5 Blogging Time Management Tips

So, we’ve all been there.

That place where we’re tearing our hair out trying to figure out how to put more hours into the day. Blogging time management can be really tough. Lately, some friends have been asking how I do it all.

Here’s the secret: I don’t do it all.

Seriously, ask my husband who cleans the floors at our house. It ain’t me.

Below are some things that have helped me managing my blogging time. They help me to be present enough in my life outside the computer to actually notice when David cleans the floors.

A general disclaimer: these tips are what work for me. They’re not all easy. They’re not all fair. They’re just what I’ve needed to do to make things more manageable.

So, for what it’s worth, here are some methods I use to keep my head screwed on.

1. Pick a method to manage your subscriptions
Personally, I manage all my blog reading through email subscriptions. If a site doesn’t offer an email subscription, it’s unlikely I’ll visit them often. It’s not because I don’t like the site. It’s not because I don’t want to visit. It’s because I work full time and need to see my family sometimes too. Using only email subscriptions to dictate my reading is the only way for me to keep my head above water.

If you prefer to use Google Reader or Blogger Dashboard, that’s fine. Do what works for you. I just think it’s easiest to keep all your subscriptions in one medium.

Because everyone is going to subscribe in the way that makes sense for them, it’s wise to offer all subscription options on your blog so users can subscribe how it works for them. So offer everything to your readers but pick one method for yourself.

2. No Internetting on the Weekend
My husband may scoff at this but I try my best not to do any internetting on the weekend. (Internetting is a verb that means to be glued to the computer. Look it up.) I do use weekend time to write posts on occasion. However, it’s rare that I actually put up a post on a weekend. If you’ve got a post that goes up on Saturday or Sunday? I’m sorry to admit it’s unlikely that I’ll be there. I need to actually see my family, run errands and get my house semi-clean.

Traffic is terrible on the weekends anyway because most people are busy taking care of other things. Give yourself a break and let weekend posting and visiting go. You won’t regret it.

3. Schedule your posts
Seriously, the single biggest time saver I’ve found is scheduling my posts ahead of time. Personally, I write on the train while commuting. You could do it during nap time or during a boring class at school. Whatever, I’m not picky. Just take the time you’d normally use to write a post and write two. Then schedule one. Voila! You’re now ahead of the game.

Of course, I’m oversimplifying this. It’s not as easy to do as it should be. But my whole writing game changed significantly when I started writing and scheduling posts ahead of time. If you can find the time, do it.

4. Take Notes of Post Ideas
So, in order to be able to sit down and write two posts at once, you need an idea. Or, rather, two ideas. Let’s be honest: you’ve got lots of ideas. You probably just can’t remember what the hell they were by the time you sit down to write. So, when a great idea strikes you, make a note. Later you’ll feel much less like you’re drowning when you’re trying to decide what to write your next post on.

5. Stop apologizing
You have a life outside of blogging. So do I. So does everyone else. If you can’t visit every blog every day, if you can’t get 7 posts up a week, if you don’t respond to every single comment on your blog? Guess what? That’s ok. You’ve got a life. Blogging is just one small part of it. Don’t feel bad. Stop apologizing. Live your life. Everyone will understand. They’ve got lives too. We all need to give ourselves a break. This tip is by far the hardest to follow and will always be a bit of a struggle for most of us.

Again, this is just what works for me right now. Feel free to pick and choose what works for you.

So how about you? Have any tips that make managing your blogging time easier? I’d love to hear.

58 Responses to 5 Blogging Time Management Tips
  1. Jessica
    February 24, 2011 | 6:01 am

    Great post, I've really been trying to work on this. It is so hard to moderate your time in the blogging world, especially when there is always that one more thing that you want to read.

  2. Erin
    February 24, 2011 | 6:15 am

    I've just started scheduling posts and it really does make a difference. Great tips!

  3. Nicole
    February 24, 2011 | 6:22 am

    I need to start scheduling posts. I've just now figured that out….sad I know…haha. You really have such great advice. And apparently, you don't read me because I don't have an email subscription set up! Can't have that! I must have you as a reader. MUST. :-) Any idea how I add that? Is it a widget?

