#1 Do More — Write Less
Sitting at the computer for hours on end doesn’t make for much real life experience. Usually the best writing comes from getting away from the keyboard and soaking up experiences and emotions and relationships.
#2 Schedule Writing
Although lately my writing has been fairly prolific, generally I am more consistent at blogging if I clearly define a posting schedule. That’s probably a personality issues, but given my propensity for note taking and organizing, without specifically outlining a blogging time or periodic goal, my time will ten to fill up with other scheduled events.
#3 Do Better Keyword Research
I know the ins and outs of keywords, but find the research tedious. I want to write about what I want to write about. But it would be grand if I took the time more often to find the overlap between what I want to write about and what people want to read.
#4 Improve Images
Writing, analyzing, coding, organizing — those are things I have expertise and interest in. Graphic arts and design are simply not my forte. So when it comes to creating eye-catching graphics, logos, clever site design, I’m just not there. I appreciate it when I see it, but I’m not really adept at creating eye candy.
Taking more time to create quality graphics would make my blogs more appealing.
#5 Update Site Design
While I love the Thesis Theme out of the box (I’m all about simple and clean design), the corollary to the above idea, is to take a hard look at the entire site design and layout and make it more attractive.
#6 Take Notes Everywhere
Blogging ideas come up at the most unexpected times. I might be out with the kids, watching a movie, at the grocery store, driving to a class, on a run, or in the shower. Having something to record those ideas — wherever I am — will keep those best ideas from being forgotten.
#7 Get More Sleep
I’ve been an insomniac since birth. Ask my parents if you think I’m exaggerating. While it allows me to get a lot done (thus the “super-charged” moniker), it isn’t good for my health, my mood, or my thinking skills.
If I could (a) find a way to go to sleep at a normal hour and (b) discipline myself to do it, I’d be a better blogger. And a better pretty much everything else, too.
#8 Focus on Goals
Creating very specific blogging goals is a great exercise, but really focusing on reaching those goals is something that can be elusive. Stepping back to remember the purpose of a blog, will help me tailor the posts, design, pages, graphics, links to meet that end.
#9 Wait to Publish
When a post idea comes, it’s easy to just let it pour out. The urge to post immediately is strong. Sometimes, however, it’s better to wait, to reread, to think some more. Even going back later to check through a post will reveal some problems you missed.
Waiting a few hours or even a few days to post could mean the difference between a high quality post and a mediocre one.
#10 Finish 31 dbbb
31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a huge undertaking. If you take each assignment seriously, it can take significant time and effort to complete. Sometimes that is discouraging. But I intend to push through and complete the entire course. I’ve already seen great benefits from following Rowse’s advice.
Have you found ways to improve your blogging and writing?