How to Blog Consistently: 15 Tips to Stay At the Top Of Your Blogging Game

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You know how it goes. Most of what I write here comes from my personal experience. And in my experience, one of the most important things for a new blogger (and yes, much more important than the blogging platform, the perfect blog theme, or the prettiest logo) is to blog consistently and regularly.

And yes, there’s a difference between regular and consistent blogging.

In short, you have to figure out a blogging schedule and do your best to stick to that schedule (regularity). And you have to maintain your blogging tone, voice, niche, and quality at the same time (consistency.)

When I started my blog, I published a new blog post weekly for the first two years.

I eased up a little after that, but still, I try to either write a new post or update an old blog post pretty much every week.

But this also happens to be one of those things that many new bloggers struggle with. I get way more people concerned with finding the right blog theme or making that logo pixel-perfect than actually writing.

They’d literally do anything but write the damn blog posts!!!

I mean, you do realize that your blog posts are your main products, right?

A pretty theme or logo doesn’t get repeat readers or email list subscribers, nuh-uh. Your blog posts do!

But yeah, a solid base can definitely help motivate you to blog more. To that end, if your goal is to be a blogger who’s also a business owner (they’re known as content marketers), I recommend you start your blog on a self-hosted WordPress CMS. The Side Blogger, for example, is a WordPress blog hosted on SiteGround and uses the Astra theme and the Elementor page-builder plugin for a custom look.

On to blogging consistently now.

I’ve already said plenty about how to write an amazing blog post, so today, let’s talk about how to get into the habit of consistently writing and publishing blog posts, regularly.

So, without further ado:

15 Tips to Help You Blog Consistently and Regularly

The following are things I’ve learned along the way in my own blogging journey. You’ll find many common points between what I’m saying and what other veteran bloggers have said about regular and consistent blogging, and that’s because these tips actually work!

Also, for those of you thinking, “Oh, but we have AI now! I’m sure I can publish daily; no probs sweet hops!

Yeah. No. Use AI to assist with your research or even come up with talking points (Perplexity or Gemini do a pretty decent job), but having an AI assistant is one thing, and having your AI assistant do your job is another.

Remember, you’re the blogger. So you better write your own blog posts.

Google is smart, guys! It cares about E-E-A-T (Experience, Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness) and it can tell when your blog post is missing them (the vast majority of AI-written content generated with free tools fail on E-E-A-T quite miserably!)

With that out of the way, these are the 15 tips that should help you with regular, consistent blogging.

1. Write about things you know enough to write about

This works at a niche level when you’re planning your blog.

Instead of thinking, “I’m going to start a parenting blog because it’s lit! I’mma make so much money!!!” think, “OK, what are the topics that I have at least some decent knowledge in?” (I mean, I don’t have kids; imagine if I started a mommy blog because it was profitable… yeah, no.)

Picking a niche solely for money is the quickest route to failure. Please don’t do that. I’m not saying you have to be an expert on a topic from the get-go, but you should be knowledgeable enough to know where to start.

For example, when I started The Side Blogger, I didn’t know how to be a six-figure blogger. But I did know some things about blogging because I used to freelance as a web developer for bloggers, so I learned a thing or two. That helped me get started and once I started, I learned more while running this blog and I wrote about them as I learned.

When you know enough about your subject matter, it’s much easier (and quicker) to write high-quality blog posts about them, regularly, and consistently.

2. Write about things that you find exciting

So, let’s say you know more than one thing. Most of us fall into this category—we’re multi-talented 🙂 And that can make life difficult, especially if you’re trying to pick a blogging niche.

Sometimes you can bundle multiple niches under one umbrella niche. But other times they’re so different that you have to pick one over the other.

In such cases, pick the one that you find the most interesting. Trust me, you’ll want to write when you’re excited to write. Nobody enjoys writing about things they don’t want to.

For example, when I started blogging, I had many options.

One of those options was electrical engineering since I happen to be one (study tips, new technologies, how to look for jobs, how to prep for interviews, etc.), but I already spent so much of my time studying EE and then working as an EE that didn’t want to even blog about it. I do love a little variety, you know?

