On Blogging: Why it’s important to have a schedule

First of all, I should let you know it’s Blogging Weekend over on irevuo. Pretty interesting stuff, especially if you’re just starting out.

Anyway, I thought that I should write about blogging from a different perspective and post my thoughts on this blog too. For diversity’s sake. A more philosophical take. Or so it seems to me.

Well now, about the importance of having a schedule for your blog. Or, in other terms, why consistency is key. As a matter of fact, if I were to give you a piece of advice on blogging, writing, life, love, money, getting in top physical shape, or anything else, it would be this: it is more important to be consistent, and by definition, persistent, than it is to be anything else.

But, in case you’re curious, here’s why.

Blogging, just like any other endeavor, is not so much depended on the how ( this is what most people like to think it’s important) but rather on the why.

How relates to the tools and resources that you need (time, money, talent, readers, etc.) but your why is the reason you do what you do. It’s simply the thing that propels you forward. If you have a strong enough why, you are capable of overcoming any obstacle. If not, you could have all the resources, but still not do it.

It is the why not the how that determines how consistent you are. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it, which means that you won’t be reasonable and you’ll do things that most people think cannot be sustained.

That being said, I do believe that the vast majority of people are not going to become so obsessed with blogging from the very start that this will propel them until it becomes a habit.

Which takes me to my main point: you need to create a schedule in order for blogging to become a habit. The act of writing your post. doing the necessary research, interacting with your audience, and all that.

If all you can do is a post a month, that’s okay.

If all you can do is a post a day, that’s okay. Or two posts a day. Or whatever.

I am a big fan of simply putting a great volume of work out there, which increases the chances of being notices, but also improves your skill significantly, and it’s a great tool for those of us who have been born with patience deficiency. At the same time, I am well aware that it’s more important to develop a rhythm that can be sustained over long periods of time.

So you have to think how often can you post without going crazy. Or neglecting your family or job or both. You need to think real hard about it, because it is so damn important.

The other day I was talking about this exact topic with a friend of mine. And I said something about consistency, and why it’s so important, and I’d like to share that insight with you: imagine that your favorite TV show would air at a random hour, at a random day, on a different channel each week. And you would never know when or where it airs.

How much would this piss you off? Would you still watch it?

It’s the same for blogging.

Being consistent means being predictable. It means that your audience knows when to expect new content. It makes such a big difference. Predictable is not boring in this case, it’s good.

Because, you see, the neat psychological gimmick is that as you develop the habit of blogging according to a certain schedule, so do your readers develop the habit of visiting your blog according to this schedule to check out the new content.

There you have it, that’s why it’s important to be consistent.

Do let me know your thoughts on this, and whether you’d like me to write some more posts on blogging and stuff like that.

Cheers,

Cristian

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If you are interested in a one on one mentorship program on blogging, I do offer one here. It’s by no means a miracle, but it’s a good tool to get to know more about blogging and what to do and all that.

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20 thoughts on “On Blogging: Why it’s important to have a schedule

  1. Hmmmm…. well you definitely hit on a good point with me. I have been just starting out for a few years now and this is the first year I have had what I thought was a good hit rate. I got some pretty bad reviews because of my content. but I am learning and negativity only spurs me onward and I am a novice at what I do. I have to go back and correct my stuff when I find a scripture that tells me I did a ‘no, no’ and I feel that making that a priority will be a big seller for me. Especially if I am eating humble pie. People love it when you eat humble pie. LOL. Anyway thanks a lot for the heads up on consistency. It is the one thing I have not yet perfected and also the main thing that I considered could be slowing down my progress. Its nice when someone actually addresses those things that already bother us but we haven’t figured out yet. Thanks Chris!

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  2. I agree, having a consistent schedule really helps. I find this to be a bit of a problem since while I love to write, have plenty of ideas, and lots of topics, i also have a work schedule that keeps getting changed, job hunting to do, a house to keep clean and errands to run. What I need is some clones lol.

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      • LOL. A job that pays money (even if not enough) is not an excuse. Trying to find a better paying job is also not an excuse. I like to buy things, your books look interesting, alas, I need a better paying job before I can afford to buy them (no, you are not charging too much; I am just that damn poor lol). I don’t consider that an excuse. Keeping ones’ living space clean and errands done because one lives by oneself with four cats, is not an excuse, it is a fact. I do it, or it does not get done. When it comes to priorities, the blog takes the last priority. It is not a source of income, it is something I enjoy doing. It will not clean my house, pay my bills, or go get cat food from the store so my cats get to eat, so it is a last priority.

        You have very different circumstances. They are not ones we share. That does not mean its right to refer to them as “excuses”. They might be if I was looking to become a professional blogger. Maybe someday that will become an option but right now….it is not. Not for me. I want a solid dependable income arriving on a regular schedule before I start looking to create more income from a blog. And I knew that before I ever started PMAF.

        ;)

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  3. Initially my ‘why’ was because all the writing advice said you needed to have a blog. I think in the 7 or 8 years I’ve had my blog, I’ve mentioned by book a half dozen times. I had retired for medical reasons, so my ‘why’ slowly changed that first year. I thought I should do one blog daily, but that didn’t always happen. The MG made me too tired to be bothered. I still read other blogs and gained a small following. I was home alone while my husband and son worked. My bloggers became friends and my ‘why’ changed to enjoyment.
    The only scheduled post I do is the Faith Filled Friday one. The others are hit or miss. I do have 3 major topics I like to cover: health, writing, and my Christian faith.
    Good post.

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  4. I post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, without fail. (Scheduling posts in advance helps.) I have become a much better blogger through self-imposed deadlines.

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  5. Incidentally, I thought about what you said. You should probably consider how you go about talking to people, because you can come across as a bit of a hard ass and I don’t really think that is your intent. The problem with sounding like a hard ass, intent or not, is that it can cause people to engage in something called “resistance”. People don’t really like being “told what to do”, I am sure you don’t either. That aside, I set a schedule for your “consistency” suggestion. I will write whenever I want and whenever I can, but publish on a separate schedule, 3 days a week.
    I think that should more than suffice, no?
    😉

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