Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
I love routines. Yes, my family calls them ruts, but routines are comforting to me and frankly they help me to stay focused. Sure, I don’t need to have the same breakfast every day and I don’t need to always sleep in the same side of the bed, but again, I like my routines. When it comes to blogging there are daily blogging routines to embrace. Why? Because they might make you more productive, could help you gain more readers and might just make blogging easier. That all sounds good, right?
Keep up with blogging trends and technologies
You can’t operate in a vacuum. If you’re stumped when someone says, “I just posted to Instagram,” you need to get out more and know what the most popular or up and coming social media trends and sites are. You may have a successful business, but if you’re not attending industry events, conferences, networking meetings and interacting with industry professionals, you will fall behind the curve.
You may not write about the latest trends and techniques, but you should at least know what they are. No one wants to hear you talk about that “newfangled Internet that all the kids are using!” Extreme example, I know. There are myriad new social platforms that are available on a seemingly daily basis. You don’t need to use them all, but you should at least know they exist. Blab or tsu, anyone?
Connect with other bloggers
Writers don’t need to toil away in a garret suffering for their craft. In fact, if you’re isolating yourself from other pet bloggers and writers, how will you remain relevant? Make friends. Reach out. Why? Here are a few reasons:
- Build relationships
- Find an accountability partner
- Grow your circle of influence
- Become an influencer
- Share the content of others’ and they might share yours
Make time to read blogs
Read for inspiration. Read for ideas. Read to keep up on trends. Read to expand your mind. Uncover new, fun activities you can do with your dog. Look on social media, blogs and Pinterest to find inspiration. Read online newspapers or magazines.
Wait! What? How are you supposed to grow your blogging and get into a blogging routine if you’re offline? Simple. You need to step away from technology, on occasion, and reconnect with life. With your family. With your pets – when is the last time you snuggled your dog? For me, it’s been about 30 minutes so I am good with that!
Here are other reasons to turn off the computer, step away from the Smartphone and unplug:
- You need to be physically fit in order to remain a healthy (obviously) entrepreneur
- Your pet needs the exercise
- You need to spend time with friends and family
- Get outside and watch the leaves changing. Walk in the snow. Enjoy the warmth of an Arizona night
- Read a print book. I know, e-readers are lovely, but there are times when I only want to read a print book and that time is usually before bedtime. In fact, my eye doctor told me that the light from e-readers and computers “excites” a portion of the brain that in turn makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Snuggle under the covers with a paperback book.
Stepping away from technology allows your body and mind time to relax and refresh. Your family would probably want to see you at the dinner table or at family parties, right? Reconnect with them. Gain a work/life balance.
Shake up your routine
- Write outside of your comfort zone. Do you only write about dogs? Blog about cats. If you don’t know anything about cats, reach out to an expert and ask if you can interview him or her about the benefits of owning a cat.
- Pitch yourself as a guest blogger on a site you admire
- In fiction it’s always “write what you know, research what you don’t.” Take that lesson to heart and research and write about a topic with which you aren’t familiar
What is your blogging routine? Do you have one? Should you?
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