Accountability works. You’re probably familiar with the benefits of the accountability imposed by a financial plan or investment policy statement. So, here are suggestions for how to make a blogging buddy work for you – and for your buddy, too. This is an idea I’ve discussed in “Blogging buddies: Financial bloggers’ secret weapons.” I see three potential areas of focus for blogging buddies:
Sometimes simply telling someone else that you’ll post to your blog at regular intervals–for example, every other Tuesday–can make a difference. Scheduling a celebratory email saying “I did it!” can reinforce positive behavior. On the other hand, your buddy’s friendly “Where is it?” may stop you from getting too far behind.
Every blogger feels stuck sometimes. Perhaps you can’t think of a topic for next week’s post. Or maybe you’re struggling with how to explain a complex topic.
Having a friendly person to act as your sounding board can help you break through. I suggest you identify your biggest challenge and talk it through with your buddy. That may inspire you with new ideas. Plus, your buddy can add her or his thoughts.
It’s hard for writers to look objectively at their own drafts. Third-party feedback is valuable.
Here are some questions to help you give and solicit good feedback:
- What did you like about this blog post?
- What’s your sense of the audience this will appeal to and why it will appeal?
- Is there anything confusing or difficult in this draft?
- Is the vocabulary appropriate for my audience?
- Did you notice any typos or other mistakes?
- Does this make you think of other topics for future blog posts?
You can customize your question list based on your needs.
Has a blogging buddy worked for you?
If you’ve experimented with a blogging buddy, I’m curious to hear about your experience. Please share.
I have a goals buddy instead of a blogging buddy. Her perspective and support have helped me conquer many challenges. She is a writer in a noncompeting field. I hope you also find a great buddy.