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Consistent Blogging Makes You A Better Blogger

You’re probably thinking, now that’s a dumb title, but I’m beginning to find out that it really is true. There isn’t anything that’s going to help you to be a better blogger than to, well, blog more.

Let me explain. I procrastinated about starting this blog because even though people told me I  needed to write my story, the whole thing looked like a Herculean task. All I could think of was, ‘what in the world am I going to write about?’ Those thoughts began to fade about 2 days into the process.

Once you actually start writing it’s amazing how quickly the ideas come. In fact the more you write, the more you feel like you need to write. You begin to see opportunities and ideas everywhere because so much of life is really about whether or not you are going to take action on something or just let it be. My wife and I talk a lot about business since we both work at home (Well sort of, my wife does have her own office) and nearly every conversation we have I think, ‘Hey, I could blog about that.’

Of course if you are going to be a blogger, then you need to be a blog reader. I just read a good book entitled, From Good To Greatby Jim Collins and in it he tells about the training regimen of six time Ironman Triathlon winner Dave Scott. Dave swam 2 miles, rode 75 miles on his bike and ran 17 miles every single day when he was training for the Ironman. That was his life! I’m sure he didn’t have much time to do anything else other than sleep and eat with a schedule like that.

That’s a pretty serious commitment and while most of us have lives other than blogging or affiliate marketing, there’s a lesson here. Dave won the Ironman 6 times because he engaged in a triathlon every day. If you are going to be a blogger or an affiliate marketer or both, you have to do it every day.

I learned something when I started my first serious blog. It was a blog on American Idol and I read somewhere how important it is to blog consistently for 30 days and you will be amazed at the results. I was amazed at the results. I of course started with zero traffic, but followed the principle of blogging every day and by day 18 had over 600 visitors and by day 30 had over 1,200 visitors. Unfortunately the blog wasn’t profitable because no one supported the advertising. However, I found the lesson of consistent blogging for the first 30 days to be true and I was on to something.

In fact, I don’t recommend even starting a blog now without making a commitment that you will blog every single day for 30 days straight without exception. You can write a few posts ahead and save them as drafts so you can take Sunday’s  or any other day off. Now, your blogging shouldn’t drop off to nothing after 30 days, but it would probably be okay to take a break for a couple of days or so. But then it’s back to work.

My wife and I have made a commitment to blog consistently starting with this blog and our Healthy Diet Podcast. We used to do a weekly podcast, but after nearly a year and a half of episodes we’ve pared the podcast down to once a month, but not the blogging.

I would venture to say that if you have a hard time being consistent in blogging, you either aren’t reading blogs enough or, this is so simple yet profound, you aren’t blogging enough. Writers write, that’s all there is to it.

Alan

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