  4. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    February 24, 2011 | 6:28 am

    I am trying to work in little bits of writing as I think of them, instead of waiting for a big block of time. Keeping my notebook at the ready and jot down ideas as I go. The perfect writing time does not exist.
    I'm not a weekend internetter either, Sunday night I delete all the posts in my reader and start again.
    And agreed- The apologizing needs to stop!

  5. JG
    February 24, 2011 | 6:55 am

    I enjoyed this post thoroughly. I am finding more often than not, you need to have done this for at least a year or longer to have this realization.

    Some more advice for anyone who wants to read.

    #1.

    I don't know how anyone with a life can sift through their readers and what not.

    I follow people mainly out of respect. I know others use their readers through who they follow and that's pretty much the only reason I put a followers box back up. Last go around, I found that people wouldn't read because my follower count scared them away. If that happens again, out it goes.

    Tracie (SW) was the first to open my eyes to #2. Unplugging. That goes for the evenings too. That's family time people.

    I might reply to an email or two but I will not read your blog nor create one on the evenings or the weekends. That's sacred time I'll never get back.

    Scheduling. lol. That's kind of funny. I used to scheduled 4-5 to go daily but the stress of posting something daily has gone completely out the window with me. If I have something good to post, I will. Otherwise if the blog sits for a week, so be it.

    And #5?

    One of the first posts I did back was to post a 10 Commandments of blogging.

    You didn't read a post that I might reference later on? Big deal.

    You didn't get back to me with so and so? Big deal.

    You mean to tell me that you didn't read my post and comment knowing full well the shit is emailed to you via subscription?

    Big deal.

    For those of you who feel otherwise?

    You really need to get a life, so to speak.

    KLZ FTW

  6. Liz
    February 24, 2011 | 7:46 am

    I'm all about having everything in 1 form. Makes it SO much easier to handle!

    Also, I'm a huge proponent of writing down ideas and scheduling. I will start a post with either just a title or a title and a few phrases in the body of the post, and then save it as a draft. Right now I have almost 3 weeks worth of drafts in my editor.

  7. Annabelle
    February 24, 2011 | 7:53 am

    I would like to put a widgety thing on my blog for email subscription option. Any Blogspot users want to tell me how?

    Great advice

  8. Amy
    February 24, 2011 | 7:54 am

    great tips! I also do the not internetting on the weekend.

  9. Megan (Best of Fates)
    February 24, 2011 | 7:57 am

    I follow none of these guidelines – no wonder I'm crappy at this whole blogging thing!

  10. The Empress
    February 24, 2011 | 7:59 am

    I have so many posts prewritten. Posting, is not my problem.

    It's the guilt from not being able to visit those that see me.

    The guilt.

    Not even a laughing matter.

    See my serious face?

  11. tulpen
    February 24, 2011 | 8:09 am

    I have no business blogging. I have kids all day, and then work 3-11pm. I have very few, very small windows of alone time, and that is barely alone as husband actually like to talk to me once in a while.

    This vacation week, I've barely read a blog and managed to squeak out a post last night.

  12. Mama Jules
    February 24, 2011 | 8:32 am

    Great tips! I usually write posts at night after the kids go to bed and schedule them to publish in the morning. I read posts in the morning while I'm finishing my coffee and breakfast.

    I've learned it's better to post a few times a week when you're inspired than to post everyday just to post something. Quality, not quantity.

  13. Sandy
    February 24, 2011 | 8:40 am

    I have been reading blogs for years and it seems that just recently bloggers have started responding to comments…I don't get it. I know the blogger reads my comment and usually no comment on comment is required. There also seems to be this new goal to have lots of comments…who cares!?! I like blogging so I do it..I don't need validation from fellow bloggers. What I do appreciate is the occasional email I get from a reader who lets me know that a particular post moved him/her, that for me is worth a gazillion comments.

  14. Moomser
    February 24, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Thanks for the tips. Will get on the whole email thing, never occurred to me! Like some of the other commenters, I'm a night writer too, after the kids and husband are asleep, after we've had our quality time, I write. I find that in the quiet of night, inspiration is more likely to come a'knockin'. Plus, after having two kids in two years I've totally lost the need for sleep!

