Habits start with routines. Watch someone who smokes. There are steps. Deliberate things they must do to hit that first drag. Before you tap the publish button on your next post there are numerous steps that you’ll take.
Like anything you strive to do, let alone be good at, blogging requires effort. Posts require planning. In between posts, you are formulating what you are going to write about next. Writing your post means scheduling and setting aside the time to complete it. Your noodling continues until you finish and schedule your post to be published. And, truthfully, even afterwards. A writers work is never done.
One cool advantage of blogging is that you are free to write about whatever you want to write about, even if you have a niche blog. Yes, your niche topic should shape your primary content. However, that doesn’t mean you are limited in how you communicate and express your niche ideas. Don’t be afraid to approach your writing from different angles or perspectives.
Having a niche doesn’t mean you are confined to blogging about your primary topic. Be attentive to opportunities allowing you to stretch the boundaries of your blog to create a personalized blogosphere space that is a rich, deep, and broad mosaic.
For instance, faith and spiritually are the primary engines driving the majority of my content. My blog explores what it’s like to live by faith in the 21st century. I create posts that examine Scripture, offer prayers, and share my spiritual journey. I also write about addiction recovery and helping the homeless because I am a recovering addict and I minister to the homeless people living on the streets of Dallas. Faith is a theme that is woven into my posts that focus on a different main subject.
Naturally, the COVID 19 pandemic impacted my life as it did yours. At the beginning of the global crisis I started a daily devotional series called The COVID-19 Devotionals to offer hope and inspiration during a difficult time. This provided me an opportunity to broaden my reading audience by stretching the boundaries of my blog.
Your blog is your creative space. It is your platform for communicating ideas, sharing experiences, and cultivating community. My encouragement to you, my dear blogger, is to experiment and venture outside the box. Don’t be afraid to fail. If something doesn’t work you can always hit “delete.”
Thank you to all those bloggers who take time to comment and drop a word of encouragement in the comments section of each post. I am excited to see the audience for this blog continually growing. I am grateful for you doing your part by getting the word out and sharing my blog with your family, friends, and neighbors.
My the Lord shine His favor on you in the upcoming week.
The Devotional Guy™