Been struggling for blogging inspiration? Lost your mojo? Are your efforts a little Wheaties instead of Fruit Loops?
Have I got the answer for you!
It’s called the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) and it’s running this month. The goal is to write a post every day in April.
No, I haven’t lost my mind.
It really will turn that frown upside down.
You see when you do something regularly it builds momentum. The fact that you’re in it with 700+ bloggers urging each other on doesn’t hurt either.
Still feeling a little overwhelmed or declared me seriously whacko?
What if I share seven never fail strategies to guarantee you’ll ace the UBC?
Got your attention?
Ok here they are…
Know Your Reader Avatar
An avatar is a graphical representation of a person or character. To write for your avatar you need to be able to answer…
Who are you writing for? What are their needs, wants and deepest, secret desires? What problems do they desperately want to overcome? Which words and phrases do they use?
Describe them in as much detail as possible. Give him or her a name.
Survey your readers to make sure you’re on the right track. If you’re like me you might even get your avatar’s image created through Fiverr.com.
The better you know your avatar the easier it will be to know what they’d like you to write.
Select A Theme
Choose a theme for the month.
You could share a recipe a day, a marketing tip, discuss a different aspect of graduate career development. There are a million different themes to choose from. Simply pick a theme your avatar would love to hear more about and get started.
The good ol’ mindmap… a long standing method of coercing the brain into devising a diagram of words, ideas and concepts around a central category. Mindmaps can be used to create a series of posts that lead into one another, encouraging the reader to keep visiting for the next instalment.
Mindmapping with pen and paper can be very therapeutic but if it’s not your style definitely check out the free, online tool Bubbl.us.
Before you start typing or recording your blog post always have a content outline. They’re fantastic for keeping your post on track rather than dilly, dallying around.
What is the key message you’re aiming to convey? What are the important aspects you need to discuss? Know the answers in advance. Even better, have several outlines ready to go for your next batch posting session.
When I mentioned the importance of momentum above I wasn’t kidding. Once you’ve got momentum it’s so much easier to keep going. That’s why you should definitely consider batch posting.
Research says that when we are distracted from or change tasks it takes twenty minutes to regain focus. If you are writing a post, change to finding images then hyperlink and publish before writing another post you’ve already lost a mountain of time.
Set dedicated time aside and crunch out as many posts as you can. You’ll be amazed at what you get done. (Oh, and you can thank me in your new spare time).
Headline Swipe Files
Rather than talk about swipe files have a look at => How to Create a Blog Post Title That Gets Serious Traffic [101 Ideas].
You never want to copy someone’s work but you can certainly be inspired by and apply a concept, idea or headline to your niche.
And just in case you feel 101 headlines won’t be enough here are 17 Crazy Places to Get Jaw Dropping Headline Ideas, and a further 512 blog post ideas.
Don’t think you have to create all content yourself from scratch. No, that doesn’t mean copy and paste slabs of other bloggers’ writing onto your website.
Content curation focuses on selecting the best information and resources available on a niche or industry and sharing it with your readers. The curator will often make a brief comment then link to the item discussed.
So How ‘Bout It?
Do you still think I’m nutty or has a glimmer of belief and expectation appeared within you?
Why not take action now?
If you read this post and thought ‘damn, why didn’t I see this earlier’ it’s not too late. Head to Ultimate Blog Challenge and sign up!
If you’ve been ‘around the block’ before why not share your best tip for rocking UBC in the comments and help out a newbie!