More than 95 percent of blogs are abandoned! By virtue of sticking it out, staying in the game and continuing to blog, you (and I) become leaders in the blogosphere. Here are six ways to keep up the blog:
1. Schedule your time to write. What time can you give to your blogging efforts? 20 minutes a day when you’ve turned everything else off and you’re in a chair tapping away at a keyboard will do the trick. Are you a better writer in the morning or evening? Put that time on your calendar and protect it like it’s your child.
2. Get a blogging partner – keep one another accountable by reading and commenting on each other’s posts.
3. Guest post for someone else – sometimes a deadline on someone else’s schedule will kick your butt into gear.
4. Institute a bribe (or get your partner to do it. ) I will share with you that I just offered my teammates for the collaborative corporate blog I manage an opportunity to win a Jar of Pie. Suddenly everyone is enthusiastic.
5. Join a group of other local bloggers and meet them for coffee, lunch, drinks — whatever — just get together in person periodically to talk about the blogging process, to learn from one another and be inspired.
6. Think about why you started your blog. Why was it important to you? What is the blog’s purpose? Write that down and stick it on the wall or the fridge or somewhere you’ll see it and it will remind you, often, of why you’re here, blogging like the rest of us nut jobs. It’s important, and you ARE making a difference to someone.
Need more help? I highly recommend Chris Brogan’s post How to Blog Almost Every Day.
MJ, I can always count on you to read my mind. I was just bemoaning the fact that I haven’t written on my personal industry blog for over two weeks. I manage to keep up my business blog daily, but when it comes to writing something from a more personal perspective, I tend to let my workaholic tendencies kick in and prune my to-do list.
Thanks for the kick in the posterior – I’ll be updating said blog later today.