If you're looking for a way to take your blogging to the next level, either on your niche blog or your freelance writer blog on your professional site, publishing more often is a good place to start.
That doesn't mean slacking off on quality of course, but more regular blog posts equal more chances to have your site found. That can lead to more freelance writing prospects knocking at your virtual door. It can mean more e-book sales if your blog is a promotional tool. Or it can mean more advertising revenue as you reach more readers.
How can you get into the habit of writing more blog content? How about starting with this blogging challenge:
Write 30 Blog Posts in 30 Days
The challenge itself is simple in nature. Write 30 blog posts over the course of 30 days.
You can post once daily for a month, or you can write several posts per day and take other days off in your 30 day challenge period.
You can post 30 times to a single blog, or split your posts up among several blogs.
And you can even count client blog posts in this challenge if you happen to be a freelance blogger.
How you choose to challenge yourself as a blogger is ultimately up to you.
Tips for Writing 30 Blog Posts in 30 Days
Having to write 30 blog posts over the course of a month might be significantly more blogging than you're used to. So here are some tips and things to keep in mind to make things easier:
- Vary your blog post length. Not everything needs to be (or should be) several thousand words long.
- Use task batching when possible, such as writing several short posts in one day or outlining all posts around the same time before diving into your drafts.
- Plan your post topics in advance so you aren't scrambling for blog post ideas at the last minute.
- Consider using Scrivener for blogging. It lets you keep all your posts together, as well as your research material, and you can write faster using MultiMarkdown.
Remember, these 30 blog posts don't all have to be published the same month you write them. Consider thinking longer-term to save yourself time later. For example, 30 posts might be enough to cover three or even six months of content on your professional blog. No one has to see the posts you write during this challenge until you're good and ready.
Free Blog Post Tracker
In addition to those tips, consider using my free 30 Blog Posts in 30 Days Tracker, created just for All Freelance Writing Readers. It will keep your organized, give you a place to plan out your blog topics or titles, and help you stay on task through this challenge. You can preview the tracker worksheet and find a link to the download page below.
Interested in other writing challenge trackers like this one? Find those and more in my collection of freelance writing resources.
This challenge was initially posted on August 2, 2014 in the now-retired freelance writing forum and has since been updated.