Are you a blogger who often screams out in frustration, “if only I had more time, this blog would be perfect”? Don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many blogging enthusiasts out there who either verbally or silently say those words every day. The trick to easing the pain is time management. It’s true for so many of life’s major tasks but is especially applicable to those who spend their precious hours creating blog posts for fun and profit, or both. How can you win the time battle, move your game to the next level, and not have to eliminate other activities from your daily calendar? Here are four strategies that can get the job done and put sanity back into your blogging pursuits.
Narrow the Topic Area
Check out your competition and see what the excellent writers are posting. Do you notice anything all the top people have in common? Aside from excellent, compelling writing, they maintain a narrow subject focus. For example, some of the very best automotive blogs, just to choose a popular subject at random, and you see narrow subject matter like “classic collectibles before 1940,” “hybrid-electric plug-ins priced under $30,000,” “accessories for sports cars,” and similar, niche-related subject matter. Don’t aim wide; aim narrow and you’ll attract more readers with interests that align with yours.
Avoid Standing in Line
For the sake of efficiency, avoid doing anything in person that you can otherwise do online. That includes things like buying stamps, shopping for groceries, and getting your medical marijuana (MMJ) card. As a blogging professional, your time is precious. Don’t squander it away by driving to a state or city office to apply for an MMJ card. For example, if you live in the state of New York, you can get the entire application and approval process done quickly online. That means no driving, not even leaving your computer chair. It’s fast and easy to get a cannabis card online, so why get it any other way?
Write Every Day
Getting in the habit of writing every day, even if only for 20 minutes or so, is probably the single best thing you can do for your long-term output and article quality. The beauty of this technique is that you can do it anywhere, even if you don’t have access to a phone or computer. Use a pen and paper to record your thoughts and refine them later on when you have a keyboard at your disposal. The discipline of daily writer will subtly transform you in many ways. After a few weeks of it, many people notice that their word choice improves, they have more profound insights and are able to produce more words in a given amount of time.
Get a Voice-to-Text App That Works
There’s a bit of controversy around the voice-to-text topic. When the apps first arrived on the market more than a decade ago, they were eternally frustrating. Now, there are a few that can actually enhance your efficiency if you’re willing to learn how to use them. It takes a bit of patience, and a few weeks of trying, but once you get a V2T app that you are comfortable with, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.