5 Ways to Kick Off Your Blogging Week (Even When You’re Uninspired)

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It's Monday morning. Or Monday night. Whenever it is that you start your blogging. While authenticity is important to creating good content; consistent practice is essential to producing great content. Why? Because even if you don't produce great content every day, you'll need to have you skills sharp and ready for when that moment of inspiration hits you. Even if you don't feel like writing today, it's good just to write something… anything and maybe, just maybe that moment of inspiration will come to you once you start typing.

Don't know where to begin? Start with these five things.

Check your stats:

I'm not a big fan of checking your stats all that much, but it's good to know where you stand with your traffic and followers. How well did your posts do last week? What are your best posts? What posts fell flat with your readers? All good things to know looking ahead at what you want to focus your energies on for the coming week.

For more on checking stats, read this post: 7 Ways Analytics Can Build Engagement AND Traffic

Write out your editorial calendar:

Sometimes sitting at your computer not knowing what to write isn't because you're out of inspiration. Maybe it's the time of day when you not good at thinking. Brain slow. Maybe looking at all the chatter online will overwhelm your slow brain on a Monday morning because there is too much stuff to write about. It's a good time to open up your editorial calendar and start brainstorming ideas. If you have a list of potential posts, great, put them in your editorial and get to work. If not, well, brainstorm post ideas and get them on your editorial calendar stat.

Don't know how to create an editorial calendar? Read this post then! Establish Your Editorial Calendar 

Set your goals for the week:

Now that you know how you well/or not so well your stats were last week, and what you would like to post about this week, now's a good time to set your goals. Do you want to try a new type of post? Do you want to experiment with Ello? Do you want to try promoting your posts with Facebook Ads? Whatever your goals are, the beginning of the week is a good time to set them. Just be careful not to get too carried away. It can be demoralizing if you don't achieve ALL of your goals all the time. It's ok to make your goals as simple as, “Spend 30 minutes finding new friends on Twitter today.”

For more on setting goals, read: 6 Tips to Set Your Blog Goals – Then Achieve Them

Do a quick clean up on your blog:

Monday morning is not the time to do any major overhauls on your blog. But there are times when you can do a quick tweak here and there to improve things. Moderate all your comments. Go through your spam folder to see if any regular readers might be caught up in there. Check your home page for any broken images. Just small fixes. Nothing big.

Here's a great post on refreshing your blog in 10 minutes.

Write something. Anything:

Last but not least, now that you have all your “stuff” done, now to get to the meat of your practice. Write. Start writing a post, any post. It may publish today; it may not ever see the light of day, but whatever you do, just go ahead and write. It will get your creative juices flowing, and before you know it, you'll have a million ideas on what to post about!

Start your posting ritual, here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Develop a Serious Blogging Habit

Now, get to work!

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17 Responses

  1. CC

    This is so timely for me, as I’ve been struggling with finding the time to be consistent with my posting frequency. I will say that after having a much larger lag in between posts last week, I saw a very noticeable dip in my traffic. You don’t want all of your hard work over several months to be wiped out by one lapse in posting!
    http://www.enduringethereal.com

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  2. Anita (Life.Style.Fun.)

    Thanks for a reminder! I plan to write a new post everyday this working week. To get back in habit of regular blogging. And clean out the post I intended to write few months ago 😛

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  3. Manpreet

    The beginning of the post really caught my attention. Even if you don’t create great content in a day, you at least sharpen the skills. That is really important. You cannot expect every post of yours to go viral. Some people would like the post and some won’t. But that shouldnt stop you from doing what you are supposed to do – blog.
    So, one must go on and do it without worrying about results.
    And your points… All are good and must be tried. You just reminded me to prepare my editorial calendar. Yes, I have still not prepared it. Going to do it now. Thanks 🙂

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  4. Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    Great advice. Being an editor myself I can just support your idea of constantly writing. I choose not to focus on stats and number. Its just a number. Not a qualified statement from my point of view.

    Sabina OceanblueStyle

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  5. Aniqa

    Love this post! I pretty much clicked on every single link in this article so I have to read quite a few extra posts now. Really interesting and informative!

    aniqadreams.blogspot.com

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  6. Sandra

    Love the idea of writing an editiorial calender. I loosely write one for the month, but writing an editorial plan would actually make sure I do it.

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  7. SDBloggers

    The post is terrific and the way you organize the whole post is really appreciable.
    The post contains the whole aspects that is pretty enough to understand the topic.
    SDBloggers

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  8. Onianwah

    oh, thank you thank you thank you for this. I am usually stuck in a rut on Mondays and feel so lazy. I am REALLY looking into creating a content calendar. I love the idea and it just makes everything arranged and organised.

    Barbara
    http://www.barbara1923.com
    Lagos, Nigeria

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