We bloggers have funny lives. Blogging means so much to us yet people think we waste time on blogging. We virtually live in two worlds, and both these worlds can be very demanding at times.
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So how do you manage time to cope with the duties in both worlds and still have plenty of time left to enjoy yourself?
Trust me, I’ve struggled to manage time just as you do, and I know your pains. So without further ado, here are five time saving tips that I have come to rely on to get the best of both worlds.
1. Write batches of posts
This is the most useful technique I have just come to appreciate. Write when you are most prolific, have a lot of free time, and there are no disturbances around to break your concentration. Write till your fingers hurt. You won’t even feel bored or worn out once you get into the flow.
Currently, I can write up to 5 posts in a row, and then my eyes start making out faces in the words.
With so many posts written beforehand, you’ll feel immensely relieved later on when you are supposed to churn out posts under pressure. And, of course, if you are very prolific and have plenty of free time everyday, you can write so many posts in 15 days that you won’t have to write a word for next three months!
2. Cut down the time you waste on seeing your stats go up and down
I am sure most bloggers are addicted to seeing all kinds of stats about their blog, just as I was until a week ago. I would sometimes feel the urge to check my traffic stats right in the middle of writing a post, and after fiddling around with stats for a while, I’d check out new referrers, and, ultimately, lose track of time in hopping from one link to another.
This is highly unproductive and absolute waste of time. I’ve learned to keep myself from checking stats every 10 seconds, and now I hardly have any urge to peek at the stats more than twice a day.
Stats are not going anywhere. They accumulate while you do something more productive. You can always delve deep into your stats at the end of the day and explore them to your heart’s content.
3. Keep a schedule
Similar to above, we bloggers are also prone to checking email and our hourly earnings, diving into feed reader to see if there has been updates, and doing all kinds of useless stuff. As a result, we waste precious hours and hardly get anything done.
So, you have to sort this mess by tidying up your routine in a time-saving yet effective manner. Here’s how I manage my schedule after logging into the Internet.
First thing I do early on is check my inbox for new emails. Then I go on and check out my traffic stats and my AdSense earnings. When done, I go to my blog’s dashboard and check new comments and new incoming links, and then close down the browser. I don’t do anything that might capture my attention unnecessarily. The whole process takes 15 minutes to complete.
Now that I’ve satisfied my urge to see what happened during the time I was sleeping, I move on to do real life or virtual life work.
Next, I come back at noon and reply to emails, comments, and conversations on other blogs and forums I am active on. This usually takes just above 30 minutes.
I, then, move on to check out my social media profiles and browse around for a while on StumbleUpon and Digg. This can take an hour or more depending on the kind of content I come across.
Then I come back at night and go straight into my feed reader, and in a fifteen minutes or so I am full of inspiration and new ideas. So I settle down to write and keep on writing until I have written two or three posts. This can take a lot of time if my creative juices refuse to flow for some reason. But who cares? Nights are long and peaceful, and I am bound to put together at least one post in an hour or two.
If you add up the time I spend on all the above activities, it amounts only to 4 hours per day, on average. Compare this to 8 to 9 hours of my post-organization life and you’ll clearly see how much time I’ve managed to save just by restricting myself to a defined schedule.
4. Organize your tools of the trade
- Organize your desktop – Keep the most used tools right on your desktop, and delete all other shortcuts that do nothing but add clutter. Similarly, if you are on Windows, keep your start menu and quick launch tidy by removing and uninstalling the unwanted shortcuts and programs.
- Organize your browser – Keep all the toolbars turned off unless you need them. If you are a Firefox user, make use of bookmarks toolbar and keep your most visited pages organized in separate folders.
- Use an offline post editor – Usually, you don’t want to be distracted when your are focused on writing. Writing in the web browser is a distraction in itself. You know, the usual urge to load up another page in a separate tab is sometimes quite irresistible. Using a desktop blogging client such as Windows Live Writer can be used to avoid such unnecessary distractions.
5. Post every alternate day
Finally, if you are really pressed for time, consider cutting down your post frequency. Posting an article everyday is not necessary. On the contrary, I believe posting less often is much more beneficial for most bloggers.
How do you organize your blogging life, and, as a problogger, do you find it hard to keep a balance between your online and offline life?
Blogging Is Not What You Are Doing But What You Are Being
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Think this one through.
Blogging is what you are being. Not doing.
