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 two days or so. It was a struggle to write that often. Then, after a year or so, I could 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 writer, 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.

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31 thoughts on “The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers

  1. As a semi new blogger, I wondered if there was a magical number of blogs that needs to be written per week? I have a few chronic illnesses, so I try my best to find energy to write(I know another excuse)but sometimes it’s not easy. So, I was wondering how many I should post. Thanks…

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    1. It depends. On how long your posts are, on the topics you write about. But it’s more about how many posts are you willing to publish. How much time do you want to invest in your blog? How much time spent writing? How much time spent editing? What about promoting?

      You can write a post a week, and a lot of extremely successful bloggers do just that; but you’ve got to publish one post every week, no matter what.

      It’s far more important to be consistent, and to release quality content, that it is to be prolific.

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  2. If I could write like Stephen King, I would write every day too! I agree that writing daily is good, though for some people it isn’t ideal. Most people aren’t blogging full-time – life has a way of getting between what you want to do and what you need to do.

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  3. I recently started my blog (about 2 months ago) and I post one story every week. Sometimes, I get writer’s block and barely manage to get anything done. Instead, I post two poems that week. Is it a bad thing that I change it up sometimes?

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  4. Thank you so much, a few days ago I was like, I am unable to blogging effectively, even I am running out of credits and I can’t take premiums for my site, and other problems is I am struggling with my englush too, however I am writing with a good hope and one day i will be a better version of me.

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  5. Christian, this is such a great post! 2 things: 1) I really think your five steps can be applied to anything we want to accomplish in life – No excuses, make a plan, learn everything you can, take one step at a time and do the work! 2) You went straight for the jugular with “What you do consistently is who you become.” Just the inspiration needed to squash that aspiring blogger’s/writer’s complacency!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen! I am glad you enjoyed this post.

      And, yes, I think those steps can be applied to anything we do in life. The recipe for success is surprisingly similar.

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  6. But also, your blog posts are mostly text with a stock photo or two, and about a topic you already know a lot about. It’s much different when you are working with brands, events, locations, etc, when you have to photograph a lot of things, prep those photos, upload and do the alt tags, etc. Plus adding authority links, doing research on the brand, etc.
    Nobody is cranking out 30 of those in a day. So how much you can publish really depends on the type of blog you are writing. Some posts are a little more labor-intensive.

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    1. That almost sounds like a dare. There are very few people in the world who can write as much as I can. Or as fast. About anything. Because this is what I’ve been doing daily for the past seven years.

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      1. I haven’t even looked into podcasting yet. I tried YouTube and that is a serious time pit! Ryan’s Toy Review makes it look so easy…lol. I have video ready right now that I should probably get around to editing…and then blogging about!

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  7. Great to see the emphasis on consistency here. I believe consistency is something of a superpower that can give you compounding returns if you stick to it long enough. Do you have some posts that describe how your habit of blogging consistently has compounded your influence over time? If not, it would be cool to see one 🙂

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