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How to Blog Consistently: 7 Phases to Success

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Blogging consistently.

 

Don’t do it and fail miserably.

 

Do it and you can really win big.

 

But now:

Take a deep breath

Open your mind, and

Get ready to learn…

 

How to blog consistently in 7 phases even when you are:

 

Overloaded with work

Out of ideas, or

Just dread the task altogether.

 

And we promise succeeding at blogging is much easier than you think!

 

 

Phase 1: Mastering Your Mental Game

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1.1 Understand Why You’re Blogging in the First Place

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Whether you are blogging to:

Dominate your niche

Boost SEO / increase traffic, or

Increase brand awareness…

 

You need to know why you are blogging in the first place to:

 

Always stay mentally ‘motivated’.

 

Never underestimate the importance of ‘understanding’ because when:

 

You seek to understand, then you can be understood according to Lifehack.

 

And that means you will craft:

 

Better copy that appeals to your target audience.


So whatever you do:

 

Take the time to understand!

 

1.2 Always Set Blogging Goals

 

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Nothing is more important than goal setting.

 

Because as reported by Positive Psychology here goals help:

Trigger (new behaviours)

Guide (your focus), and

Sustain that momentum (in life).

 

And make sure you write all your goals down because according to Inc:

 

You are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.

 

Just on notepad is fine and store it away somewhere safe.

 

And never underestimate your potential with your goals.


Because no matter what how big your blog is now any goal can be achieved.

 

Being realistic with your goals makes sense but don’t be afraid of failure as setting unrealistic goals requires:

 

Massive change, and

Growth to reach them.

 

1.3 Set Your Standards

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Forget about your:

Post calendar

Post schedule

Post length…

 

Because we are specifically talking about:

 

The standard of your blog posts!

 

Consistency = results

But high standards = better results.

 

And you cannot go past world leading company Amazon for setting the:

 

 Highest standards with their leadership principles (here).

 

And it obvious for setting you ‘standards’ high in the beginning but how will you stick to them hundreds of blog posts in?

 

Maybe when you’re tired, stressed and worn out??

 

It is always your:

– Understanding of why you are blogging (discussed earlier)

– Your blogging goals (discussed earlier), and

– Your accountability partner (discussed next)…

 

That will ensure you:

Stick to, and

Deliver on your ‘high’ standards!

 

 

 

Phase 2: Mastering Your Motivation

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2.1 Keep an Accountability Partner

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This should be someone within your ‘field.’

 

Someone that you can:

Connect with,

Share ideas with, and

Push each other towards your goals!

 

And while ‘friends’ and ‘family’ care about what you do:

 

Most often they have little understanding.

 

You may need to ‘network’ on platforms such as Facebook to find:

 

Your suitable accountability partner.

 

 

And never underestimate the power of networking because it is:

 

Critical to career success (as reported here), and ultimately

Gives you contacts to reach out to (its main benefit described here).

 

So go out there and find your accountability partner that may:

 

 

Turn into a best friend for life!

 

2.2 Develop a Writing Habit

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Now that you’ve got your ‘accountability partner’ it’s critical to:

 

Develop a writing habit.

 

Starting with preparation to write.

 

And a ‘ritual’ that prepares you and ‘switches’ a psychological trigger in your brain that you are ready to write is a great starting point.

 

This could be:

·       A cup of coffee

·       A small meal, or

·       Energy booster.

 

Psychological triggers work and are ultimately the driving force behind all human behaviour according to Neil Patel.

 

Next, is your writing goals.

 

Set a specific goal for you can stick to like:

– Writing 500 words every day

– Writing for 45 minutes every day

– Writing one 1,600-word post on a specific day of the week.

 

This will ensure you are always are working towards a ‘target’.


But to blog ‘consistently’ and succeed:

 

Whatever you do: Stick to your goal no matter what!

 

Finally, is the Reward Phase

 

And this is discussed in detail in 7.3 – Celebrate Your Wins.

 

But briefly:

Because every goal reached should be celebrated in some way!

 

This will:

Solidify the writing habit, and

 

Keep you pushing towards your goals constantly.

 

2.3 Eliminate Distractions

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Productivity is everything.

 

And any distractions will minimise that productivity which will ultimately:

 

Lower Your Standards = Less Likelihood of Goals Met and Blogging Success.

 

Content is king and you can only create such content:

In a suitable workspace environment (free of clutter and mess)

By placing your phone on silent (and resisting the urge to check it), and

Keeping only essential browser tabs open (to stay focused).

 

As reported by Medium we officially have an attention problem but for you as a blogger it all comes down to:

 

Your priorities.

 

Because everybody on the planet has control over:

How, and

Where they spend their time and attention.

 

 

 

Phase 3: Planning to Succeed

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3.1 Set Your Realistic Posting Schedule & Stick to it

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Weekly

Fortnightly, or

Monthly. 

 

What’s it going to be for you?

 

And before you get ‘all excited’ and decide on:

Daily posts, or even

Twice a week…

 

Take 3 big deep breaths and go back to:

 

Setting Your Standards in (1.3).

