Do you never have enough time to write your blog? Do you constantly vow to start blogging daily then fail on day one? You need to learn how to save time blogging so you can fit it in with your life. Here are some tips…
Everyone in the blogging world knows that to get followers you have to publish lots of quality content. Sounds simple but unfortunately the God of Procrastination often intervenes at this point and more important ‘things’ get done first and your blog gets left on the back burner.
If you could magic yourself 30 minutes extra per day, specifically for blogging, would that mean you published more posts? If the answer to this is a simple ‘Yes’ – then all you need to do is somehow create that 30 minutes by using a few clever time saving tips. There are lots of ways to ‘create’ time if you really want to get something done.
Be honest with yourself too – is it absolutely necessary to publish a blog post every day? Is it better for your readers to s ee something every day, or to see something a bit longer, better and more researched about 2 or 3 times a week. make sure that the target you have set yourself for blogging is realistic, achievable and will get you results. Once you are clear on that then you need to figure out how you can save time blogging.
If you still don’t have the time to write your blog as often as you’d like then how about inviting people to write guest posts? These can add a new dimension to your blog and increase traffic.
Another tip is to employ a ghost blog writer. If you just use your blog to drive traffic to your website, where you do something that makes money, your blog may not be your top priority. In this case investing in a ghost writer can be an excellent cost effective way of keeping your blog up to date without taking up a lot of your time.
However, in my case, it is not necessarily having the time that is the problem; it is the aforementioned procrastination! I seem to find the time to watch a bit of telly in the evening, browse the internet, etc.! So why do I keep putting off blog writing? After all, once I sit down to do it I really enjoy it.
Here are my top four excuses (some of which you may identify with?) and how to quash them:
- I can’t be bothered to leave the sofa and go and switch on my PC: is a lame excuse because you can easily blog from your laptop, tablet or even your phone. I use the WordPress app on my tablet which makes publishing a blog post very quick and easy. You can also blog straight from Word, rather than copying and pasting everything separately. This can save a lot of time although I have found it quite fiddly to set up.
- When I do have the time to post, my mind goes blank and I can’t think what to write: is another feeble excuse that is easily solved with modern technology! I often have my best blog ideas when driving, or in the shower or even on holiday. Most phones now have the facility to record voice memos or make notes – so when you think of those amazing blog post ideas make sure you immediately note them down somehow. Photos are also a great way to jog your memory. If you see something that inspires you, take a photo of it. Then when you next have a spare 15 minutes to blog, you won’t be wasting time struggling to remember your brilliant ideas.I use Evernote on my phone and iPad to store photos, websites I like, voice notes and other bits. if I make handwritten notes while I am out and about I photograph them and save them in a folder called Blogging Ideas
- It’s the school holidays, the kids are at home, and I should be playing with them not blogging: has a simple solution – be more organised! Using the amazing ideas you’ve noted on your phone, write several posts and schedule them to publish over the holidays. Then something will be posted on your blog while you are on holiday without you lifting a finger!
- It takes me hours to write a post: it doesn’t have to! Whilst we all strive for perfection in everything we do – it doesn’t always happen. Give yourself a time limit, e.g. 30 minutes writing time then hit the publish button. Writing is a craft – the more you write, the better you get. I often find the posts I slave over are the ones that get the least hits – probably because they’re too long! Short, snappy posts with lots of pictures can be more successful.
So what are you waiting for? Get your blog off the back burner – stop making excuses and get blogging!