Blogging with Discipline

Blogging with discipline doesn’t mean you have to blog every day or that you can’t ever take a break. It means blogging regularly–whatever that means for you. It means sitting down and trying to develop a blog post idea instead of waiting until a perfectly-written post is already floating around in your brain.

Blogging with discipline isn’t the only “right” way to blog. Some bloggers find that a less-structured schedule works well for them. But if the concept appeals to you, I invite you to join me. Blog with discipline…and be available for the inspiration, when it comes.

This is me! I like the structure of writing regular posts. I find daily and even weekly posts are better than trying to post once in awhile or a few times a week or anything else that leaves wiggle room. I am not the most organized and disciplined person. I’m easily distracted and get sidetracked all too quickly.

Although I use scheduled posts I still know I have to keep enough content going to make that schedule. One thing I like about writing for a blog/ site network is being accountable to stick to a schedule for posts too. You know you have readers expecting your content but the best situation is a writing network where the writers have a real community and THEY know your posting schedule too.

There are always going to be times when you have nothing to say. You’re just dry.

  • Quotations are good. You can find a quote that makes you laugh, makes you think or just amazes you. If you can find anything to add of your own, do so!. Although I have done so, it is not good to just post a quote and leave it there without any commentary from yourself.
  • Take a break from it. Come back when your mind isn’t pressured to write something. Go browsing online at other sites in your niche. See what topics others have been writing about. Anything you may have missed? Anything you can add your own slant, experience or information to?
  • Read other media, like the newspaper. Don’t get so caught up in your small corner of the world that you forget there is a lot out there, not all of it is online. Not all of it is even about blogging! Shocking, eh?
  • Brainstorm a list of topics you could write about. Don’t hold back. Write down stuff that seems stupid and offbeat even. Give yourself at least one minute to warm up. Once you start ideas tend to flow.
  • Best of all, keep an idea folder, stuff it full of things you want to write about, tidbits of ideas you get when you are doing something else, and stuff that has inspired you. Don’t rule out a topic just because your niche doesn’t directly relate to it. Think of a way that it does. Some really interesting posts have been created when someone combined unusual topics, giving new perspective to their topic.

Go forth and write. Let me know if you find blogging with discipline works for you too. (It work won’t for everyone).

10 thoughts on “Blogging with Discipline”

  1. You wrote: “keep an idea folder”. When I have ideas for posts, I tend to write them down and publish them in the future. This lets me get several days worth of blogging done and over with and let me concentrate on leaving comments instead of agonizing over “Ack! What am I going to post?”

    Quotes are good too.

  2. I also will forward date posts if I have a great idea. I won’t do 2 posts on 1 day so that helps. Since I have a book blog, I also post whenever I finish a book of any sort, that is my 1 hard core rule. Thanks for the post!

  3. Great thoughts. A Moleskine or other sketchbook becomes my folder. I used to do a lot more advance date posting but found that by the time I got to that date I was not thinking or feeling the same way.

    I’ve been blogging under one name or another since 2000. While that may sound impressive the reality is that there’s been a tonne of inconsistency. On the other hand even that hasn’t been as evil as it may sound because blogging has been a reflection of the seasons of life I’ve passed through, some full, some vacuous, some redirection.

    Most recently I find I want my posts to represent my life a bit more real time and it seems that each day presents something to me as “content.” I think the real secret for me has been that I have found my way, my voice if you will which is as much about drawing as it is writing and I’m finally comfortable with who I am period and therefore who I am in the blogging world.

    A happy IComLeavWe to you.

  4. This was the perfect post to find after a couple of very undisciplined weeks. While it is true that I’ve been busy in the “real” world, my mind refused to “come to the page.” Some days you just have to force the action of writing.
    I keep tons of different folders with tidbits in them, but tend to get such a big mess that I won’t deal with it. What I really need is someone standing over me with a whip … no, nothing kinky … just someone to whom I am accountable.
    You’ve inspired me. I must work on my topic list. Thank you!

  5. This is an awesome post! I often find myself with a bit of “blogger’s block,” so I just don’t post. Trying to wait until I have something big or super-meaningful to say just doesn’t work a lot of the time, as my life is largely drama-free at this moment. Thanks so much for this!

    Happy ICLW!

  6. I’m with Megan, it builds on itself and I enjoy it more that way. Rather than seeing the blog as an obligation, it’s more “ooh, I can’t wait to write that post.”

    I have idea post-its rather than an idea folder. I may need to improve my system, though, because right now I have one that says “same house laptop” which I know was for a great post but I have no clue what it was now.

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