 

Because there is no point ‘pumping out’ a bunch of:

High quality posts (during your initial ‘excitement’ phase).

 

And then:

Low quality posts (all because your posting schedule is too hard to maintain).

 

Ultimately when setting a ‘posting schedule’ it is best to take a conservative approach as:

Frequency can be increased but vice versa is not recommended.

 

So don’t go for ‘daily’ posts if you will only change it to ‘monthly’ because remember:

 

“Consistent Action Creates Consistent Results”

 

~ Christine Kane ~

 

3.2 Prioritise Set Times to Work on Your Blog

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And stick these ‘times’ no matter what.

 

Because ultimately routine creates excellence as it:

– Gives you a head start on the day (detailed here by The Excellence Edge)

– Builds positive daily routine (detailed here by Buffer), and

– Creates your best self (detailed here by Goalcast).

 

So whether it be:

– Blocking out time in your work schedule

– Getting up 45 minutes earlier

– Using more of your lunch break, or

– Setting aside time on weekends…

 

Just do it because remember:

 

“Consistent Action Creates Consistent Results”

 

~ Christine Kane ~

 

3.3 Do a Big Brainstorm to Come up with Blog Topic Ideas

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Do this brainstorm at the ‘time of day’ when you are most creative.


Never do the brainstorm when you a tired, stressed and worn out.


You need killer ideas and even hundreds of them.

 

And do not worry if the initial list you create is not hundreds because it always:

 

Work in progress.


So, at whatever ‘random’ time you come up with a new ideas be sure:

 

To add it to the list and soon you will have hundreds!

 

Be ready to:

Embrace any idea, and

Never dismiss it.


But sometimes a little:

Logic, or

High level research (in Google) goes a long way because ultimately…

 

Your readers interest in the topic = best results.

 


Phase 4: Master Creativity

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4.1 Map Out Your Blog’s Content Calendar in Advance

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Once you’ve done your ‘big brainstorm’ and got a list of blog post ideas it’s time to:

 

Start mapping out your content calendar!

 

This is where you can finalise your publishing schedule and by ‘writing’ it down:

 

It becomes a goal you are more likely to stick to (more on that here).

 

Ensure you carefully plan:

Sequencing (to flow logically and cover a broad range of topics), and

Deadlines (that commit you to bringing your ideas to life!).

 

And always ensure you are being ‘realistic’ with your content calendar by:

 

Incorporating flexibility.

 

 

As you never know when a new blog post ‘idea’ might strike you that is:

 

An absolute must to be slotted in on your Calendar!

 

4.2 Keep All of Your Blog Post Ideas in One Place

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Guaranteed to make your life easier.

 

And having one ‘simple’ file is also sure to enhance your ‘creativity’ by allowing you to easily add to it:

Wherever, and

Whenever.

 

There is nothing worse than having to ‘consolidate’ your ideas so simply:

 

Store all your blog post ideas in one place!

 

4.3 Take Frequent Breaks

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Never think that taking breaks is:

 

A huge waste of time!

 

Because as CIPHR outlines here taking regular breaks:

– Helps you process and retain information

– Improves big picture thinking

– Enhances creativity

– Helps you cultivate healthier habits

– Allows you to be more productive.

 

Breaks ultimately motivate you to continue working to achieve the best outcome.

 

And as a rule of thumb try taking a break of 10 minutes for every 60 minutes of work.

 

And some ideas for breaks?

 

Try:

– Getting up and having a good stretch

– Drinking some sort of tea

– Eating a healthy snack

– Giving your pets some love and attention

– Calling a friend for a quick chat.

 

Ultimately  the best ‘break ideas’ totally remove all ‘thoughts’ from blog writing to achieve:

Relaxation

Enjoyment, and

Rejuvenation…

 

Leading to a ‘productive’ mind primed for best results!

 

 

 

Phase 5: Mastering Working Towards the Big Picture

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5.1 Transform Your Thinking to the Big Picture

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Although we do ultimately ‘sweat the small stuff’ as bloggers we must ensure:

 

Big Picture thinking is engrained within our brains.

 

And for some? This is easy because they are already big picture thinkers.

 

But for others? More difficult as not.

 

And if you are not a big picture thinking now then these 5 great tips from Fast Company will help but ultimately:

 

– Learn to think more before taking action (crucial for focusing on the big picture)

– Talk more with your accountability partner (as they can keep you on track), and ultimately

– Incorporate big picture thinking into your goals (to constantly align yourself with this thinking).

 

5.2 Identify High Value Tasks

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And namely for a blogger these are:

– Outlines

– Headlines

– Intros, and

– Conclusions.

 

Because without these:

 

There is zero chance of anyone reading the entire blog post!

 

And ultimately when you become a ‘master’ of these high value blogging tasks:

 

The rest of the blog post becomes ‘easy’ because when you ‘blog consistently’ you will:

 

 

Start to craft winning copy on auto pilot!

 

5.3 Break Down Your Task into Small Actionable Steps

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Proven to work.

 

It’s a small habit that will lead you to big wins no matter:

 

The size of the blog post you are tasked to produce!

