You did it! You finally started your own blog and you’re ready to make this thing work.
As much as I would like to pat you on the back to congratulate you, here’s the thing.
Now you’ve started, have you really got what it takes to make this blogging thing work for you?
I get a lot of emails from folks just starting to blog, and one of the questions I get asked is this.
“How do I keep motivated, consistent, inspired to blog. What’s the big secret to blogging continuity?”
Whilst there’s no real secret recipe to consistent blogging, the key is actually YOU.
Only you can motivate yourself, remain consistent, become inspired, be willing to learn new things and dream big to help you succeed.
Sure you can read all the success stories you want. You can learn everything there is to know about blogging, but only you can make the right moves.
So I ask you the question again;
“Do you have what it takes to make blogging work for you?”
Well only time will tell right? In the meantime though, I want to share with you my personal guide to surviving your first month of blogging, it’s just 6 simple steps, but very critical steps in my opinion.
I will assume you’re a complete newbie at this whole blogging things, so let’s get cracking shall we?
First week, first month, first year of blogging… And the rest…
Blogging is a life-time commitment, well at least until the day you decide to quit. I hope that day never comes for you.
What I like to do is think baby steps, because looking at the big picture will only daunt you even more.
It’s about taking baby steps to your ultimate blogging goal, whatever that might be. You’ve already taken the first step of making a start.
Now here’s how to survive the first month of your blogging journey, without feeling the need to throw in the towel.
Step One: Have an action planIf you fail to plan in blogging, you plan to fail at bloggingClick To Tweet
If you’re sat in front of your computer screen thinking to yourself “Now what should I do?”. You’re going to struggle big time.
An action plan written out in front of you is what you need to start with.
An action plan will help you stay focus and on course to developing the right persona and attitude towards successful blogging.
Here’s what you should include in your first month of blogging action plan.
- What topics or subjects do you want to write about in your first month?
- How often do you want to write content for your blog?
- How are you going to promote your content to attract readers in your first month?
- What time do you want to put aside for carrying out other blogging duties?
- What time do you want to put aside for learning new things?
Step Three: Make effective us of tools and apps to help you stay on track
There’s an abundance of useful services, apps, tools, various technologies and resources you can use to help you become smarter at blogging. Here’s a few I would personally recommend you start with.
- Brain storming topic ideas and headlines: The way to discover topics or subjects to write about for your blog is to brainstorm some potential ideas. This amazing post on JeffBullas.com will share with you some killer strategies for brainstorming post ideas. In addition I recommend checking out these powerful headline tools to help you get creative with your blog post headline titles.
- Scheduling your content publication: A great tool to help you organise and schedule your blog content writing and posting, is the Editorial Calendar plugin here.
- Promoting your blog posts: You can spend all your time crafting the perfect blog post, but if no one is coming to read it then what’s the point? To save you time and energy learning new ways to promote your blog content, download my free printable “7 Day Blog Post Promotion Checklist” here. An even better cheat sheet comes with my book here.
- Managing your time: Finding time to write is one thing, finding time to do other blogging duties is another: You’ve got to find time to do blog commenting, marketing and promotion, blog maintenance etc. On top of that you’ve also got to respond to blogging related emails, put time aside to learn new things and all the rest of it. It’s all about being more organised, setting specific goals and prioritising your tasks. To help you do just that, check out Jeni Elliott’s post here, she shares 12 valuable time management tips for bloggers.
Step Three: Avoid procrastination at all costProcrastination is the thief of time...Click To Tweet
The biggest productivity killer in blogging is procrastination. We’ve all done it. I’ve personally struggled immensely with procrastination in the past. I still do today.
I think that procrastination in blogging is so apparent because of two very evident things: Technology and the internet.
It’s so easy to stop what you’re doing to go and watch some random videos on YouTube, or spend 10 minutes or so scrolling through the news feed in Facebook, on your smartphone or device even.
The bottom line is that doing those things will stop you from making progress and you know it. Procrastination is the thief of time, your precious time. You’ll get bored quickly and won’t even last a week let alone a month in your blogging journey.
Here’s a quick checklist to help you avoid the pitfalls of becoming a procrastinator:
- Set specific goals.
- Turn your to-do list into a success list.
- Take regular breaks in between blog writing or doing blogging duties.
- Change your environment from time to time. I love hanging out at my local coffee-shop or library sometimes to write blog posts.
- Turn off the tech stuff, i.e. mobile phone, internet, TV, radio, washing machine or what ever else is going on in the background.
- Schedule your time to write blog posts, or to work on your blog when you’re less likely to be distracted by other people.
Step Four: Learn something new each day
What will motivate you like nothing else, is to be able to do something that you couldn’t do before.
Blogging is a lifetime education, I must have said that a million times already. So take the time to discover and learn something new each day.
It doesn’t have to be something big, just something small that will help you in the future with your blogging.
Check out this list of books I recommend all bloggers should read.
Step Five: Keep track of your progress
Whilst I don’t recommend you spend hours staring at your stats every single week, it is important to keep tabs on your progress now and again.
Once a month, take a few hours out to check traffic stats, income, number of subscribers and make notes. Monitor your progress so that you can fine tune your strategies here and there.
If you’re checking stats and watching to see who is reading your content too frequently, you’re wasting valuable time.
The result of consistently checking stats and checking up on your progress can be negative, especially when you’re just starting out. You can’t expect to be making huge leaps and bounds, so keep it to checking your stats once per month if you can for now.
Step Six: Get connected and interacting with others
Blogging is about connecting and interacting with like minded people, sharing ideas, helping to promote each other’s content and building your community.
Take every opportunity to respond to comments, leave comments, reach out to other bloggers, mention bloggers and their work in your own posts, help folks in your industry.
The rewards can be plentiful.
Not only that, but the feeling of being connected with other bloggers and influencers in your niche, will make you feel part of a bigger picture.
If you want to appreciate the true value getting connected with people in your niche, read this post by my good friend Ryan Biddulph.
Step Seven: Reward yourself each month
Now this is something not enough bloggers are doing. You’ve got to know when to stop, take a step back and do something fun to reward yourself.
It’s all well and good hacking away at your blog day-and-night, sure it shows commitment and everything else, but don’t forget to reward the person who’s doing all of the hard work, that’s YOU!
There’s no strategy set in stone on how you should approach your first month of blogging. Each of us are very different, and we all do things differently.
Some of us also have more time to devote to blogging, whilst some of us have other commitments going on in our lives.
If you can just take a few of the steps away from what I’ve mentioned above, you’ll still go beyond surviving your first month of blogging.
You’ll begin to build a solid foundation in which to build a powerful blog, that will attract lots of readers and ultimately help you to find success.
I wish you the very best of luck – Fabrizio.
I want to hear from you.
If you have something valuable to share with me, please leave me a comment below as always. Why not share the things you did to get through the first month of your blogging venture?