When we start blogging, we usually add blogging to our already busy schedule. As our platter of life fills up, we begin to feel overwhelmed.
Finding balance is ideal, but where do we start?
Listed below are a few blogging tips to help save time and find balance.
- Write mission, vision and value statements.
A clear blogging focus will help to keep us on track.
- Evaluate how much time is spent on social networking sites.
Social networking is a great activity if we want to get, and keep our name out there and catch up with our online friends. However, it’s often unproductive time. Reducing the amount of time we spend on social networking sites may be beneficial.
- Ask, “what can I automate?”
With WordPress there are many plugins we can use to save time. Take, for example, the WordPress database backup plugin. We set the schedule. It does the rest, automatically.
- Reduce the amount of time spent checking statistics.
I used to be a stataholic and would check my statistics WAY too often. I finally realized it was a waste of time. Now when I look at my stats, it’s to see what search strings visitors used to find my blogs and where the traffic is coming from i.e. social networking sites, search engines, direct.
- Access what blogging activities are helping to get our blog found.
If visiting other blogs and commenting is helping, concentrate on that. What about social networking? Is it beneficial? What about SEO (search engine optimization) work? (This information can be found in your stats.)
- Quit guessing. Time yourself.
Use a timer to check exactly how much time you are spending on blogging activities. I timed myself on Twitter and although I guessed I had only spent fifteen minutes socializing, it was closer to an hour. Yikes!!!
- Trying to make money with a blog? Start simple (or wait).
When I started blogging, I wasted many hours placing and changing affiliate ads on my blogs. Little did I know spending that much time trying to make money on a blog which got very little traffic was worthless.
- Give ideas time to work.
Impatience can be our enemy. Let’s say we decide to try something new on our blog. After a week it’s not getting the results we expected, so we drop that idea and go to “plan b” or “plan c”. In blogosphere (as in life) new ideas take time. Practice patience.
- Ask for help
Like many of you, I don’t like to ask for help. However, it’s tough to do it all and do it good. Asking others for their suggestions or hiring a professional to handle specific aspects of our blog (such as coding or design) will allow us to spend time on that which we enjoy.
- Have fun.
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our blogs we forget to enjoy the blogging journey. Make time to get away from the blog. Introduce yourself to other bloggers. Jump on a social networking site. Exchange ideas. Share a joke. Have a laugh.
Your blog will wait.
Control your blog. Don’t let your blog control you (and your life).
How do you find time to do it all?
Do you have any time-saving tips or ideas of how to gain balance?
Or do you have a question either I or someone else can answer for you?
Care to share?
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