How’s everyone doing?
Recently a few of my friends have launched blogs, YouTube channels and other creative outlets and it’s so exciting to see! You guys know that I’m a huge advocate for starting something of your own and creating a space for yourself in this super saturated world. I still remember when I launched this site and how I was looking forward to documenting my journey and seeing my growth (if you’ve never read my first blog post, you might find it interesting… check it out). So naturally, most of them have asked me for advice about blogging and I keep finding myself repeating the same things around consistency. “Whatever you do, be consistent!” Honestly speaking I don’t always practice what I preach. Personally, I’d love to be more consistent (and I really am working on it all the time!). But I guess for me, the fact that this blog is even still standing 18 months later is a testament to the fact that consistency breeds rewards.
Let me tell you now… it isn’t easy to be consistent. It’s hard work and you really do need to be serious about your craft if you’re going to make it last. You’ve heard it time and time again but winners never quit and quitters never win. “So how can I become more consistent?” I hear you ask. Well… I believe that practice makes perfect. I too am still learning but from my personal experience, training my brain to be creative on a daily basis has massively helped me to be more consistent (in blogging specifically, but I believe this mentality could be extended to many crafts).
One method I’m currently trying and testing is writing in some capacity everyday. This doesn’t necessarily mean publishing a blog post or posting content for you guys to read everyday. It’s more just for myself, to force myself to write and not make excuses about “writer’s block” or it not being a good time. But what it does mean is generating ideas, scribbling down thoughts or planning for my blog etc. on a daily basis. How this manifests may vary from person to person but the end goal is to stimulate your mind and to slowly but surely form the habit of writing everyday i.e. consistently. Think about it… if your mind becomes accustomed to writing everyday for example, it won’t seem strenuous or out of the question to publicly post weekly or even eventually a few times in one week. It’s like endurance-training. (Feel free to replace “write” with whatever it is that you’re trying to improve instead).
When I tried to explain this consistency theory to my fiancé he said, “so the secret to consistency is to be consistent?” haha. The answer is no! I believe the secret to becoming more consistent is just to practice until the habit is formed. It’s okay to start small and work your way up too.
There are so many benefits to writing daily! Here are 3 key reasons:
1. You will become a better writer over time – sharpen your skills.
It’s true that in the beginning you might just write nonsense. It might not make sense. It might not be persuasive. It might not read well. But the more you do it, the better you’ll get at developing a voice and a style of writing. And also, having good writing skills is a very useful skill to have in general life let alone the blogosphere.
2. You will become more organised – free your mind of clutter.
I don’t know about you but I find writing so therapeutic and relaxing, especially when I have a lot on my mind. Writing is a proven way to organise your mind because it’s like you’re finally letting out emotions that you may ordinarily try to suppress and therefore not acknowledge or address properly.
3. You will build a loyal audience that cares about what you have to say – create a community!
Last but certainly not least is how writing online consistently can help you to grow an audience. As you share your mind regularly with your readers, the ones that keep coming back will become interested in you and may learn from what you share with them. As I said, this isn’t just for bloggers, this could be applied to many different businesses which revolve around communication and interaction between people with common interests.
That’s me done. I hope this post has been insightful for you guys. If you do decide to give it a try I’d love for you to let me know in the comments down below. You could write about absolutely anything to form the habit of consistency – your life, your fears, your friends and family, your project ideas, a summary of your day – anything.
What are your secrets to consistency?
God bless you!
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ — Luke 14:28-30