3 Tips for Professional Bloggers to Write More, Write Better

Being a full-time professional blogger is no easy task.

Most of the people around us do not understand what we do.

It’s hard for my Dad to explain what I do to his friends.

Most of my uncle’s sons and daughters are employed in “real” jobs.

For them, I am still someone who is dabbling with something new.

I don’t think I have a solution for that, and it’s OK.

They don’t need to know exactly what I do and how my business operates.

Apart from making others understand what we do for a living, we need to constantly fight to create an environment where we can thrive as a blogger.

Friends and family do not always understand the needs of a blogger to support us in our blogging journey.

So here are some tips from my experience on how to support and fuel yourself as a full time blogger.

1. Get into a Writing Routine

Habits make or break us.

We need to have a habit of writing regularly.

Writing is the primary, core income generating work that a blogger does.

There are a 1000 other things that determines blogging success, but the one common denominator of all bloggers is that – they write a lot.

They write regularly.

They put their writing into a routine.

Different routines work for different people.

If you are a morning person, wake up early everyday and write.

If you are a night owl, write after everyone has gone to bed.

Try to maintain a writing streak of writing 1,000 words a day, everyday.

It might look like a lot in the beginning, but over time it becomes very easy.

Once you find your unique voice and writing style, you will be able to keep the words flowing.

I usually write around 8-9 am on weekdays before my team members arrive at the office.

On weekends, I write during late afternoon or early in the evening.

You don’t always need an inspiration to write.

Just sit in front of a blank word doc and think about what to write.

You will just start writing.

Today I had no idea that I was about to write this article.

And then I thought, why not write about how to write.

And I just started writing.

This is a magical place of creativity.

Many authors, musicians and creative people agree that you just need to be the channel through which creativity flows.

I don’t know where the creativity comes from.

Some even claim that it comes from the “Universe” and from outside our bodies.

May be. Or Maybe not.

Maybe it’s just the power of the subconscious mind.

I honestly don’t know. But I feel it doesn’t matter.

Instead of trying to understand how it works, we just need to know and experience that it works and let it work for us.

So have a blogging routine works.

Every successful blogger can agree to that, and I can vouch for that.
Make a time for writing everyday, and write.

It’s OK if you make mistakes.

It’s OK if you don’t publish what you have written.

But write.

Write 1,000 words a day, everyday.

Experiment with different timings and see what works best for you.

Apart from having a regular writing routine, we also need to make sure that we have a good environment to write, which leads us to the next point…

2. Create Your Writing Cave

Create a cave for yourself where your writing can flourish.

Distractions are the No.1 killer of deep creative work.

I found out what works for me, and I write in my own cave.

You need to make your own cave based on what you have and what works for you.

For me, I need my room, where no one else can enter for a few hours.

I have my own room at my office, and that’s where I am writing now.

I like to write with amber lights on. I use white lights during meetings.

I like to write on Google Docs, so that I am sure that I have a real-time cloud back up.

I put my phone on flight mode when I am writing. I hate messages or calls when I am writing. I can’t afford to have that distraction.

And the timings of my routine makes sure that I don’t have any visitors at the door.

I like to hear music while I write. I have the “writing playlist”.

It has music without lyrics. That’s what works best for me.

I like to have a glass of water while I write. And I keep sipping it once in a while.
My pet dog Max is usually sleeping near me in the room somewhere.

That takes the loneliness away and he barks if someone is at the door, even before the ring the bell.

That calms down my lizard brain. Makes it feel safe.

There is a study that talks about children being in their best creative self when they feel safe at their home. When parents fight in front of a kid, the kid feels unsafe, and the kid’s mental resources are channeled towards staying safe than being creative.

Feeling safe in your physical environment is of the utmost importance if your creativity has to flow.

So your place needs to feel safe for you. And do anything that makes you feel safe. Even if it means keeping a pepper spray near your desk!

You need to find out what works for you, given your current circumstances.

If taking the laptop to the terrace works for you, do that. Some people feel safer in new environments. Some people feel safe in familiar environments.

If late night study room writing works for you, do that.

If writing notes on a notebook in a park works for you, do that.

If recording notes in an audio recording during your morning work works for you, do that. Then translate the writing.

The core of blogging lies in getting the ideas out of your brain, not the writing itself.

Just understand that different people thrive in different conditions and you need to figure out your fertile ground for creative work. It takes time and an openness to experiment.

