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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

120: The Hidden Benefits to Writing Daily and Blogging Consistently

For many years, I accidentally stunted my growth as a writer. You see, I had a bad writing habit that was unexpectedly hurting my growth. And it’s one that many other writers have, too. What is it? Inconsistent writing.

I used to set aside just one day per week to write for 3–4 hours. During this time, my productivity was poor, and my creativity was woefully lacking. But I didn’t realize this was the case until I made a commitment to write daily and blog consistently.

If you write inconsistently, then your ability to master the art and skill of writing will be inconsistent at best. Like me, you’ll struggle with developing your thoughts, finding inspiration, and completing articles, blog posts, and even books.

So, to improve yourself as a writer, you will need to write daily, publish consistently, and relentlessly persevere.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy Traub and I talk in detail about why I teach people to write every day, steps you can take toward developing a daily writing habit, and why you should blog consistently.

Since writing daily and blogging consistently are essential components to improving yourself as a writer, I encourage you to listen in to receive encouragement and pick up some tips to help you get started.

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Show highlights

In this episode, Andy and I discuss:

  • Why daily writing is good for you and easier than you think.
  • What I learned from writing only one day per week.
  • How inconsistent writing will lead to inconsistent creativity and productivity.
  • Simple steps you can take to form a daily writing habit.
  • The pros and cons of writing daily and blogging consistently.
  • My views on the future of blogging.
  • How consistently blogging will enhance your dependability and improve your reader engagement.

Quotes and takeaways

  • If you write infrequently, then your creativity will become inconsistent.
  • Writing daily will make you a much better writer than writing a bunch of stuff all at once.
  • The best type of writing practice is done in public.

Resources

Do you write daily? Do you publish daily? Why or why not? Share in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Jordan Elisheva

    I have found this to be so true. Like any kind of exercise, it may be a bit painful at first, but after a couple weeks of a daily writing practice, the words flow so much more easily.

    I write daily and publish twice a week. From October 1-31, though, I’ll be publishing daily posts teaching my readers how to become accomplished poets — and since one of the keys to becoming an accomplished writer of any kind is writing every day, I’m providing daily prompts and exercises. If that series goes well, maybe I’ll continue to publish daily!

  • I know how important writing is daily, so I am striving to write something everyday. Even if it is just a few sentences, at least it is something. Thanks for this valuable advice.

  • Hi Jeff,

    This is up my alley 😉

    I teach folks to write 1,000 words or more daily. Open a Word document. Write. Either review your writing later or trash the Word document. The writing of the words matters most.

    If you step away from writing the skill quickly dies.

    I write 2,000 to 10,000 words daily and have done so for months because I enjoy writing. I view it as passion, not practice. I also know writing daily helps me to help aspiring bloggers through my blog and guest posts.

    I currently publish 2 posts weekly on my blog, 2 posts on the Huffington Post and 2 on Blogging Tips Dot Com. I’d not be able to churn out 6 posts weekly unless I practiced writing daily.

    Thanks for sharing Jeff!

    Ryan

  • Laura Bocianski

    I’ve heard this advice for years but am struggling to actually put it into practice. Maybe this is the kick in the butt that I need!

    • Also read THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield. One of the best kicks in the butt there is. Then write. Don’t think about it. Just do it. Even if it comes out like utter crap. It’ll morph into something better once you knock the rust off. It’s impossible to write bad for 365 days in a row. There’s a gem in there somewhere.

  • Mike

    Love it! Are you on stitcher? Or just ITunes?
    Love your stuff

  • Von

    Hi there. 🙂 I write at least 500 words daily, but I don’t publish daily. I really really want to blog, but I never feel like I have anything to say that isn’t more of the same that’s already blogged about in abundance. I’m not sure what I have to say that would benefit readers. I’m not sure why or how my voice could make a difference. And then I’m not sure if those are all just excuses I’ve created to not blog, or if they’re valid reasons Sigh. Thanks for your post–it does inspire me to try.

    • Von

      P.S. Your link to My 500 words is broken. Clicking on it takes me to The Writing Life…

  • Enjoyed the podcast. Daily writing is key. Even if you can only carve out 15 minutes of uninterrupted pen to paper, you have to do it. I look at writing in a similar way as running and exercise — five days a week, just do it. Stop thinking, start doing.

  • Doug

    Hi Jeff,
    Yes, I write daily but I’ve only taken up the practice in the past month. Before that I was like you, inconsistent and if I’m honest, undisciplined. I have to say, my favorite two hours of the day and those that give me the most joy and set me on the correct path are 5-7 a.m. at my kitchen table, pounding away at the keyboard. I highly, highly recommend it.
    As for publishing, not yet, but I’m launching a blog soon and plan to post daily.

