Blogging – I have no time to blog!

Writing process

Do you blog? Are you blogging? No? It’s classic procrastination ~ why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow?

Actually, I really enjoy blogging, but I really don’t have time to blog, my life is so busy. But I think about it all the time, I think to myself “I really should sit down and spend an hour researching and writing a blog”. Then I think, “I’ll see if I can find time tomorrow, or maybe over the weekend”.

What kind of a blogging action plan is that?

It’s merely a plan of inaction, procrastination, fear and excuses. It’s a plan to make sure you never get it done, spend more time and energy worrying about not doing it, and then getting stressed because your website hasn’t had an update in 6 weeks. Full circle, you think you’ll make time tomorrow, and then spend all day today thinking about when you will do it tomorrow.blogging

Blogging – What’s the solution?

Basic planning of course.

Humans love routine. Blogging should be a routine activity, so blend a writing routine into your week – same time, same day (same place?) The inspiration begins to flow more naturally also, as your subconscious starts thinking of issues and topics to ponder over and write about. You will also build up a mental database of events and happenings over the week or month to blog about.

A friend recently put it into perspective with their comment “For me, it [blogging] has just got to become part of the working week in the same manner as any other aspect to the business.”

When thinking of blogging, some like to write ideas in a notebook, some like to make notes on their phone, some make recordings to build into an audio or video blog.

Writing process

If you are not blogging you are not:

  • Providing content for your website
  • Keeping Google happy
  • Keeping your readers happy
  • Making a difference
  • Portraying yourself as a SME (subject matter expert)
  • Engaging with other bloggers, commenters, and your target market
  • Building your brand

So excuse me while I go and make my plan for blogging (well I have to now, don’t I?)

How do you make time for blogging? Share your tips below, so we can all benefit…

14 thoughts on “Blogging – I have no time to blog!

  • April 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm
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    Hi Elaine. Most of my blogging takes place on third party sites such as Bloggertone. My approach is to keep notes on ideas as they come up, so that I have a bank of ideas when it comes to the time for blogging. i like to divide my time into blocks where I decide on a topic, then research it, and then write about it. It is important to set limits on the time spent, especially researching. In the past I’ve found the time can slip by quickly while I research a topic.

    A good place to go to if you are short on ideas for Topics is LinkedIn Answers and also Quora. Pick a question someone has asked and try to answer it in your Blog.

    • April 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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      Hi Frank – some great suggestions there. I tend to bank on my own knowledge base for now, as this blog is relatively new. But the LinkedIn answers are a great resource for ideas, thanks for pointing that out 🙂
      It looks like you put a lot of effort into your posts, I would be wary that I would spend too much time “perfecting” a post and by the time it’s published, it is too long, too convoluted, too boring, or too disjointed. However, I agree that a structure is extremely helpful when planning and preparing. Perhaps I should try your “pomodoro technique” for the next blog post 🙂

  • April 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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    I love writing blog posts so I usually don’t have to worry about procrastinating when it comes to that – having said that though, I’ve had a topic in mind for a bloggertone one that requires some research and I’ve been procrastinating over that.
    However, I do take your tips on board regarding getting paperwork done!

    • April 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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      Hi Lorna – Your blogs are great, always interesting to read! But yes, sometimes when we are writing them for another forum, it can be difficult to get the right balance between what we want to write about ,what we think the readers want and what is acceptable and appropriate 🙂
      Thanks for sharing and best of luck with the blogging!

  • April 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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    A smartphone can be a blogger’s best friend. Using an app like Evernote means you can capture inspiration when it strikes, as a quick text note, a voice recording, a photo or a video. So many potentially great blog posts never see the light of day because the idea is forgotten.

    • April 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm
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      Hi Ivan, Evernote is a great way to catch information quickly, manage it and transform it into ideas, text and pointers for blogposts. It is accessible everywhere – the browser, the desktop and the phone. Thanks for mentioning it!
      If only we could have memories like the Evernote elephant 🙂

  • April 26, 2013 at 11:49 am
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    You know, it might be best to write your blogs posts when you feel most insightful or drawn to a subject, theme or idea. There’s a lot to be said for ‘in the zood’ writing. Notebooks (as mentioned) are a fab way of writing when you get that zood moment.

    (Note: Zood is the merging of the word ‘zone’ and the word ‘mood’.)

    • April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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      Well Christina, what a great word!!
      One has to be in the mood for writing blogposts, and of course being in the zone is helpful for subject matter. Thanks for sharing your brilliant word with us.
      I agree that feeling insightful is important. I have been ill recently and although well able to type, could not get into the “zood” but now am 100% better, the mood has taken me again. Troughs and peaks ~ such is the nature of blogging 🙂

  • April 26, 2013 at 10:41 am
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    So true Elaine, less mulling, more doing… I blogged almost daily for three months (personal blog), life got busy and I dropped out of the habit. You have motivated me to build it back into a weekly plan.

    • April 26, 2013 at 10:42 am
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      Hi Niamh,
      So pleased you enjoyed the post, and well done on your new weekly plan. It is often we lose the rhythm of writing, especially when it should be regular like blogging. It’s great to get back in the saddle again.

      Best wishes with the blogging!

  • April 26, 2013 at 9:51 am
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    I guess blogging to me has become part of my working week. I always (almost…) have my blog out on a Wednesday morning at 10.30am. Giving myself a deadline means that I generally stick to it. Having said that I’m avoiding writing my blog now by leaving this comment.

    • April 26, 2013 at 10:26 am
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      Hi Amanda – well you have a few hours left 🙂

      as blogging becomes more routine, it becomes easier to think of things to blog about too. After a while we all come to a stale mate. That’s when we need to look further afield and see what’s happening out there in the world, and we can get inspiration from almost anything and everything 🙂

      Best of luck for Wed 10:30am!

  • April 26, 2013 at 9:39 am
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    Agree with almost everything you mentioned there! Personally though I seem to rebel against routine…. as soon as I start a ‘Wednesday…., or a Monday …..’ I start to feel under pressure. My best time for starting a blog piece is in the morning when the house is quiet and I’m more relaxed.

    • April 26, 2013 at 10:24 am
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      Hi Dee, thanks for reading.
      Well, there you have your routine right there – mornings 🙂

      Happy blogging 🙂

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