Last week we talked about the ideal posting frequency, and while that is different for every blogger, I promised to share tips this week about how to post more frequently on your blog.
If your goal is to start posting a bit more on your blog, then this post is for you!
Baby Steps – If you are struggling to get one post up every week, don’t expect to start posting daily by tomorrow. Take it slow. Add one post a week until you are able to do it with ease. Then add one more and keeping growing this way until you reach your ideal posting frequency.
Schedule – If you’ve been blogging for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that some days are easier than others to write. If you are able to knock out an extra post or two one day, don’t post them all at once! Instead, schedule the extras out according to your normal posting frequency. When you are a week or so ahead, then, start adding in an extra post or two each week. Working a week or more ahead of schedule can also help alleviate some of the stressful parts of blogging! I try to leave some room in my schedule for posts that need to be published immediately, sponsored posts or things that have to do with current events, but for regular posts I schedule them out as far as I can manage. The nice thing about scheduling is that you can always go in and change the schedule around if you want to post something else on a specific day.
So what specifically can you post to help boost the number of posts you are cranking out each week? Here are some ideas to get you started!
5 Minute Fridays – Every Friday Lisa Jo Baker hosts a super creative link up called five minute friday. She gives a 1-word writing prompt and every one writes a post inspired from the word. You are encouraged to just free-write for 5 minutes and then stop. No going back and editing or changing things. It’s a really fun writing exercise, it doesn’t take long to do and it brings in extra traffic from the link up! There’s a fabulous FMF community and even a twitter party on Thursday nights! When I need an extra post for the week, I join in FMF for a quick and fun post! A few of my favorites have been: Remember, Writer and Mess. It’s also always fun to see how different people all get something unique from one simple word!
Wordless Wednesdays – These can be kind of fun, share a photo from your day on your blog. I can never quite be “wordless” but it’s fun to share just a tiny peek into our daily lives in the middle of the more intricate posts. There are lots of Wordless Wednesday Link parties too! Here are a couple fun examples: Dishes, Am I crazy, the stairs.
Link Parties – Another way to get a quick post out each week is to start a link party. I will say, that link parties are so popular now, it’s hard to really stand out. Try to find a way to make your party unique! When I started my link party I chose the day of the week that I always got the least amount of traffic. It has really boosted my traffic on that day (Saturday) and given me one more post that I know I’ll have up each week. Instead of doing your average party with a specific theme, I put my own twist on linking up and asked participants to link up pins to their posts instead of their posts themselves. Then every one goes and re-pins for one another, so that more traffic ends up on every one’s sites! You can choose a unique way to link up like I did or come up with a unique theme for the party so that more people will want to come join in the fun! You can use sites like Inlinkz for the link party codes.
Series – Start a series! If you do an “on going” series you will always have an idea for a new post. I started my Confessions of an Imperfect Mother series over a year ago, and I still post a “Confession” every time I need something extra. It’s a reader-favorite because it’s such a fun topic, and I get inspiration for new posts in the series from my everyday imperfect life. Having a series like this can help you think of content for your blog faster, which means more frequent posts!
Carry a notebook – I know I talk about this a lot, but really! Carrying a notebook around means you can write posts (or at least ideas) in the school pick up line or while the kids play at the park, or…anywhere! Even if you just write down titles for future posts as they come to you, this can help when you are stuck trying to find inspiration for new content!
Which of these ideas do you think will work best for you? Do you have a tip you can share about how to post more frequently? Leave us your tips in the comments!