If you’re a blogger, you have undoubtedly asked yourself if daily blogging is something you should try. Will it increase the success of your blog? Will you get more traffic? Will you be happier with yourself, will your life be more fulfilling?
My honest answer is that yes, it does help. You will find many people that support this, because they have tried it themselves and know it works. Let’s take a look at how it helps, and why it is indeed something you should try.
How does daily blogging help?
Blogging, and writing on a daily basis in general, will help you in multiple ways. First and foremost, it will help you with your own personal development. From the obvious benefits, such as improving on your general writing skills, and teaching yourself discipline, to some less obvious things, such as increasing your motivation and your courage.
And, it should also be mentioned that it will also make a significant change to your website and its success. If you’re blogging daily, especially for an audience, there are benefits such as more traffic and a stronger presence. And there are the background stats of your website, such as the authority, SERPs, and the amount of valuable backlinks. These will also see improvements.
What are the personal benefits of writing daily?
Personal development in terms of writing is something that might come by itself as you write continuously for a period of time. However, why not shorten that period of time by writing daily? Why wait, when you can have it now? Let’s take a look at what writing daily can do for you personally.
It improves your writing skills
This is more or less obvious, but it is something that will come by itself when you write daily. You expand your vocabulary, you write faster, and you’re better at eliminating all the fluff and unnecessary things from your posts without needing to go back and re-edit everything.
It can make you smarter
Writing daily won’t just make you a better writer, or a better blogger. It will make you a better person overall. Above all, it makes you smarter. When you write, you’re forced to really think. Every day. To formulate and organize ideas in your mind. This increases cognitive activity, giving your brain a bit of everyday exercise that can make you feel sharper in other fields as well.
It increases your levels of self-discipline
Writing every day might seem like a daunting task. As you keep at it, though, you will find that it becomes easier because your discipline is improving, and you will find other things in your life that demand discipline to also become easier.
You become like a well-honed machine, performing tasks easily and accurately. A great feeling.
You find your inner voice
This is another important point in self-development. You will discover that unique “take” that will separate you from other voices that are out there. You will discover yourself.
When you write regularly, you find that part of you that helps others: the part that advises, coaches and even warns. You will use that voice to entertain, explain, and educate. And the more you find out how you can help people, the more you’ll write. The more you write, the larger your audience becomes, and you find that you’re helping and educating more and more people, and your audience just keeps getting broader. At this point, you aren’t just writing to check a box – but you have a genuine purpose.
It forces and unlocks your creativity
When you ask someone why they aren’t blogging daily, the most common excuse is that they can’t come up with things to write about daily. That task scares them, and it may very well be the sole reason why they don’t want to do it. However, dealing with it might be a key that unlocks great things.
The more you write, the more subjects you need to find. When you do it daily, you will start reaching your own limits, and then the fun starts. Now you need to start getting creative and thinking outside the box, reaching for new subjects that you couldn’t even think of before.
When you write a blog post, along the way you’ll find a few more topics to write about. By the time you’re done with the ideas you have at the moment, you’ll have come up with plenty more, enough to keep you busy, and your audience entertained, for a long time.
It will help you develop courage
Daily blogging, as weird as that may sound, will help you develop courage. Because as soon as you hit “publish”, you’re putting yourself out there. There might be mistakes, and things you’d wish you’d have written differently. But, do it right, and the point will get out there. And someone will very likely benefit from it.
Others might hate it, but that’s just what haters do. And you need to know how to deal with them. People will always have an opinion, and it will not necessarily be the one you’ve been hoping for. However, when you develop the courage to hit publish time and time again, even when you know what might be coming, that won’t be a problem.
You will remain motivated
Writing daily makes sure you put out more content. More content means more people see it, and you help and educate more people. In turn, this gets you feedback which, as mentioned above, is valuable and boosts your confidence, despite what haters might think about your blog posts.
This will keep you motivated. You will be motivated to write, you will be motivated to produce more, and better, content. You will be motivated to try new things. And it’s worth it.
But, what does writing daily do for your website and audience?
I know, I know. I said only seven benefits, not more. But the seven mentioned above are for your own personal good. What you’ll notice if you write daily is that your website will benefit too. Because, you not only want to be better yourself. You probably also want a bigger audience, a stronger presence, and a more valuable website.
- Traffic will increase. When you post daily, you will have more traffic. You will notice a significant increase in traffic. Blogging is the core of social media, and you should absolutely make use of that.
- It builds a community. When you have a blog post that someone likes, they’ll come back for more. If you continue to give them posts they like on a daily basis, they will have a reason to come back to your website, and share them with others.
- It boosts your presence. Your will find that your social media profiles also get a bit of love. When you’re present daily, you’ll build and expand your audience, and you’ll be able to change the minds of people who visit your site. Well, if they’re open to discussion, that is.
- Your site will be seen as more valuable. When you keep posting quality content on a daily basis (emphasis on quality), your readers have a reason to keep coming back. This doesn’t only help with SEO, but your website, and you as a writer, are held at much higher value in your audience’s minds.
- It builds your website’s authority. In other words, your website becomes more relevant and influential. When you post daily, more people visit your website, which improves your influence, and sends a message to search engines such as Google and Bing that you know what you’re doing.
- It helps with SERPs and backlinks. SERPs, or Search Engine Result Pages, are the pages that people see when they search for a specific term. Your goal is to be on the first page, and posting daily will help you with that. If you publish as often as possible, you get the most out of your SEO efforts. And, every new post is an opportunity for backlinks, which are essential for search engines. When you have a valuable site, you get more links from other sites, which helps with referral traffic, as well as SEO.
So, how do you write daily?
You will need to commit to writing daily. Yeah, I know, I’ve been talking about this for a while now, but my point is that you can’t afford to do it every other day, nor can you afford to miss a day. Give yourself a month, and write every day during that month. Being consistent is the only way to form a habit in your brain.
You’ll also need to set some time aside. Morning, as soon as possible, is a great idea if you don’t want things to get in your way. But if you’re a night owl, doing it at night is also a good idea, as long as you don’t fall asleep.
Starting small is still a start. You don’t have to write 2,000 words daily. You will get tired of it, and you won’t stick to the commitment. What’s important is to create the habit of writing, regardless of the word count. Once that is in place, you can write longer posts.
And last but not least, shut down any distractions. Distractions are a writer’s best friend, which is something you absolutely must resist. Anything that isn’t your writing tool – shut it down. Tabs, social media and e-mail programs are all things you don’t need. Just write.
Wrapping things up
Now that we have our conclusion that yes, it does help, are you going to commit to it? Do you want to see yourself improving as a person? Do you want to create self-discipline and be able to form habits? Do you want to see your site’s traffic and authority grow and grow?
It might seem like a hassle at first. You might think it is not worth it. But it doesn’t hurt to try. And once you commit to it, you will find that you like the benefits of it too much to stop it.