Make sure you scroll down, though. I don’t want you to miss the tips for blogging faster and better, that I promised you.
Updates are in pink:
- Continue with my 13-month Health Challenge. Read about that Here. We’ve come nearly to the end of the Treadmill challenge for me and Gene Lempp. We have two more days to go. I have 1 walk left to do to reach my32 walks in 60 days–that will be done tomorrow morning. Yesterday I posted new goals for the next 60 days in #Hotwriterbods Health Challenge. I met some goals but not all.
- Write on my projects – 4-5 days per week for a weekly total of 2,500 words. Again, I have not written that many days on my short stories, but I have completed my word count goal!
- Streamline my social media and support efforts so that I visit all my blogger friends and ROW80 friends over the course of each week. Tweeting, also, for my friends to help promote their work. Between my editorial plan for blogging, the tips I’m sharing below and adding Triberr to my plan, I have the streamlining nailed! I’ve also paid a little more attention on conversational tweeting and will continue to work on that.
Another successful week under my belt and I’m all smiles! Thanks for all your support! I hope your week went well. Please share with us in the comments.
If you haven’t tried a writing challenge before, ROW80 is not intimidating or full of pressure. It’s the challenge that knows you have a life. Set reasonable goals and work at meeting them each week. So many ROW80 veterans will tell you that they’ve learned a lot about themselves and the best methods they’ve found to get the job done.
Please check out ROW80 for yourself! Creator, Kait Nolan, offers a flexible, supportive atmosphere for meeting your writing goals. There are sooo many awesome people involved and they make it so much fun! Meet the Sponsors, too. They are the best cheerleaders you could ever hope to have.
Last week I promised you tips for writing blogs better and faster and here they are:
The Set Up:
1. Know the theme you’ll use each day you post. Don’t choose 5 topics that each require a lot of research. Balance is key. Choose 1 that reflects your writing, or at least relates to it. Choose 1 that is all you–your voice, your interests. Choose 1 that is easy and/or fun…links, videos, photos, music. See the sample calendar below.
2. Brainstorm daily topics for those themes. Use key words as prompts to come up with ideas then form a question for the keyword. For example–Keyword: showing love; Question: how many ways do you show you love someone? Pull together a month’s worth of topics from your keyword/question exercise.
3. Write them on a large calendar (desk calendar, or choose one online to use) assigning each one to a posting date. Try to stick to that schedule. Sometimes something else comes up and you have to make a change, but don’t let that throw you off. Adjust the schedule. When you’ve written a post complete with photos and links and scheduled it for the correct calendar date, check it off and mark it DONE.
4. If you’re a romance writer and you’re participating in ROW80, for example, your schedule could look like this. Sunday’s ROW80 post should take no more than half an hour to write. Monday’s post requires some research and may take several hours depending on the depth of the subject. Wednesday’s post is just for fun and will take only 30-45 minutes. Friday’s post is all you-your thoughts, a topic you know well and should only take you 60-90 minutes to write.
Book review 2
Inspiring quotes 4
Romantic gestures 6
|ROW80 8||Writing tips 9||10||Funny videos 11||12||Love & marriage 13||14|
|ROW80 15||Novel Excerpt 16||17||Favorite music 18||19||How to findMr. Right 20||21|
|ROW80 22||Book review 23||24||Photo gallery 25||26||The perfect date 27||28|
|ROW80 29||Self-pub tips 30|
1. If you’re writing 5 or more posts a week now, consider cutting back to 3-4, or less. When I was writing a minimum of 5 posts a week, my closest girlfriend-the only one who would be totally honest with me- said she couldn’t keep up with reading all of them. If some of my posts are just being skimmed or not read at all, why am I stressing out about writing so often. Consistency is more important than frequency.
2. Create a short outline for your longer posts so you don’t get stuck and waste time. Even a blog post has a beginning, a middle and an end.
3. Write the first draft of your longer posts fast…10-15 minutes, tops. Free writing helps you get your voice in the post. It will be easy to go back and revise later. If you find you just can’t get going on a particular topic, dump it. Don’t waste time trying to put together something that you just don’t care about.
4. Write efficiently. (Based on posting 3 times a week) 1 week before the new month begins, write all the posts for the 1st week. During week #1, create all the easy posts and one more for the coming week. This means you only have one post left to writer for week 2. It pumps you up because you can see all those dates checked off. feel proud. In week #2 write the remaining 1 post for that week and 2 for week #3.
Three weeks of posts DONE. In week #3, write the remaining 2 posts for week #4. The month is complete and you have week #4 free to get ahead on the coming month.
1. Most importantly, make sure your post content either informs, educates or entertains your readers. Obviously you want to write what will interest your readers. Write in your natural voice as if you are having a conversation with your reader. Readers want to get to know the writer and feel as though there is a connection. When they feel that, they come back over and over again.
2. Be a Link Queen…add links to your previously published posts that relate in some way to the new one. Try to incorporate a link to another bloggers post that relates to yours.
3. Headlines are the first important part of your post. They should be SEO friendly, as well as, make a reader feel they can’t resist reading your post. Lists, how-tos, shocking news, ‘do this before this happens’ are some of the most powerful. Take a lesson from the brilliant Chuck Wendig. He has a list of 25 things on several different topics and a huge readership.
4. Make sure your tags are also SEO friendly and that you use them carefully. They should tell the story of your post. Read this post at BlogSuccessJournal for a great explanation of tags–what to do and what not to do.
What blogging tips do you have to share? What part of blogging is tough for you? Don’t forget to share how your ROW80 goals are shaping up!