3. Keep Feeding Your Brain

One of the most important needs of a professional blogger is a constant input of thoughts and ideas.

Ideas that are worth writing about is NOT going to come from your workplace, friends or family.

Friends and family is for unwinding after work. And take some pleasure in gossip and bitching about people and life! (Yes, it’s fine to do it once in a while).
New inputs will come from thought leaders. And to get input from thought leaders, there are certain sources, the usual suspects: books, audiobooks, courses, blogs and meetups.

Without inputs, there will not be any output.

Just like a chef needs ingredients to make a dish, bloggers need a constant input of ideas.

Many bloggers think that they need to come up with brand new ideas or they will just be rehashing what they have read in other places.

That’s not true.

If we keep reading, the way we perceive the content will be unique to us, based on our knowledge and life experience.

If I read something, then I write about it, it will always be mixed with my knowledge and experience – and my output is a unique value that I create for the world.

So find out what kind of input works for you.

I will tell you about what works for me…

Audio-books: I have an Audible subscription from Amazon and I keep hearing to new books while I am driving. Many times, one cannot enjoy music in a car because of the background noise from the road. Esp. in Bangalore traffic.

So listening to my favorite songs from the playlist or listening to radio is not my thing when I am driving. Instead, I listen to books.

Books: I have always been a voracious reader. I keep reading. And I found out that buying print versions of the books helps me read more than Kindle versions.

Print books have a unique feel to it and I will have one book visible to me all the time around me. It is easier to pick it up and start reading. There is less friction than reading a book from Kindle.

Interactions with People: I learn a lot from meeting and discussing with like minded people. I attend workshops, meetings, and use every opportunity to meet like minded people to get fresh ideas that can help me in my writing.

Online Courses & Workshop Recordings: I do not hesitate to invest in buying courses relevant to my industry and workshop recordings. Seminar and workshop recordings are one my best sources of learning because it gives me a feel of having attended the workshop in person than going through text or slide driven videos.

Specific Blogs: I read specific blogs in my industry. And I have a zero-tolerance policy for hyped up content. I DO NOT browse my twitter feed or Facebook feed. I feel that most of the posts that appear there are snacking type content that is popular with the masses but it doesn’t apply for me. Reading from specific sources help me get input on the latest ideas while books help me with more foundational knowledge and frameworks of thinking.

The type of input that you might need as a blogger will not be very different from my list. I like to make use of all the channels. Choose what works best for you.

All the best for being a better blogger!

Cheers,
Deepak Kanakaraju

115 thoughts on “3 Tips for Professional Bloggers to Write More, Write Better”

    • Hey Deepak, another rocking post.

      As you said, almost every successful online marketer writes a lot. From Yaro Starak to Pat Flynn to Derek Halpern, all of them write a lot and that’s the reason why they know how to sell with their content.

      Writing 1000 words every single day helps. Especially when you’re starting out as a new blogger, writing every single day can hone your writing. Always remember one thing that your 50th post will be definitely better than your first post.

      By keeping that in mind, write every day!

  1. Thank you so much for your valuable pro tips for us. I learned a lot from you sir, I’m always waiting for your mail because I will learn something new from it.
    Your courses also so good. Keep sharing valuable stuff for us.
    Once again thank you sir.

  2. Hello Sr,

    Apka Article Padkar Bahut Help Milli

    Mera Ek Question Hai

    Hm Apne Content Ko English me kese likhe Kyoki Agar Kisi Person Ko English nahi ati to vo kese likhe .

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  3. hello sir This post is great, thanks for sharing. I’m a content writer and I use these techniques (particularly point 2 and 3) but I often find that clients don’t like the personalised approach. But they always seem to prefer the more academic style which us frustrating to say the least. Anyone else find this?

  4. Actually I started writing again when I joined the 100 tips of blogging program. I’m working on stabilising it with a routine. I am so enlightened by this article. Thank you so much.

  5. Thanks for such a great post. I used to have problem making out time to write and I believe if I put this steps into practice it will yield good results. though just starting out. Thanks

  6. thank you for this great ideas shared deepak. i started this 1000 writing last month in 2017 and the 1st two in 2018. i have slack. i will pick it up using your idea of flexibility of period to write.
    please i need access to my 100 day blogging course 2017, i want to finish it up.

  7. By these tips, I now know the importance of being a prolific writer in order to be a successful blogger. Many thanks to you sir.

