If content, consistency and connecting are in sync, then we should be able to achieve our goals as bloggers. And then you can just add the required facelifts later on to sassy your site’s appearance up.
What makes blogging amazing is that you don’t need a degree to own one or write a post. Passion will help you pave the way. Now, get that blog on!
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* Quote was inspired by Sean Patrick (That Guy Who Loves The Universe) ‘Chill Out. The Universe has got it covered’.