  15. Amanda @ It's Blogworthy
    February 24, 2011 | 8:51 am

    I used to go to every blog under the sun and stick them all on my google reader. Now I have probably 100 or more blogs. Even my “must reads” folder is untouched. I get the best links from Twitter friends, which helps even more because I can connect with them through that medium WHILE I'm reading their posts. I also use blogger dashboard to pick through a few at lunchtime.

    At your advice (I think you wrote one awhile ago about having an email subscription) I have subscribed to a few of my favs via email (esp. ones that I'd miss normally). It's been awesome.

  16. Funky Mama Bird
    February 24, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Number one makes me think I should really note let Feedburner defeat me in my quest to have email subscriptions on my blog. Do you think I could hire someone to figure it out for me? I am seriously defeated!

  17. Natalie
    February 24, 2011 | 9:11 am

    #2 is the one I'm having the biggest problem with. I just can't stay away on the weekends. Sigh.

  18. Sherri
    February 24, 2011 | 9:14 am

    This is great, KLZ! I purged my email subscriptions last week and moved all my favorites to the Google Reader and it's helped me in a big way.

    And I try not to post on the weekends too, but it is sometimes a good time for me to write posts. But family comes first…

  19. Sober Julie
    February 24, 2011 | 9:19 am

    Love this advie, for me it's going to make life easier. I'll figure out a reader (by watching your comments here hopefully) and manage my time better.

  20. Bossy Betty
    February 24, 2011 | 10:06 am

    Thanks for these tips! Google Reader helps me keep track of people. Diet Pepsi helps me keep track of myself.

  21. T
    February 24, 2011 | 10:37 am

    Thanks for the tips! I'm a newbie, so this is helpful.

    PS – I love Google Reader!

  22. Natalie
    February 24, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Yes on everything you said.. The best advice to find what works for you & go with it.

    And for the people who are too busy reading & commenting, how are they going to have anything worth of posting if they're not living their life?

  23. RottenMom
    February 24, 2011 | 10:47 am

    My Google reader is my go to place. Just started doing this a few weeks ago and can't believe I tried to read all over the place before.

    Love that your husband is your floor washer, mine is too, I haven't washed a floor in many years!

    Twitter tips! Blogging tips! So nice of you to share! Thanks!

  24. Kristin
    February 24, 2011 | 10:47 am

    These are all great tips!

  25. MiMi
    February 24, 2011 | 11:13 am

    It took me a long time to learn these rules, but eventually I think you do learn them. I needed this list when I first started! :)
    Number 5 is the best.

  26. Mommy Lisa
    February 24, 2011 | 11:48 am

    I ALWAYS wondered HOW to offer via email. Ummm DUH – through your Feedburner account stupid.

    So, now you can get me via email.

    You're welcome.

  27. zenaliciousmom
    February 24, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    Great post! I appreciate you sharing these tips. As a newish blogger this is quite helpful!!

  28. (Florida) Girl
    February 24, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    I'm a big fan of #2. It is not a hard and fast rule, but it keeps me living my life.

  29. Hutch
    February 24, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    I definitely agree but struggle with the “stop apologizing.” The thing is, if I you don't comment on the majority of posts in a given week, readers tend to stop commenting on yours, so an apology always comes out. I'm still trying to figure that time management part out, especially as I head into my busy season at work that lasts through September. I have the hardest time with the guilt of blogging when I can't comment.

  30. Jaclyn
    February 24, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    I found that I started posting more often when I found a few occasional features, almost like series that you can update with at any point. I do one called “My favorite things.” — It's essentially just a bunch of photos of pretty things I find on Etsy, but somethings ModCloth or other sites. I also do an occasional Q&A with Etsy shop owners … and a Quoted and Noted feature, which is often just a quote to make you think, but can have a full post attached to it. When I feel like I have nothing to post, one of those three things will usually come through for me.

    These are some great ideas, by the way. A really rockin' tutorial for folks just getting into the blogging scene. Kudos!

  31. Kristin @ That's What She Said
    February 24, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    I often wonder how you (and other bloggers) do it. Thanks for this post. I've never tried e-mail subscriptions before because I already have so many unread e-mails in my inbox as it is. I feel like they'd just add the the clutter. But I guess I could make a “Blog Subscriptions” folder and filter them there. It really would be nice to consolidate who I read and the way I read them. Right now I feel like I'm drowning between trying to read and comment on blogs, keep up on Twitter, and maintain my own blog, all while working full-time and being a wife/mom.

