Image credit - dhester via Morguefile

It is somewhat ironic that I should be discussing regular blogging — an idea I’ve had for a while, and started several weeks ago — after a period of inactivity!

Some domestic upheaval got in the way of this and my next tranche of posts, but this gives me a nice angle from which to approach the topic. Just how can you keep a regular blogging schedule? It’s about routine.

Plan ahead – it’s vital that you know what you’re going to write about, and have at least a rough outline in advance. Multiple ideas would be good too, to keep the momentum going.

Write early, not late – if you’re blogging, the software you use should have scheduling. This enables you to write hours, days or even weeks and months in advance. Take advantage of time you have now, and schedule your blog posts — you might be busy later!

Set time aside – be aware of how long it takes to write a blog post. Don’t expect to be able to do it in a five minute gap.

Repeat daily – even if you’re not publishing the same day, make “blog writing time” a daily event. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. Well, same time, anyway.

Don’t let failure disrupt – my previous five posts here were written and/or scheduled in quick succession. Real life got in the way and stopped further posts for around ten days. I haven’t let that stop me permanently, however, and nor should you. Run out of time for one or more days? Just dust yourself down and try again!

One of the big problems of writing is fear of failure. There is no reason to accept this fear, however — reject it. Work around it. Ignore it. Fear is there to save your life, not stop you from expressing yourself.