As a blogger you have a lot more to contend with than simply creating content. You must also keep up with your readers, read comments, manage your page design, market your site and even control the financial side that comes with it. It can seem like a lot of work for you to do and can leave you feeling like there is no time to simply relax and enjoy what you are doing. The fact is that you can make blogging more efficient. If you can trim down the amount of time it takes to do the actual work of creating content and managing comments then the other stuff will not seem so daunting.
The first thing you have to do is stop believing that you must spend such large amounts of time on your content creation. Yes it is true that focusing on the content is the best way to see the rewards that come with blogging. However, that does not mean spending ridiculous amounts of time to make sure that it is perfect. You want the readers to connect with you and that means showcasing your own personality and expertise. If you focus your energy on writing about what you know and are familiar with then the art of creating content will take much less time. This leaves you more time to focus on other things.
Another thing you can do to improve your efficiency is to set yourself a schedule. Working from home is no different than working from an office. You still have tasks to complete and need to do so in a reasonable time frame. If you set yourself up on a fair schedule then you will know what needs to be accomplished and when. Give yourself a specific amount of time to focus on content creation and another amount of time to work on marketing. Allow for some interaction with your readers as this is vital to your success. There is no rule that it has to be accomplished during specific hours, but you will find that if you have a schedule laid out you will waste less time on things that could have been done much quicker. Then your free time is increased significantly.
Take advantage of the tools you have at your disposal. If you know there are some busy days coming up, use the ability to schedule posts in advance. Write them several days beforehand and have them set to post when you want them to. This allows you to take time off for things as needed and still be consistent in your posting schedule. There are many tools that you have for posting, marketing and even design at your disposal. Do not be afraid to use them as needed.
Yes, blogging can be a lot of work. It is also very rewarding when done correctly. You simply have to learn that you do not have to put in the long tedious hours you thought were required. You can benefit just as much from focusing your energy properly and spending less time doing so.