I'm afraid I'm also far too easily swayed by inspiration and naturally have a hard time sticking to a regime of any sort, a discipline that I am fighting hard to instill.
Everytime I got a "brilliant" idea I used to put it on schedule as something I'd do but completely failed to deliver on. I stopped doing that because when you promise content to your followers it has to be there, complete absence of it makes your blog unreliable and a time waster.
So instead of completely getting rid of my blog schedule I put in an exit clause that says something to the effect: "This is my schedule that I more or less stick to." More or less being the operative words in case I catch anyone by surprise, such as today.
I am long-winded by nature and am drowning my own wordy posts so this is a great challenge to me too.
So if you're like me I suggest you focus on posting epic content. Your reader has to have a good reason to stay otherwise they might not come back.
You deliver good content on the regular everytime and they’ll think you’re hotter than the seventh circle of hell paved with the skulls of priests.
If you are not a regular blogger, say you go more than three days without posting, I suggest you post your schedule up on your sidebar so that your visitors know when to drop in..
Otherwise they may end up stopping since they keep visiting and seeing the same content.
This made blogging a great challenge in very little time because although I consider myself moderately creative, it is not on tap. I struggled with ideas to blog about and having a clever opinion about them. Don't pretend like you or people you know don't do that *chuckles*
It took a couple of months for me to realise blogging is about honing my own voice, NOT CREATING A NEW ONE.
Now that I think about it, I must have come of nasally, pretentious and quite possibly snobbish.
Be careful of trying too hard. Be true to who you are and a group of wonderful readers and bloggers out there will love you.
Back in the day (about three years ago at least) popular advise was that you should visit other people's blogs, leave thoughtful comments and they will visit back and comment.
This worked but is no longer necessarily as effective because there have been great advents in share features since then.
These days you dont get as many people commenting on the actual post but through whatever platform they came across it on, example Google+.
This means bloggers need different ways of getting readers to their blogs to keep and encourage momentum.
There are all sorts of *thingiemajigs* and services on the market to help you achieve this for a certain cost.
Personally I have found that the old idea behind commenting (paying attention to and helping others) principle still applies and is quite possibly the best, cheapest and simplest solution out there.
I now promote more of other people's content than my own and the pay off has been that hundreds of people whose blogs I have never visited now promote my blog and secondly, consider me an expert at something.....
To be honest with you what that something is I'm not quite sure of as yet but that's neither here nor there for now. I just continue to do what works and I love, and people seem to take to it and that's what matters to me.
So my advise to you is, promote other people's work more and people will love yours too.
Think of the writer who does nothing but punt their own books, most readers veer away from that writer, but imagine having other people punt your book. Completely different result.
You don't have to be on your social sites 24/7 doing this. There are helpful free services you can set up to do so and I've covered some here: Tweeting for Impact
Until next time,