Do you have a blogging routine?
You may write regular blog posts, but are there other tasks that you also do regularly?
I’ve always maintained that blogging is like running a business. And no matter what business you’re in, there are some exciting parts to your job, and some not-so-glamorous parts to it.
And, like any business, there are some necessary things to do, that your clients may never see you doing.
So it is with blogging. Writing articles is only one facet.
Why You Need A Blogging Routine
In the middle of 2010 I started working harder on my blog. But I didn’t write more articles.
I sat back and took some time to decide on some important priorities for the rest of the year, and then wrote out a to-do list that I followed for the rest of the year.
This list helped me focus on the important tasks that I needed to do, so when I was sitting down at my computer, I was focussed on doing the important tasks, not just the easy ones.
The list helped me prioritise the things I was doing, and helped me see exactly what I needed to do each day, week and month.
No matter how much time you have in your week to blog, you’ll be more effective if you have a clear list of the things you want to achieve, and a regular routine.
My Blogging Routine
I’ll be honest here – I’m not able to do these things every day, but I do try.
If I can allocate an hour a day, here are the key things I do:
- Make 3 forum posts. I’m over on Warrior Forum a lot, but I’ll also post on other forums. The aim here is to help other people out by providing an answer or comment of value, and to receive a backlink from my forum signature.
- Comment on at least 3 blogs. I’ve got a list of blogs that I like to read and comment on. I’ve set up a category in Google Reader called ‘Blogs to Comment On’ and all their RSS feeds go there. When I see there’s a new post, I’ll head over to their site and comment. This helps me build relationships with other bloggers, I also learn a lot from reading their articles, and it provides backlinks to my site.
- Use Tweet Adder. Part of my Twitter strategy is to use a program called Tweet Adder. Tweet Adder helps me manage my followers, un-follow people who don’t follow me, and search for new followers. Part of my daily blogging routine is to have Tweet Adder running in the background, helping me grow my Twitter followers.
- Interact on Twitter. I’ll spend around 15-30 minutes a day on Twitter, usually split between the start and end of the day. Using HootSuite I’ll re-tweet interesting tweets, thank people for re-tweeting my tweets and interact with people.
- Plan and write articles. I’m always on the lookout for new article ideas. If I’m not writing an article, I’m researching for future articles. As part of my daily routine I’ll spend some time writing or planning and article. Included in this time is guest-posting – I’ll either be planning a guest post or researching guest-post ideas.
That’s it – that’s my simple daily routine. I print out a small sheet that’s divided up into 7 days, and lists the three main tasks of forum commenting, blog commenting and article writing under each day. I put a tick in each day’s section for every comment I make, and a tick in the article section for every 15 minutes I spend on article writing. This sheet helps me focus on the key tasks that I have to do daily, and helps me see my progress.
Weekly and Monthly Tasks
There’s other tasks that I do as well as what I’ve described above.
- Planning and tracking my progress. Since my blog is all about turning your blog into a business, you’d expect me to do some planning. I break my long term goals down into manageable tasks that I fit into my week. Every month I review my progress to my goals and make adjustments where necessary.
- Learning more. There’s a stack of internet marketing courses and books available and it’s very easy to get sidetracked into trying to watch or read them all, without ever actually doing anything. For this reason I allocate some time to my personal development, but I make sure my daily tasks are done first. Right now I’m going through a new internet marketing course (more on this in future weeks) and I’m reading a couple of interesting business books.
- Other projects. I’ve got a couple of other projects on the go at the moment. I’m starting a niche site aimed at selling affiliate products. I’m also running a couple of Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns on Google. This week I also started planning my first e-book.
Your blogging routine will probably be a bit different to mine. You may have more (or less) time. You may have different goals and priorities. The purpose of this article is not for you to copy my routine, but to get you thinking about how you can become more focussed in the time that you allocate to your blog.
So what’s your blogging routine? What are the things that you view as being essential?
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