What To Do After Your Blog Is Finished

 

Yip, it’s that time!

Your blog is finished. Up and running. You have created your first post. Hopefully, you guys have hit the publish button.

If you haven’t, go ahead now.

We will wait for you ……………….fingers tapping.

All done? Great.

NEXT STEP

Our next step; bringing traffic to our website.

As awesome as this new blog may be to us we need others to visit and hopefully, they may like it here and stay.

And over time become loyal followers and supporters of our work.

But before we promote our blog, [yes, there is more], we need to get ourselves ready.

Just as we fixed and decorate our website the efforts we invested would not make any sense if we are not prepared ourselves for maximum progress.

After all, this is our business, we have supped-up our portfolio to online authorpreneurs and our hands are already half deep in the suds.

So on we go.

[a] First, we need to do some personal adjustments to our daily routine.

[b] The other thing we are going to address is the anatomy of a perfect blog.

Well, if not perfect, then at least a blog that people will enjoy reading and be willing to share.

I will break these two measures into two subsequent blog posts, starting with the Habits of a Successful Writer.

Some of these I could determine from my failure to succeed at my previous attempts to achieve my writing goals. And what I now know it takes to become a successful author.

So before we go ahead, ensure that your blog is operating smoothly, test your contact form. Ensure that your blog appears easily in the google search bar and other internet explorer browsers. Double-check your contact info. Ensure that your share buttons are working properly. I had someone check mines for me on their computer.

All done? Set for traffic? Is the website ready and waiting?

Let’s fix ourselves.

And we begin.

Write all the habits you have regarding your planned writing schedule, on any day. If you have one.

If your daily activities are done automatically and you are not too aware of them, you may need a day or two to record them for accurate evaluation.

Jut down on a file sheet or something long enough, everything that you do during your waking hours.

If you are like me, it would probably look like this.

4:30 am 5:30 am

Wake up 

Get out of bed

6:00 am

7:00 am

Prepare breakfast and lunch to go, for my son Prepare breakfast and lunch to go for my daughter
  7:15 am  Clear up breakfast stuff
8:00 to 10:00 am  Household chores/Have breakfast

10:30 am

11:00 am

Check in with other family members

Start laundry  

12:00 noonPrepare lunch while checking emails
1:00 pmDo dishes/ answer phone calls
1:30 pm  Finish laundry
3:00 pm 3:00 pm

Skim through Facebook groups, yahoo mail and twitter

Get drowsy

3:30 pm 4:00 pm

Cat nap

Visit mother

5:00 pm 5:30 pm

Pack clothes

Browse through kitchen Garden

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Browse through email, other websites

Pack away extra lunch, prepare items for the next day’s meals

Wallah! And that’s just half of my daily  hours I usually go to about 11.00 pm

I know for most of you the days are short and our daily chores and responsibility take forever to complete, but let me reassure you that some major adjustments should be done if we will succeed in our new venture as writers.

So, my suggestion is [and I will apply these myself], that we try to incorporate some recent writing habits into our daily routine.

To make things simpler, we can start from the time we have allotted to our writing.

For me, that is between 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm. One entire hour.

That is supposed to count. Right? Maybe!

I have been writing, and that is all. Hundreds of file sheets filled with handwritten words of prose. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature.

No one ever sees them, so there are no sales, no commission, no income from these manuscripts.

So, my first pleasant habit would be writing hundreds of pages of work.  

And the first terrible habit would be not seeking publication for what I wrote on those pages.

Another bad habit I possess is writing lots of pages on a topic in no consistent order, [as I jut down random thoughts as I do my housework] and it can take me hours to sort them out, to find exactly what I want to post.

 For instance, for this post alone I have nine file pages  [both sides], and I have transferred just two pages into this post.

Hundreds of words written and time allotted that are not useful at present.

Of course, I could use it on a later post, but I could have used that time to focus on editing my book or working on my Facebook group.

The future can take care of itself, that sort of thing.