Blogging is not mindlessly doing stuff. Oh shoot. You realized something, didn’t you? Blogging is not building an email list. Email lists do not give you success. Nope. Clear, confident, detached bloggers who have fun building email lists and who trust in the blogging process grow big, responsive, profitable lists….over time. What does this mean?
“Over time” means you do not panic, flip out or bail on blogging, if you calmly build a list and have fun doing it, for a long time, and see the appearances of little or no growth. This is BEING a successful blogger; having fun, trusting, being patient, taking the simple, easy route, even if it feels uncomfortable after blogging and list building for a bit and seeing the illusion of scant results.
Most Bloggers Fail Because They Screw It Up
Most bloggers buy into a lie; doing specific things makes you successful. Nope. If this were the case, everybody who builds a list would be billionaires. Because they built a list, lists breed success, right? Nope. Even if you follow steps robotic-like, your energy, your emotions, your feelings, all make up your BEING. The 6 and 7 and 8 figure earners who happily take this journey are being the 6, 7 and 8 figure earners energetically, calm and confident, after having fun creating content and connecting, and seeing $4 in blogging profits after 6 months of being the person. Every other blogger panics after 1 day, 1 week or 1 month, stop being the millionaire success, do dumb stuff, begin being a broke person, and see struggle and failure until they decide to be the successful blogger again.
The Core Elements of Being a Success
- for fun
- taking the easy but uncomfortable path; do what feels natural to you, even when you slam into fear of wasting your time, fear of being criticized, fear of mental blocks, etc
- with a complete trust in yourself
- with a complete trust in the blogging process
- with a complete trust in sound, proven advice from successful bloggers
Very few bloggers be these energies persistently. Very few bloggers happily earn a pretty penny over time. Few bloggers be success. Most bloggers try to do their way to success but since they act without giving any thought to their intent, their driver, their energy, almost all of these bloggers are being broke, poor, struggling and failing.
Blogging is not robotic. If blogging was robotic, every blogger who did specific things in a certain way would succeed. But this is not true. Blogging is energy. Top bloggers use all types of different approaches to reach the top. This indicates blogging is primarily energy, your energy coloring your actions and results.
Imagine if you feel like a failure. I advise you to write a guest post for me. You tell me you are lazy, have no ideas, cannot do it, need to take a few months off, etc. I offer you an opportunity to promote your success but since you are BEING a failure and feeling like a failure you are blind to the DOINGs (generous guest posting) of a successful blogger. See what I mean? Plus, if you seize the guest posting opportunity while feeling like a complete failure, either the post quality stinks or you write a masterpiece by the odd chance, that nobody reads. Nobody read it because you are feeling/being a failure, so, you see failure results.
100% of the time, blogging is energy. Being a success means blogging your fun, doing what feels easy and natural to you, trusting in self and the process, and feeling uncomfortable along the way.
Why Does Blogging Seem Hard?
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The question of blogging questions.
Why does blogging seem hard?
Blogging in and of itself is not hard. Blogging is a concept. A blog is an inanimate object. It is neutral. It is not hard, tough or easy.
Human beings label their feelings with emotions. THIS is why blogging seems hard.
Doing the neutral activity of blogging feels scary, meaning you unearth and either resist or feel fears. Feeling the fears feels highly unpleasant. Especially if said fears feel deep, strong, and terrifying, depressing or anger-inducing.
But if you resist these deep fears, and refuse to feel them, and blog mainly from a dominant vibe of fear, you fully experience the feeling of blogging being super hard. Blogging is actually neutral but you refuse to feel deep fears that blogging has unearthed. You resisting fear leads to prolonged blogging failure, aka, not seeing much money and traffic, aka, blogging being really hard.
Real World Example
A few moments ago, I scanned one of my daily blogging income streams. I made a little less than I had been making for 1 of a billion reasons. 1 such reason may have been the internet crashing here last night. We experienced a few big, powerful thunderstorms.
Anyway, I noted the dollar amount being lower and felt fear arise in my body. Rather than resist the fear, I felt the anxiety, and my mind hurriedly racing ahead to next month’s paycheck, and then, after breathing deeply for a few moments and fully embracing the fear, I released it. I did not resist it. I felt it. The fear disappeared. I then blog from an abundant, relaxed, detached, generous energy, which helps me become more and more successful.
