We all make excuses every single day, to others as well as to ourselves. There was a time when I would make excuses for everything and blame anyone or anything in the process. Now, I have realized that deep down inside, it was only me finding a reason not to carry out a task, even if it was something I had a passion for. Writing!
Why do we make excuses? I have always loved writing, but why didn’t I start writing in my teens? I would always tell myself that I didn’t know what to write about. If I think about it, I could’ve written reviews on the books I was reading at the time. I would tell myself that everything else was more important in my life than writing, but I could’ve written a few more poems because I do have a flare for it. While I was pregnant, I could have written a book because I had all the time in the world, a working laptop and a very comfortable nine months but I chose to sit and watch television shows every evening from 5pm onwards.
After a while, I realized that I wasted a lot of time with the excuses. And, if I wanted to follow my passion, I had to stop making excuses and use my time efficiently, instead of justifying why I couldn’t do something. For example, my blog is around 5 years old and I understood why my website’s (Blogaberry) DA went down this year. Yes, there was the pandemic and the children were at home all day, but I am sure I could’ve made time to write for at least an hour every day, now couldn’t I?
So, in order to push myself to write, and increase my page views, I made a conscious effort to do the following:
CHOSE MY WORK SPACE: I noticed that because I sat out in the hall so that I could keep an eye on the kids as well as write, blogging barely happened. So, I chose one of the bedrooms to sit quietly and do my work. I placed a table and a comfortable back rest in order to avoid any aches and pains at the end of the day. Sometimes, body aches tend to become subconscious excuses to avoid working.
IDENTIFIED MY QUIET TIME: However disciplined your kids are outside the house, they are howler monkeys inside their den. I realized I was spending one full day to write one blog because I tried to re-read each line around 20 times as I was unable to concentrate. So, I chose my writing time to be during the day with my door shut and the kids out or while they are asleep. Now, I take only a couple of hours to write one post.
ACCEPTED GOOD GUEST POSTS: Guest posting was never thought of as an option before this month. So, I recently began hunting for people who needed a platform to showcase their work and did not have the time or resource to handle a whole website. When they share their work, it helps my website to reach a wider audience.
RESTARTED MY MAILING LIST: I have had a mailing list, with a mixed audience, for a long time now but I’ve barely used it. Now, I try to send an email every week or twice a month so that I do not flood inboxes. I want my audience to read what I write, not ignore the posts and trash them (though many may be doing so). Also, updating your mailing lists every 6 months is a good practice.
REGULARLY POSTED MY LINKS IN WHATSAPP GROUPS & BLOG PODS: There are several ways to get your blog out to family, friends and acquaintances. But, if you are part of WhatsApp groups, it is a great place to share some your work. I also joined blog pods where we share each other’s work, thereby giving each of our websites good publicity.
REGULARLY POSTED MY LINKS IN FB GROUPS & PINTEREST: Relevant Facebook groups are also a good platform to share your blog post links. Also, always make it a point to create a pinnable image (600 x 900 pixels or 735 x 1102 pixels which are both 2:3 ratio) for your blog post so that you can easily pin it to the fitting Pinterest boards. See mine here.
PARTICIPATED IN BLOG TRAINS & CHALLENGES: Blog trains help in interlinking your work with other bloggers and thereby giving your website a better exposure. Check out the 5 main reasons you SHOULD link out to other websites. Blog challenges, on the other hand, are meant to let you overcome the excuses you find not to blog. Here, you would have to publish a particular amount of posts during a given time and also read a fixed number of blogs allotted to you. One of those challenges are Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa where you will be writing and reading more than you did in the past few months.
ORGANIZED MY WORK: As it is almost impossible to do all of the above in a single day, it helps if you organize your work and allot different days for each task mentioned above. While I prefer sending out emails on Fridays, I save Saturdays or Mondays for sharing on social media. I have a list of the various FB groups I post in, categorized by their permissions and rules. This gives me a perspective of where I can and cannot post on a specific day.
I am honestly hoping that this also helps some of the other bloggers and writers, who are making excuses to put off writing for another day. While making excuses is pretty easy, taking up challenges and organizing myself gives me a different kind of rush because writing has always been my mojo. I am at peace while I write; a calmness that cannot be explained.
If writing is your mojo too, I hope the above pointers help you in taking your website to greater heights from today! All the best!
Right now, I am taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa. Keep reading, commenting and sharing the love.
Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :)
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