Maintaining a blog can take a lot of time. Having kids can take a lot of time. Maintaining a blog while having kids can seem impossible. A few tips on how to make it work:
- Make Time to Write: Set a day and time when you will publish new material. For example, every Thursday night I work on my blog posts. During this time, put your phone in airplane mode, turn off notifications, decrease other distractions. You might occasionally be able to churn out content while the kids play, but to really invest in yourself, you need to set a time to work. Go to a library or coffee shop and leave the kids with a sitter or work while they are at an activity.
- Have a Schedule and stick to it. Posting 3 articles one week, and none for the next 2 is not a good strategy. If you don’t have much time, try committing to a monthly post, or a bi-weekly post.
- Use Technology: Download the app “Rev” and use it! It is a voice recorder, and for $1 a minute they will send you back an e-mailed transcript. This really translates your thoughts and ideas into a tangible outline of an article quickly and seamlessly.
- Make use of “Fringe Time.” I love the concept of finding time where you would least expect it. Get up a little earlier. Stay up a little later. Arrive at a destination 15 minutes early so you can answer emails in your car. Build in fringe time throughout your day.
- Work as a Team: Have other writers produce content for your blog.
- Be on the Lookout: If you have trouble thinking of content, constantly be on the lookout for ideas. Keep a notebook or a file on your phone to keep track of future ideas.
- Map it Out: To be truthful, it is not in my disposition to organize a specific plan, but many bloggers find it useful to sit down and create a timeline of when they will deliver posts.
- Have a Recipe: Not all posts have to be completely unique. Have various templates that you use for different types of posts. An example might be a “Top 5 Tuesday,” – this gives you a format to follow and decreases the thought process required.
- Know Your Goals: Why are you blogging? To increase sales? For pleasure? Are you trying to reach a certain size of audience? Knowing the why behind what you’re doing will drive you to work towards a specific goal.
- Work Quickly: I don’t tend to obsess about small details that will essentially have little impact on the overall benefit of my post. I don’t second guess myself. I don’t hum and haw before posting or lose myself in an online world of comparison studies. I toggle back and forth between my phone and my laptop while creating a blog post because I work faster on certain apps than on my computer. Of course, this doesn’t mean to work quickly at the cost of quality – it simply means maximize your time and efforts by applying the same efficiency you would use if you were working for a boss other than yourself.
How do you find time to blog?