Here is a fact that, while most bloggers wouldn’t want to admit it, is unfortunately true. Most of us, and by us, I mean people that spend a large chunk of their time writing for blogs, don’t make a great deal of money as writers. Of course there are always exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, blogging is a pursuit of passion.
Most of us blog because we love the topic we are writing about, or we feel like we need to be heard, and blogging, as I’m sure you know, can take up a lot of time.
So for those of you that have day jobs, girlfriends, lawns to take care of or books to read, here are a few tips that I hope will make your life as a blogger easier, or at least give you a few extra hours of free time each week.
My least favorite thing in the world is setting a schedule. I already have a day job that I have to go to. I already made plans to meet my friends after work at a specific time and a specific place. The last thing that I want to do is litter my calendar with more dates — more things to do. But, if you are serious about your blogging, then do yourself a favor. Set aside a time to write. It could be once a week or an hour every day. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you sit down and try to write. Eventually it will become second nature and you’ll be a better writer for it.
Time Management (get real)
Social media is a huge part of blogging. It’s the way we connect with each other, promote ourselves and keep our fingers on the pulse. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to check your Twitter feed every five minutes. As important as Facebook and Twitter are, no one is going to be upset if you don’t respond to a retweet or wall post immediately. Try to limit your social media browsing to three or four times a day.
I’ve written so many articles about the beauty of Google Analytics I can’t even count. But, just like the tip before, just because you can track who visits your site and how often, doesn’t mean you should check twenty times a day.
Of course, we are all excited when someone takes the time to read a post we’ve written. But does knowing the exact number of visitors make you a better blogger? No.
The comments section of your blog is one of the best ways to connect with your readers, and to build a community. But responding to every comment individually can be taxing and time consuming. Try answering comments in bulk. Wait for a few people to comment and then answer a handful of them with a single response. Don’t forget to acknowledge who asked what question and specify who you are speaking to.
Keep It Simple
The biggest problem with writers, me included, is ego. We want people to think we are smart; that we are good at what we do and know what we are writing about.
That can lead to overwriting. Not every post has to be the best thing you’ve ever written. If you have dedicated readers, they want to hear what you think, not be blown away by your brilliant prose. Keep is simple and don’t push yourself to hard. Just hard enough.