“Yikes!” “I don’t have enough time.” or “I don’t know what I will write about!” is what I often hear when people talk about trying to blog on a regular basis. . There’s no question about it – blogging takes time. If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner with a daily to-do list as long as your arm, you may feel like you don’t have the time to update your blog. However, it might be your day’s most important task, so don’t skip it. Here are some tips for taking the blogging weight off your shoulders and making blogging what it should be – fun, energizing, and creative.
Find Your Best Time to Write Your Blog Posts
Everybody has certain times of the day when they feel more inspired than others. For example, you might have your best ideas in the mornings just after you wake up. Set aside some time each day during these periods for working on blog posts. Make it part of your schedule and it will become a habit and ideas will flow and when they do, write away.
Load Them Up
Now even though you have created a schedule and are getting into the habit, sometimes things happen and you have to change your schedule. So, let’s be prepared for that. Set aside some special time to write for a longer period of time. Perhaps you can devote a morning or afternoon (or maybe a whole day) to writing and loading up your blog with draft posts. You never know what could happen to impact your ability to write. However, if you write a number of posts at one time, when you’re on a roll, you can create enough for several days or weeks. Just upload it to your site in draft form. Then, review and hit publish whenever you’re ready for another post.
Keep a Blogging Idea List
Any time you get an idea for a post, write it down (or jot it in your audio notes.) It could be while you’re at work, out walking around somewhere, or even going to sleep at night. Start an ‘Ideas’ file and just keep adding to it. Whenever you’re feeling uninspired or have writer’s block, refer to this file and pick one that strikes your fancy. You might also set aside some time for brainstorming topics. Let the ideas fly and don’t judge whether they’re ‘good’ or not. An idea you think is off-the-wall now may be a winner later.
Know Where to Get Blogging Ideas
Bookmark some good sites for getting new ideas when you run out. You can find interesting ideas absolutely anywhere online, but some of the best places include forums, question and answer sites, article directories, social media sites, or other blogs. Read what people are talking about. Take each question you see asked online and write a blog post that answers it.
Outsource and Edit
Hire someone to write your blog posts for you and then edit the work they deliver so that it’s ‘you’ and in your blog voice. One great way to save money doing this is to hire people to write short articles (300 words or less) to use as skeletons that you’ll flesh out. As you edit, expand on the points they make and add your own ideas. This is less expensive and it saves you a considerable amount of time. If you find a good writer, you can also let them come up with post ideas for you. Once you work together and they get the idea of your voice, there will be less for you to do.
When the Inspiration Dies…
Whenever you don’t feel like blogging, stop. If you push it and write when you’re not feeling inspired, it’ll show. You need to give your readers nothing less than your best. And if you’re feeling uninspired, remember that there are simply days when the writing doesn’t flow. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, maybe shooting a video will be more fun or a quiz or sharing a quote that inspires you and that will inspire your readers. Blog posts do not always have to be written articles. Change it up and have fun with your blog. And always, share who YOU are with your audience.