Blogging can be really time consuming. There are link parties to join, comments to write, emails to answer, reviews to write, posts that need written, surveys that need filled out, and many more things that can demand the time of a blogger. It can be addicting and completely time consuming if it gets out of hand. A lot of people want to make it big blogging, and a lot of people already have. I have found through my short time (five months) of blogging that there are a few tips to help you get the most out of your blogging time without wasting your life away on your computer.
1. Set a time limit
Don’t let yourself get carried away. Unless your blog is bringing in a substantial income, there is no reason to spend more than an hour or two (at the most!) a day on your blog. Set a time limit for yourself and when your times up, get off the computer. Spending too much time blogging, especially when you’re just starting out can lead to burnout and frustration.
2. Unsubscribe From Emails You Don’t Want
As a blogger, there are TONS and TONS of different ways to receive products to review, make money, receive free offers, whatever. The problem is each time you sign up for a different one, you get on a mailing list. The overload in junk emails makes it hard to see what emails are important. If you are regularly getting an email that you don’t read, unsubscribe to that mailing list. It can save you time spent cleaning out your inbox in the future.
3. Write, Write, and Write Some More
If you’re having a creative day and find yourself with lots of time and lots of ideas for posts, write them down. Write until you can write no longer. Schedule your posts for a later date, or keep them in draft from for a day when you can’t think of a danged thing to say. You’ll be glad you did. I generally try to have at least a month planned out in advanced.
4. Develop a Pattern
If you have a few different topics you like to write about, have a pattern for when you write them. For example, I generally post recipes on Mondays. This makes it easier for me to come up with something to write that day because I know exactly what I want to post, a new recipe. It’s also good to develop a posting pattern. Are you going to post every day? Three times a week? Twice a month? Whatever it is, be consistent. This will help you know when you need your next post up and it will help your readers know when to expect new content.
5. Keep Your Social Networking To A Minimum
Pick three-five social networks to have a presence in. No more than that. No one can keep up with twenty different social networks. I have chosen to do Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I also have a google+, but I don’t really keep up with it much. Those four are about all I can handle. I feel like it’s better to have a strong presence in a few than a weak presence in a lot of areas.
Those are my first five tips for being a more organized blogger. What do you do to be more organized? Leave me a comment with your tips and I might feature them in my next post.Share