I just got done reviewing the Flourish: Balance For Homeschool Moms book and it got me thinking about how I was spending my time a lot. I imagine you’re in the same boat too about not knowing what is worth your time and what isn’t with this whole blogging career.
I have decided it was time to look at my blogging time management. (You know the adage, “It’s easy to give advice, it’s not always easy to follow your advice?” I’m the pot calling the kettle black. I KNOW what works because I’ve worked with enough bloggers now to know what they do.)
I’ve learned a lot by becoming a VA. Plus having my oldest son as an intern helps me see it from an employee’s point of view. I’ve learned that there are a lot of nonsense things that do add up, but they are major time sucks! Then there are things we can do to fix it.
Today’s tips are all ones I’m sure you’ve heard of other places, but I will add my spin on it too.
My Time Management Blogging Style for You
1.) Remember why you started blogging.
If you’re anything like me and have been blogging for a while, you tend to really forget why you started blogging. In the most recent Learn to Blog Hangout video that I try to watch each week, I was reminded that even after all, this time, I still don’t have a solid picture of what I want to write about the most.
I know I started this blog to chat about how a person is really able to overcome abuse and become whole again. I wanted to share my faith and love for God with you. I also wanted to ensure that I was promoting keeping marriages together. Yet, I don’t see that very much throughout my last 30 blog posts as they suggested I should be able to see. As you can see I have been working diligently to go back to those blogging roots that I had in mind for my blog but yet follow God’s lead in making that happen.
If you’re blogging for money, then you’re in the wrong profession! You may strike gold for a while, but it quickly goes away. Blog for the love of it first!
2.) Get Your Family On Board
You didn’t think I was going to throw that one in the mix did you? Many people don’t take into account how much having a hobby affects everyone in the family. It takes you away from them and serving their needs and desires. It also costs money (I don’t know of a single hobby that is well loved that doesn’t cost money.)
When I started my blog, I didn’t even tell Del I was going to do it. I just did it because I thought it was just going to be a way for me to deal with my emotional demons and let others join in with me in working my way through it all. After all, that was what my blog was on SparkPeople many years ago, and I had a HUGE support group on there.
Then this blog turned into something way MORE. I started working with fantastic companies and making a bunch of blogging friends. Then it became my addiction and then it became my addiction and my job. Low and behold, I’m spending 40 plus hours a week on my blog.
At first, Del wasn’t seeing the benefits from my time spent on it. Then UPS and FedEx started coming almost three or more times a week with a whole bunch of products for us to review. On top of that, we were sitting comfortably paying our bills with its income until I decided to try another avenue of earning income. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one and building everything back up. I’m in the starting over a phase of blogging.
He jumped on board and started making sure all the kids had their set of chores that they took on. I have my jobs too, but they honestly are so slim now it’s actually enjoyable. I get to focus on teaching my kids, serving my husband’s needs and wants, and on my down time spend time with the kids. If I had known what a difference it would have made to have them on board with my whole blogging journey, I would not have wasted so much time with it.
3.) Budget Blogging Investment Money
If you have a hobby you love, you’re going to spend money on it. Whether it’s in gas to go do it, gas and supplies to do it, food to keep the animal, gas to run the four wheelers, …well you get my point.
At this point in the game, I invest $80.00 a month in my blog. Prior to making money on my blog, I only spent money in getting my theme, my hosting for a year, and my domain name (total $100.00) and that covered me for my first year of blogging. I got that money back and then some rather quickly after I made the switch to WordPress!
Here is what I spend my $110.00 a month on:
1) I use MomWebs for hosting and left them once before and regretted it and am gladly a loyal customer of theirs again.
2) PicMonkey– $4.99. The best money spent each month!
3.) If you’re like me then investing in quality images is a must! I’m still figuring out how to use the quality images I get from DollarPhotoClub.com to the fullest, but at least, my images are starting to improve.
Then I keep the extra a month to spend on virtual assistants for me, training tools, conferences, or any other things that strike me as something worth doing for my blog.
That kind of brings me to my next suggestion.
5.) Hire a Virtual Assistant
If you budget it correctly and hire the right virtual assistant, you can get them to do a lot for you for a little bit of money. This investment gives you time to focus on writing, even more, quality content, marketing more, spending time socializing with others, or just gives you extra quality time with your family (which to me is priceless!)
There is a WIDE range of virtual assistants that do a lot of things. They can do linking up your blogs for you on giveaway links, blog hops, scheduling social media, ghostwriting, searching for images, and so much more. Jimmy is doing a lot of these things for me now, and I can tell a big difference from when he helps me and when he doesn’t!!
6.) Schedule What You Can
When you’re on a writing kick, don’t stop at one blog post. Keep going. I don’t know about you, but when I get the itch to write as long as I keep going I can pop out a lot of blogs at one time. I used to literally post them all on that day. I’ve since learned the error of my ways. Now, I may post two blog posts a day, but that will be my limit! I don’t want to overload my readers one day and then be quiet as a mouse for a period again. It didn’t do me or them any favors!
1.) Well written content ahead of time.
2.) Blog promotion (both yours and your tribe mates) using tools like Hootsuite and Buffer. Also NextScript Pro or Co-Schedule Pro for when your posts go live they automatically go on your social media outlets.
3.) Your time. Set timers when you’re visiting different social media channels to be there for conversations and not get sucked into other things.
4.) Pick a day that you normally classify as your writing day.
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What would you add to these list of suggestions?