  32. Jeanette
    February 24, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    thanks for the advice! It can get pretty overwhelming at times. gotta remember the important stuff!

  33. Ms.Wasteland
    February 24, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    #5 is the BEST. Seriously people – it's just blogging.

  34. julie gardner
    February 24, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    I have email subscriptions for the blogs I want to read every day, then visit a lot of others when I have time – more like once or twice a week.

    I, myself, also only post once, MAYBE twice a week. I do NOT know how the daily bloggers (especially fabulous ones like you) do it.

    Seriously. Even with these tips. Every day?

    Holy crap!

    But on that note, do you think it's better to post most days rather than once a week? I kind of thought that one well-written post a week would be preferable to “churning something out” which is what I'd have to do to keep up with an “every day” schedule. But maybe I'm limiting myself – maybe I won't get as much exposure or following.

    Again. Holy crap.

  35. foxy
    February 24, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    I am always so impressed that you're able to get out the number of posts you do per week. With a full time job. And a family. And a whole life to live. Cripes… I barely get out my one a week and sometimes feel pressured just for that one!!

  36. Amanda
    February 24, 2011 | 7:34 pm

    Thank you, as an overwhelmed new blogger I love reading things like this, and take them to heart.

    No weekends is a very good idea that I need to implement. I have also found scheduling posts to be very useful.

    Blogging is fun, but I had no idea truly trying to make it happen would be this much work. I love it though! Nothing like the day you have an awesome post. I had a great reaction today and it totally re-energized me!

  37. Mom Went Crazy
    February 24, 2011 | 8:30 pm

    KLZZZZZZ thank you for writing this post! I'm, like, only two months into this gig. I'm not ready to give up, but this week has been crazy. I've had Google Reader looming over my head at over 350 posts to read. I'm just going to mark everything as read. Done and Done. Since I'm new, I respond to every comment I get. But I'm getting bigger and it's getting harder!
    Thanks for reminding me it's okay to have a life!

  38. Mandyland
    February 24, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    Awesome tips!

    I've found that the more blogs I read, the less I am on the internet over the weekend. It's weird how that worked out, but by the time Saturday rolls around, I'm OFF.

    Thankfully, most of my favorite bloggers *ah-hem* take the weekends off too. ;)

  39. Alexandria
    February 24, 2011 | 10:02 pm

    I have recently made the rule of no more then an hour or two of internet on starting on Friday night until Sunday evening. And I love it. Because I spend so much time on the computer for work & blogging I really need a break on the weekends.

    This week I started turning on classical music and set timer for 45 minutes and don't do anything but read & comment on blogs.

  40. 30ish Mama
    February 24, 2011 | 10:31 pm

    Great tips! I like to stay away on the weekends as well because that is family time. I'm trying to get to the place where I have a stock of written posts but I am struggling with finding time to write. Any day now I will figure out how to balance my time…just keep those blogging tips coming!

  41. Ilana @mommyshorts
    February 24, 2011 | 11:43 pm

    I actually have no idea if I have an email subscription option. I use feedburner and I think you have the option to get that through your reader or through email. Do you know the answer to this?

    Otherwise, I also skip the weekends. And I have a small “bank” of posts to use if I get in a bind. I also write just titles as draft posts sometimes as an easy way to keep track of my ideas. And I find having somewhat of a schedule helps— I have a loose theme for each day of the week that I almost always stick to.

  42. lifeintheboomerlane
    February 25, 2011 | 6:27 am

    Good tips. I'm already starting to feel overwhelmed.

  43. erin margolin
    February 25, 2011 | 9:00 am

    I need to do the no weekend thing, and I also need to just go by subscriptions to email. I'm heading that way already, but….it IS hard.

  44. Karen Peterson
    February 25, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    I'm starting to get better about the time management thing. I just read so many blogs that it's been a challenge to get into a good reading groove.

