If you are working to make blogging a full-time job for you, one worry that you may have is keeping your content and your brain fresh if you are clicking away at the keys everyday. Even if you are in the planning phase of your articles, being in from of the bright screen can really make your brain feel fried and your content may even feel repetitive without a refresh. This, in the end, will cause your audience to drop. Today, we will take a look at five ways you can ensure that your content stays fresh as a full-time writer, while also ensuring your brain stays awake and fresh as well.
Get Out of Your Computer
When you are in front of your computer for long periods of time, or even consistently when doing work, you will find yourself being restless and unable to truly focus on the work at hand. Instead, walk away from your computer and grab inspiration from what’s around you. This can mean always having a notepad with you to jot down ideas you have when they come to mind. You can also use it as a way of jotting down interviews and research notes. Going outside of your computer truly opens up your creativity.
Even when you eventually find yourself behind the computer, make use of the Pomodoro method. You can find various applications on it, but it mainly is working on a task for a set amount of time, and going for a timed break. This is repeated until your to-do list is accomplished. When put into a regimen, you are more likely to want to complete something before the clock runs out.
Spread Your Writing
When you are able to block your writing up into consumable pieces, you are able to look at your writing plan with a fresh set of eyes. You are able to spot mistakes in your plan, draft, or even final product. By splitting it up, you are able to feel less stressed about the writing process as a whole. When creating your editorial calendar, don’t simply input articles you want to write. Chop it up into tasks needed to create that article. Looking at the article as pieces of a whole will even push you to want to go above and beyond the plan.
Plan For Writer’s Block
When creating a writing plan, it is important to take into account the days when you will not be up for writing. You may not feel inspired or may even have writers block. These are the days when you may want to make use of an article bank, a file of time proof articles you write in your free time that can be utilized in times when you have a deadline you can’t meet. If you aren’t able to create an article bank, use the time of writers block to create mind maps to boost inspiration.
Optimize Your Tools
Downloading applications like Evernote and Dropbox will optimize being able to grab content that you see around the web and save it for later viewing or research material for your articles. RSS feeds can be a great way to ensure that the content sometimes comes to you for you to make use of for research. Browser plugins can also be a great help too. If you are a fashion blogger, for example, you can make use of Wanelo’s browser “+Post to Wanelo” feature that’ll allow you to tag great clothing pieces you see online into a Wanelo board. You can later grab the photos from the pinned post for your article.
Make It Personal
The easiest person for you to accurately talk about is yourself. Many times, starting an article off with a personal story can allow you to get a great jump start in the article. Being able to continually refer to the story is also a great way for you to get through the article. In the end, having the article story personally from your life separates your article from the rest because no one else will have that experience or story identically like you did.
Let us know in the comments below how you are working to ensure content stays fresh on your website.