I could blog about web design and development, but honetly, it doesn’t excite me. I know a lot about it (taught myself how to code websites out of curiosity and even worked as a web developer for a startup right after college before landing that sweet EE job) but the idea of blogging about it was… I don’t know, it felt a bit meh. Now this here is the perfect example of when knowledge doesn’t align with excitement.

So, I picked blogging (the niche) because I was learning about it myself and was super interested in sharing everything I was learning.

And when you’re excited about a subject, writing about it is that much easier.

3. Figure out a blogging schedule

Having a blogging schedule is crucial for being a regular blogger.

You must find a schedule that works for you.

When I started The Side Blogger, I could only write one blog post per week. It was difficult (I’ve always been a slow writer), but doable. Now some of you may have time to write biweekly only, and others may be able to write multiple times a week! Each of us has a different pace at which we’re able to blog. So, pick a schedule that will work for you!

That said, I do recommend newbies try to publish at least once a week, biweekly if that’s too much, but preferably not at any slower frequency.

If it’s too difficult, you can always write several posts ahead of time before launch. And then, after the launch, you can publish those pre-written posts weekly or biweekly, while writing more for the future.

4. Gather blog post topics in advance

Another thing that helps is if you have several topics handy at all times. Don’t try to find a topic to write about the day before you’re supposed to publish your blog post.

Remember, writing a blog post is more than just writing. It requires research of your competitors (because you want your blog post to be better than theirs), editing, creating relevant graphics, sourcing images, and more.

If you have an idea of what you’ll be writing about, you can do all these different things much faster.

5. Write about the things that your audience wants from you

Speaking of topics, a great way to gather topic ideas is to figure out what your audience wants from you.

You can do that by looking at what your competitors are writing about. You can also use a tool like Ubersuggest, SpyFu, or SEMrush, to figure out which blog posts and topics in your niche get a lot of traffic (meaning, these are the topics people are searching for.)

I also use Google Keyword Planner to find topics with lots of searches to get blog post ideas (yeah, I use Google Keyword Planner for ideas and not necessarily keywords, LOL.)

6. Write about the things you want to write

Getting ideas from search traffic is great, but there are times when you may want to write about a topic simply because you want to, and not because others are writing about them.

For example, when I wrote about how I was making money by selling Canva templates, there was no competition. The keyword had no value and search was low. But I felt strongly about it. I talk about making money online, and here was something I was doing that was making me over a thousand bucks every month! So why wouldn’t I write about it?

Not only did I have fun writing about this topic, but eventually, it also became one of the most popular posts on my blog!

Sometimes you just gotta take a chance and do what you want, you know?

7. Create an editorial calendar

It’s good to know which topics you’ll be writing about ahead of time, but you can speed things up even more if you know when these posts will be published.

That’s what an editorial calendar is.

Map out which posts should go out when and you’ll be that much more prepared. Sometimes you can even plan certain blog posts to create a specific sequence that will be useful to your readers when published in a series.

For example, let’s say your niche is creative writing. If you don’t know, many creative writers participate in a thing called NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) every year in November. So, let’s assume that you want to prep your audience for NaNoWriMo in October with many resources and tips. So you break down all the stuff you want to teach in four different blog posts, and then you publish them one each week, chronologically.

8. Block out time for different tasks

I don’t know about you, but blogging can be, depending on the complexity of the topic, pretty taxing for me. So I like to divide it up into blocks:  a block for researching the post, a block (or multiple blocks) for writing, and sometimes blocks for making the accompanying material (images, graphics, screenshots, content upgrades, etc.)

I can write easier posts in one sitting, but posts such as the one where I write about how to make money with sponsored blog posts, or how to build an email list, took more time, so I had to finish them in multiple sittings.

9. Work in batches

If you have an editorial calendar and you like to finish multiple posts in advance, then you can take advantage of batching.

Batching is the act of grouping similar tasks.

So, for example, you can create all the featured images for multiple posts in one sitting. Similarly, you can create all infographics (if you use them) or screenshots in one sitting. You can also create Pinterest Pins and/or social media graphics for multiple posts in a batch. And so on.

10. Figure out if you’ll have a content upgrade

A content upgrade (a freebie that is relevant and attached to a certain blog post) is a great way to attract email list subscribers, and I highly recommend having them, when it makes sense to have them.