  45. Jennifer Brummett
    February 25, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    Great suggestions. I do like the idea of turning the internet off on weekends. Which I believe is a must with a family (i.e husband/wife and children). Me on the other hand, I'm single and the internet keeps me occupied (because I have no life — which is subject to change). But I do see more and more people really attached to there devices and I think it's good to have some DOWN TIME. Personally I'll just turn OFF my computer (and it works because I'm too lazy to wait for it to turn back on). And I'll even turn off my phone for some peace-and-quiet. I think you are more smart cookie to manage your blog/internet time and family time. I say, “What's work time for if not to take care of some personal business”. Shhhh, don't tell my boss I just said that. But I think he already knows. But I've been trying to work on getting more ideas out on paper. And that piece of paper is around here somewhere. Honestly, I did start one that I need to finish. Unfortunately it's a long one and will require parts. Okay enough about me. Again, loved the blog. Great suggestions as always. :)

  46. The mad woman behind the blog
    February 25, 2011 | 12:54 pm

    I'm totally pointing to this post as my excuse for my blogging failures —>See KLZ says I don't have to!

    YEAH, happy dance. And yes, the skipping the weekends has made this woman a happier more balanced mommy and wife.

  47. Lemon Gloria
    February 25, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    I would like for people to have the option to get posts emailed to them but I don't know how. A friend suggested it to me a while ago…and I know I have to use Feed Burner, and I got an account…but I can't figure it out.

  48. Lemon Gloria
    February 25, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    So, you totally inspired me to go digging around Feed Burner and I think I've figured it out. Thank you, KLZ! I hope you have a great Internet-free weekend!

  49. Tarja
    February 25, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    I feel like I just went to the bloggy confessional and you read my mind and lifted my spirits and I'm all like, Lord Jesus, there IS a heaven! The email subscriptions? Ditto. If they don't have 'me, I ain't there. Often. And the apologizing? I do it all the time – in my head – and now I can stop.

    Thank you, oh wise one. And your floors look amazing.

  50. MommaKiss
    February 25, 2011 | 8:09 pm

    All about what works for each person. I usually can only internet on the weekend. For real “internetting” Otherwise, it's weekday posting/commenting from the phone.

    Great tips.

    p.s.? I don't like apologizing for 'not blogging' but it happens.

  51. Booyah's Momma
    February 26, 2011 | 1:38 am

    Chalupa's comment just made me laugh. I can relate!

    These tips are awesome. Thanks for writing this. I needed to hear it this week, especially. And I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to visiting more this week…it's been crazy.

    Oh, crap. I just broke rule #5, didn't I?

  52. Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom)
    February 26, 2011 | 9:49 am

    Fabulous ideas!!

    I especially like no internetting on weekends (I try to do this too, but look at me commenting on a Saturday?) and the one about giving ourselves a break and living our lives.

    I'm really struggling with this last one. I want to go and read and comment…I feel like time slips away so fast. Good to know that we are all in the same boat and we should all cut ourselves a break:)

  53. Scaredmom
    February 28, 2011 | 12:36 am

    Thank you for a great blog and even better tips… Hope you dont mind me coping your mind. lol

    http://scaredmom.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/5-blogging-time-management-tips/

  54. ShorT1882
    March 1, 2011 | 7:10 am

    I'm a new reader :-) Thx for the tips!

  55. Robin @ Pink Dryer Lint
    March 1, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Great post. The “stop apologizing” point especially struck a nerve. We bloggers do take our blogs seriously. They can be an outlet, a form of therapy, even, but it's good to rid ourselves of the thought that they should “become” our lives.

    I want to live, not just write about living. Nicely said — thanks!

  56. The Preppy Girl in Pink
    December 16, 2011 | 6:30 am

    Thank you for this post. Since I am a newbie it can all seem too much some days. Too much to write, too much to read…the longer I blog, the more blogs I find that I enjoy. It just seems that some days I won't let myself up from my desk until I have commented on every single one that I follow. I needed someone to tell me that it is okay to skip commenting here and there, jot my ideas when I have them and devote some time to writing posts ahead.
    Thanks for the help…

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  58. Brenda
    July 28, 2013 | 5:16 pm

    I love your comment, “Stop Apologizing”. I come across so many blogs where the writer is apologizing, and if anything, it makes me not want to read the blog.

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