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How To Budget Time for Blogging In 7 Steps

written by Guest Blogger on December 14, 2012

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Creating a blog is a powerful way to create interest in your products or services. However, the trick to maintaining a successful blog is to get people to come back again and again. The best way to achieve repeat visits is to provide fresh, new content that engages visitors. If your blog gets stale, or your blog posts are uninteresting, visitors will stop visiting your page, which is unfortunate for your business. To avoid this, bloggers must learn to budget their time wisely, so they have time to blog, even if they have a busy, backed-up schedule. Below are seven tips to help even the busiest bloggers find time to create new and entertaining content.

Seven Tips to Budget Time for Blogging

1.) Schedule Your Blogging Time

Don’t think of blogging as something you just do when you have time. It is important, and like all other important things in your life, you need to make sure you have time to get it done. To do this, create a blogging schedule. Depending on how often you add new content, you may need just a few minutes a day. Instead of mentally scheduling blogging time, write it down in your schedule, and commit to doing it every day.

2.) Learn to Write Faster and Shorter

While you may love to write long, interesting blogs, it is essential to realize that short blogs will also keep your visitors returning. You can even write teaser blogs to build anticipation about a blog that you are working on. Remember not every blog you write has to be 800+ words. Sometimes all you need to keep visitors engaged is 100 words of awesome content.

3.) Use Other Media Options

If you are remarkably short on time, consider adding other media options to your blog to keep visitors entertained. Examples of other media options that you could use include videos, cartoons and pictures.

4.) Set Up Realistic Goals

Think about how many blogs you want to write every month. Instead of writing on a whim, plan out your blog articles a month at a time. For instance, if you want to write 20 blogs a month, set up a schedule that allows you to complete 20 blogs. Then decide what those 20 blogs will be, you don’t have to have all the content completed, just write down ideas.

5.) Capture Ideas During Downtime

Every blogger has downtime, whether you are cooking in the kitchen or picking up your daughter from dance class, you often have several minutes throughout the day where you could be thinking about blog ideas. When a brilliant idea comes to you, write it down in a creativity notebook. This way when you are scheduling your blog articles for the month, you have ideas ready to go.

6.) Outsource or Use Guest Bloggers

If your schedule gets really tight, consider outsourcing your work to another freelance writer, or invite a guest blogger to post on your blog. If the guest blog goes particularly well, you may even want to invite the person to blog for you on a regular basis.

7.) Practice Makes Perfect

When you post a new blog, especially if it is a new topic or style, pay attention to your visitors’ responses to the blog. You may be creating content that you love, but if your visitors don’t love it as well, you may be wasting valuable time. Instead, try to create content that your visitors truly love. Concentrating on the type of content that gets results will help you create better content in the future.

Finding time to blog can be difficult, especially if it is not your day job, but dedicating time and energy every day to your blog will help you find what works best for you.

Charles Dearing has worked extensively in the web hosting industry. He is also an avid blogger and he enjoys sharing his hosting insights on various blogs. Visit WhoIsHostingThis.com to read reviews on popular webhosts.

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{ 25 comments }

Allie December 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

I love that you say it is ok to write something that is only 100 words long (but still great content). Sometimes I just think that I can’t write 600-1000 words every time. And, frankly, I was wondering if my readers would get bored.

I do try to include video. I may need to shake it up a little more. Thanks!

~Allie

Jonathan M. Santiago December 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.God bless you well….

Rohit December 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

While studying in collage it is very difficult to find time for blogging and it very helpful to note down the idea whenever it came to you mind..Thanks for this tip Jhon

Freedom Jackson December 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

Good points.

One of the best methods I found that works really well is to give yourself breathing room.

Write up a number of posts a head of time so that you are always a few weeks out until your next post is due. Use the scheduled post feature in Wordpress and enjoy.

This will decrease stress tremendously.

crazy sexy fun traveler December 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

I do schedule my posts and write down ideas when not online too.

Jason James December 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Ideas flow the most when I am not writing.

DesignerBrave December 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for a wonderful tips….I’m using mybloggest to increase my post count!

Vikas December 15, 2012 at 5:57 am

I agree. Scheduling is important for the blog posts.

