Running a blog takes a lot of time. You have to come up with ideas for your posts, write them and polish them up to be the best they can be, reply to comments, promote your posts across the web, engage in social networking…the list goes on and on and on.
That’s why so many bloggers get burned out and give up. The good news is that running your blog doesn’t have to be a chore or feel like having a second full-time job. If you work smarter, not harder, you can make the most of the time you devote to your blog.
- Schedule time to work on your blog—If you don’t schedule time to work on your blog, you’re going to have a hard time getting around to it. You’ll tell yourself that maybe tomorrow you’ll write another post, if you can find the time. You need to create a blogging schedule, based on your available time. Find slots of time where you could work on your blog, and put them on your schedule. This ensures you work on your blog regularly, while also keeping you focused on getting the job done in the allotted time.
- Find times for multitasking—There are certain times throughout the day where you can do a couple of things at once. For example, if you take public transportation to work, you could write your blog posts during your commute. Or, if you find yourself doing some menial task that doesn’t require a lot of your attention, you might be able to scratch out some content then.
- Moderate comments in bulk—You don’t have to moderate and respond to comments in real-time as they come in. You’ll constantly be getting distracted. Set aside some time each day (maybe a few short blocks of time throughout the day) to deal with all of your comments at once.
- Build a network of promoters—Promoting blog posts effectively takes time, but if you get help from others, you don’t have to do it all on your own. Try to build a network of people you can rely on to help promote your posts. In exchange, you can help them with their promotional needs.
What are some other tips for blogging more efficiently?