So my friend, Kingsley, and I have been doing this 30-day blogging challenge, where we write a blog post once a day for 30 days (check out his movie reviews, they’re awesome!). It’s been a really enlightening process, and I’m learning a lot about myself and what drives me (more on that on another blog post). Blogging isn’t really that hard, but we can’t deny that it’s difficult to always be in the mood to write something. If you’re like me, and you don’t always know what to write, here are some hints and tips that have benefited me over the past couple of weeks.
Write your blogs on your smartphone
I generally start my blog posts in the morning on my daily commute to work. I have about an hour and a half to start something, and thanks to the wonders of technology I’m able to begin putting down my thoughts even when I’m underground without an internet connection. Through the WordPress APP, I’m able to start a blog post, save it locally, and when I have an internet connection I can upload it to my website and continue the work later on in the day when I’m on my laptop.
What’s on your mind?
What is it that drives you up the wall? What makes the hairs stand up on your neck? Is there a recent event that has challenged your perspective? Any of these things could be rocket fuel for your blog post. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be something that’s related to your work, you just have to have an opinion on it. The past few blog posts have written haven’t directly been related to design, but the content is something that I care deeply about.
Just start writing
The first step is always the hardest. Don’t get so caught up in trying to think of something interesting to write about that you end up not writing anything at all. Again it goes back to writing what’s on your mind. Write down the first line and then build momentum from there, before you know it, you’ll have a couple of paragraphs done in no time.
Don’t write all at once
You don’t have to do a whole blog post at once. In fact, I would discourage you from doing this if you’re not used to writing. Instead, write down the general structure of the blog post, it doesn’t matter if it’s rough. Save the draft and then come back later and refine it. I don’t write the introduction to my blog posts till I’m done with the main body. This is good for me because once I know what I’ve actually written about, I’m able to summarise it in one brief paragraph.
Don’t break the habit
Once you start blogging, don’t stop. The habit needs to be built over time, which is why I’m doing the 30-day challenge. This is in the hope that I’ll get into the habit and it becomes a routine of mine. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to form a blogging habit, so I can tell you for a fact that once you break it, it’s difficult to get back and form it all over again. Keep going, because there will always be someone out there that finds your content interesting and worthwhile.