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.