Thursday, March 29, 2012

blog lessons {5}

Today, is the final installment in the series but here's a quick recap from the earlier posts in the series:
Blog Lessons {1} // Blog Lessons {2} // Blog Lessons {3} // Blog Lessons {4}
Today, I'm talking about managing time when it comes to blogging and here are three areas that are helpful to keep in mind. Blogging can be quite an adventure and  as I already mentioned, the relationships you make with other bloggers are fun, but can quickly become important. Just as in in any relationship, they'll require some time. I've broken it into three portions for you.

{1} Create content for your on blog. There are several ways to go about blogging. Some do it on a daily basis, while others blog ahead (over the weekend or at another time in the week) and schedule their posts. Choose the one that works for you. For me, there are weeks that I spend a weekend afternoon getting all my posts in order and scheduling ahead, while other weeks I simply squeeze it into my evening for the next day. It does take some work, but I love scheduling ahead or at least choosing a topic for each day of the week.

{2} Communication is not overrated. I don't want to repeat myself since I talk about how I feel about replying to comments last week. But I do think it can be broken into a few areas. In addition to scheduling time for writing blog posts, it can be necessary to schedule time for the other pieces that go along with blogging such as email and Twitter. I don't often "schedule" time, but I do try to spend 15-20 minutes per day on the two combined.
  • Email -create an account for your blog. Use it for sponsorships, comments, and more. I only check this email two times per day (and I don't typically access it on my phone), but I force myself to reply to emails.
  • Twitter -Schedule tweets for your blog posts at least one day ahead. Interact with other bloggers by joining the conversation and contributing.

{3} Plan for the deadlines. You may be asked to write a guest post or explore a sponsorship, so it's necessary to be aware of deadlines. Create them for yourself and adhere to ones given by other bloggers. Consider making a blog calendar for yourself to stay organized. This can be as simple as an excel document or as pretty as making color-coded a calendar posted by the space you blog in. Be sure to be aware of your own schedule so you can factor in others.

How do you use your time when it comes to blogging?

10 comments:

  1. I hate deadlines! Ever since school, they've just terrified me. But boy do they keep me in line! Thanks for this great series on blogging!

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  2. I just created myself a super nifty blog planner with calendars and sponsor info spreadsheets - hoping this will help me get organized and manage my time more wisely! Time will tell.

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    1. That sounds great, it's just the thing that would motivate me :) Hope it works for you!

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  3. What great ideas Beth! I'm so not good with deadlines lately. I need to get better at this (I even bought a blog planner!). I'm off to read your other lessons!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I'm not always great with deadlines myself :-/

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  4. I like to schedule my posts ahead of time - and I also find that keeping a blogging calendar next to the computer is super helpful in terms of deadlines (and also ideas I want to jot down!)

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    1. I'm actually starting to use a google calendar for my blog and really like it so far. Hoping I can keep it up :)

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  5. Good advice, Beth. I should probably start thinking more about scheduling my blog writing, since I am spending more time on my blog now.

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    1. Be patient with yourself. It takes a while to get into a rhythm, but I really like being able to schedule posts, especially if I'm traveling or something!

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