The Five Habits of Extremely Prolific Bloggers4 min read

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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  • Aashutosh jha

    Thank you for telling us these things. I am a new blogger in this blogging field and your post is very important for me.

  • Stardreams

    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…

    • Cristian Mihai

      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.

      • Stardreams

        Thank you, that is good to know. That’s my goal this year, to be more consistent.

  • amaranthineblogs

    well said…You are a big inspiration to people like me.
    Keep writing, keep inspiring 🙂

  • Lorne Anderson

    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.

  • booksforall93

    Thank you for this. I am a fairly new blogger, trying to figure out what is the best way of blogging but I just need to find my own pace. Thank you again.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you for reading. And for taking the time to comment.

      And, yes, figuring out your own pace, your own style, all of these things are important.

  • PJ

    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?

    • Cristian Mihai

      I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Sometimes changing the pace or the type of blog posts can actually help you gain more readers.

  • DreamChaser

    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.

  • KJ Smith

    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!!

    • Cristian Mihai

      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.

  • Candy Keane | Geek Mamas

    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.

    • Cristian Mihai

      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.

      • Candy Keane | Geek Mamas

        LOL! It’s the photo taking and editing that really eats into my time. Nobody mentioned that being a blogger sometimes includes being a photographer as well.

      • Cristian Mihai

        Sometimes being a blogger is about everything but blogging.

      • Candy Keane | Geek Mamas

        SO TRUE!! I actually have a draft blog post about that LOL

      • Stacey the Saver

        I looked into podcasting and that seemed like a huge time pit. I do agree with you around the photography.

      • Candy Keane | Geek Mamas

        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!

  • Nowhere Tribune

    30 posts a day? Wow! I’d be set for a few months. (Maybe that means I need to increase posting frequency.)

  • BrassMermaid

    I love that last statement, “What you do consistently is who you become.” That really resonates with me and I’ll be keeping it as one of my motivators. Thanks!! 👩🏻‍💻

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you! And that statement is true. All so true.

  • Stacey the Saver

    Persistence is key and don’t focus on numbers just content.

  • lizsfrugalfamilyfun

    Great article.. and inspiring.. do you keep up with social media for all of those blogs? That is the hard balance for me.. knowing what to spend time on.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Well, balance requires a lot of effort. That’s the point.

      And it’s a constant battle, like walking on tightrope.

  • Schalk

    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 🙂

    • Cristian Mihai

      Hmmm… I will be writing something like that. Interesting idea.

  • Simon Frédéric Bilaï

    Love this! I am a starting blogger and this give me the confidence and the steps to go further and improve my skills.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you, Simon! Appreciate you taking the time to read my blog posts!

  • Unchaptered

    A very motivational piece Cristian, thank you so much for sharing.

  • aayushisthought

    Thankyou for this motivating post…… I think it will work for me ….

  • celly1989

    This was an interesting read and I agree to some extent. I think another important factor for bloggers to understand is what is the real purpose of your blog, is it going to be a business where you will eventually make money from it or is it more therapeutic and you just enjoy publishing a post with your thoughts on a topic every week or two. I think the purpose of your blog can be a determining factor on how much pressure you put on yourself to post and how often.

    • Cristian Mihai

      Yes. You need a clear why. You need to know what you want, why you want it, and what price you are willing to pay for it.

  • Karma Eve

    What great advice and reminders! Thank you!

    • Cristian Mihai

      My pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

  • Rebecca Trotter

    Why did you start blogging, way back in April 2012?

    • Cristian Mihai

      Hi Rebecca,

      I had just self-published a novel, and I needed to find readers. Thought a blog was the best way to do so.

  • 'Desua Dewebi

    Thank you Cristian for such a timely post. I struggle with having enough to write about, by the way I blog about Canva and it’s awesomeness, I just seem to never believe a 300 word short tutorial is worth posting.
    thank you so much for sharing, I learnt a whole lot!

  • wanderlife

    Perfect 👍Just so realistic and true goals in life that matters !! And being disciplined and persistent certainly goes a long way achieving those 👌👌

    • Cristian Mihai

      Thank you! Yes. Discipline and perseverance are invaluable if one wants to be successful.

  • E. G. Bella

    Great reminders for someone somewhat new to blogging. Thank you for the post!

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