Very few bloggers enjoy the luxury of being self-employed writers. For most, blogging is a time consuming hobby which often needs to be finely balanced against the realities and commitments of life: full-time jobs, a family to look after, a busy social schedule or all the above.
I’m no exception to this, with long working days and commutes during the week and generally quite busy weekends. Here are a few tips of my own to keep on top of your blogging when busy.
Write several posts at once
When you eventually get a chance to sit down with your laptop and a cup of tea, try and make the most of it.
You might catch a few hours on a Sunday afternoon or a random week day. Either way, try and write or at least plan a few additional posts. If you manage to write several posts, schedule them ahead for publishing. This will help make up for time you won’t necessarily have later on.
Likewise, most of us can’t afford to spend the day fucking around on Facebook or Twitter (apologies to any mummy blogger offended by this comment). Social media is a major source of visits for most blogs, so not sharing your posts on a regular basis can actually cause a significant dip in readership.
There are a lot of tools out there including Tweetdeck, Buffer and Hootsuite which can help you prepare social media posts and schedule them for the times you know tend to attract most readers.
By the way, if you blog on WordPress the stats plugin can help you identify which times and days are most successful for you which is really useful. There are also a few useful studies on this topic.
Host guest posts
Too busy to write anything? There is always the option of letting someone else be the star on your blog.
Hosting guest posts is a very good way to network with and get to know bloggers in your niche. It might also be your chance to offer something a little different from your regular posts, with a writing style or approach.
Guest writers will most likely share their posts on social media as well, which helps promote your blog.
Blog on public transport
In fact, I’m doing it right now! If like me, you have a long commute – over an hour for yours truly – make the most of it. I find blogging on public transports helps me remain relatively productive on the blogging front, even during the week.
It’s also a great escapism from the bad armpit smells and continued invasion of personal space, which makes the whole journey home go by much quicker. A lovely added bonus!
Less wordy posts
Finally, you could also just write shorter posts. My blog posts tend to be pretty wordy, and because I’m so critical of my own writing I often spend ages just re-reading and making minor corrections to make everything perfect (it never is)
Writing shorter posts at busier times of the year makes things a little easier. Got loads of pictures you’ve meant to share for ages? Why not publish a more visual post?
Share your best blogging time hack tips in the comments section 🙂