Today marks the beginning of my 9th blog challenge to complete one post for every day of the month. I’ve completed 8 of these challenges previously.
Here are 5 secrets that help me through each time:
1. Refuse to give up.
I often get a day or two (or even three) behind. I don’t give up. I just catch back up as soon as I can and I keep going.
At the same time, I’m pretty relaxed about it. I want to complete each challenge and so far I’ve made it but I recognize that even if I were to hit only 10 or 15 or 20 posts, that’s still success because it’s that many more than I had before the challenge.
2. Be okay with short posts.
Do you have that urge to write an epic novel every time you sit down to blog? Squash it. You’ll get more people reading through to the end and commenting on a short post than a very long one.
Yes, there are exceptions for those amazing posts that are long. But in general, readers like brevity.
3. Shoot for great content, not perfection.
To blog every day, without spending the entire day on my blog, I run into two challenges: coming up with ideas very quickly of what to blog about and writing a perfect blog post.
What is great content? Whatever my readers say it is. So I listen to you. I read your comments here on my blog. I connect with you on the social networks and watch what you’re asking and looking for information about.
What about perfection? I’m just shooting for really good. Excellent even. But I’m not going to freak out over a little typo that slips by occasionally.
4. Think bigger picture.
How can I leverage my time in the challenge and get more out of the content I’m creating? By knowing my bigger plan.
Do I want to write a book or an ebook? Then I’ll use my blog posts to create content for those.
5. Use every trick I’ve got.
This means using strategies like these: 10 Ways to Blog Better, Faster.
What works for you in blogging often and participating in blog challenges? Are you blogging along in the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month?