But the old me – and most bloggers – see a lesser dollar amount for daily earnings, feel an intense fear arise, panic, bury the fear versus feeling it, and run around like mad men and mad women with that DEEP FEAR DRIVING THEM, desperate and greedy, resisting the fear, being driven by fear, and of course, they do stupid stuff with a dominant fear energy guaranteeing their blogging failure. Then, these humans who refuse to face, embrace and feel fears, proclaim blogging to be hard. This is a lie. Blogging is neutral. But you refuse to face, embrace and release your fears, so blogging *feels* hard.
Feel fears when fears arise. Cry it out. Shout it out. Feel depressed or deflated. Do not resist fear. Then, after feeling fears, you will feel good, detached, relaxed and trusting. Feeling these dominant abundant energies, you will create, connect, trust, persist and blog from a relaxed, chill energy. Blogging from this calm, trusting, generous energy makes blogging easier and easier and easier. Money flows in easy. Traffic flows in easy.
Blogging went from hard to easy because you faced fears, felt fears, and progressively blogged from an abundant, generous, calm, detached vibe.
Tip for Feeling Fear
Engage in some energy management ritual that expands your awareness. I do deep yin yoga and power walk daily. Prayer and/or meditation may help. Breathing deeply helps. Do anything that expands your awareness so you can observe and feel fear versus resisting this destructive energy.
Some humans bury fear with busy-ness and jobs they hate. Other people turn to drugs or alcohol to bury fears. All of these folks are unhappy and depressed because you cannot feel good, abundant, relaxed and successful with oodles of fear buried deep inside of you.
Be with your fears. Be gentle with yourself. The blogger who feels and releases fear soon learns blogging gets easier and easier.
Do You Need to Respond to ALL Comments?
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One mistake holds back many bloggers who fail to scale. These folks obsess over responding to every single comment, every email, every message. Why? Pride. Obsession. Attachment to people. Fear of missing out on an opportunity. Fear of missing out on friendships.
Unfortunately, if you spend 14 hours daily responding to every single social request and chat and email and blog comment and message – even if it feels fun – you lose opportunities to scale through blog posts, guest posts, podcasts and doing interviews.
Please; if responding to virtually everything feels fun, do it. But 99% of bloggers BS themselves on this because they respond to EVERYONE from an energy of fear, pain, lack, resistance, force and hustle. Bad idea guys. Force negates. But, power attracts. Meaning if you are willing to use power, and love, and fun, to inject into your work, you quickly see: the cornerstone of massive scaling and persistent growth and freeing blogging success is writing, publishing and placing blog posts and guest posts.
Today, how do I have most fun growing my business, reaching more people, helping more people, and leveraging my blogging presence? Do I achieve these feats by spending 3 hours responding individually to every retweet, Like, blog comment, and so on, and so on? Nope. I spend those 3 hours effectively and efficiently by writing and publishing 3-6 blog posts and guest posts. Blog posts and guest posts scale. Blog posts and guest posts help me reach hundreds to thousands of targeted folks through each blog post and guest post.
Blog posts and guest posts never seem to be written by people who complain about having no time to blog post, and, guest post. Meanwhile, a hefty chunk of these humans spend 1, 2 or 3 hours responding to every Like on Facebook, from a strained, forced energy, fearing they miss out on traffic and bonds, not having fun doing it. But the wise move would be spending 10 minutes responding to comments on Facebook and maybe a few Likes, then, devoting 2-3 hours to writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts.
Think Scale Not Small Time
WAY too many bloggers play small, giving most of their attention and energy to building 1 to 1 bonds. Making friends is important but meeting new friends is even more important.
One lesson I learned from millionaire bloggers: scaling through blog posts and guest posts is the quickest way to reach more people, make more money and increase your blog traffic. Building 1 to 1 bonds by engaging commentors plays a role in succeeding online, but the top bloggers on earth are not running around, spending endless hours responding to Likes on Facebook.
Titans also build one to one bonds through engagement, but if you are not getting 1000 page views a day, something is wrong in the scaling department. Namely, you are playing it small, not thinking about scaling. Scale. Guest post. Post to your blog. Make this the focus of your day. Then, feel free to engage folks 1 to 1 in a limited time frame.
You need to let go responding to every single person all day long to genuinely scale, to reach an increasing number of folks and to do what matters most to your business.
People will buy your stuff without you engaging them. Guaranteed. Folks will find your blog, love your content and buy your course or eBooks. This is a simple, organic process that you muck up every time you believe you need to respond to and engage every single person who reaches out via all online channels.
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