I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again. The first year of your blog is the most critical. The first 6 months is the hardest. This is the time that a lot of beginning bloggers get discouraged, and they end up deleting their blogs. Then they create a new blog, and the cycle starts all over again.
Why does this keep on happening? Of course there are many factors, and they’re different for each blogger. But I think that one of the main reasons is discouragement. In “I Regularly Take Breaks From Blogging And Why You Should, Too”, I discussed the huge influence of disappointments and insecurity in driving many bloggers to terminate their blogs within a year.
Fix Your Blogging Habits
l think that deleting your blog to create a new one on the same topic is a big waste of time and energy. Don’t blame the blog title or bad luck for your blog’s failure; although I agree that these can be valid reasons, too. Creating a new blog every time you feel discouraged is not the answer. The solution is fixing your blogging habits.
Why should I fix my blogging habits, you ask? I’m not even getting paid, you say? If you’re not interested, then by all means, stop reading this post and carry on with your current blogging habits. But don’t complain when nobody’s reading your posts.
So what constitutes good blogging habits? I’m going to talk about that some other time, but I think that they’re different for each blogger. I suggest you start thinking what good blogging habits YOU want to adapt. For this post, I’ll focus on the benefits of good blogging habits.
6 Benefits of Good Blogging Habits
1. Regular Updates
Your blog is updated regularly, which means that there will be more content available to be indexed by search engines; which means MORE VISIBILITY!!! More posts also means that your readers will have more to read; which means that they spend a LONGER time on your blog.
2. Obtain Loyal Readers
You’ll steadily build loyal readership and, ultimately, great friends who encourage, motivate, and support your development as a blogger.
3. Improved Writing Skills
This goes without saying. How many times have you heard about this one? But it bears repeating. Unless you are 100% pure photoblogger or vlogger who don’t use the written word often, regular blogging plus good blogging habits WILL improve your writing skills. And of course, you will also learn by reading posts by other great bloggers who have far superior writing skills than you. I know because I learn a lot reading from great writers.
4. Quality Posts in Less Time
As you become used to writing for your blog, you’ll gradually find that you need less time to complete a polished post compared to when you first started blogging. I took an entire month to plan and outline everything in my blog before I even created it. I worked my ass off for the first 3 months of Fujinsei, writing posts like a madwoman. Afterwards, I found it easier to write posts compared to those first 3 months. Now I often have entire posts already written in my head, including the images, even before physically writing them. I rarely stare at a blank page now, and all I have to do is type because most of the time, I already know exactly what I’m going to write.
5. Informed With The Latest News
Good blogging doesn’t only mean good writing, but building good relationships with fellow bloggers. By taking the time to read posts by other bloggers, you’ll be updated and informed about the latest happenings within your area of interest. The most common is by reading your peers’ posts. But you know what? Once you become really great friends with other bloggers, sometimes you don’t have to take the effort of going to their blogs and reading their posts. Once you become really great friends with other bloggers, they’re the ones who are going to take the extra mile to inform you about the latest news. How cool is that? And yes, this kind of awesome, smart, and nice people still exist on the Internet. Suprise, surpise. So don’t ignore other bloggers. Befriend them, and then treasure the relationships you build with them.
6. Incredible Sense of Accomplishment
Blogging can be one of the loneliest and most frustrating endeavours in this hyper-connected society that we live in today. However, if you successfully maintain a positive mindset, good blogging habits, and keep on building healthy relationships with other bloggers, blogging CAN feel damn rewarding. I’m not talking about material rewards. I’m talking about the delicious sense of accomplishment and pride you obtain by developing from a completely naive wannabe into a respectable blogger. Be proud! You worked hard to write those archive of posts. Remember the frustrating first blank page? You worked hard to steadily grow that follower list. Remember that you had zero? Never deny yourself that sense of accomplishment. You deserve it.
Of course, there are many other benefits of good blogging habits, but these 6 are the most important personally for me as a blogger. I dedicate this post to all beginning bloggers who are still finding their way in this vast and often scary blogosphere. I hope that you get to experience the sense of accomplishment and pride that I’m talking about and more. And as always, don’t forget to have fun.
That’s all for today, folks! Have a great weekend. Cheers!
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