  8. Until I went through the 3-tips on better blogging given to the readers by you, it’s all a state of uncertainty because I have been thinking of writing about specific things and couldn’t collect any from the outer world. Now, that I have gone through this blog of yours, I understand that you can browse through the things occurring in or about you and start putting it on the word doc. This would certainly work.
    Thanks for giving such befitting tips on blogging.

  9. Very insightful. Just like daily exercising keeps us fit and easily tunes us in to the activity daily practice will sync our systems. This ultimately is an ageless jewel … daily relentless practice creates a master. Thank you very much, sir.

  10. This post is an inspiration for me.. Because I am very hesitating for writing…I hope I will write better than ever after reading this post…

  11. I read first time the complete blog of any person as I get distracted very fast. But fortunately I have succeeded in this blog.

    I read completely in one stretch.

    It’s was a nice one.

  12. Dear Deepak.
    This is one more blog I have received from you to make me feel good to resume writing that has been haulted from last 2 months. After reading this blog, I am once again encouraged to write and post on my blog that I had started during the 100 day blogging course.
    You happen to me as a good guide and an icon to boost periodically when I feel districted.
    Thanks Deepak for this.

  13. I really loved your writing and most important your last section about “feeding yourself”.
    This is amazing and o do follow it and read books regularly..
    Thanks for sharing this informatie piece of writing with us.

    Thanks!!

  14. thank you for posting an article about writing, as i was searching for it from many days & finally, i got the perfect one that will really help for me & for those who are currently doing blogging & wants to become blogger in future.. So, once again thanks a lot.. Deepak sir..

  15. Really worth to read article it gives good input newbies like me , it’s very difficult some time we start and become blank after writing some lines for that continue writing is essential so it will become our habbit
    Thanks

  16. I am Beginner at blogging, And when it comes to Writing I think that I can Write ok ok . But the problem with me Is, I won’t be able write Consistently or I write once in 10days. I don’t know what the heck is happening with me. The only future goal of mine is to be a good Blogger and a good writer that can Satisfy the Audience.
    So, please sir Suggest me some tips that can help me in writing blog posts at a regular Basis.

  17. It is really inspiring and to the point article, This shows , how to make a start which is very important to complete a journey.

  18. Thanks Deepak hi,
    I read your whole blog I understand many thinks but many times I don’t have topic so at that time I think what I can write? Please tell me how to search topic for writing blog.
    I have my website Angel Web Group .
    Sir I have some questions :
    1) Is my domain is good for blogging?
    2) how to search keywords for my blog?
    3) How to check “how many backlinks want my keyword for Google search?”
    4) which seo tool is good for me “AHREF” or “SEMRUSH”?

  19. Thanks for a great article Deepak sir. More than writing tips and I get to know about how my guru writing the article and his routine. It’s very unique and happy to read your article. I really love to read your articles.

  20. Thanks for a great article Deepak sir. More than writing tips and I get to know about how my guru writing the article and his routine. It’s very unique and happy to read your article. I really love to read your articles based on your personal experience.

  21. Deepak bhai, thanks for motivating tip(s), especially, in the midst of vulnerability, which distract, intent to concentrate. My humble and amateur approach to study the issue(s) via which our society’s citizen by large are affected and how it could be converted in ‘development mode’ in different strata, sectors, segments within 24×7.

  22. Your posts are always informative and educative. I always look forward receiving your mails, you have made my journey in digital marketing so easy. I appreciate Sir, keep them coming. Thanks.

  23. Very genuine and interesting topic. I working as a freelancer from last three months. This information will help me a lot in writing good content. I have got new ideas from here that I can use while working.

  24. Nice article Deepak sir,
    All blogger think SEO and social media can help him to grow his website but the actual process to being a successful blogger is to write more and more engaging article for his reader’s..that give lots of audience to his blog.
    Thank you.

  25. Nice article Deepak sir,
    All blogger think SEO and social media can help him to grow his website but the actual process to being a successful blogger is to write more and more engaging article for his reader’s..that give lots of audience to his blog.
    Thank you..

  26. After reading most of your blogs about blogging, I got inspired and started a blog[http://www.111status.com/] I am currently working on this blog.
    All this was possible when I got stuck to your blogging posts.

    Thanks, Deepak

  27. Awesome article buddy. Writing content on a regular basis is the key to success in blogging. I struggle writing content regularly for one of my blogs due to my busy schedule. Your article motivated me to write on regular basis.

