Being a blogger can be rewarding, because you get to be the master of your own information-vessel. You are the one that controls what people see and you can write whatever you want. It can be rewarding, but it can also be a massive time vampire. And, sometimes it is going to start feeling like work.
To avoid it feeling like work you will need to jump on your blogging feeling when it comes. Your blogging feeling is that little urge you get to write. When you feel the urge you need to start writing, and write as many blog posts as you can before the feeling goes away. That way you have blog posts in reserve for those weeks when you just cannot be bothered to do id. If you don’t want to lose lots of time when blogging, then here are some tips.
Set time limits for your blogging
You should have a larger time limit anyway, because ideally you want to post a blog post every week, fortnight or every month. But, you should also set a time limit for how long you are going to spend blogging. Some people are able to sit down to write a blog post, and then waste a full day doing it. If you are like this then you need to set yourself some goals and time yourself doing them.
Try something such as typing one hundred words per fifteen minutes. Set a small timer and try to portion your writing so that you get out one hundred words in fifteen minutes. Then have a five or ten minute cooling period and try again for another fifteen minutes of writing.
Make sure you have a scheduling tool
A scheduling tool can be a great device to help make you more productive. Create a backlog of blog posts and upload them onto your scheduling tool, and then let the scheduling tool do all the blog posting for you, and the RSS feed updating too. All you need to do is set it and then write and upload the blog posts.
It is good because it allows you to get ahead of yourself, and it makes your blog posting more uniform. Your viewers will know at what time you post every week, so will know when to check your RSS feed. If you have very loyal viewers then they may even be disappointed if your posts are as much as an hour late.
Plan your blog posts before you start writing
This is vitally important because not enough people plan what they are going to write. Be it essay, narrative or blog post, you need to plan what you are going to write. Even if the plan is nothing more than a bunch of points that you are going to cover, because at least then you have the basis of a structure for your blog post. If your blog has just one point, then you need to break that point down into sections that you are going to cover.
You can make your points into headers for your blog posts if you like. If you do not have a plan then you are very likely to ramble on in your blog post, and are highly likely to miss things out that you wanted to include. You are also likely to cover one side/argument in detail whilst having to skim over the other because you have run out of time, enthusiasm, or word count.
Write in detail on one subject and split them into series
This is a very clever little tactic, because it means you can spend an evening writing and come away with lots of blog posts. And, it means you can give your readers an incentive to come back next week. People are able to see the thrilling conclusion or the next installment of your fascinating blog post series.
It also means that you get to go into detail instead of skimming over one subject to try and get the basics all in there. It means you can start with a basics blog post and move onto more advanced matters as the week progresses. It means that you can be very focused on one element on one week, and then tie it into the bigger picture next week.
Remove the distractions from your work area
This involves locking the kids and the spouse out of the room (or the parents). It means turning off your TV or removing it from the room. It means logging out of your Facebook and Email, and means turning off your phone. Even if you leave the phone on for emergencies, you are still going to be distracted when Billy Bob texts you to say that he has found a dead body by the train tracks.
It means you are going to be distracted when you are texted by anyone or when your email alerts pop up. They may seem like minor distractions, but these are the little things that turn two hours work into an evening’s work.
Do not write on your laptop in bed
You are too comfortable and you run the risk of falling asleep. It is true that comfort is important, but you need a certain level of discomfort if you wish to maintain your own attention. Writing on your laptop on your bed will also cause you to shift positions more often, and shifting position is another time vampire that you could do without.
Do not blog on your phone or tablet
It may seem like it is convenient, but it takes too long to get your words out, and you are more prone to mistakes. If you are bored in some place then you need to figure out how you got yourself into this unproductive predicament, and you need to start angling your way out of it so that you can go and do something more productive.
Identify your target audience and ask yourself why they would care
Being a productive blogger means that you write what your audience wants to hear. Seven hundred blog posts about the heroic pigeon that stole a lump of bread from your cat’s mouth is not going to thrill your readers. If you want to be truly productive, then get into the head of your viewers and ask yourself what they are thinking and what their motivations are.
Hire another writer to do it for you
Finally, if you want to be truly productive then have someone else do it for you. Hire a writer and get on with your life. The most productive form of blogging is when someone else does the blogging for you. Let them spend hours of their life staring at a computer screen as they belt out some content.