The results were like this:
…Too much reading…not enough writing…
…I love to read and explore the blogosphere. Sometimes it’s like a good book I just can’t put down…
…lack of focus…
…do much and spreading myself too thin…
…Finishing what is started…
And even for myself, it was “Juggling too many things”
While the number of comments on that post doesn’t make up a good sample size for a survey, it seems to me that one very common trait (and weakness) we bloggers have, is that we love to read a lot, and the surfing around on the web can just take all of our time we spend in a working day. We end up writing too little.
In our quest for knowledge, we keep reading and reading, and bookmarking articles (you know, I’ve been reluctant to post another “bookmarks explosion” because it would be like over a hundred links, and would probably take me hours to compose that post!), and yes we do get exposed to new concepts and ideas and we get to know a lot of people.
But at the end of the day when we were supposed to log in and write, we have already gotten so weary with all the reading and thinking, and contributing, and say “I’ll post tomorrow”. Or, we get so caught up in the reading, and then we realise that we have to rush out for a dinner appointment, and by the time we are back, its time to head off to bed.
Does that sound too familiar to you?
Here’s what you can do to start writing consistently for your blog.
- Decide how often you want to post. Three times a day? Once a day? Three times a week? You first need to have an idea of your desired posting frequency.
- Take ONE day off, and use this time to plan, and think at least one week ahead. For example, if you are going to post everyday, make sure to have at least 7 posts in mind. This is your “buffer”
- At the minimum, come up with the basic points for each post. Think first – “What do you want to put across”, then think “How do I go about getting this idea across?” You might want want to just invest in a small notebook (the paper one!) to jot these down.
- Everyday, pick from your buffer and just elaborate on your post.
- You can still continue to read. This time, don’t just bookmark these posts. Decide on that very day whether you want to elaborate your thoughts on what you read, or do you want to post just a link. If you have anything more than one paragraph to share about on what you read, it would be good for a post.
- Continue to keep up with your buffer. You might not keep up with your buffer for a day and you might not “post” on your notepad for that day, but at least, your still can post to your blog, because you can just pick a post from your notepad to write about, since the thoughts for that post has already been organised.