Blogging can be a hard affair especially if you are doing it part-time. But if you are a pro-blogger and it’s your source of income, it is one of the easiest things to do. The reason why I am saying it is hard for hobby bloggers is that they must divide their time between blogging and other daily activities, may it be work or school. It is easy for pro bloggers because all they do is blog.
But it doesn’t have to be hard for you. If you manage your time well, you will find that you have time for blogging and the other stuff. Here is how you can blog when experiencing time constraints.
Post 1-3 times a week. If you don’t have time to do anything else, obviously you don’t have time for blogging. Therefore, try and limit the number of times you blog in a week. Two times is fine. It not only ensures that you have quality posts but that you can also focus on promoting these posts for that week.
Schedule. The scheduling tool has made blogging very easy. As a result, one can write many posts when they are free and schedule them so that they can go out the exact time they want them to. Also, social media management tools have helped in promoting posts. You can now schedule your posts on Facebook, and Twitter using applications such as TweetDeck and Buffer.
Have a factory of ideas. When you look around you, you can get inspirations for your next blog post. Everything has a story. Ensure that you have an idea book where you can just jot down anything that is worth writing about. Trust me, everything is worth writing about. Also, you can get ideas from the comments on your blog posts. People will ask questions, why not answer them by writing a blog post? Or if it is something they are curious about, satisfy that by researching and coming up with a post that they can learn from.
Write shorter posts. It depends on what you are blogging about, but shorter posts are the best way to go. If you find yourself writing a post that looks like a thesis, chances are that most of the material in there is useless. Shorter posts ensure that your material is quality, understandable and helpful because it is straight to the point. No one wants to play the Amazing Race in your story by looking at hidden meanings and clues unless of course, you are a mystery writer, by which you should write a novel instead.
Always carry your laptop. You will never know when inspiration hits, but when it does, ensure that you are armed with a computer or iPad, whichever gadget you fancy. You might be sitting in traffic somewhere for an hour and wondering when you will get home so that you can write that post. A lot can be done in an hour. Just take out that laptop and get to work. By the time you reach home, you will have a skeleton you can work with.
Steal sometime from other activities. I know soaps are so interesting that you cannot bear missing an episode or your favorite Chelsea match, but sometimes, you have to sacrifice. Steal some time from your favorite shows and complete that post you started three days ago. Better yet, why not kill two birds with one stone and do both? That is if you are sure you can multitask. If not, turn the volume low and write that post. You will thank me later.
Do you have trouble blogging especially when you are not a full-time blogger? How do you cope with that?