7 Reasons Why You Should Develop a Serious Blogging Habit


There is a saying about luck, “You don't have good luck, you make it.” The same thing is true when it comes to inspiration, so how do you stay inspired? For me, inspiration, especially when it comes to blogging lies in habit.

This lesson about habits (and what happens when you fall out of a habit) really hit home this week. I've been on a blogging break for a two month maternity leave to have my first child.  While it's an exciting time for my new family, this break has shown me  just how much I relied on my daily habits to stay inspired. When I'm in my groove, I can whip out post ideas like there is no tomorrow, but today, sitting at the computer, it takes so much time to conjure up something.

Not practicing my daily habit of blogging has made me rusty.

But there is more than avoiding the “rust” when it comes to the blogging habit, it makes you a better blogger, here is why…

Practice makes perfect

It's an old saying, but it's true. There is no blogging school, there is no formula for the perfect post. You have to find what works, and how do you do that? Practice.  Honing in your skills through trial and error helps you develop your unique voice and a strong relationship with your readers. It also helps you understand what doesn't work. There is no better education than getting out there and doing it, so if your blogging is a habit, you're getting a lot of practice.

You know what's going on

Blink and you'll miss something on the internet. It's never been easier to fall out of touch with what's happening, the latest trends in blogging, in your niche, with your community, etc. Making a habit of staying in the know is a lot easier than catching up.

Getting started is a lot easier

One of the hardest parts of writing a post, is getting started. What do you write about? What do you say? Being in a habit makes these actions natural, almost automatic. Sometimes you don't need to over think your beginnings, you just need to do it. There is always room for rewriting later.

Consistency helps build a readership

As a reader, nothing is more frustrating than falling in love with a blog and not knowing when the next post is coming. If you're coming up with new, fresh content your readers will be more apt to subscribing, following, bookmarking, sharing with their friends, etc. Believe it or not, people love consistency (but not monotony). Show up regularly with something new for your readers and they will keep coming back.

You can't have writers block if you're on a roll…

When you're on a roll, inspiration flows… it doesn't happen ALL the time, but if you're in the habit of blogging and regularly writing, the chances of getting on that “roll” go up. The statistics are in your favor! (I don't have any studies to back that up, but it HAS to be true, right?)

You get faster

When  you are in the habit of blogging, many of the more mundane tasks become automatic. Elements you don't think about, ie, like how many of you have become faster at typing since you started spending all day at your computer? Have you ever took a break from Twitter, then come back to spend a weird amount of time thinking about what to tweet next? If it's a habit, and it's part of you, you just do it, you don't waste time over thinking the things that really don't need that much thought.

You don't wait for inspiration, you find it.

The beauty of making blogging a habit, is that you don't rely on that bit “ah ha” moment of what to blog about. You make a habit of being inspired by continually looking for new ideas to explore. Inspiration isn't magic, it comes to those who work for it, and anyone can do that.

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17 Responses

  1. Krystal

    These are some great tips. Over the course of the past few months i have found myself going into autopilot when it comes to small task i do on each post, like SEO and editing images. It becomes second nature after a while.

  2. Irma Guzman

    Great tips! Haven’t written in a while, now it’s time to get started … again! I have to make “blogging” one of my habits ..

  3. Micky

    I blog everyday about skincare and makeup, almost a year and a half now, well over 500 posts now. And I agree, inspiration comes when you “practice” it and develop a habit of NEEDING it often.

    • Sanam / A Chic Lifestyle

      wow, everyday!

      Is it easy to stay in this routine Micky, or did you really have to work on creating a regular blogging habit?

      For me, posting 3 times a week is about as much as I can handle haha – I feel the need to go over a post a bajillion times before feeling ready to publish.

      A Chic Lifestyle

  4. Aiko Miyoko

    Blogging definitely is something that becomes second nature in good time if a good practice is put in place. Completely agree. I think the hardest part is procrastination on when you should put together a good blogging habit and work on it.

  5. Laura Neuzeth

    Great tips! I’ve definitely noticed how natural blogging has become for me now that I’m posting Monday-Friday. Now I consider myself a blogging addict!

  6. Rebecca Sundvall

    So true. I always had a lack of inspiration when I didn’t have any consistency in my blogging habits. Now I know exactly how many posts per week I need to get out and therefore it’s so much easier to manage my posts and time!

  7. Odette

    I completely agree with this post, I’ve set a routine of writing my posts on Saturday or Sunday nights as well as using Hootsuite to schedule promo tweets and/or organise my old files on my pc and prep my old posts to be edited for search engine optimisation. I now find that I’ve been able to get more done and blogging regularly along with the seo changes has really been helping my stats.

    O so inspired

  8. Serious blogger

    Writing daily helps you to clear out your mind and acts as a meditation tactic. Blogging is even better as it is writing to the public. You will see that your ideas become more powerful when you share them with other people.
    Thanks for a nice read!

  9. Siu Tung

    I love your article! I believe when u start writing. And living with heart and soul, inspiration will appear whenever you need it!

  10. Anne the SpyGirl

    Great post! This is so true for any creative endeavor. Twyla Tharp wrote a great book called The Creative Habit. When something becomes a habit, you don’t have to think about it, you just do it.

  11. Michelle Turner

    Consistency is the best way to perfect any craft…and your SEO. With something as demanding as maintaining a personal brand, it is important to turn your passion into a habit without becoming discouraged. I love how this article encourages such goals.

  12. Maggie

    Funny coming across this in my twitter. I’ve had a blog for almost five years now, and I’m an NOW finding my groove when to post and such…

    Maggie A
    Love Mavin