If you want to get paid to blog, that means you have to produce a lot of blog content. The more content you produce, the more money you can potentially make from a successful blog.
You might have heard the stats. Online publications that publish 16+ articles per month get about 3.5 times more traffic, and more content equals more brand awareness, too. But how do you convert that knowledge into tools for overcoming procrastination, and driving productivity? After all, it requires a lot of productivity skills to produce 16 articles per month for your blog, especially if your blog is something you’re working on in addition to another job.
Running your own content website, blog, online magazine, or content marketing business can be time consuming and a lucrative journey. If you’re a creative person with a gift for writing, the idea of being a professional blogger will surely appeal to you. Of course, like any career, earning an income from blogging has its challenges.
When you’re writing for a client, such as some big magazine or another paying company, you know exactly how much content you have to produce each week. You likely get paid enough to ensure you meet those deadlines.
When you’re writing as your own boss for your own blog, however, you might be less motivated if your blog isn’t making you any money yet. By producing content for your blog, you’re investing in yourself, but it’s tough to stay motivated. An additional challenge is that there’s no one hanging over your shoulder, reminding you about deadlines and pushing you to create posts within a certain time frame. You’re your own boss when it comes to writing content for your blog.
Producing enough content for a blog to get noticed is a lot of work. It’s possible, however, that with these productivity tips for bloggers, you can grow your blogging business in no time.
Here’s how to overcome some of the major writing and productivity challenges you might face when your income relies on your own self-motivation to write more content and be a more productive blogger:
Most bloggers working for themselves tend to work from home – it’s comfortable, convenient, and far more affordable than paying for your own office space. Unfortunately, being at home and working online puts you into a different mindset than you might have in a traditional workspace.
At home, you’re surrounded by temptations, from the television to your smartphone, and even your games console. Your couch might be calling your name, and as soon as you move to your couch, your instinct could be to turn on the TV. Your friends might be asking you to put your writing on hold, or you might find yourself dealing with personal issues when at home, like relationship problems, or anxiety.
The best way to deal with this bad habit is to find a way of separating work and life. Choose a spare room, or somewhere you can work from where you can close out the door, and the rest of your home. It could even be out on your solarium, balcony, or patio. Set a schedule for when you’re going to work each day and let your friends know not to disturb you during that time and remember to draw the line between life and work.
Time tends to get away from us all in the workplace, but it can be particularly difficult for creative people. When you’re halfway through writing a great blog, it can feel like the rest of the world disappears. You get lost in your own thoughts and take longer to finish the piece than usual.
Fortunately, you can address this problem by finding a better way to manage your time. Just because working from home allows you to be more flexible with your day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow a schedule. Make a to-do list or assign slots of time in your day to each part of the writing process, from research to writing and editing. Apps like Google calendar are great for time blocking.
Stick to your to-do list and time blocks as much as you can, but be mindful of whether you’re holding yourself to a busy schedule that you can’t reasonably manage.
Be honest with yourself when you’re biting off more than you can chew, and will ultimately let your clients down. It’s better to under-promise and over-deliver.
Writer’s block is part of every blogging journey. Even the most creative people don’t feel inspired all the time, or in the mood to write. From time to time, you’re going to feel like you have no new ideas or nothing interesting to write about. When this happens, it’s time to go to work on feeding your creative muscles.
One of the best strategies for dealing with writer’s block is to simply start typing. Start writing a story about something that has nothing to do with the blog you were going to create. Work on this idea until you feel your creativity starting to flow more freely, and then come back to your original project.
If writing yourself out of it doesn’t work, try other steps to refresh your mind, such as:
Distraction can happen in any job, but it’s particularly common when you’re sitting at home in front of a computer screen. Why? Because you’ve got a world of information to distract you at your fingertips. Even when you’re doing your best to stay focused, you’ve got emails popping up on the side of your screen and notifications buzzing on your phone.
While sometimes, you can move past distractions and carry on with your work, at other times, a single distraction is enough to lead to a day full of procrastination. For instance, you might notice a social media notification popping up on your screen, then spend a few hours responding to messages on social networking sites and looking at social media posts.
The easiest way to avoid distraction and procrastination in one go is to reduce your exposure to things that might steal your attention. Close the door to your office to block out the outside world and wear a pair of noise-canceling headphones while you write.
To blog effectively, turn off notifications (yes, all of them), and put your phone on silent. If it helps, you can even consider disconnecting from the internet when you write. You can always turn it back on later to double-check any facts you’ve included in your content.
These productivity tips for bloggers are sure to help you stay productive, meet your blogging goals, and put you on the road to being your own boss.
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