As some of you may know, I recently switched jobs and my new job requires me to go into an office. It’s a wonderful opportunity and I’m loving it – literally I love what I do. BUT, while I love being in an office environment, it was certainly easier to blog when I had a very flexible schedule. Now that I’m gone from home from 7am-7pm most days, I’ve found I have to be very strategic when it comes to my blogging. So with that in mind, I’m sharing a few tips that have helped me keep blogging even with an increased workload and objectively less time. Welcome to my Blogging While Busy tips – please share your own in the comments.
- Draft posts wherever and whenever you can. I draft posts while commuting, while waiting at the doctor’s office or in line. Having the wordpress app on my phone allows me to do that easily. While I very rarely launch a post from my phone, I can get the bulk of the text written so that when I’m at my computer all I have to do is edit and publish. Take advantage of small slots of time you have and make use of them. I can usually draft one complete post over the course of two mornings riding the bus to work – if traffic is bad, sometimes one morning! This makes a BIG difference in allowing me to continue blogging with limited time. We’re all busy – this is a great way to get it done!
- Get some support. My new Facebook Group (you can request to join here – please do!) recently did a blogging challenge last week: I challenged everyone to draft at least one post for the following week. It was really fun to do this together and with everyone’s support most of the group went above and beyond the challenge! Find folks who can help you with ideas to get posts drafted – blogging friends are a must!
- Themes and series’ are your friend. Each week, I know I’m posting a Friday Five post and I know I’m posting a training recap post. While I obviously can’t draft my training recaps in advance, I can go ahead and get the framework in a new post and fill it in over the week. I also do a blog stats and income post each month. I make sure to get these posts on my calendar monthly so I know where I have room for other posts. It really helps me to visually see it all (I use CoSchedule to help manage this – you can check out my review here) laid out like that!
How do you handle blogging while busy?