Whether you’re a beginner blogger who has just recently figured out that personal blogging can become a small business, or you’re a professional blogger with an insatiable appetite for writing posts either on your site or others, every blogger finds their self in a time crunch at one point or another.
Blogging can be great fun! But if you start to get unorganized and frustrated, blogging can turn in to your worst nightmare and you feel guilty for not posting new articles, stories, and recipes for your dedicated viewers. So be sure to consider these five easy steps to avoid disappearing on the web. You’ve made it this far so don’t stop now. Your audience is depending on you!
– Keep your inbox numbers less than 10. Some of you are giggling in your seat after reading this tip. But it works! If you let your inbox get the best of you, you’ll never discover those golden opportunities where advertisers are looking to pay you for space on your site, or guest bloggers reaching out for guest blog exchanges. By keeping your inbox count low, you are able to effectively categorize emails, prioritize your responses, and maintain a positive image within the blogging community – oh yes, there is one. Don’t let your email get the best of you and stay on top of your main method of communication with the rest of the blogosphere.
– Mix up your work environment. Some people are able to work in the comfort of their home and have enough discipline to stay focused and get their work done. However, if you’re like me, the refrigerator is just too close to stay focused on work, and every time my brain pauses I validate the excuse of grabbing another snack to rejuvenate my brain.
Don’t kid yourself. Either go to a coffee shop or set aside a real amount of time to either cook something or make a real meal so that you can eat a substantial meal and continue your work. There are a bazillion Starbucks at every corner of every town. New environments can spark new ideas in your mind and people watching can spark new article topics as well. Sometimes getting out of the house can get you to focus more than if you were trying to convince yourself that you’re getting work done by being at home.
– Create a Calendar. Whether you’re using Microsoft Outlook or that cute kitty Calendar you bought at Bed Bath & Beyond, the most efficient way you can organize your work life and personal life is best with a calendar. Some people color code their content: blue for a guest post on another site, red for guest posts on their site, green for articles/posts created in-house and scheduled to post. Keeping your blog an updated site helps develop a committed audience who is constantly checking for your new posts. Staying organized with a calendar, color-coded or not, enables you to sustain your dedicated audience, draw in new audiences, and build traffic to your site to gain further authority.
– Up-to-date Contact List: From what seems like thousands of emails you receive every day, some people are actually trying to contact you. There are genuine people and bloggers out there who want to comment on your blog or about your blog. Besides the admiring comments, and occasional detest emails, other typical requests are for guest post exchanges with fellow bloggers. This is a great way to get content on your blog, for free, especially if you will be out of town, or cramming for one of your computer programming classes, or are too busy with other personal life matters and can’t get your mind to focus on writing. Keep track of the contacts you want to potentially work with. It doesn’t have to be that day, or that week. It could be in a month when you know you’ll be away for a business meeting or a nice long vacation with the family. These opportunities should never go to waste and maintaining a contact list for future relations with fellow bloggers is the best way to keep your blog up-to-date and popular in the blogger communities.
– Work in focused batches. Bloggers, for the most part, are online for a majority of their day. And as we all know, there are copious amounts of distractions on the web, from music videos on YouTube, to favorite TV shows on CastTV, and the various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. As tempting as it is to mindlessly look at stuff on the web, time quickly flies and you can find yourself knowing your top ten’s Facebook statuses two hours later. Don’t get sucked in! You must stay disciplined and allot a certain amount of time for you to wander on these sites. It is good to let your mind take a break from your work in order to refocus, but this does not apply when you’ve given yourself too long of a break that disables you to jump right back into the article you were writing. Take thirty minutes on these sites every two hours or so and you will find yourself satisfied with the repeating social information you obtained and more motivated to get back to work.
Blogging can be a great venture for those interested in developing their virtual space in to a true business. However, you must stay on top of your content and keep your audience happy. Organization is key, and by applying these simple tactics to your daily routine you can encourage yourself to maintain a popular site and an ever-growing fan base.
Debbie Lawrence is a content editor who primarily writes for an online schooling blog. She obtained her bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara. You can contact her at dlawrence2[@]quinstreet.com with any suggestions, questions, or even comments regarding the pre-emptive search for mba programs in California. You can find her on Twitter here.