Eight Habits of a Successful Blogger

 

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1/ Posting Consistently. It doesn’t matter if your schedule is to post every day, or twice a week, as long as you remain consistent. Your readers will get into a rhythm and expect your posts.

2/ Managing Time Effectively. Blogging has a remarkable way of filling every hour available to the blogger. But we are all limited in some way – many of us have other jobs for example. So the effective blogger will make sure that the time available counts in producing effective action.

3/ Investing in Learning. The internet is such a fast moving environment that even the most successful bloggers are learning all the time. Each course or product you choose to buy should give you 2 or 3 things you will do differently that will create a gradual improvement.

4/ Using Tools to Streamline Processes. Tools like Livewriter, Gmail and Jing video capture can greatly improve your productivity, freeing up time to do the important stuff.

5/ Being Generous. Great bloggers give their time to other people, share their advice and free content with a large audience. Successful bloggers know that giving almost always gets back.

6/ Staying informed. Top bloggers know what their blogging colleagues are doing, know where the industry is headed, and have a good overview of world events. This habit helps inform your own writing and with social media interactions.

7/ Interacting Socially. You have to be able to master the skills of using social media to make it as a blogger now. Those skills include many of the above, but most importantly “giving” more than “selling.”

8/ Maintaining Persistent Focus. If you read the top blogs (and you should do!) you will see that day after day, year after year, the people running them provide great posts, consistently focused on their topic and consistently adding value to the whole blog. They don’t wander off down alleys, or constantly change direction.

I can think of at least a dozen more, can you? If so, let me know in comments – let’s start a debate going here.

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Great list Mike! You've hit

Jake's picture

Great list Mike! You've hit on some really good points. I know for me, managing my time can be a major pit fall. I over-do re-writes and I know it--an old habit from corporate writing days. So, to expand on your list I would add "Don't Overthink", meaning relax and let the thoughts flow. Some of my best-received posts have been when I've sat down with 'nothing really' to say and just let the post take it's course. In the same vein, I've toiled hours over posts to which the response was, "yeah. okay. whatever."

My #31DBBB list post contribution is http://jesamakateli.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/so-you-want-to-write-five-t...

Hi Jake Thanks for stopping

Hi Jake

Thanks for stopping by here. I agree, some of my best stuff has been done quickly and without too much thought or checking, usually when I feel strongly about something.

Mike

That's quite a challenge!

Chris Hinton's picture

Hi Mike,

Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment on http://www.geek-speak.co.uk/2009/04/5-tools-to-help-you-blog-better/

That's some list you've come up with, and I have to say I agree with it wholeheartedly. My problem is personal discipline, especially as I've just become a parent for the 2nd time so finding time to come up with fresh and consistent content is a challenge. Having said that, I recently launched a new blog and came to a decision early on: I would post regularly, but only weekly.

Many bloggers prefer a daily post but I simply found that unsustainable. I still had something to say, though, so I reduced the frequency whilst still keeping it regular. What it highlighted to me is that there are no hard and fast rules as regards the volume of content that's being produced, but I think you're right saying that readers will get into a rhythm and expect a certain regularity.

The rest of your list is spot on too, but the consistency is what leapt out for me :)

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Totally agree with you

Totally agree with you Chris, and I think you made a good decision to go weekly. I started out planning to do daily and soon failed. Fortunately as income from blogging has increased, I've been able to really reduce the hours I spend on my offline business, so I'm pretty much back to daily posts!

Mike

Focus

Lydia's picture

Focus, right, focus! But everything else is so shiny!

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Hehehe!

If stuff is too shiny, wear sunglasses Lydia!

Mike

I’m visiting from the 31

Laura's picture

I’m visiting from the 31 Day Better Blog Challenge. Thought I’d get a look at some of the other blogs and bloggers.

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delicate flower's picture

Hey, Just read your comment from Day 5 of blog tips.. You're not too far down on the list.. by the way, nice blog! df

Thanks Flower!

Thank you Flower! I had a look at your blog too. Deliciously different is how I would describe it!

Mike

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