400th Post! (and 17 Tips for Writing 400 Blog Posts)

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Image of phrase 400 PostYep, you read that title correctly…this post marks the 400th post here on The Order Expert blog! It seems as if it were just yesterday that I was posting my 300th back in December.

Before going any further with today’s post, I want to take a moment to thank all of my blog subscribers, followers, readers, visitors, commenters, as well as all my social media followers on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn. Thank you to each and every one of you for reading, commenting and visiting the site. I’m honored to be a part of your life so you can better manage your energy, time and belongings. If there’s a subject I haven’t yet covered on the blog that you’d like to see in future please feel free to drop me a line here.

I also want to take a moment to thank all of my family and friends for supporting me in my blogging and professional endeavors. (You all know you are 🙂 ). You keep me inspired and motivated and provide me with such amazing encouragement, support and love each and every day. I cannot thank you enough for all that you do and I am truly fortunate to have you in my life. I know I’ve said it before, but it’s always worth saying again: thank you!

For today’s post I thought I’d do a list of seventeen tips that have helped me to write 400 blog posts. It’s only fitting the tips are organized into my favorite four blogging subjects: time management, productivity, organization and inspiration. Are you ready? Here we go!

17 Organized Tips for Getting to 400 Posts

Time Management

17. Set aside time to create content.

Hands down this is one of the best tips for anyone who wants to reach 400 posts. You absolutely have to take the time to sit down and create content…period!

16. Create content within a time limit.

Having the luxury of a lot of time to create a blog post can be both a blessing and a curse. While you have more time to rework and edit your material, there’s the risk that you’ll never finish your post in the end. Setting a time limit for content creation, be it a single post or many, forces you to get things done.

15. Set a regular blogging publishing schedule…and stick to it.

Whether you choose to blog every week, every other day or every month, just make sure you stick by your decision and make sure your posts are published on a regular basis.

14. Don’t underestimate time spent on blog management.

Besides creating content, there’s also uploading images, formatting text and moderating comments, among other items. Make sure to include this time in your blogging schedule as well.

Organization

13. Create an editorial calendar.

This helps you prepare for future posts and ensures you have a long-term view of your blogging.

12. Categorize and tag your posts appropriately.

I make it crystal clear what type of posts I have on my blog, such as “Organizing Tip” versus, say an entry in “The Hidden Power of Words” series. This not only helps visitors find information quickly, but helps me keep track of the types of posts I write.

11. Store information in a central location.

Have a regular place to store your ideas, drafts, images and other information. You’ll be referring to this information on a regular basis, so you’ll want to have either computer apps, software or folders to help you keep things organized.

10. Be flexible.

One of the keys to organization is that things will change over time. I’ve regularly updated and changed my blog categories, post types, formats and templates to make sure I keep things fresh and running smoothly for myself and my readers.

Productivity

9. Know how you work.

Do you like to post what’s you’ve just written or like to let it simmer on the back burner? I like to free write first and then edit. You might have a different way of doing things. Experiment and see how you work and make it your own.

8. Brainstorm on a regular basis.

I have a backlog of ideas for blog posts I’ve come up with, along with other ideas submitted by readers. It’s easier to keep the fires of a blog fueled with ideas generated from regular brainstorming sessions.

7. Update systems regularly.

This means keeping your computer and related operating systems, programs and apps up to date, as well as backed up. It’s far easier to work with the latest (and hopefully bug-free) versions than with slow, buggy and outdated software.

6. Have a way to catch ideas on the fly.

Ideas for blog posts will come at you from many different angles, so make sure you have a way to catch all of your different ideas whether you are at home or on the go, in a notebook or smart phone app.

Inspiration

5. Blog for yourself.

In other words, blogging should be enjoyable. Don’t worry about what others might think or what specific method you should take. Chances are someone out there will like what you post, so just do it!

4. Have a support system.

By far, the support from my family and friends has been a huge factor in keeping me going for 400 posts. Seek out people to support you, whether in person or through social media (i.e. blogging friends).

3. Practice makes perfect.

Well, very nearly so! The more you blog, the easier it becomes. If it seems difficult at first, just know that it gets easier.

2. Passion.

You must have passion for what you are writing/creating. Otherwise you won’t write or care to write four posts, let alone for 400.

1. Write 399 posts…and then write one more.

I know, this might seem a bit flaky for my last tip, but seriously speaking this is what it is all about. You have to keep working, doing the same thing you did the day before, the day before that and so on. You’ll accumulate great content with hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Now to you…Do you have any questions about blogging or how I blog? Let’s see if I can’t help you out. Leave a comment and join in the conversation!

 

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2 Responses

  1. Todd
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    Those are some really great suggestions, especially the ones in Time Management. I need to sit down soon and plan things out in terms of when, how often, and for how long I want to write. I finally at least created a blog site for myself, but I’ve still got a ways to go before I’m ready to go public. It will be a challenge for me to decide how prepared I need to be in general, and for a particular topic, before I write and publish, but these ideas should go a long way towards getting me there.

    • Rashelle
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      Thanks! Blogging does take a good amount of time and effort, but if you are interested in the subject matter and love creating content and interacting with people, I think it is wholly worthwhile. I do have one more point to make about posts and time spent creating them (I believe I mentioned it in my blog’s first birthday review here https://www.theorderexpert.com/2012/04/30/happy-birthday-today-is-the-order-expert-blogs-first-birthday/). The balance between posting something you’ve worked on for a long time versus something that took a comparatively shorter amount of time is an interesting one. Sometimes posts that took a long time to compose are not well received while other quickly written posts are well received. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I’ve found much success trying out different combinations of these posts with my readers. The best advice is to just jump in, post and see how things are received. Oh, and to have fun too. 🙂 Good luck and let us know how it goes!