Okay, now take a few minutes to write one habit that you believe is your stumbling block, your ticket to writers’ obscurity, and we will work on that later.

For now, let’s work on our already schedule writing period. And what we do with this income-generating time? And what we can do to make it more productive?

Consistent writing for one hour could produce about one thousand words according to your typing speed. And if you are unlike me in that, you don’t have a mixture of things going on when you write.

 For instance, writing and cooking dinner, writing and communicating with your family between paragraphs, you can get quite a few words on your screen or page.

Dedicate one hour to writing only.

Beginning with one hour a day dedicated to writing only; we can now form a habit to write and write alone.

Pushing the things that distract us during this time into the block of time behind this period, or the block before. That should be simple enough.

ANOTHER STEP

Remember, apart from daily writing we must now draft into our daily routine the other tasks essential to our writing success which includes;

  1. Daily checking and responding to our emails.
  2.  Gathering knowledge of what’s trending. [Following other bloggers and writers’ websites].
  3. Building your writers’ knowledge base, [learning about tools and programs for writers]
  4. Keeping up to date with your website and other programs.

To name a few. Make a list of your writing related tasks.

ANOTHER STEP

I order to incorporate our recent list into our already established daily schedule. It may be difficult to just change one listed task for another. So it may be best to shorten the time selected from a few tasks, and add our writing assignments in the now vacant blocks.

For instance

Watching television – usually for two hours.

 For our new schedule, we can work with this.

Watching television – one hour. Checking emails and other written forms of communicating –  one hour.

See how nicely that fits in. All you do is take the time away from one task and assign it to another.

You can do this adjustment, for every hour of leisure that you previously allowed yourself.

I am not saying to totally cut yourself off from your pleasures, you can do the adjustments within measures to accommodate a better, more workable schedule for your writing goals.

Sometimes your goal may just take two hours a day, and not watching television in the afternoon may do the trick for you.

And again, some days it’s okay to say I am not working today and spend some time with your family, {not too often though, then that will create an anti-progressive habit].

Just enough to get yourself relaxed for a bit.

Or when you reach that place at night when you have had enough, just put your stuff away, you can always continue later. This is your life you have to choose to be happy and comfortable in it.

The primary aim is to get the work done. And enjoy the process.

When I compare my journey as a writer with successful authors that have started together with me or some that came after, I realized that the prime factor that I lacked along the way was discipline.

Discipline to accomplish the task I have assigned myself too. But I change that now.

A POINT TO REMEMBER

Remember, in all that you are doing, keep writing!

We are writers; that’s what we do.

So did you come up with the main habit you believe is the roadblock or give help to the roadblock on your writer’s journey?

Write it down. Study it for a while.

Ask yourself, is this part or your life, important enough to lose your destiny, as a writer, over?

If asked this question during my housekeeping days while taking care of my five youngsters, my answer would have been ‘yes’.

And I fully understand if you reply yes to that last question.

But if you can’t go through the obstacle, can you at least try to go around it?

Seemingly endless nurturing and housekeeping tasks have shut down times. Children and the elderly fall asleep.

Can you then spare half an hour before going to bed to write those burning thoughts that had been running across your mind during the day?

Yes, it is half-hour of your rest time. But you will be happy later and the children will be grateful too.

Imagine all that goodies from Wallmart coming in for Christmas, purchased with your writer’s cheque.

And eventually, you get that rest that you desire. No book project lasts forever. It has to be over after the last chapter ends.

And with promotion, you can hire that nanny and take that needed vacation. I wish I had this advice when I first started twenty years ago.

My sixty thousand word novel would have been done by now.

At the end of this article, I have reached my one thousand word daily target.

Not too great for some, but for someone who could write prose effortlessly but struggles for an entire month with a blog post;that’s good enough for me. And I am sure I will get better as time goes on.

So, you keep pressing towards your mark. Do something every day.

Make it count.

Until next time.

Take care.

Denese

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