 

Because ultimately you will:

 

Achieve your goals faster (as reported by Ladders).

 

Exactly how to do it is discussed here by Facile Things but ultimately remember mastering this step makes the task:

 

Feel more manageable, and

Builds your confidence for the next step….

 

And this leaves you feeling like you can conquer any challenge:

 

No matter how big!

 

 

Phase 6: Master Productivity

 

6.1 Work Ahead

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No matter how busy you are a ‘window of opportunity’ will always present itself at some stage.

 

And this ‘window’ will give you ‘enough’ time to create a ‘buffer’ for yourself by crafting:

 

Blog posts in advance.

 

The magic number?


Any posts in advance is always great but:

 

3 posts in advance is a great number to stick to.

 

As this allows plenty of ‘flexibility’ in the case of unexpected life events.

 

But whatever you do don’t necessarily stop all the time once you do ‘3 posts’ in advance.

 

Because although all writers operate differently:

 

A writer that finds their ‘groove’ becomes can become unstoppable and ultimately can….

 

Produce many high-quality blog posts in line with:

Blogging goals (discussed earlier), and

Standards (discussed earlier).

 

6.2 Use Templates

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Templates ‘minimise’ the time it takes to craft a blog post meaning:

 

You can blog more consistently!

 

And these templates can range from:

WordPress

Photoshop, and even

Microsoft Word.

 

But just ensure ‘ample time’ is spent setting these templates up as:

 

A poor template can decrease productivity!

 

Templates work in blogging because they follow the principle of:

 

Not reinventing the wheel (for each blog post).

 

Because as Forbes points out here it is far better to:

Select an idea (that is already working), and

Where the work has been done (for you).

 

6.3 Streamline Some Stuff

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And we are talking about ‘your life.’

 

Because if you are:

Running around all day cleaning

Constantly attending to your pets, or

Just out of control (in your life) generally…

 

It will be impossible to ‘blog consistently.’

 

So (if any of the above is the case) take a deep breath and work towards:

 

Creating a better routine for yourself.

 

And you can start with:

This simple guide by MindValley

 

And then check out:

12 morning and evening routines by Zapier

 

Then (finally) go to this resource:

How to make a daily routine to become your best self.

 

And be prepared to spend as much time on this ‘step’ as possible because:

 

Life is always the number 1 thing that gets in way of blogging consistently.

 

 

 

Phase 7: Mastering the Art of Having Fun

 

7.1 Remember Why You are Doing This

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We spoke about “Understanding Why You’re Blogging in the First Place” back in Phase 1 but it is 100% critical to:


Reinforce this step!


Because ultimately:

Dreams start out big (and sometimes unrealistic), but sadly

Dreams get buried along the way (for many reasons).

 

Therefore, you must ‘remember’ and a great way to do this is:

Read you goals (each day)

Update your goals (each day if needed), and

Visualise your goals (each day).


Now reading and updating goals is obvious.

 

 

But ‘visualising’ them is critical to success.

 

In fact, according to Jack Canfield visualisation techniques have been used by successful people to visualise desired outcomes for years.

 

And the easiest way to do this?

 

Buy a vision board.

 

Because according to HuffPost they:

 

Create a sacred space that displays what you want to bring it to life.

 

To get a better idea of vision boards here is:

300+ Vision Board samples ideas in 2020

 

And Jack Canfield demonstrates:

 

How to Create an Empowering Vision Board here.

 

 

7.2 Maintain Work / Life Balance in Your Schedule

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Crucial because ultimately, we:

 

“Work to Live and NOT Live to Work.”

 

Because although life is tough at times overall it is meant to be:

Happy

Enjoyable, and ultimately

Fun!

 

And you cannot seamlessly transfer ‘fun’ into your work environment if your life is:

Dull

Boring, and

Mundane.


So, ensure you always maintain work / life balance to ensure you:

 

Blog ‘consistently’ and produce winning results.

 

And here are:

20 great tips for maintaining work / life balance according to Roche.

 

Also here are:

 

Great tips from the Mayo Clinic to reclaim work / life balance.

 

7.3 Celebrate Your Wins

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There is zero point in:

Having goals, and

Achieving them…

 

If you cannot celebrate them!

 

Because as Heidi Medina rightly points out here it helps with:

Confidence

Thinking positive

Building momentum

Attracting more success, and

How you view the world.

 

So, whatever you do…

 

Take ‘time out’ and celebrate your wins by:

Playing with your kids in the park

Going for a nice meal, or

Absolutely whatever activity you choose!

 

Because ultimately as Inc points out:

Celebrating your wins acts as ‘reinforcement’ of the positive behaviour you want to show up with a new challenge / opportunity.

 

 

How to Blog Consistently: 7 Phases to Success Wrap Up

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As quoted by Anthony Robbins:

 

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”

 

Because when you blog ‘consistently’ it becomes an:

 

Enjoyable, and

Rewarding routine…

 

That leads to blogging success and the making of a lot of friends along the way that can lead to:

 

Even more success.

 

So go on…

 

What you waiting for?

 

Make a start

Rinse

Repeat, and

 

Start blogging consistently today!


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