Recently, I received a comment on one of my blog posts asking for some insight on how I started out as a blogger. The question went as follows:
Brandon, I liked the article. However, I’d like to know how you overcame the blogging challenges to be a consistent blogger. Hearing your personal experience relative to the topic is like a breath of fresh air and sets your blogs apart from the rest. What problems did you face when starting out this webpage/blog? Did you have to do a little self “reprogramming” to be consistent? Were there any tools you used that helped? Thanks.
He brought up some very important questions that each blogger must ask him/herself when they start out blogging. If you want to be an avid blogger and gain a following, you must know how to answer the questions he asked. When you first start out blogging, there are many challenges you will encounter. If you want to be a blogger, you must set your goals before you even start so you know the direction you plan to go.
How do you overcome blogging challenges to become a consistent blogger?
I have been blogging for the past two years off and on. I started out blogging when I was in the MBA program at the University of Nevada – Reno. At that time, I had to blog for a class I took from Bret L. Simmons. The blogs we wrote were responses to case studies and articles we read.
I posted blog posts as often as we were required to in the class. By the end of the class I had gotten a few followers for my blog. I then felt obligated to continue blogging. I wasn’t very consistent at that time though. I would blog for a few weeks and then miss a few or sometimes even a month. I was very sporatic.
Then in December 2010, I took another class from Bret Simmons. That class was a social media class aimed at creating your own profile. At that time, I decided I was going to focus on leadership because my following had grown some. I also really like talking about leadership. After the class got over I continued to blog off and on, but wasn’t as consistent as I should have been.
At the beginning of the year, I made a commitment to myself to stop doing the off and on posting. I decided I wasn’t going to do the off and on blogging approach anymore. I determined that I either was going to blog or I wasn’t. I felt like going back and forth all the time was either a waste of my time or a half-hearted approach to blogging. This approach wasn’t fair to myself or my readers.
That was the point that I decided that I would do my very best to be steady and consistent. Since that point, I have been very consistent and have only missed a few days of blogging.
I made blogging a part of my life to where I always make sure I get my blog posts in each day. If I don’t get my blog of the day posted, I feel like my day is unfinished. It is just as much as part of my everyday life as reading my scriptures.
I will write some additional posts over the next week to answer the remaining questions above. What are other challenges you have faced as you have started your blogs? If you aren’t blogging, what is holding you back? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!