Blogging every single day can be quite challenging, especially when you’re just starting out, trying all sorts of new things, experimenting with different types of posts.
I remember quite clearly a time in my life where writing, editing, and publishing a blog post every single day was out of the question until I started slowly building momentum, developing the habit of sitting down and punching those damn keys every single day.
Now, I am able to write some 3-4 blog posts, about different topics, edit them, and share them on the web.
But the truth is that with daily content creation of any kind, it can be overwhelming when you’re regularly required to think of new, better ideas to explore. It can often feel like you’re not doing anything to improve.
I know I felt like nothing was changing until I realized just how much information I can punch into my damn computer screen.
So, yeah, here are a few ways that can help you create and publish a blog post every day without feeling like your brain is melting.
1. Spend your mornings wisely.
One thing I’ve noticed is that people are most creative in the morning and least creative in the afternoon.
That’s why I wake up at around 5-6 AM, reply to comments and e-mails, and get started on creating as much content as possible.
I do not feed my brain with any sort of information in the morning. This means no social media, no reading other people’s blog posts, nothing.
I write and I write and I write until I get at least one or two drafts done.
2. Focus on sticking to and finishing one task at a time.
Creative people are weird. They’ve got all sorts of ideas. All the freaking time. I know I do.
I have a phenomenal to-do list.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s what I have to do today:
- Write this blog post.
- Write a newsletter e-mail for my main blog.
- Write another blog post for my main blog.
- Write a blog post for irevuo.
- Add new prints for irevuo’s e-store. Update older products, add new images, search for mock-ups, work on those mock-ups…
- Work on new tutorials and e-courses for The Art of Blogging.
- Add more content to The Art of Blogging E-Book.
- Work on creating an e-course platform for my main blog. Add, revise, and improve upon the content already created there.
- Republish 3-4 blog posts on Medium.
Also, I have to reply to comments and e-mails. A lot of them. So…
The thing is, there’s a lot of folks who tell you it’s better to work for a little bit on one thing, and then when you get bored, you do a bit of something else…
The truth is that that’s just not how things work. Micro-managing time also means you’re far more likely for micro-waste it ( I think I just invented a word.). If all you do is spend ten minutes on this, fifteen on that, what’s it to you if you also waste 10 minutes on Instagram? After all… it’s no big deal.
I also think that it builds discipline to force yourself to stick to one task until completed. And you can use the excitement you have for what you have to do next to motivate you to complete the task at hand.
Like I am doing right now, because I can’t wait to finally work on working on my personal development platform.
3. Feed your brain.
I am now taking a rather industrial approach to this. I aimlessly surf the web for all sorts of information. Literally. I read almost everything about anything. I feed my brain with articles, podcasts, interviews, you name it.
I am not particularly looking for information, I’m just surfing the web… and I always get inspired.
4. Don’t try to be original.
This is an important one, and I think it’s something that often stifles one’s creativity.
The desire to be original.
No. There’s nothing new anymore. Everything’s been written about.
All you can do is feed your brain with a lot of information and share it in a way that adds to the conversation.
Write the same thing everyone’s been writing for thousands of years, but write it like yourself. That’s the most you can do. Believe me.
5. Don’t try to be perfect.
Perfection doesn’t exist. You can try to prove me wrong, and you’ll waste 80% of your time trying to be original and perfect and make everyone who’s got an Internet connection love you, but you’re going to fail.
Art is never finished. Only abandoned. I think Leonardo DaVinci said that.
A blog post is never perfect. You just let it go because you need to work on something else.
6. Punch the damn keys.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
The most important part of creating and publishing a blog post every single day is that you have to punch the damn keys.
I mean it.
Punch the damn keys.
Punch the damn keys as if you were going to die.
Better yet, punch them as if they’ve just told you that you’ve got 10 minutes to live.
You never, ever, ever run out of ideas.
That’s the funny thing about creativity: the more you use it, the more you have of it.
As much as blogging is an art, it’s also a habit. And habits are built not just by sheer will power, but also by realizing that sometimes you just have to work smart.