How do I Blog? 3 Steps for Blogging Success

how do i blog?

how do i blog?

How do I Blog? 3 Steps for Blogging Success

How do I blog may seem like a simple question and there many people with the promise of programs, widgets, and how-tos floating around the internet. As bloggers, business owners, and creative types we can easily be overwhelmed by all the potential information and promises of success that are readily available everywhere you look.

Yet, if you look closely at the famous bloggers and businesses who are garnering a fare share of Google’s ranking space, there are only three steps you need to take to be a blogging success. I prefer to call it blogging bliss, because once you have a steady flow of traffic and interaction on your blog, it feels blissful, exciting, rewarding and you are reminded why you started your blog. How do I blog? Let me count the ways… there are only 3!

Step 1. Be Consistent! 

Your blog has to be fresh and up-to-date if you want people to keep coming back. I don’t know about you, but I want regular readers who show up every time I create something new. Consistency is the currency that keeps readers engaged and keeps you top of mind when someone is looking for your services.

Step 2. Be Committed!

Do what you say you are going to do. Did you promise yourself that you would be writing 5 days a week and you are are barely managing to churn out one post a week? It’s time to course correct. It’s okay to recommit. The way to stay committed is to get organized. Don’t leave your blogging to chance because chances are it will just fall right off your to do list. Remember that if you are blogging for business, blogging is one of your lead generation tools. If you are struggling with commitment, you might might to join my HeartWise Sister Circle and discover why you are failing to follow through.

Step 3. Be Creative!

By saying be creative I don’t mean that you have to be an artist, professional author or a journalist who spends hours crafting the perfect post. You do, however, have to be original and authentic. You should use spell check and and make some effort to be grammatically correct. Look for inspiration everywhere! Talk about what you love about your life, your business, your kids, your pets. People want to get to know you. Think about how you can create content that is unique to you and showcases your talents and strengths.

Bonus Step. Get a calendar!

One of the tools I teach in the blogging course is how to use an editorial calendar for your blog and why it matters. When you take the time to organize your content ahead of time, it’s so much easier to sit down at the computer and write the post. You already know what it’s going to be about, no staring at a blank screen wondering what to write. Plus, as a writer, I know that when you have a topic rolling around in your head for a while it builds momentum. When you actually sit down, suddenly the ideas just flow!

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10 Comments

  1. Toni Nelson on March 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    When I switched to wordpress and found the editorial calendar I was thrilled. It’s one of my favorite plugins.

  2. Donovan on March 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for a solid outline to follow. This is great as a reference. It is often a challenge to keep it simple and keep the excellence coming.

  3. Ashley Porter on March 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Great tips Minette.

    I realized the hard way that viewers stop visiting when the content is not fresh and there is nothing recent or updated for them to come back to.

    Having an editorial calendar helps too although I need to put that into use more often – I just write off the top of my head now (with keyword research of course)

  4. Stella Scott on March 8, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Good points ! To the 3rd step I would ad; and creative in what kind of posts you create. Use Video, pictures, links etc. People like diversity.

    ps. Why is your “Reply” so extremely pale? I can hardly see what I’m writing. ds

  5. Francene Stanley on March 8, 2013 at 2:57 am

    So simple. All done. What a well written blog. I hope you get lots of followers.

  6. Carolina HeartStrings on March 8, 2013 at 3:04 am

    We totally agree and strive for this. Tammie, the NC half of us, handles the calendar as just a .doc file for the following month that she usually has done by mid month. We have a regular Mond-Thu-Sat recipe line up and a few regular monthly features like antiques and autism. Also each year we run a different year long feature. Last year it was Carolina Roots on products and crops (one post a month) and this year we are doing Carolinas A-Z starting with A and doing 2 a month. It’s fun and it keeps us connected. We are best friends in the different Carolinas. Nice to meet you!

  7. Carol on March 8, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I post daily. They are generally about the “randomness” of life and it’s little ironies. I find the more personal a post, the more people follow. I just can’t write about very personal “things.” Thank for your post.

  8. Jessica on March 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I loved this article thank you. I need to create a blog calendar.

  9. Jeff on March 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Minette,
    keeping it simple! You speak of consistently and I strive to blog daily. I also agree with Stella in the use of photos and video. Using keywords and linking them to pics is a great form of keyword placement and ranks the blog on the search engines thus generating continuous traffic!

  10. Dean Lodge on May 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    These are some great pointers. Blogging needs to be regular and consistent. Coming back to a site that hasn’t had a new post in 2 or 3 years, even 1 year can have visitors looking for something more up to date and recent. One of the tips that I think is helpful too is to have a notebook to jot things down through the day. I refer back to my 3 coil notebook on a regular basis and would not live without it. Sometimes I try to open a text editor to jot things down but find that I cannot access it as quickly as my trusty notebook.

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