We tackled the topic of blogging at The Loft. Be sure to read everyone’s posts for many more tips and great ideas.
There is so much to say about this but first, go follow my blogging board on Pinterest because it has a ton of great stuff pinned from all over the place. Way more content than I can ever fit into one post here.
1. Have a self-hosted blog with your own domain.
I live in Asia. All wordpress and blogspot.com blogs are blocked where I live.
So is Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. It is really frustrating when I find a great post online, click to read it, only to find it comes from blogspot and I can’t access it. There are many reasons to have a self-hosted blog. The biggest one in my book is that more of the world can read what you write if you do. :)
To find out how to set up a self hosted WP blog in under 20 minutes, see Michael Hyatt’s tutorial here. It’s easy.
2. Establish a daily writing habit.
Okay, so I’m still working on this one, but for a good part of 2014, I’ve written daily.
Since I know this is the way God has wired me and this is a big way I can share His grace in my life, I need to take it seriously. There is a simple process I have and I will share in a separate post, but bottom line is, writing when I have time or when I feel like it means I never write. So I’ve accepted the fact that I need to do it, at least a little bit, every day. I have been able to finish several large writing projects this way, including Trust Without Borders: A 40-Day Devotional Journey to Deepen, Strengthen, and Stretch Your Faith in God.
I’ll share more on how to establish a daily writing habit soon!
3. Use an editorial calendar
This really seems like a no-brainer and it is. My editorial calendar is a monthly calendar I print off from the internet each month. Then I pencil in (another key word is pencil!) what I plan to post and when. I also keep a running list of post ideas to pull from. This way when I approach my writing time, I’m not fumbling for ideas. I already know what I’m going to write. Time and sanity saver to say the least!
I also do love spontaneity, so I do frequently scrap it all and just go with what’s on my mind and heart too :)
4. Find like-minded blog buddies to bounce ideas off of, pray for, and hold you accountable.
About a year ago, I asked five or so bloggers to be part of a private blogging group. For six weeks, we looked at how Jesus defined greatness in the gospels and talked about how we can pursue true greatness in our blogging. We set up a FB group and interact regularly there. We call ourselves the “GREAT bloggers” because our aim is to pursue greatness according to Jesus, not according to the world.
We’ve added a couple more bloggers to the group since then and these godly ladies have enriched my life in ways I cannot even describe.
If you were to do ONE thing, I would say do this one. Reach out to other like-minded (this is key!) bloggers and form a small group. Make sure you have a clear purpose for the group up front so you don’t waste people’s time. :)
5. Be Mentored
If you are ready to take your blog to the next level, the only way to do it is by being mentored. There are a ton of articles, books, blogs, and the like on blogging that can serve as mentors… but that approach is likely to backfire because you’re drinking from a fire hydrant! Information overload causes paralysis because you don’t have an actionable plan; Trust me, been there.
That’s why the mentoring program I highly recommend is Ruth Soukop’s Elite Blog Academy. Ruth helps you identify your own pillar content and then lays out a plan to help you systematically blog smarter, not harder. She teaches from experience and guarantees results…or you get double your money back. If you are serious about blogging, do yourself a favor and check out EBA.
Jing is what I use for taking screenshots.
Picmonkey.com and pixlr.com are what I use for photo editing.
DollarPhotoClub is what I use for graphics.
See my Pinterest board for more blogging resources.
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