Whitney December 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

These are some great tips. I think it’s important as a blogger to become an efficient machine that can get things done quickly and effectively.

adam December 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Great points John:) I am trying to start off my blog and get some readers right now and this should work out well:)

faisal December 16, 2012 at 2:28 am

Awesome tips, most importantly time is important, which gives you the learning ability.

Glenn December 16, 2012 at 6:21 am

Those are great tips! It’s absolutely essential to write stuff down with all aspects of your online business. It gives you focus, gives you something to refer to and helps you to plan.

I like the point about scheduling, this is probably something I should do myself. I suppose it’s like if you were working on a newspaper – you wouldn’t just write articles when you had a spare few moments with nothing else to do would you? it’s definitely important to schedule your time and work wisely

NPmeStory December 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thank you, John Chow for this wonderful tips. As myself, I love the idea of outsourcing.

Rajkumar Jonnala December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

hi,
wonderful post dude your tips are really useful. Its help to manage time for blogging. lot of thanks… :)

ZK December 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It’s easy to start a blog , anyone can do it ..the going gets tough when you have to keep churning our content everyday and manage it on a day to day basis. I like teh second tip “Learn to write faster and shorter” …if you can manage it then you’ll be able to schedule your blogging time well on the other hand if you struggle to write content, you’ll get frustrated and quit blogging….If you re a new blogger try to find guest bloggers to help you blog, this will help you concentrate on marketing of the blog without comprimising on the quality of your content

Don Jagoe December 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Very good tips. I need to start blogging much more often myself. Shorter blogs with high quality content makes perfect sense.

Ryan Ridgway December 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

Although pretty commonplace advice, these are all great! I like that you included the tip about post length. Readers don’t want to hear you blab on all day. Get to the point! If it can be done is 200 words, so be it! Great advice

Charles Dearing December 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

Thanks all of you guys for your comments, I am glad that you found my post helpful, as John said it’s easy to build a blog but maintaining it it’s another story and time it’s always a rare commodity for bloggers :)

prabhat December 17, 2012 at 5:01 am

well,all the tips are nice but 2nd one is really great. if you have good typing speed you will definitely finish the post in less time. and yes there should be a schedule for blogging.
one thing i’d like to add is ”having a partner”. it helps a lot. sometimes you need to take rest.
btw , thanks for sharing this post

Mahesh RJ December 18, 2012 at 5:21 am

Thanks for such a great article. I always depend upon guest articles whenever i don’t have time. It really works well for me.

Arwin Adriano December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I love the idea you shared here. It’s very true that bloggers lose ideas on what to post because of some busy schedules throughout the day. What works for me during that time is to look for bloggers who are willing to write for you, bloggers who share the same idea. By these ways you could make your blog update without thinking of what to write for.

tom@morethanpepper December 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

sweet tips john keep prospering

Joi December 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

Great advice! I’ve found that daily schedules are a MUST. I work full time from home with my web publishing business and it’s simply too easy to get distracted without a schedule to keep me honest.

I’ve also found that the “15 minute” rule works like a charm. The thought process is that we always have 15 minutes we’re willing to devote to something. So if I tell myself, during the day, to work on a blog post or article for “just 15 minutes,” I always sit down to do just that. However, when the 15 minutes are up, more times than not, I’m so “into” what I’m doing, I go on and finish.

Thanks for a very inspiring blog, I always get something out of each post!

krissy knox December 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Great post. And great ideas! The things I struggle with the most are scheduling my blogging time, and keeping my posts short so I’ll be able to finish them quickly. Sometimes I stress out and don’t even want to begin starting to write a post, bc I think it’ll take awhile to write it. That’s bc I’ve gotten out of good writing habits and begun to go on too long, when it comes to writing posts. I wasn’t always this way. I used to schedule posts, and write them 5 – 7 days a week, each being average in length (a very good size — not too long, not too short). The posts were well written and interesting and loved by my readers. I wrote consistently. Now I consider writing a real drudgery as I have trouble keeping the posts short enough, so I don’t want to even try. This upsets me, as I have been blogging for since 2004, 8 of those yrs joyfully and doing quite well. Help me, as I’d like to put the joy back in my blogging!

The Blogging Resource January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

I use an editorial calendar to plan my blog topics. Makes it much easier to come up with content. I agree with previous posts that even it it’s only 100 words, if it’s high quality it doesn’t need to be longer.