These last posts have been a part of my attempt to build a strong foundation for my future goals…they may have not made a lick of sense to anyone else…but I am willing to take as much time as it takes to figure things out, create systems that work for me, and getting into a routine that works for building not only a successful blog, but also a profitable bed and breakfast.
Here are some tips that I gathered about finding time to blog…
1. Choose your topic and plan an outline for your next post as soon as you publish a post.
2. Create an Editorial Calendar where you actually slot the ideas into a calendar over the coming week, month, or longer.
3. Decide how much time you want to devote to writing each week…along with my weekly two or three hour-long coffee shop sessions, I would like to aim for three half hour sessions per day.
4. Develop a writing habit. Be diligent about completing your work and you’ll find yourself treating your blog like a business instead of a hobby.
5. Divide work on your blog into functions—research, writing, rewriting, reviewing. Carve out longer chunks of time to do the most important tasks in ‘batches’. Set achievable goals in each area.
6. Figure out where you work best. Block off two hours in a coffee shop to work on your blog each week…free from distractions and very close to high-quality coffee.
7. Find bloggers with similar interests and readers in your target niche…(see earlier post—Identifying Your Team)
8. Make the most of your writing time by have a basic idea of what you need to do, what your plans are, and what task needs to be completed next, you need to
9. Set aside time to specifically come up with blog post ideas instead of deciding what to write about day after day. Brainstorm and mind map blog ideas. Having the ideas ready to go when you need them will save you a lot of time.
10. Set definite, but realistic deadlines and goals. Remember the importance of preparing quality content, not simply quantity.
11. Stay as close as you can to your audience and the topics you cover so that when you finally sit down to write, you are ready to go.
12. Use a planner to keep track of goals for the week, month, and any other long term goals.
13. Use a Template—Identify the key elements needed in most blog posts. Use this list as a simple, straightforward framework for your blog posts.
14. Use a Timer. Decide a minimum amount of time that you want to spend on your blog each day. Setting a timer forces you to stay focused, get to the point, and keep the schedule you’ve set for yourself.
15. View writing as a priority.
16. Work smart. Plan out your work sessions. Know what you’re going to get done, so you don’t waste part of your work time figuring out what you need to do.
17. Write as part of your morning routine. The earlier you get it done, the less your day can interfere.