As we grow as bloggers, our commitments grow with us.
Juggling between meeting responsibilities in our lives and virtual worlds can stretch us to the seams.
It becomes only too easy for us to get overwhelmed and allow undergrowth to take over our blogs.
How can we ensure that despite our increasingly busy schedule our blogs do not come worse off? How can we ensure we give needed priority to creating awesome content for our readers? Without consistent quality content, we quickly lose the loyalty of our readers.
Indeed, what is a blog without the readers?
Having said that, here are ten techniques I have used to carve out time for blogging of late – and I must say, these techniques played a huge role in the success that my guest post campaign has met.
1. Early to rise
When do you start your day?
Starting your day with writing is one of the best decisions you can ever make as a blogger. Make a commitment to do the writings you need to do before you go into your mail box and instant messengers.
Why is it so important for you to start writing early?
For one, you would be writing when you are at your most creative and most productive, before the demands of the day break your focus. Secondly, especially for those who do not have the luxury of living alone, you would be blogging before the demands of your family present you with the usual distractions.
2. Plan your day
I usually use the first 30 minutes of my day to plan the day. That way as I plunge into the activities of the day, I have an overview of what needs to be done. Do not start the day before you make this plan. In fact, I consider the time segment you use to plan your day as the most important time segment you’ve got.
The difference in outcomes between time you invest in planning your day and time you spend reacting to distractions makes planning your day worth it every time.
How do you plan your day for higher productivity?
Segmenting your day based on priority is bound to give you great results.
3. Go offline
I am sure you have heard this one before.
If you have limited time you would have wanted to use productively writing, then the last thing you need is the distraction of the internet.
There is nothing as distracting as having an email alert from Gtalk or a ping from Skype when you are trying to get your thoughts out. Twitter alerts, Facebook messages, phone calls, emails – you just need to put them in their place while you put your thoughts down.
Often, an intended brief trip into Twitter can quickly become an hour lost.
Instead of abandoning writing your post to make a quick tweet, save tasks that needs to be done online into batches and do them at once.
4. Use automation to get repetitive tasks done.
I was recently introduced to IFTTT by a comment left by Carol Lynn on a post by Adrienne Smith. The service has really turned out to be a huge timesaver for me.
It works by allowing you create or use ready-made ‘recipes’ of what should happen when certain repetitive events occur in social media.
For instance, you may want to send a thank you tweet to a new follower. IFTTT can handle that for you. Or per harps you would want to post a tweet with an image link whenever there is a new image upload to your Facebook page?
The possibilities are endless.
5. Allow the crowd to sift great stuff for you on Twitter
We can easily get into overwhelm when our Twitter streams updates faster than even the most motivated Twitter user can care to follow.
In some days I have had so much as 2000 tweets in my stream within an hour, and I am not following that many persons.
How do you check out really cool tweets without having to become a ‘twitter-in-residence’ at Twitter?
Twitter sends daily recommendations emails to your inbox reflecting what is by users you already follow. I have found the links in the recommendations email so useful that I click on most of them with no regrets.
6. Turn off the TV
According to Entertainment Industry Market Statistics (2007), the average American spent 1,962 hours watching TV in 2010. That adds up to 37 hours per week!
How much time do you lose to the television? The full national average?
Is television that important to you? I mean, if all you ever wanted to accomplish is to watch all popular TV series from start to finish, by all means, please yourself.
But if you want to write blog posts also, I would have to ask you to use a little imagination here.
I write most of my blog posts within one hour so how many blog posts are you losing to the television screen?
7. Hire some help
Sometimes even all these may not help reclaim the time you need to create great content – especially if you run multiple blogs. If guest posts may not be your thing, could you consider hiring a freelance blogger to help you with your content? A great tip would be to ask for a resume that includes links to related portfolio.
That way you know in advance what quality of post to expect from a particular writer so you do not end up with surprises.
You may not think it yet, but you may be surprised to at how easily you can find a freelance writer who writes as well as you do.