Welcome to Part 2 of the Be The Best Blogger You Can Be three part series.
If you missed Part 1, be sure to read it.
Today I am going to tell bloggers to keep a buffer. I set up ERBTech.com several years ago just for a college project, which you can view on my resume page. After getting addicted to reading blogs (Lifehacker was my first love), and RSS feeds, I decided to start blogging. When I first installed WordPress 1.5 and set out to write, my decision was to have one post per day. Unfortunately, I do not have a perfect posting past (PPP), but the lofty goal has pushed me to highs I had not thought possible prior to posting previously (PPPP).
Alliteration aside, bloggers, boast a buffer.
What is a buffer?
A machine which spin at low RPMs generally used to apply wax to a surface, polishing, shining, and protecting it.
Smart Aleck! What is a buffer for a blogger?
If you are like me and strive to post once daily you will learn your humble humanity shortly after beginning. The harsh reality is that no one is inspired to write every day. As I shared before, in Part 1, you must write while you’re in the mood to write. Again, this WILL NOT be every day. Most of the gaps you see in my posting schedule are derived from this truth.
When I set down to write Part 1 of this series, I already knew what I wanted to write for the following two parts. Thus, I wrote all three at one time.
“Why,” you ask? “Why didn’t you just wait until the next day to complete them,” you inquire?
Because! I didn’t wanna! Oops, no it is because had I waited, the inspiration would have passed me by. Even some of the greatest writers in the world cannot pound out page after page every day. Some days are bright with the light bulbs of ideas. Others share closer resemblances to the 1800’s. Get it, no light bulbs back then.
Web Worker Daily posted how to abolish your task list. Mike Gunderloy writes, “I don’t create a list of things to blog about, I create drafts; when I have time to write a blog post, I’ll open up my blog editor.”
This is a perfect example of how to write when inspired while keeping a blog buffer.
What do you do on the days you aren’t inspired?
You use your buffer. That’s why it’s there. If you start writing the next time you’re inspired and hold on to that article, then you’ll have it for a no inspiration day. Typically the inspirational days outweigh the others.
Blogging is not supposed to be stressful. It’s supposed to be fun, entertaining and informational. To keep from getting burned out, build up your buffer and when you had a bad or busy day, just point, click and post one of your buffered articles.
I hope you are feeling yourself becoming a better blogger already. Stay Tuned for Part 3!
Or, go back and read Part 1