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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Tips for the Time-Challenged Blogger

Tine-challenged, bloggingIt's true that blogging will take over your life if you allow it to, and sometimes it's important to remind ourselves that we blog because that's what we love to do.

Here are my top 5 tips for getting ahead and making time for everything else when life is hectic and doesn't allow you the freedom to lavish as much time as you'd like on your blog...

1. Carry a pen, notebook and small camera around with you at all times. You never know when inspiration for a brilliant blog post, or that perfect photo op might arise - and it would be a shame to waste any idea that's potentially useful at a later date. Jot down a few notes (no matter how random) and snap a few photos as you go.

2. Aim to have several posts in reserve for when life gets in the way of everything and time is scarce. Make sure that the posts aren't seasonal or time-sensitive. Book reviews, blogging tips and recipes all work well.

3. Don't panic when you need to write a post in a hurry. If you only have an hour, log off social media, set a timer and commit to writing without interruption. It's amazing what you can achieve if put your mind to it. Get to know what type of posts you can write within a relatively short time scale. For me, it's The Week That Was posts that materialise almost effortlessly. These feature snippets of news from the previous week and, as I've often snapped a few photos during that time - these slot in rather well. Here's an example if you want to take a peek: The Week That Was.

4. Accept that there will be times when you can't be omnipresent on social media, or comment on as many blogs as you'd like to. When pushed for time, I tend to read and comment (or share) posts from twenty or so of my favourite blogs. I won't join in with linkies or comment threads if I know I won't have time to do these justice - as it's unfair to fellow bloggers and hosts. 

5. Remind yourself that it's not the end of the world if you need to step away from blogging for a while. What's going on in real life should always take precedence and because the blogging community is such a fabulous place to be - you'll be able to pick up exactly where you left off. You might even come back to blogging with a fresh outlook and lots of inspired ideas for brilliant new posts.

So that's my top 5 tips for bloggers who don't always have as much time as they'd like to lavish on their blogs.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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16 comments :

  1. Great advice...
    I always try to have a few posts in reserve. It's good to have something to fall back on if real life gets in the way.

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  2. Gosh I never have posts in reserve but it's a good tip. And I agree that life should take precedence. Never blog for the sake of it is what I would add, but you've kind of said it really. I love your Week that Was posts - they give us a real feel for you and your life :) xx

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  3. Great tips. I always aim to have posts in reserve but I'm useless!! x

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  4. Number three is a perfect tip! Some of my best posts are written when I think I don't have time, and just bash out 400 words. Something about the focus, and the inspiration just makes you produce results. Blogging doesn't have to be time-consuming.

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  5. Ahh to have posts in reserve would be amazing. Very good tips! Definitely going to try some of these..

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  6. Great tips blogging can sometimes be so time consuming I've started to schedual posts in advance.

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  7. Hi Izzie, I think your five points cover the important bits. I have WP app on my phone and will loosely draft a post when I get that 'I must get that down' feeling as I often find if the moment has gone so does a little something and it's not the same.

    As a new blogger I would worry about stepping away from the blog if I had to, but I needn't have worried as once you step back again it's like you've never been away, which is one of the things I love about blogging. The community is always there as is social media.

    One thing I have never gotten into the habit of is having posts ready in case of emergency. I have rough drafts, but that's it. I've found I'm more of a here and now sort of writer.

    Good tips!

    xx

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  8. These tips are great. As a newbie to blogging. I'll definitely take these in board. Thank you

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  9. I never have any posts in reserve, I always prepare a post in the moment and let my thoughts flow. I wish I could be more organised though, it'd be a great help! :)

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  10. I need to keep more notes, I often have great ideas for blog posts and then forget what it was

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  11. Great tips, I have hardly any time to blog and I am always feeling like I am playing catch up. I really need to start being more organised and scheduling posts xx

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  12. I have heard these tips before but I always struggle to follow them. I never seem to have enough posts in reserve and then I spend far too much time on social media interacting with readers. Before I know it, I have lost hours.

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  13. Great advice keeping posts in reserve...like posts for a rainy day..must try this. We tend to find that 'life' gets in the way of blogging sometimes...that's why we take blogging breaks to recoup and take stock xx

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  14. Scheduling works for me, I find it helps with ensuring that I keep to my busy schedule and doesnt add any more stress to my already busy life x

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  15. I need to do some of these. Especially the switching off social media and timing myself.

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  16. Great tips Izzie. I've tried to have some posts in reserve, then they get used up and I suddenly realise I have no back up.

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