June 9, 2016

10 Tips: Finding Time for Blogging

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Work as a Team: Have other writers produce content for your blog.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?

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Comments

  1. Super handy post, thanks Jasmine!

  2. I try to do different steps on different days. Like I’ll write the rough draft for my Monday post on Friday and edit and pick our images pin Saturday then take a break on Sunday then finalize and post on Monday. Seems to work well for me.

  3. This is a great post and I find myself trying to utilize most of these tips. While its hard to make and and keep a content schedule, I found that once I started to map or at least a few posts for the month eveything seemed less stressful!

  4. Great tips! I always dedicate about 20 minutes in the morning before work to blogging and then find time throughout the day to get it all done!

  5. Great tips! Having a schedule is so important for me since I work from home and it’s so easy to get distracted away from writing.

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

  6. It is hard to find time for blogging, mom life, and other duties. I try to follow all of these things but sometimes it is easier said than done. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Great post! Pinning this! As a new Mom I definitely lose interest in blogging once my little one needs my immediate attention. So I end up writing a lot on my Notes app or even using the draft in my blog so I know what goes on in my head real time then slowly edit out the kinks and smooth it out.

    Thanks for the wonderful tips though! I think would be great if I could find myself a team though.

  8. Thanks for such great tips! I think using “fringe time” is super important — sometimes I just don’t have space in my schedule for blogging, but there is always a way to find 10-15 extra minutes!

    Emma | http://www.creativexplorations.com

  9. Thanks so much for sharing these great tips! I have been struggling lately with my work load and have been thinking a lot about my time and what I spend it on. I will definitely be pinning this to refer back to. I love your idea about making use of fringe time. And that app sounds neat. I often just use speech-to-text on my phone, then send myself an email with the transcript.

  10. This is a great list–you have some new and creative solutions on there! When I started blogging, I struggled to think of post topics and was concerned that I’d run out of ideas. I did some reading up on this issue and discovered that many people keep notes in their phone, email, a book, etc. to remind them of a post idea. My ideas always come at odd times–in the shower, while driving, or as dinner is almost ready. Therefore, I’ve built some places into my life to record my ideas. I’m still searching for my perfect posting schedule as I have a 9-5, but will get there!

    • Thanks for reading! I always get great ideas in the shower too! I guess it’s the only time I stop and think!

  11. If I avoided social media, I would have a ton more time! 🙂

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