Blogging is something that anyone can do, and it can easily offer you a salary that supports the lifestyle you want and those you care about. While many people would assume it’s a full-time job, blogging is extremely flexible in terms of your work hours.
It’s all about finding time for your blog. That’s why today I’m going to show you five ways you can streamline your blogging efforts and ensure you have plenty of time to keep everything running smoothly.
5 Ways to Find More Time For Your Blog
If we ask ourselves “what’s a blog?” we quickly find out that a lot of work goes into making one successful. The best way to find more time for a blog, is to find ways to cut down on the time you need to maintain it and publish posts.
Let’s look at five ways you can start making more time for your blog.
1. Compile Blog Post Ideas
The worst feeling in the world is staring at a blank post and not having a clue what you want to write about. You can solve this by having a running list of ideas handy for whenever it’s time to blog. You don’t even need to be at your computer for this one.
Keep a notebook handy or create a memo on your phone. Whenever creativity strikes, pull it out and jot down an idea for your next blog post. Keep doing this whenever you’re out and about, and you’ll have a nice backlog of ideas to choose from every time you sit down to write.
If you’re really struggling with constantly jotting down ideas, consider these quick ways to get past your writer’s block:
- Read a book
- Take a nice long walk outside
- Listen to various types of music
- Check out some inspiring quotes
- Do something fun (your mind will work in the background)
2. Outline Your Articles in Advance
This one helps me out a lot, especially with longer posts. You’re probably always thinking about how to keep things moving. This stress can bog you down and cause you to write in circles as you attempt to boil down the subject matter.
If you have a clear path from the beginning, your posts will flow a lot easier and you’ll find that you need less time to write them as well. For my posts, I like to lay out the headers for each of my major points, along with my headline. Think of it like building the skeleton of your post before you dive into it.
Many of the posts I work on tend to have lists at some point. This is an example of how I would write an outline for one:
- H1 – My headline
- H2 – Broad header explaining the focus of the list
- H3 – point #1
- H3 – point #2
- And so on…
- H2 – Final Thoughts
If you have outlines like these set up with your thoughts quite literally on paper, you won’t need to spend time doing research or planning things out as you go. You can create similar outlines or layouts for other types of content like landing pages as well.
3. Form Writing Habits
If you form a writing habit, then you’ll naturally feel the need to write each day, exactly at the time that’s best for you. Of course, forming a habit requires you to repeat something consistently until it becomes second nature.
Here’s how you can start forming a writing habit today:
- Make it known to your readers that you’re trying to form a habit in writing. This creates accountability.
- Choose a time to work each day that’s typically free of distractions
- Write down the things that motivate you
- Set rewards for yourself as you hit certain milestones
- Find out what inspires you and keep it handy.
- Try to have fun, and enjoy your writing
4. Break Down Your Tasks
If you look at all the things you need to accomplish for your blog, it will probably make you dizzy and stressed. While it may seem like an impossible task for one person to maintain everything, you can manage if you break the big tasks down into smaller ones.
So, let’s say you want a certain number of blog posts per month with social media promotion for each of them. Space things out so you’re working on the posts consistently, while still leaving time for your social media efforts.
Plan things out with an editorial calendar and set your schedule ahead of time so you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish each month, week, and day. This level of organization will help you best fit your goals into daily tasks.
5. Invite Guest Authors
If you find that you need more content, but you don’t have the time to increase your posts on a monthly basis, why not open up your blog to guest authors? Many blogs these days allow guests to write posts. This benefits your blog with new content, while also giving additional exposure to the authors who write for you.
The important thing to remember here, is that your authors should be people who are experts in your industry that can offer actionable and valuable content. You should also make sure the topics they pitch are relevant to your readers.
Finally, it’s best to set forth guidelines for them to follow. Include requirements like these:
- Word count
- Number of images
- Preferred topics and concepts
- How to submit the post
Blogs are an incredible way to make a living doing something you love. Finding time for them can be difficult, but if you save time with these methods, you’ll find that you have the extra space in your schedule that you need to make your blog a priority.
How do you find time to work on your blog?
Please, let us know in the comments!