Blogging Time Management: The Main Question

When it comes to blogging time management, a new season of life can upset any well-planned schedule. For many, getting a new job, having a baby, participating in summer activities, starting school or countless other life changes means huge adjustments to blogging time allotted.

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I believe it was Brené Brown who said, “Social media is like gas – it expands to fill whatever space you give it.”

My advice is, when the space is smaller, make it work harder.

If you find yourself in a season that allows you less time to devote to blogging (or you want to be more productive in general), do this:

  1. Ask yourself, “If nothing else, what is the one thing I want this blog to do for me (ex. make an income, help me connect, market a product or service, etc.)?”
  2. Write it down and keep it in front of you. Post it on the wall in front of your workspace if you need to.
  3. Then, every time you sit down to blog, ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing right now helping me get closer to my main goal?”
  4. If not, do something that does.

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Comments

  1. says

    Amy,
    I love your advice, and have loved getting your extremely helpful emails.
    Do you have to find a ‘niche’? Does it have to be targeted to a specific group i.e.: travel/personal finance/cooking? I have gone from ‘rockinthemomrole’ to empty nester (which I see as just a different phase of mom-ness), so my focus is now changing.
    I have taken your advice of ‘experimenting’ with my blog before getting too much traffic, THANK YOU!
    Also, any more tips on the technology aspect…how to’s on making the visuals better would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks for all the great tips Amy!

    • says

      Michelle, you can do whatever you wanna do. :) If that means having a niche, go for it. If not, don’t worry about it! Having said that, I will tell you that if your goal is to build a platform or make money, having a niche will serve you well and I would recommend it.

  2. Marie Rossiter says

    I keep struggling with writing posts on the things that interest me and help me keep my daily writing flow going or trying to provide a “service” to drive people to my site.

    I want people to come to my blog and interact, but I keep saying, “Who would want to read my daily ramblings when there are xxxx amount of other established blogs already? How many ‘mommy bloggers’ can the world tolerate?” or I have a great idea for a tips website, but again, it’s all been done.

    I’m not looking to make a ton of $$, but as a writer, I do want to make connections. I have been bogged down with this all summer and am on the verge of giving up. I’m praying for a breakthrough because writing is my passion and I want to keep going.

    • says

      I say blog about the stuff that brings you joy. Readers can sense that and are much more likely to pay attention. It might take a while, but that’s OK if you’re writing what you love…if others choose to join you, great, but if they don’t, you’re enjoying the journey anyway. :)

  3. says

    Everytime we create a post on our blog, we ask ourselves the question. What do we want our blog to do for us. Another question we ask ourselves is, Who do we want to read our blog.

  4. says

    You’re right, life changes can make it tough to keep at it. My goal is simply to keep writing, and I really cannot live without it. Good tips!

  5. says

    Thanks Amy, your stuff is very helpful. My blog is getting better each time I work on it. Now, I just need to find my blogger friends, and hopefully they make comments.

    Take Care,
    Susie

  6. says

    Great tip, thanks Amy! I am a relatively new blogger and podcaster, and find it very challenging to find the time to write new posts, record and publish a new podcast episode each week (at least my partner does the editing!), adapt and publish new recipes, keep up with social media AND take care of the house, shopping, cooking and laundry! I’m looking forward to reading any other tips you and your readers may have to share. Thanks again!

  7. says

    Thank you I really needed this, a good ‘kick’ so that I’m more consistent. I’m going to write a post-it so that I’m more focussed, thank you again ! :D

  8. says

    That’s pretty much what I do. I don’t have as much time as I would like so I focus on the things that are most important and let the rest go. I know things will be changing and then I’ll be able to get to some of that other stuff. But for now, I focus on the priorities.

  9. says

    I find that it also helps to keep a running list of topics – so when you do find the time to blog, you are not faced with writer’s block. Nice tips – thanks, Amy!

  10. says

    Love the quote “Social media is like gas – it expands to fill whatever space you give it.” It’s oh so true! I’ve been thinking a lot about how I devote my time to “networking”. I need to be not only more intentional with it, but limit it!