Three Simple Tips to Give Your Blog More Life

by WordWelder

Blogging can take its toll on anyone. If your blog has been gathering cobwebs for a while, take a look at these ideas to help you revive it.

Blogging is easy, some say. It is not as easy as some may think, though. Writing can be taxing at the worst of times, and if you feel pressured to generate content day in and day out without finding some sort of inspiration, you might eventually fall into a rut.

Every blogger has gone through that period when there just seems to be nothing to say or share. The mere thought of composing a blog entry might be taxing in itself.

It is thus no wonder that so many blogs that used to provide great reading have become stagnant over the years. If you are in that situation, you have two choices.

Either you continue to leave your blog alone, or you do something about it. NOW.

Diving back into blogging does not have to be all that difficult, although you do need to exert a bit of effort. Here are three simple things you can do to get back in the game.

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Make a commitment to write more regularly

There really is nothing more to it. You need to take that step and make a commitment.

Now, it is easier said than done, of course, but once you get to the point where you absolutely are sure that you want to achieve things with your blog, you will make that commitment yourself. And that is the only way to do it. 

You cannot rely on outside forces to make that decision. The decision has to come from within you, so that you are accountable to yourself. It's a matter of will power and discipline, which are sometimes tricky. Still, if you really want to get going, you will have to draw deep within yourself and take the step.

My suggestion is to make a schedule that you can follow. Put it in your calendar. Say, you decide to write once a week. Once you have placed the agenda in your calendar, stick to it. After a while, it will become a habit.

Read like there's no tomorrow

If you have committed to blogging regularly, you just need some inspiration now and then. Of course, there are good days when you do not have to exert much effort. Inspiration will just hit you when you're not looking for it. Those are lucky days.

There are, however, many other days when, for the life of you, you may not find anything to write about. Even if you have committed 200 percent to writing regularly, what do you do when you can't find a topic?

That's where being a voracious reader brings about benefits.

There are many original ideas, sure, but many great ideas were borne out of reading or hearing other ideas from people.  You may be smart, but there will always be someone with ideas that will inspire you.

Here's an important thing: go out of your comfort zone. Don't be satisfied with reading your friends' Facebook links and statuses. Don't stick to sites and blogs that rehash news over and over again. Go for the longer articles that dig deep into issues. Read columns of respected journalists and bloggers who have insights you can ruminate over.

If you do this often, you will never run out of things to write about.

Open up to guest posts

You know that you do not have to do everything on your own, right? The same can be said of blogging. 

If you have not heard of it yet, there's this thing called guest posting. Many bloggers are engaging in this activity because it brings about many benefits, one of which is fresh content.

Of course, there will be times when you may not have anything to publish. If you are open to guest bloggers, you will have something to put up during those periods.

Some notes about guest blogging...

One, make sure you entertain high quality entries. Unfortunately, there are many guest bloggers that may not deliver good content. It is up to you to do the screening to ensure that your blog continues to provide content that your readers will want to read.

Two, give something in exchange. This will be arrange with the guest writers, of course, but one easy way is to offer a guest entry of your own as well.

Three, consider looking at a guest posting service. There are many sites that serve as venues for bloggers to get together for guest posting opportunities. Some are free, others charge a fee. The advantage is that you are able to expand your network.




These tips are very simple, and yet they can be very effective in making your blog come back to life. Just remember that you need to be committed, that you need to look for inspiration, and that you can open your blog up to others.

Good luck!

Updated: 09/11/2012, WordWelder
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dustytoes on 09/29/2012

One of the reasons I like blogging at WordPress is the ability to blog and schedule the posts to come out later on. Some days I really feel like blogging, so I do a bunch of posts all at once and get them out of the way.

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