Stress-Free Blogging: Six Steps to a Healthy Blog
If you’ve just started blogging then you’re probably thinking this is the most stress-free life you could possibly imagine. And it is, until you start doing it fulltime with the goal of making money. Once blogging becomes your business then there are certain tasks that must be accomplished in a timely fashion if you want to be successful. And once you start talking about time and money, that leads to stress. Here are six steps to a stree-free blogging habit that will help you remember why you started blogging in the first place.
Manage your time wisely
Check email once in the morning and once at the end of the day – and keep the window closed in between. Stay off of Facebook and Twitter. Exit your chat programs. And if you have to, blog access to those celebrity blogs you like to visit. In other words, treat blogging just like a job. Get your work done first and then you can relax and chat.
Schedule your tasks
Set up a calendar and assign a specific day and time for every task you handle. Check stats once a month, check email once a day, write a blog post every day, write two articles for directories every Wednesday, write a guest blog post every Friday… whatever it is you do throughout the week, schedule it on a calendar.
You’re more likely to budget your time wisely if you have a list of “things to do” in front of you and you’re more likely to get everything accomplished if you can watch yourself marking items off the list. A big part of stress comes from seeing all the work pile up because you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish.
Most of the work of blogging is writing blog posts. Write an extra evergreen blog posts once a week and put it in a file. If you have an extra hour at the end of a day, write another blog post. These extra posts will come in handy if you have an emergency or you need time to work on a special project. And eventually, you’re going to want to take a vacation, too.
Schedule your posts
Personally, I have days where I don’t want to have to write a blog post. When I’m working on a special project I find it distracting to have to stop and write a post. Instead, I spend two days writing the posts for the week then I load them up on my blog and schedule the publication. By Tuesday afternoon my blogging is done and I can get to work on promotion or other projects.
Keep a folder for ideas
How many times have you had a really great idea for a blog post and then when you actually sit down to write you can’t remember what it was? It happens to me all the time. You waste a lot of time trying to remember, then you waste even more time trying to come up with something else to write about. I just open up my notepad, write it down, and save it to an “Idea File.” Now I always have something to blog about.
Keep an image folder
Sometimes I spend more time looking for an image than I do actually writing the darn post. Now I also keep an image folder for those times when I happen across the perfect image somewhere and I know I’ll be able to use it later. Remember to make sure you’re using images legally and save any attribution information along with the image. And label your images so you can easily find them when you’re ready.
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