I'm committed to having a stronger blog presence in 2017 than I did last year. To achieve that, I have to take into consideration my writing habits, full-time job, and blogging goals for the year. For anyone else trying to manage a blog and a part or full-time career outside of the blogosphere, here are 3 practices I have found to be helpful and intend to implement throughout the year:
- the concept / theme of each post to be written
- the number of posts to be uploaded each week
- the day(s) and time each post will be uploaded
SET A ROUTINE WRITING TIME
Since I work full-time hours during the week, well beyond 6pm most days, I am sticking to weekends for writing of posts -- more specifically, 3 hours on Saturdays and 3 hours on Sundays (preferably in the mornings). This should be enough time for me to write my post(s) for the upcoming week, edit them (yes, this is a real and time-consuming factor to account for), and setup/schedule my mailchimp account to send a notification email to each of you lovely subscribers on the predefined day and time the post should go out.
Do you find mornings to work better for you when it comes to writing? Evenings? Are you more productive writing at a stretch for several hours on end or for short 30 minute bursts with breaks in-between?
KEEP POSTS SHORT AND CONCISE
I am a story-teller. I love sharing sentiments through words and sometimes, those words are many :-). Another reason I shied away from posting last year was the sheer dread of having to churn out lengthy posts amidst my professional and personal schedule. I'm learning that quality posts of great value don't always have to be long -- they can be short, concise and straightforward, which I can happily commit to much easier in 2017.
What posts do you prefer writing -- lengthy versus shorter? What posts do you prefer reading -- lengthy versus shorter?
There you have it folks. As you can see from the items above, the key lies in active decision-making; deciding on a schedule of posts, a time to write those posts, and the format/size of those posts. From prior experience, I can tell you that lack of decision-making leads to reduced productivity (in this case, fewer-than-hoped blog posts) and reduced satisfaction.
To all my fellow bloggers out there, let's push back on indecisiveness in 2017 and end our "blogger 2017 year" on a high note.
Until next time :)