When I tell people I do my best writing beginning at 6 a.m., they look at me like I am nuts. I’m not a workaholic that can only find time at the crack of dawn.
It truly is my best writing time.
It’s when I get this magnetic pull to the keyboard.
It’s when I think of things to write.
I know that writing on an editorial calendar will provide structure and cohesiveness to your blog, but it doesn’t always provide creativity and inspiration.
I like having a list of topics to write about that match my niche, but I need to be able to choose.
My creativity is at it’s best early in the morning.
This, for me, is the best time to blog.
When you are refreshed.
When you have time and space to think.
When you feel inspired to write.
When you have less distractions.
When you can be in a creative setting.
When you most want to.
The “when” in all of these statements is probably different for everyone. I know many really creative people who can’t get started until after 10 p.m. And just like some people think I am nuts, I think these people are nuts. But, if you think about it, everyone else is asleep so they can finally get some alone time. Some space of their own.
You may be thinking that you have a life outside of your blog. You aren’t going to schedule that life around this one activity. And I do understand that. Especially if writing isn’t your passion or cathartic release.
If this is you, consider these tips:
- Find the time of day during your work hours that you can have the time and space to blog. If you don’t have one, you may have to schedule time and block it out in your calendar. The time needs to match the mood you need to write. I need energy. I need quiet. There are people I work with that can only be creative if there is noise. And they would choose to have someone talking to them through it all. You need to match the mood, environment, and energy level that inspires your best writing and try to create it during the work day.
- Write down ideas during your most creative time. If your best writing time is outside of work hours, even if you don’t want to use it for blogging, make sure you have a place to jot down the ideas that come to you. I can’t tell you how many great blog topics and headlines I have lost because I didn’t write them down.
- There is a website I started following 7-8 years ago called The Accidental Creative. The founder is Todd Henry and he writes and does podcasts about being creative on demand. Over the years he has provided many, many tips, but one that is relevant to everyone is to practice. The more we practice writing, the more our writing muscles are able to produce on demand…on a schedule. Some people write for a living or do other creative disciplines like graphic design or music. They don’t have the luxury of only working a couple of creative hours a day. They turn their creativity into a discipline.
Most of my day is spent with people. As a business coach, I am meeting with people all day long. This requires a different mode for me and because it is what I spend most of my time doing, I can now pretty much do it on demand.
Writing is different. I only spend a few hours a week doing it for work. Since I love it and it relaxes me, I don’t mind doing it early in the mornings at home or even on vacation.
It works for me.
Ultimately, your best blogging time needs to work for you.
It may take a little experimenting and practicing, but don’t give up. Try to find your best blogging zone and it will not only make it easier, it will improve the content.
What are other ways you can share that have helped you blog consistently with strong content?