As you may know, I started school about two weeks ago. And as you may have noticed… I’ve barely posted on here. School is taking so much of my time, leaving me with none to read, blog, or do ANYTHING that I used to do quite frequently. It’s such a change from last year, where I was able to post almost every other day.
So obviously, that won’t be the case this year.
I’m going to try to post at least twice a week, but we’ll see. That might not happen. I’m HOPING I’ll be able to do that, but I just don’t know.
School HAS to be a priority for me, and while blogging is obviously incredibly important…it comes second to school.
I think most people know what I’m talking about. A lot of us bloggers spend a lot of time on our blogs, doing things that COULD be accomplished in shorter amounts of time, freeing that time to do other things. Like reading, or writing, or sleeping. Or more important things, like working, chores, homework, etc. There are ways to get the time you spend on your blog down, and I’m here to show you a few suggestions!
#1: Pick a day to reply to comments.
It takes a lot of time to reply to each comment individually as it is commented, so pick a day to go through your comments and respond! This way, you aren’t ignoring the comments, and it takes less time.
Sundays are my days to do this. I go through the previous weeks’ comments and reply.
This may not seem like a lot of time, but think about it. Say you respond to each new comment as it arrives. Replying to one comment takes what, a minute? If you pick one day to respond a week, you can reduce the time you spend commenting back and get other things done, because you’re doing them all at once.
#2: Schedule posts.
This has seriously been a lifesaver for me. Before scheduling posts, I would be up the night before the post was supposed to go up, frantically trying to finish it. Now, I can write my posts days, weeks, sometimes even MONTHS in advance!
(Although that last one doesn’t happen very often.)
But really, scheduling posts HELPS. I write my posts on the weekends, when I have more time, and schedule them for later.
Even if you’re not actually writing the posts, use a calendar to plan ahead. At least you KNOW what you’ll have to write about for a specific day, which is way better than the night before realizing, I have a blog post that needs to go up tomorrow. And I have NO CLUE WHAT IT SHOULD BE.
#3: Draft posts on your phone.
Are you on the train/bus/passenger in a car while driving to work or school? WRITE BLOG POSTS. When I get a break between classes or driving to school, I’m writing down post ideas or writing the posts themselves. I have the handy WordPress app on my phone, and while it’s not perfect, it’s incredibly useful. I can get the post (or the structure and ideas for the post) written and that will save me so much time later. If you don’t use WordPress, the Notes or Google Docs apps are also great.
#4: Write down any and all ideas you have as soon as you have them.
I can’t TELL YOU how many times I’ve thought of an excellent post idea (often in the shower, or late at night)-and then forgotten it. Write down your post ideas, no matter how small. They could develop into something larger later. You WANT ideas for when you’re out of inspiration.
#5: Find the best time for you to write.
I personally write best in the evening. In the mornings, I’m rushed and tired, but at night, that’s the best time for ME. Find out when your most productive time is, and use it to your advantage!
#6: Blog whenever you can- no matter how short the length of time is.
Have ten minutes between classes? Slightly similar to #3, my next tip is that no time is to short to blog in. Those ten minute sessions WILL add up and help you.
#7: Avoid distractions.
Turn off Twitter, a ebook, and email notifications and don’t check them when you’re writing. This WILL save you time, I promise. I am a huge procrastinator/time waster, so I just try to set a timer and then not check anything for that amount of time. That time is just for blog post writing.
#8: But give yourself (timed) breaks.
Breaks are important! Have you been writing for 30 minutes? Give yourself time to check Twitter, or stretch, or do something to relax yourself. But do remember to not let yourself forget about the actual writing…you’ll get cared away, and THAT’S why setting a timer is important.
#9: Do specific tasks all at once.
Like #1, when you have something to do (replying to emails, responding to Twitter notifications, etc), don’t do it as you receive each thing. You can pick a day or time for these, too! You’ll spend a lot less time if you simply decide on a time to do them all at once instead of checking them periodically to procrastinate with the writing of blog posts.
Do you ever struggle with balancing work or school with blogging? Do you have any tips to help other bloggers (or me!)? Do you, or will you, use any of these tips?
Thanks for reading!