I’ve just realised that the last blog I wrote was on my birthday (the 4th January). Not a great start really given that one of my resolutions this year was to be more proactive with my social media and SEO.
I do find it hard though, getting into the whole writing thing and taking the time out to put pen to paper so to speak. So while looking into the specifics of writing a good blog (OK so maybe I’m over thinking this) I’ve come to realise that getting into the habit of writing one is pretty much like getting used to exercise and the same advice I would give to anyone looking to getting fit and healthy I can use myself in regards to writing blogs and doing tweets.
- Make it a Habit – Remove the thinking element. If you can make exercise a habit, then it becomes that much easier to go.
- Set Goals – Set weight-loss, fat loss or muscle gain goals. Set goals to beat your past records in distance ran, push-ups or chin-ups you can do or weight you can lift.
- Get Past Your Comfort Zone – Self-consciousness can be a big obstacle to enjoying your workout. The key is to get used to it.
- Experiment – Don’t stick with the same routine. Mix it up and try different activities. There are many different exercise routines you can follow or activities to try. If you don’t like lifting weights or running, try sports, martial arts or dancing. Assuming that exercise needs to be pumping iron or jogging may limit you from finding something you would truly enjoy.
- Music – This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but music can enhance a workout.
- Short Workouts – Don’t have time or enthusiasm to last an hour? Just go for twenty or thirty minutes. Shorter workouts can be better than longer ones if the intensity is higher and you become more focused as a result. After an hour or two of exercise your body starts to go into a state where more exercise can actually reduce physical improvements.
- Make Time – You can’t say you don’t have time to exercise. Exercise improves your energy levels and mood which makes you more productive than any time lost. Find your forty minutes somewhere in the day and make it a commitment. Get up a bit earlier and go in the morning. Or schedule it right after work before you settle down for the day. Once you make time and make it a habit, you’ll actually want to exercise instead of just feeling you should.
So going on the above fitness advice my goal now is to spend a short period of time each day dedicated to writing something no matter how bad it is in order to get into the habit of writing and experimenting with different topics of interest to me. And all of this is by definition of doing it will be taking me out of my comfort zone. Oh, and I will listen to music while writing.
Joking aside I do intend to get my rear in gear and follow the example of some other fitness sites that I really admire.You know the ones, they are regularly updated and are constantly tweeting….don’t worry I’m only jealous.
One of my favorites at the moment is www.fitness-fan.co.uk a fitness blog which describes itself as ‘…a new website dedicated to helping you get the most from your training…’ With blogs written by a group of experts involved in health and fitness it offers a wide range of current topics from a variety of perspectives. Well worth checking out
At the end of the day, I love reading other websites and blogs but I am often left saying to myself ‘I could have written that’. Well Mr Power, the proof is in the pudding (healthy pudding of course).