Prior to Reverse the Crush, I used to write on a blog called dapperlifestyle, which no longer exists.
That said, I once posted about how many blog posts I’d have in total if I blogged everyday for the rest of my life.
Since that website no longer exists, I don’t know the exact math behind the numbers, nor am I able to share the link to the post.
However, in hindsight, that was an insane goal to have!
I mean, I didn’t account for vacations or the concept of quality over quantity.
Though, it did get me thinking about blogging hours and how long it would take to become a professional blogger based on the 10,000 hour rule.
According to Malcom Gladwell, Author and staff writer at the New Yorker since 1996, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something.
If you apply this concept to blogging, it works out like this:
Lets say you spend 8 hours working on your blog, 365 days a year:
8 x 365 = 2920 hours
10,000/2920 = 3.42 years
So, based on the 10,000 hour rule, even if you blogged for 8 hours a day, 365 days a year, it would still take you nearly 4 years to become an expert.
Based off those numbers, I think it’s fairly easy to assume that a minimum of 5 to 10 years effort is required to become successful at any craft.
To put it bluntly, you have to enjoy the process of improving at your craft—the goal should be focussed on getting better each day.
Now, I’m not proclaiming that I’m able to write a blog post per day, nor am I attempting to reach 10,000 hours of blogging in less than 4 years.
However, there is definitely a process to writing and publishing a blog post. Moreover, the first way to improve at something is to put fourth effort each and every day.
If you’re experiencing difficulty writing new content for your blog, here are 6 ways to write a blog post per day.
Go through your notes
Bloggers tend to be avid notetakers.
Although the majority of my notes end up being useless, there’s a gem idea for a blog post every once in a while.
If you don’t currently use your smartphone to jot down ideas for new blog posts, I would certainly recommend trying it.
It only requires a small commitment and will make blogging a lot easier.
Read other blogs
There are literally thousands of blog posts covering every niche you can think of nowadays. From my own experience, reading other blog posts is a fantastic way to motivate.
There are so many talented bloggers providing excellent information about almost any subject you can think of.
Go do something
Since blogging involves a lot of documenting, it’s a great way to open your mind and try new things.
Since I’m a blogger, when anticipating travelling, I get excited about all of the beautiful photography I can snap for the blog while I’m away.
Furthermore, new people, new scenery, exploring, or something out of routine—it all leads to more ideas.
Write the blog post you don’t want to write
Bloggers know what I’m talking about.
I would imagine that every blogger has a blog post they’re hesitant to write.
For whatever reason, it just sits in draft mode or remains only as an idea for a blog post you’d like to write.
Although I’ve been more focussed on updating older content lately, this blog post continues to act as a reminder to stop delaying ideas on the back burner.
Optimize an older blog post
Improving at writing and blogging doesn’t have to always come from new ideas—rewrite and update older blog posts.
When you do go back through your older content, you’ll be surprised by how much you’ve improved.
Read a book
Reading a book is a great way to prepare for writing a new blog post.
In fact, I just so happened to glance over my eighth grade report card the other day and was interested to read a comment left by my former English Teacher.
She said “Graham attempts to apply new skills to his writing. He is encouraged to continue reading novels over this summer“.
Frankly, I think her advice was spot on! Further, it’s as applicable then as it is today.
Nevertheless, at least I’m able to reflect back and work on blogging and personal development now.
Question: What is your process for writing a blog post? Do you publish the day of writing? Or do you write and pre-schedule your blog posts?
Updated April 16, 2017.