Even if you are an experienced blogger, you know that writing the actual posts can sometimes be the most overwhelming part of blogging! You sit down, all excited to get started and that white blank screen stares back at you and all the words go right out of your head! I find that pushing past that and just starting somewhere is the best thing to do!
Often, I write elsewhere and copy and paste it into my screen. I really love to write in notebooks and then just type it in later. No matter what tricks you find to help yourself get the words out, it is important that you blog and blog regularly! I use the word regularly instead of often because the key to a successful blog is not how much you post but rather how consistently. Figure out what works for your schedule and the message you are trying to send and then prepare yourself to write regularly. It could be daily, it could be weekly, it could be twice a week or twice a month. Decide, plan it out and do it!
Having a plan is especially important. Know what topics you are going to write about and jot those ideas down. It may even be helpful to keep a google doc or a notebook or even start lots of drafts to come back to when you are ready to flesh out the topic. Having these notes will do a great deal when you get that inevitable writer’s block!
One last thing I want to mention about blogging is the importance of using photos! Don’t expect to fill your blog with words and have people clamor to read it. Even if it is a family blog, you could lose readers to boredom. We live in a very image rich technology world where we have all come to expect lots of photos and images to tell us our stories! Hardly are we content to read pages and pages online of only words. Our attention spans just aren’t cut out for it! So use photos, use short paragraphs, bold a few things and you’ll be amazed at how many people will enjoy reading what you have to say!
If you are brand new to blogging and really are waiting to write that first post, here is a short, quick video that may help you out!
**Video is best viewed in full screen.