Posting to your blog every single day can feel like a chore, but more often it just feels impossible.
Yes, writing a book is hard, but with a book you have a plot or central idea you’ve already worked out. With a blog each new post requires a new idea, and that’s hard. And it’s not just a problem for bloggers, Fiction writers also have blogs these days in order to promote their books, so do non fiction writers, freelancers, publicists and small business owners with stores on the net.
Certainly there are some days when you have something to say, some great piece of knowledge to impart (which reminds me, we must talk about the ‘design’ when writing fiction sometime) or just something to grump about.
But some days it’s just not easy to find a subject at all, so here are some hints and tips about how to keep writing every day, so even if you’re not being employed to write, you can keep your blog updated.
First of all, take a look at this post, and you’ll learn all about creating a content plan. If you don’t have one, you need one. But suppose your content plan says that today you’re going to write about the three best ways to promote your blog, and you don’t have the time to research it, what do you do then?
Move the topic to another day and write about something else. You can find things easily enough by going to google news and typing in a couple of keywords. You’ll find out what’s in the news today. Your post should comment on it.
Easy really. And it doesn’t take long.
Why should you update your blog regularly? Well, because your readers want to see new stuff each time they visit, AND becuase the more often you update your site, the more often Google will visit, and your articles will be indexed faster. The can’t rank until they’re in the index, so the faster that happens, the better it is.
So, what’s in the news this week? There’s quite a fun post on the New Yorker, about their new literary blog, Page-Turner, which promises us ‘criticim, contention and conversation about the most important books of the moment.’ I’ll wait and see whether it’s useful, personally I’d be more likely to read criticism, contention and conversation about the most popular books of the moment. Since I’m taking my first steps into writing fiction, I’d like to know what it is that makes popular books sell and why, so I can do the same thing.
I know they say you should never start out writing a book with the intention of writing for money, but seriously, isn’t a book with no readers a very sad thing?
What do you think? Should writers set out to write the best they can, or is it OK to head straight for popular fiction? Leave a comment.
Also, if you are a writer for hire, a regular update schedule gives prospective customers confidence.