Most of the people reading this will be bloggers.
There are many reasons for people to blog. Some want to shout into empty space, some want to unload to a place where no one knows who they are, some just want to share their stories, but most of us want followers.
So why do we want followers?
For some people it may be affirmation that what they are saying is interesting. For others it may be a boost to their egos. Others are using their blog to promote or sell something. Some may be trying to launch a writing career. What ever your personal reason to blog, if you want followers then you have to get into the habit of blogging regularly.
I know. I started this blog about 18 months ago and I had this silly idea that if I blogged once a month or so, somehow, people would magically find me and my stuff and would all want to know what was coming next. Some did, and for that I am genuinely grateful, but numbers were low. In retrospect, that wasn’t really very surprising. Firstly, there just wasn’t enough material there for people to get what they needed from my blog. Secondly, how were they supposed to know it was there?
In August last year I set myself a little blogging challenge. I decided that I was going to blog every day for 90 days. I didn’t have a goal for how may new followers or likes I wanted. I just knew I wanted to start a new blogging habit of writing EVERY DAY.
To start with it was relatively easy. I was full of enthusiasm and ideas that came pouring out. About 3 weeks in it started to get a little harder. I struggled to think what I would write about, I was worried about repeating myself, I started to make excuses for why I shouldn’t complete my 90 days.
Then I made a plan.
I wrote down a little blogging plan. I thought about topics that I could add to each week. I thought about big ideas that could run and run. I thought about fun things that I liked writing about. All of a sudden I had mapped out the next couple of months topics and I was back to feeling excited about it.
I’m not saying I always stuck to the plan. Sometimes a new and exciting idea would come along or maybe something would happen in the news that inspired me, but I always had something to write about.
Before I knew it my 90 days were up, and do you know what I did to celebrate this milestone? I blogged about it!
Blogging had become my new habit and I enjoyed it.
This works for blogging, but it also works for any other thing you might be wanting to change in your life. What we do is generally a matter of habit. So whether you are trying to make new habits or change old ones, make a plan, make it achievable and get on with it. Before you now it, it will just be something you do.
Then you get to reap the rewards.
If your habits change your body you’ll see it, If they change your mind, you’ll feel it, and if they change your wealth you’ll notice it.
What habits do you want to make or break that will leave you feeling better for 2015?
Here are some ideas.
Diet – eat 7 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day
Exercise – 30 minutes a day
Meditation – meditate daily
Blogging – blog daily
Business – build your online profile
Relationships – speak to at least one friend a day
Partner – compliment your partner at least once a day
Mindfulness – practice being in the moment daily
Hobby – spend some time each week doing something you enjoy
Experiences – try something new every week
Learning – learn a new skill
Little changes make large differences – where do you want to be in 2016? What are you doing to get there?