  28. Thanks for sharing the amazing tips for writing. I just want to add that it is important to think the trendy idea to get more views/traffic and thus it is necessary to focus on content ideation. There is another way to get more productive results from writing by thinking the evergreen topic.

  29. Awesome tips Deepak, and I am glad that I have similar habits -waking up early for my writing work when my kiddo is sleeping, sipping my elaichi tea (not water) in between and constantly feeding my brain with new information and knowledge. One fantastic tip that can work wonders to not just your writing but life is practising meditation. I hope those who follow it understand its impact. One more source that can help blog writers is this comprehensive checklist of 37 points that I have compiled, and you can use to grade your article against it before you hit publish. http://upthereach.com/37-point-checklist-for-writing-a-killer-blog-post-download-the-pdf/

  30. Dear sir ,

    This article is more useful for me. This will work very well for me. I like the way to explain to you, I find simplicity in my work.
    Thank you very much for thinking of helping all of us.

    Grateful

  31. hello sir,
    even I started blogging after see your video’s….!
    nice video’s superb quality of video’s and even I refers to my friends even they stated thanks for your guide

  32. very nice way of putting your ideas across. You are simply wonderful Deepak. You don’t sound like a big shot to me. But you are too good in your area. Thank you so much for writing this. I am struggling to get my blog off the ground.

    I am sure one day it will. In the meantime, I do need push by people like you to help me move forward. Thank you so much once again.

  33. Dear Sir,

    I always read your article. You are my inspiration for blogging. When I read your blog at first time its change my life. Today I am owner of 3 blog and everyday I written post on my blog.

    Your Friends,
    Jaypal Thakor.

  34. I have a penchant for writing and I’ d like to create my own blog soon when tools and other details ate ready. I just need to focus on my niche. After reading this article, the more I got inspired to have a jump-start on blogging the soonest. Thank you, Deepak.

  35. Thanks a lot for writing on blogging tips. It helps a lot me to enhance my blogging experience. I have also done my digital marketing courses from Digital Deepak itself. It is really means a lot for me and my career growth

  36. I totally agree with that phrase “snacking type content ” we see today on various channels. Six months ago , I used to get really frustrated with the kind of fondness masses had for meaningless trolling of celebrities or just shit unproductive memes. But now I have calmed down..realised people do wot they need to do..and I would do the stuff I love…no matter the gravitation of the masses ! Once you get into it , and you start asking yourself questions..one question leads to another and so on !
    Thanks man..for offerin so much of value . I read your mails..I feel like never opting out ! Keep doing this.

  37. Your blog is a smart piece of work, enjoyed a lot while reading.
    Thanks for sharing such a valuable information regarding Content Writing. This types of post are really appreciable.

  38. Sir, what you have written is straight from the heart. Though I am an aspiring blogger but my thoughts are much similar to yours.
    I was thinking of when to start writing and on what to start writing. You have made my journey much easier. I will just flow with the tide and write on any relevant and useful article (which I love doing) that comes to mind and that too on a regular basis.

    Thank you for the inspiration,

  39. Thanks you so much sir for Sharing this awesome write-up…I love this just because I also started blogging since past 5 months and currently ranking under 100k(India) and this article just pushed me up…

    Thanks for sharing your personal routine with us!!

  40. Hey Sir,
    Thank you for the valuable content about blog success. I just started the blogging for 2 months and I find this article inspires me to do more with my content on daily basis. Habits make or break the person that you said very well. The simplicity and your work routine is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing the articles….

  41. Hi Deepak,

    I would like to understand something regarding writing blog posts;

    How do we decide what to write and when to write. Guess we can’t just go ahead and write anything we could think of. Isn’t it?

    Amit.

  42. Hello sir, I’ve an Instagram account. It’s based on blogging (fashion Blogging). I want to grow my page. But how.
    Can you please tell me how can I grow up my Instagram page.

  43. Keep Pepper spray if you feel safe.
    Wahh fun in serious content. What a sense of humor Deepak sir,
    Really loved your writings.
    While you describing your personal room I went into the imagination to change my room.
    Thank you for your inspiration.

  44. Hello sir,
    Thanks for Sharing these tips, I am SEO analyst but now i am trying to grow my self as a blog writer. And reading this blog is really very helpful for me.

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