You would never think that co-slaying cobras in the tropics would foster a prolific blogging spirit.
…death stared me in the eye.
Sinister eyes locked onto my face, bobbing left and right.
As I faced down a spitting cobra in Bali with the help of my fellow house sitters I knew it was going to be a long night.
2 dead chicks, 1 dead mama chicken and 1 dead cobra later, my adrenaline was running like me from Thai lady boy prostitutes at 6 AM.
Next morning I was up at 5 AM to walk the dogs whom we cared for.
An hour later I was digging *deep* holes to bury the chicks, the chicken and the spitting cobra on the property. Deep, because inquiring monitor lizard minds want to know:
“What type of rotting meat do you have on the premises, kind sir?”
10 minutes after I played blogging grave digger I was writing my 6,000 word eBook of the day.
Oh yeah, during this stretch in Bali I wrote and self-published one, 6,000 word eBook daily for 90 days in a row.
How to Become a Prolific Blogger
I’ve written and self-published eBooks , I’ve published over 1,000 guest posts and I have published hundreds of posts here on Blogging From Paradise.
The neat thing about being prolific: it is not about you but about your, readers, generous service and passion-fun-love well beyond your ego.
I am updating this post 4 years after the initial publish date. How did I keep blogging? More importantly, why did I keep blogging? I love this gig and enjoy helping you. Loving this gig simply energizes you for the long haul journey, empowering you to be creative no matter what. Blogging to serve shifts your focus from your problems, mental blocks and fears to helping other human beings.
When you are a prolific blogger you can deal with life intervening – whether helping kill spitting cobras and digging a 4 foot deep pit for burying the casualties of the spitting cobra’s intrusion or……dealing with a busy family life – and still churn out content like hot cakes.
When you’re prolific you have more fun blogging, serve more folks through blogging, increase blog traffic, increase blog profits and leave writer’s block behind for good.
Follow these tips to become a prolific blogger.
1: Blog Mainly for Fun
Blog mainly for fun. Watch those words flow from your noodle to fingers to laptop to WordPress backoffice. Figuring out how to become a prolific blogger gets easier if you blog holding a high energy intent.
Blog with love. Be prolific.
If you blog mainly to get you will tie some outcome to every blog post you write, creating an anchor-like heaviness which produces writer’s block.
I recall writing my first few guest posts about 46,000 years ago (I am pretty old). I checked my stats. No new email subscribers. Damn. So I stopped guest posting for weeks.
This move was about as intelligent as a stable boy (with hat worn slightly askance) who’d been kicked in the head 46 times by a mule.
But it shows you how blogging mainly to get (subscribers or traffic or money or whatever) creates heavy attachments to outcomes which drain you of your giving aka writing aka serving energy.
Pick a blogging niche that feels fun to you. Make sure blogging feels fun to you. As you practice writing daily (tip #2) you will become prolific.
Al Rubel Rana feels like he has immense passion for blogging about SEO and digital marketing. He publishes stellar content regularly because he genuine loves what he does. That’s the key; really loving what you do blogging-wise allows you to be prolific. Otherwise, you’d get bored and quit at the slightest sign of resistance.
2: Write 1000 Words Daily in a Word Document
Here is a really strange, foreign, quite alien concept to many bloggers: if you practice the skill known as writing you will become a prolific blogger.
Who’d a thunk it?
Most bloggers open up a Word document and practice writing in private as frequently as a vegan gorges until they puke at a Brazilian Steakhouse.
Write 1000 words daily in a Word document. Delete the document when you’re done. Detach from your writing, gain writing confidence and get clear as you allow your writing voice to surface.
Practice in quiet. Become prolific on a world stage.
Anil at Bloggers Passion has written a stupendous volume of words over the course of his blogging career. Whether online or offline, he became highly prolific in terms of writing in-depth, long-form, pillar-style resources routinely because he wrote, wrote then wrote some more for the past 15 years. Think of that number; 15 years of writing practice. How could he not be prolific?
3: Manage Your Energy
This is probably tip #1, after following your fun.
Writer’s block is the only concept that stops you from being a prolific blogger.
Writer’s block is fear.
Fear dissolves into love and fun.
Love and fun expands in your being – and fear dissolves – when you manage your energy through both morning rituals and regular energy checks throughout the day.