For example, a popular content upgrade on this blog is a media kit Canva template I give away for free when folks sign up for my newsletter via this blog post on how to design a media kit. It attracts a lot of new subscribers, which is always great!

If you decide to offer a content upgrade, you’ll need to block out extra time for creating these (they may be templates, checklists, workbooks, or anything that makes sense to give away for free.)

Note: If you want to learn more about building an email list with content upgrades and other list-building tips and tricks for bloggers, my Membership Vault has a dedicated course on this topic.

11. Start with an outline

An outline can help speed up the writing process significantly.

You see, writing a blog post isn’t enough. To get people to like what you write and benefit from it, you also have to consider the order in which you present each subtopic in a blog post.

If you’re thinking about the order at the same time you’re writing, you’ll be that much slower.

So, think about how you will order your talking points, and create the outline of your blog post before you start writing. Once you have the outline, it’s simply a matter of filling in the details.

But don’t be afraid to change the outline as needed. Different writers think differently (all of our brains are wired differently, after all). Some writers create an outline and they stick to it, others find the need to tweak things as they go.

Whichever category of writers you belong to (I belong to the latter category and often need to change my outline as I write—adding, removing, merging, and sometimes reordering the subtopics), it is always best to start with at least a rough outline. Your work will go much faster, I promise you that.

12. Write with just one reader in mind

Writing comes easier to me when I think about just one person. It doesn’t have to be a real person, though it can be.

For example, when I first started this blog, I used to imagine a woman named Natalie. She is a real person—my very first newsletter subscriber. (If you’re reading this, Natalie, you’ve helped me in more than one way throughout my blogging journey, even though you didn’t know this.)

Now, I do not know Natalie in person, of course, so I filled in the things I didn’t know with imaginary details (for example, I used to imagine a person who’s just starting to blog, who needs to know about this or that, etc.) But just by creating a persona and putting Natalie’s name to it, I was able to write as though I were writing for a friend!

And believe me, writing to a friend is so much easier than writing to “an ideal audience” of a few hundred or a few thousand people whom I do not even know!

13. Write in your own voice

Another trick to writing faster to keep up with your blogging schedule is to write in your own voice.

I don’t like the advice that often a lot of writers throw around (I may have done it myself in the past, apologies for that): “Write like you talk.

Bad advice.

If I wrote like I talk, you wouldn’t want to read a thing I write. Facts, guys. Simple facts.

But we all have a certain “voice,” or a certain “tone.” It has to do with our personality. Use it!

You don’t have to write the way you talk, but you should write in a voice that is unique to you. Not another blogger you’re trying to mimic. (Although mimicking is a great way to get better as a writer, eventually you’ll need to find, and then settle into, your own voice.)

14. Speed up editing with a grammar checker

Editing is a big part of writing and publishing.

If you’re like me and you hate this part, having a grammar checker tool like Grammarly or ProWritingAid is useful.

I use the free version of Grammarly and it is, in my opinion, sufficient.

You can also use the Hemingway App, which I used to use a lot when I was a beginner writer. It helped me craft easier sentences with fewer adverbs and fewer passive voices.

15. Have some easy topics you can whip up on a short notice

Finally, I think it helps when you have a list of easy-to-write topics on hand for those busy times.

For example, let’s say you’re on a weekly blogging schedule, and you’re falling behind (health, jobs, kids, etc.). So, instead of trying to half-ass an important blog post that requires time for researching, writing, and making supplemental material, you can just take one of those easy ideas and quickly publish a post so you do not miss a scheduled day.

However, I want to make an important point here.

Missing a week here or a week there in your blogging schedule is fine. Readers do not punish you for that. God knows I’ve missed plenty of weeks and I’m still here. This blog is still here and doing just fine.

So yeah, go easy on yourself. Missing a week or even two won’t matter much in the long run. Now, if you’re on a daily schedule, and you miss a whole week or two, then people might start getting worried (they’ll likely be more worried for your wellbeing rather than pissed that you’ve missed a few days), but yeah, in general, you do not need to take your blogging schedule that strictly.

There’s more to life than work. Your well-being matters far more than your blogging schedule.

And that is all, my friends 🙂

Hope these tips will help you become a more regular and consistent blogger. If you have some tips and tricks of your own, of any questions or comments, leave them below.

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