Creating content can be a real hurdle for bloggers. I enjoy writing, so it’s not a hurdle for me, but I have noticed something as I write, and it’s tip from diet and exercise which will help you with your own writing…
Blogs need content. While some blog models allow you to put up a defined amount of content and then leave it, the common blogging model is to keep providing new content. That’s what gives a visitor a reason to come *back* to your blog.
I see so many people say they are ‘scared’ or ‘worried’ about having to come up with new content. Well, there are several ways around this. I’ve written a series of articles on how you can use content that’s already *on* your blog, or use content written by other people
All well and good, but it really is ideal when you can come up with fresh new content all by yourself – not only does this obviously fuel your blog, that content can then be used in so many other ways as well.
More of that in other articles though, so what’s the tip I talk about in the title, to do with dieting and exercise…?
Well, it’s habit and momentum.
I’m not a massive fan of diets – I prefer sustainable healthy eating, and as raving chocoholic I know planning is needed.
I am a fan of exercise – I enjoy it and feel the benefit. The more I do it, the more I want to do it, and that leads into my point.
When you start a diet (or a healthy eating plan!) you begin to look at calories. Part of healthy eating can be as simple as calorie reduction, and you find yourself getting into the habit of noticing foods that have huge calorie numbers.
You can train yourself to eat less of these, and in time you mind less because you see the benefit of it in your body shape or health situation.
Linking this to exercise, you start to notice how many calories you are burning when you do it. This helps to provide incentive to do more, and also helps with the eating plan, because when you see those high calorie foods, you know the effort it will take to burn that number off.
There is the added benefit from exercise that it releases endorphins – you may feel tired or exhausted when you finish, but you feel *great* at the same time, and that’s the endorphins at work. That feel good factor keeps you coming back.
Plus, however hard your exercise was the first time, the second time it’s less hard, even if only slightly, and the next time it’s less hard still. You begin to look forward to that easiness, and the increase in ability.
It’s the same to a large extent with writing…
The more you do it, the more you get used to doing it. You see the benefits, and you enjoy the process. You get used to structuring your articles, and you get used to pacing your writing, meaning you know whereabouts you are in the article.
You get used to seeing new article ideas spring up in the middle of writing – you may find that each article you write gives you ideas for another 2, which you may not have got so easily otherwise.
Basically the whole process becomes something you are used to – it becomes a habit rather than a trial, a pleasure rather than a chore, and the momentum builds on itself as you see the benefits.
So, the process of writing can have benefits that I liken to diet and exercise – the more you do, the easier it gets and the results visibly build up.
That’s it for today – let me know what you think – I love the feedback!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S. Here’s another article you might enjoy – ‘How Great Titles Can Write Your Blog Content For You!