  • I really enjoyed this edition (even more than usual) yesterday (my birthday) and felt inspired to get back on track.

    Somehow, I woke up at 5:00 a.m. (after only four hours of sleep) and thought I could start writing 500 words a day today. I remember thinking I was afraid to over-promise, so I might say I am going to “try…’. I distinctly heard Yoda’s words in my own voice (which is totally unfair) saying “There is no try. There is only do or not do.” So I did.

    Day 1 is done. I wrote 678 words.

    Thanks Jeff..

  • I originally started blogging to get in the habit of a daily writing practice. I’ve now been blogging and writing daily for 7+ years. Haven’t missed a day yet. Sometimes it’s just a few words but the daily commitment gives me accountability.

  • Jeff and Andy,

    I can attest for writing daily. Personally it wasn’t until I start writing everyday that I fell in love with the craft.

    Before, I used to struggle with finding the motivation to write. But setting up a daily habit of writing every morning make it much easier. I don’t need to push myself to it, just sit down and start writing, good day or bad day.

    I will be sure to listen to the podcast later today, thanks for sharing your experience.

    Take care,
    Anh

    P.S. Oh and you got the wrong link for the My 500 Words Writing Challenge. I’m going to join by the way, love the idea!

  • Jeff, you’d be proud of me. Today I launched a 21-Day Blogging Challenge on my site after listening to this podcast yesterday. It was just the kick in the pants that I needed.

  • I just finished listening to the podcast and I completely agree with writing everyday. Posting a blog everyday still sounds daunting to me. Currently, I write three each week. However, as I get into the practice of writing everyday, perhaps that is in my future. Baby steps. 🙂

  • When I began writing a weekly column for an on-line art & marketing site, I found myself working harder to polish my content. Knowing that my articles go out to over 40,000 artists puts the pressure on. In addition to the growth that comes from daily writing, I recommend guest posting and/or securing a regular column with a reputable website or magazine. Your writing will improve as a result!

  • Chad Godoy

    The post seems familiar to me, I really have bad procrastination habits when it comes to writing. Maybe It just seems that, I haven’t starting at all. Hahaha. I think I need to start at all to begin the momentum!

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  • Michelle Monet

    YES Jeff. i write every day and am committed to ‘doing the work’. You inspire me along with other mentors. I have self published two books recently and I have 2 more coming out. I love writing and will never stop. I ‘show up and put my butt in the chair’ whether I’m in the mood or not. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Hi Jeff,
    I agree with you that it is a good strategy to blog post daily, but sometimes it goes to your head and you start fumbling about what to post. It happens with everybody but sooner than later you realize what is missing and you are a go again.

  • Paula Schnackenberg

    Hi Jeff,

    I listen to your podcast and enjoy it very much. I want to make a comment about improper grammar usage in your podcast #119. I am an American living in Germany working as an English teacher and trying to start a business as a life coach. During your chat your said, “….you are better at this than me.” The correct form is “better than I”. I know this because I just cover this grammar point with my students just this week. It is very confusing because no one, including native English speakers, says it correctly. Also, some grammar specialist are now saying that the use of colloguial English can be used in writing. It is an issue of style. I am curious to know do you think it is right to write using common language verse using the correct grammar form?

  • Great Tips Jeff. I am also facing the same situation with my inconsistent writing. But now i start to write on daily basis and its realy work. My writing skills improve very well and i am happy with the result.

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  • Ashley

    Jeff,
    I appreciate you writing about this topic! I often find it difficult to write consistently and then I lose motivation and creativity very quickly. It then makes it hard to even pick writing back up again and you end up on a longer writing sabbatical than you initially intended. These are very useful tips and hints. I will have to put them into practice in my own writing.
    Best,
    Ashley
    https://ashleythedford.weebly.com/blog

  • thebloggingdinosaur

    Jeff,

    I am very glad you have written about this topic, and that I have stumbled upon it. For a while I was finding it difficult to write consistently, so I lost my creativity for writing. As a young writer, I am trying to post blogs consistently as well as consistently write. I have recently started to pick up my blogging again as well as regularly write. My writing has improved a little by this, which makes it all the better.

    Thanks,
    Chelsea

  • Super tips! I am greedy for ideas LOL. I gobble up ideas freely through blog posts, comments, emails, social media, Feedly as noted, and wherever I see people talking about blogging. When you’ve ideas to explore thru your blog it’s easy to be consistent. Some wonder how I churn out content regularly; I just collect ideas left and right, set up Word docs, record titles, and return to the posts to write ’em at a later date. You can never have too many blog post ideas to call upon when it’s time to write 😉 Thanks for sharing!
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