I’m making it a point in 2017 to blog at least once a week – usually on Thursdays. And if you’re thinking, “you know, I should do more blogging, too,” then I have a few tips that may help.
First, inspiration comes at all times and places. I keep a list in my phone of article ideas. Then, when I’ve actually got the time to sit down and crank out a few hundred words, I’ve got my inspiration all queued up. Ideas come from everyplace – conversations with friends, something I’ve seen on TV, or something mentioned at a conference.
Second, set aside time. I usually set aside a couple of hours a month, although I’ll also dive into the blog in the “corners” of time, when I should probably be on Facebook or playing some online game instead. But an hour or two a month will get something in the blog, and so if that’s all I get in one month, that’s fine.
Third, schedule posts. When I do get a bigger block of time, I might get 3-4 articles queued up, and so I’ll schedule those (using WordPress.com) to appear over the course of a few weeks or whatever. That way I can maintain a more consistent publishing cadence, even when my actual writing time is more fragmented.
And finally, as a bonus tip, stop thinking that you have nothing to contribute that anyone would want to read. Writing can be useful for you, even if nobody else finds it useful; a well-written article is a way of organizing your thoughts, and it helps your long-term memory retain information more easily and for longer. And there are billions of people on the planet – the idea that nobody will ever find use in your writings is just bullshit. You’ve learned things, you’ve conquered problems, and you’ve figured things out – and by not sharing those experiences, you’re just being selfish. 🙂
Time to start blogging!