The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

Every once in a while someone figures the following things out: just how many posts I write and publish across the blogs that I own and operate. And, inevitably, they send me a quick e-mail or comment on a post asking me just how do I manage to write that much.

Well, it’s all habit.

When I first started blogging back in April 2012, I could write a blog post every couple of day. It was a struggle to write that often. Then I could manage to blog every single day.

Now?

Some days, if I give up on other stuff, like eating too much, sleep, or friends, then I can write some 30 blog posts.  Granted, some are incredibly short, or visually oriented (sharing a video or a few photos), but it’s still time consuming.

So, yeah, if you want to know the traits/habits of extremely prolific bloggers, read on.

  1. They never make excuses

You can either have results or excuses. Never both.

The most important thing you can do as a blogger is to punch the damn keys. You need to write a lot — every day, if you can — in order to produce great content and become better.

So stop saying that it’s okay that you haven’t blogged for a week. It’s not okay. You’re not going to become a better blogger if you keep making excuses.

So plan on making writing a practice and shutting the door on excuses and justifications.

2. They set schedules/deadlines

For some people, setting aside one day a week and cranking out as many blog posts as they can is the way to go. For others, it works better to write at same time each day.

We all know our own personal rhythms, and when we’re most likely to be productive and clear-headed. You need to create a writing schedule that works with your personal peak productivity times.

Do not listen to generic advice that you should be writing several blog posts before breakfast. Or after. Or late at night. Or during lunch breaks.

Schedule your writing at a time that works for you.

Just don’t kid yourself into thinking that you will write when you’re in the mood to write. Part of taking our writing seriously is sitting down at the keyboard even when we’re not particularly inspired or energetic. If we develop a habit of waiting until we feel like writing, we may go weeks without creating anything.

3. They know that producers are also avid consumers

Believe it or not, but your brain needs food in order to create. It’s not just reading that makes you a better write, but it’s just fueling up with all other mediums: oftentimes my posts are inspired by song lyrics, or a movie scene, or something I heard in an interview.

Of course, like most things in life, it’s all about balance. Be mindful of the time you spend consuming information — blogs, social media, videos, podcasts and books. If you consume too much, you will have no time or energy left to create.

4. They know that little by little, a little becomes a lot

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the decision to take that first step.

Well, blog posts get written one word at a time. Can’t do it any other way.

So, even the most ambitious project gets done little by little.

It’s this process, this realization, that helps some bloggers be so prolific. They do not sit around, fantasizing about having finished writing this or that piece. They write, write, write.

One word after another is power.

Never forget that!

5. They are pros.

Here’s the thing: most professional writers will tell you that they sit at their desks and write. Whether they feel like it or not. Whether they’d much rather do something or not.

Stephen King famously remarked that he writes every single day, except for Christmas and on his birthday. And then he admitted that he had lied. He works every single day.

You have to show up. That’s all it takes.

It does not seem like the kind of advice aspiring bloggers want to read, and it’s certainly the kind of advice those who are struggling with creativity hate more than anything else.

But it’s true.

Writers write. Bloggers blog.

It’s that simple.

Yes, it’s not easy. But it’s that simple.


We all dream of becoming better, more efficient bloggers — and being aware of these simple differences between those who accomplish a lot and those who don’t can help you take great strides in getting there. Content creation will become easier the more you practice.

Keep in mind that excellence is not a singular act, but rather a habit.

What you do consistently is who you become.

Want to be a pro

You will have moments when phrases and paragraphs feel like they are flying from your fingertips like spun gold. Like the whole world is your own personal cheering section, urging you onward toward blogging greatness.

And in those moments, you will truly feel like a content creation superhero.

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20 thoughts on “The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

  1. “One word after another is power.” I love that. I’ve just gone almost a week without writing, my longest stretch, and I need to take your advice to not wait until the mood strikes me and to stop making excuses! I’m going to set aside some time for blogging each day to write no matter what mood I’m in. I love to write, and I figure as long as I’m creating content that I’m proud of, then that is success in my books no matter how many other people Like it. I’m enjoying your posts.

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  2. You are right on. Describes my journey between 2005 to 2010 doing an education blog in Canada. Went from doing a couple of posts a week to three a day. After 8 months I was the #1 blog on the narrow topic I was focusing on at 8000 views/mo. By the time I put it to bed after it was intentionally sabotaged by religious ideologues, it was at 100,000 views/mo. and 3500 posts. Volume and a few viral posts do wonders for a site.

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