The biggest thing I’ve learned so far from participating in Tiffany Dow’s blogging challenge is that I have a lot more time available than I thought I did. Before this challenge I struggled to even post 3-4 days a week here. Since the challenge started I’ve been updating two blogs five days a week and creating weekly gifts for my list. That’s on top of continuing to write for Squidoo and Zujava. (And still playing some video games. I do run a video game blog as well after all.)
So, how did I go from having no time at all to having time to do all of this?
- I started brainstorming blog posts everywhere I go like I mentioned in this blog post.
- While brainstorming I also outline the articles by listing a few points or tips I want to cover.
- I bought an appointment calendar book and used it to write down which days I’d like to do certain blog posts. (I don’t always stick to the idea I wrote down, but it means I always have one when sit down to write.)
- I took a hard look at where I was wasting time, like with my email. Sometimes I even find I write better when I’m somewhere with no internet. I just go back and add in links later.
- I set a deadline each day for when work will be done by and do everything I can to stick to it. When you only have an hour to write a blog post you won’t let yourself get distracted as easily. After work I play games and spend time with my family.
- I reminded myself that a great blog post doesn’t need to be super long. It just needs to share something useful with your audience.
- When I have extra inspiration, I stat up more blog posts to finish up later. A half done post takes less time to finish than starting from scratch.
- While reading forums I keep a notepad open to write down questions people ask that I could cover on my blog.
- I blog early in my work day. Some days I may not publish until later, but I always write before I have time to get distracted by other things. If you sit down and blog AND THEN go do social media and all of that other stuff it’ll be out of the way and you won’t find some other task that is “more important”.
- Be willing to make time for it. Some days you may need to push something else back or shuffle things around. Sometimes it comes down to making time even if you don’t really want to. Do this for a little while and blogging will start to feel more natural and become a habit.
What helps you make time for blogging? Leave a comment below.
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