Blogging often starts out as a hobby and/or money making endeavor and we’re led to believe it is something we can do in our free time. But, for those who have been blogging for any length of time, we find blogging has a major challenge.
Many declare, “Blogging takes up A LOT of time”.
Unfortunately, if we are using blogging as a stepping stone to catapult us to another goal, it becomes vital we invest our time wisely.
When we look at what all a blogger does, it’s no wonder “time” becomes an issue.
Let’s take a peek at how bloggers use their time AFTER their blog(s) is/are set up.
- 1. Thinking of topics for our posts
2. Writing posts, including adding links
3, Editing posts
4. Finding and/or taking appropriate photographs for our posts
5. Reading and answering our comments
6. Reading other blogs and the comments
7. Writing comments on other blogs
8. Tweaking our themes
9. Working behind the scenes, doing maintenance on our blogs
10. Answering emails
11. Partaking in social networking – Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, etc
12. Learning SEO (search engine optimization) and other techniques needed to “get found” and putting it in place
13. Checking and studying our statistics
14. Updating, maintaining and/or tweaking our feed reader and social networking accounts.
15. Updating our about page, categories, tags, sidebars, etc.
16. Updating plugins and the current release of our blog platform
17. Backing up our blogs
18. If monetizing, adding, changing, and/or modifying our ads/layouts
19. Writing guest posts for other blogs
20. Writing ebooks or other online ezine articles and/or Squidoo pages
21. Setting up additional blogs and doing it all again.
Just looking at the list, makes me say “Whew”.
For bloggers who plan on sticking around, it’s essential we hone our time management skills. Anything that can shave off a few minutes each day is a huge benefit.
I’ve found setting priorities has helped, as has minimizing the time I spend checking stats, answering more that one comment at a time, and writing posts in advance when I’m feeling creative.
How about you?
With all of the demands blogging puts on your time, how do you manage it all?
Do you have any shortcuts or tips you use?
Care to share?