Things have been picking up in the blogosphere for me, which is a good thing. I’m also blogging from the hospital right now, which is not such a good thing. A not so minor setback to say the least, but might as well make use of my downtime. In order to accomplish the same amount of quality blogging that I did prior to my health issues, I’m going to have to do things more efficiently. I’m sure many of you have heard of Kaizen. This is a Japanese term that simply means improvement. It originated in Japan right after World War II, but it is quite common in the manufacturing sector these days. It’s a basic set of principles that can use to improve almost any process, and blogging is one of those processes.
This is the first element in the kaizen process. I personally place the greatest amount of emphasis on teamwork, it’s what has allowed me any success I’ve enjoyed so far, and quite honestly, teamwork has kept me blogging even now. I could essentially replace the word teamwork and insert “Yakezie”, since my blogging friends have help and assisted me with just about everything along the way. The entire process of design, content, and advertising would have been overwhelmingly complicated if I didn’t have this group to rely on almost daily.
When making your best attempt at staying motivated and remaining productive, your personal discipline plays a big role. I have a full time job that often ends up being more than full time, and it can be stressful enough that I’d rather kick back when I get home instead of managing my blog. Then there is family, friends, and a social life in general. Last, but certainly not least, you have your health. Mine has been less than ideal in recent months, and if I allowed it, could be my biggest deterrence. I just try to unfailingly maintain my personal discipline at all costs.
Improved morale is really about keeping your team of people motivated and happy. In my case I don’t even have a staff writer, so it’s essentially finding a way to keep myself motivated. Monetizing my blog was a nice measurable way to increase my motivation. Though I will say that my biggest motivator was seeing the social aspect of my blog grow with time and hard work. I went from seeing one comment a week on my articles, to receiving a dozen on each new one. I have added commentluv, hosted several giveaways, and increased my social media presence in order to keep my morale moving forward.
These are the inner circles of an organization that meet in order to ensure every level of the company is being run as efficiently as possible. Again, I run into the issue of being in a one man organization. However, this is where the Yakezie come in yet again. The Yakezie forum is a great example of my “inner circle”, discussing the best blog practices, new plug-ins, and general consensus in the blogging community.
Suggestions for Improvement
This is a self explanatory and critical element of kaizen. In order to adopt continuous improvement you need to have a steady onslaught of new ideas coming in at all times. I routinely encourage my readers to comment and email me with suggestions on improvements they would like to see. I have a network of blogging friends that I also seek out for advice when I’m torn on an issue. I also have a select amount of family and friends that view my blog content regularly, so their suggestions can be quite valuable as well.
You see that the five basic elements of kaizen are just that, basic. They are also vital to continuing growth and efficiency with any organization, even a simple personal finance blog such as my own. These concepts get me over certain humps like long work hours, or excruciating hospital stays that take up a lot of my free time. Regardless of your motivation, dedication, and free time, try and evaluate the element of kaizen to improve your situation as I have.