I took a break but now I’m back

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I actually didn’t mean to take a break. I have several drafts sitting in my admin area waiting to be finished and published. I have several ideas for posts in addition to what’s sitting as a draft.

BUT… I got distracted. I was busy. I had other priorities. I have excuses for days. Really though, I just didn’t write. I didn’t commit to writing and therefore I didn’t blog. It happens. It’s not the end of the world.

The goal of this blog was to give me a place to think and to work on . This blog is intended to house my passions and my expertise. It really isn’t effective if I don’t add content to it so I’m recommitting to writing.  Just saying that doesn’t mean much though. I need a plan to commit to (or rather re-commit to).

Step 1: Schedule time for blogging. Put it on the calendar.

My biggest issue is finding the time for blogging. I am not alone in this. It is easy to get distracted or to get buried in other priorities. For me, if it’s not on my calendar, it might as well not exist. I live and die by my calendar. Adding blogging times to my calendar and protecting that time is a must if I want to keep this up.

Step 2: Pick one or two themes to revisit regularly.

I benefit from routine. I have a morning routine and a bedtime routine that keep me in line day to day. Why not create a content routine? Lots of blogs have series or repeat content that allow them to keep up without putting in 150% effort each time. These can be specific or more general themes. Some I’ve seen and liked are listed below:

  • Leading in Monday
  • Grateful Tuesday,
  • Wordless Wednesday
  • Thirsty Thursday
  • Finally Friday

Step 3: Write it all. Save it to drafts.

When I am inspired, I’m usually inspired to write several posts. Or at the very least, I have a couple of ideas that hit me all at once. I’ve found that if I can write them all down, I don’t have as hard of a time finishing the thoughts at a later time. Writers block is real. Getting busy happens. Sometimes you’re uninspired. Instead of watching your blog sit there and do nothing though, it’s better to capitalize on what you’ve already started.

Step 4: Stay engaged in the process.

I forget that this is a process. Writing a blog can be a lot like losing weight. It can’t all happen at once. You have to allow for some days to be inspired and filled with writing. Other days will be dreary and you’ll stare at a blank page for 3 minutes and then decide to go check Facebook. You can’t build the content overnight, just like you can’t lose 10 pounds over night.

This is my blog though. This is my space. This is not going to be a one-hit wonder and I won’t have the focus to commit to it all day every day and that is ok.

I’m going to just do my best and commit to the journey. That sounds like a lot more funny than trying to pump out content on a schedule anyway.

 

How do you stay committed? What tips and tricks do you use to keep your blog up?

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2 thoughts on “I took a break but now I’m back

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