My current ritual:
- hop into an icy cold shower
- read one lesson from A Course in Miracles
- practice Kriya yoga
- practice yin yoga
I also jog or walk 10 miles every 2-3 days, take hourly breaks to check my energy and get about 8 hours of sleep nightly, with some light napping tossed in.
Manage your energy. Dissolve writer’s block. Become prolific.
Managing your energy challenges you. I cannot lie; raising my vibe through my daily energy management routine feels highly uncomfortable in moments. As I sweat it out here in tropical, steamy Panama, engaging in any form of yoga or jogging results in a roaring rapid level of sweating, within minutes. Every single upside of managing my energy seems worth temporary discomfort.
John at In The Loop Travel is serious about working out. He became a thriving travel blogger by working on his mind, body and by creating and connecting generously. There is something about exercising that raises your vibe enough to see over mental blocks, allowing you to become a prolific blogger. Circulate your energy to keep circulating blog post ideas.
4: Read Voraciously
Read like a raptor feasts on brontosaurus burgers.
Readers tend to be able to write their asses off because they never lack for creativity.
The act of reading regularly helps you to write regularly.
My faves; George R.R. Martin, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child and James Patterson.
Read fiction. Read non-fiction.
Become a reading machine to become a writing machine.
I read for at least 30-60 minutes daily. Leaders tend to be avid readers because as you learn so shall you teach. Prolific bloggers learn by reading then turn around and teach through new content. Publishing oodles of helpful, new content makes you a prolific blogger.
I read a quote a few moments ago. Some wise soul noted how smart people learn from everyone and everything around them, average people learn from their experience and stupid people have all the answers. Readers literally learn from everyone and everything around them. Prolific bloggers share what they learned through new content.
Lisa Sicard serves as a fabulous example for this reading, learning and sharing tip to become prolific. She routinely notes how keeping current with the online business world seems challenging but she reads, learns and shares quite quickly. Lisa publishes cutting edge content and regularly updates her old blog posts to be current. Why? She reads to be informed, publishes new content, updates old content and becomes more prolific in the process.
Check out Ash at Fetch Profits. How do you think he writes such detailed blog posts? Of course he reads a bunch, researches, does thorough due diligence and packages his new found knowledge into creative blog posts. Prolific bloggers need content ideas in mind to become prolific. Reading often is one way to supply your mind with content ideas.
5: Kick Da Block Babies to the Curb
Buh Bye, Block Babies.
Stop hanging with bloggers who regularly complain about being saddled down with writer’s block. The Block Babies.
Don’t allow their fears to infect your mind.
Hang with prolific bloggers. Feast off of their prolific energy.
Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Giving your attention and energy to prolific bloggers increases your prolific nature through osmosis. Sponge creativity from these folks. Learn their ways. Uncover their secrets.
Christopher Jan Benitez and Enstine Muki are two bloggers who come to mind when I ponder prolific folks. Follow them if you need inspiration to nudge out of your creative comfort zone. Both are also prolific guest posters, another key to increasing your prolific nature.
6: Guest Post Don’t Blow Out Your RSS
Typical newbie blogger mistake; they try to become prolific by writing 1, 2 or 5 posts daily on their own blog.
Being prolific by publishing only to your blog keeps you safe, cozy and secure in your little comfort zone.
You may feel kinda prolific but will never unearth the writer’s block feeding, prolific-strangling fears associated with being criticized and failing until you publish a decent volume of guest posts on blogs from your niche.
I’ve published a ton of posts daily between 2 of my old blogs in the past. Meh. Improved my writing skills a little bit.
But when I began writing 2-4 guest posts daily and submitted these suckers to a stable of respected blogging tips blogs I rooted out fears around failing and criticism that had prevented me from being prolific in the past.
Leave your comfort zone. Guest post extensively. You will become wildly prolific when you just know you can publish a guest post on virtually any blog in the world.
What tips can you add to this list?
How are you becoming a more prolific blogger?
11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Course
As you see from tips #1 and #3, managing your energy is a huge component to becoming prolific, as it is to building a successful, full time blogging career.
Fundamentals #1 and #2 of this course help you get your energy vibing higher to build a successful blog and to enjoy the ride.
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— PCPA (@P_C_P_A_) September 22, 2017
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