Was kickstarting your blogging skills a major goal for the new year? Then you’re in excellent company, friends!
Here are ten of our favorite ways to keep your blog (and you!) zipping through 2014 when it comes to finding writing success.
10 Secrets to Writing Success All Bloggers Should Know
We don’t keep secrets in this community! In fact we love to share all of the information we know in hopes that it helps you become even more successful.
Keep On Keeping On
Finding (and holding onto!) your motivation is one of the toughest things about being a content creator. Having trouble with yours? You are not alone. Start small, take it easy on yourself and- my absolute favorite- call for backup when needed! (Or, if you’re like me- hourly. God bless texting and friends who reply immediately.)
Feeling inspired? For more motivational mojo, click here.
Make A List (Check It Twice)
The mother of all Get Out There & Get Writin’ blog tips is definitely to make a top ten list! (Or eight or fourteen or…) Here’s why they work:
- Putting stuff in lists just feels good. (Neatniks unite!)
- Once you get rolling, the inspiration kicks in and you may have to add onto your list!
- We love stuff we can read in one sitting.
(See what I did there?)
Ready for more? Check out this great post about list-making here.
Content Is King (And Grammar Is Queen)
It really can’t be said (or written) enough: your content is the most important thing on your site. So you’re an ace photographer or an SEO whiz? Terrific! But if what you’ve got to say is riddled with typos or is poorly thought out, your readers won’t be coming back for more!
To spiff up your writing and posting fundamentals, click here!
Writing Prompts, Promptly
For those times you’re really, stupendously stuck, writing prompts can be a godsend. Think of it like (fun) homework for your blog and a surefire way to kick your writer’s block to the curb. You’ll be amazed where some of these questions can lead, as well! (Perhaps a blog series or two?)
Get some fabulous writing prompts right over here.
An (Easy) Year Of Posts
Speaking of neatniks, doesn’t an organized blogging calendar set your heart aflutter? (Me, too.) How about a calendar laying out all (or most) of your topics for the year? It’s not as daunting as it sounds- in fact it can be downright freeing! (Leave those last-minute panics for other things…like wondering if you signed a permission slip. Or are wearing a bra.)
Try some of the awesome blog calendar tips listed here.
Lay It All Out, Baby
Make sure your audience knows what they’re in for (and returning for)! Honing your writer’s voice and streamlining your topics can be as easy as creating a blogging tree. Curious as to what that means? (Of course you are. I was, too!)
Check out how to create your very own blogging tree here.
Elevate Yourself (And Your Page Ranks!)
Once you’ve figured out what you want to be saying, learn how to say it more effectively! Is one of your bloggy New Year’s goals to master page ranks and effective keywords? (If you’re me, the answer is: Yes. Since 2008.) Turns out, there are some really cinchy ways to stay visible and relevant.
To jumpstart your effectiveness, click here.
Go Green (Recycle Your Content!)
Have a backlog of incredible content- which, perhaps, your newest readers might not know about? Repurpose, sister! Take the best of your bloggy best and spiff it up with the SEO and formatting skills you’ve acquired since you wrote that gem in the first place!
For really helpful repurposing tips, give this post a look.
Take Your Show On The Road
Want to get your name out there? Guest posting on other sites is great for writers, excellent for content-seekers, and indispensable for those looking to establish themselves as authorities! Plus, there’s that ol’ “community” thing we love to bandy about so much.
Take a look at these easy tips for guest posting here!
Make A Series
Ever thought about starting your own blog series? It’s easier than you may think- and will go a ways in establishing you as someone worth reading (and reading and re-reading)! Besides, who doesn’t love the idea of a jam-packed editorial calendar? (Music to a blogger’s ears. Or maybe warm n’ fuzzy slippers to a blogger’s feet.)
To learn how to implement your own blog series, click here!
Ready to take your maven-like skills and get to blogging and achieving writing success? Of course you are. And share the love with your fellow SITStahs- after all, the best thing we create around here is community.
Don’t forget to comment below with your best writing tips! What are your success to writing success?