Making Time for Blogging: Use Chunking to Reach Your Goals

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how to make time to blogI’ve received a few emails recently from individuals who need help getting their business blog off the ground. Somewhere in the email the word “time” is inevitably mentioned. Most of my emails come from work from home moms, who I can tell just by the quality of writing in their e-mail, could do fabulously well with a professional blog. If only they would get started.

Another recent e-mail came from an architect interested in starting an industry-specific blog. What a great idea. This man has worked in the field for decades, and obviously has a lot of quality inside information, insights and interesting stories. Will his plan for a blog come to fruition? That remains to be seen.

Believe it or not, blogging takes a lot of dedication. The easiest way to get from where you are right now to where you want to be is to divide your business plan into small easy chunks. I guess we could make up a new term here and call our little daily goals; “chunking.” Not knowing where you are personally, I can’t really tell you what your next chunk will be, but I’m sure you can figure it out. If you don’t have a web hosting plan yet, that’s your next chunk. Maybe you’re stumped by the technical aspects. Do you know how to install the correct version of WordPress into your hosting files? Do you know how to upload your theme?  These don’t have to be roadblocks that stand in the way of your online success.

One of my reasons for created this blog was to take the technical aspect off your plate. I set up your entire blog and when I’m through you are ready for action. After your blog is set up, your next chunk is to make a workable blogging schedule. Two things are involved here; writing and publishing blog posts and marketing your blog every day. It really shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to write your post and maybe another half an hour to quickly add something to your Facebook, Twitter your article, or make some relevant comments on other blogs in order to gain some links back to your site.

Regular and purposeful blogging yields increased traffic as individuals begin to realize that your website is a current source of information. If there’s a significant period of downtime, people will begin to unsubscribe from your feed. Developing a blogging schedule will vary based on your needs, your current schedule, and your ability to prioritize. If you’re looking to become a professional blogger or turn your blog into your main source of income, then you’ll probably need to work on it.

For me it works out best to write my blog posts first thing in the morning before my day begins to slip away. As a freelance writer with pressing deadlines, it would be quite easy to simply wake up each morning and put my nose to the grindstone (or my current writing projects). If I allow this to happen and don’t make my blogs a top priority I will eventually get lost in my work and my business blogs will fade away. As long as I keep up with my blogs I happily enjoy several sources of income. My goal is to keep every source working for me and increase my blogging income little by little.

Here are a few solid tips that will help you prioritize your blogging:

  • Strike while the iron’s hot. If you’re on a roll, the words are flowing, and your mind is racing with ideas, take advantage of that moment. Write two or three blog posts. Publish one now and post date the other two. You can easily get a week’s worth of posts finished in one sitting.
  • Looking for topic ideas? One of the best ways to find something to write about is by lurking on the forums in your industry to find out what questions people are asking. By taking those questions and turning them into blog posts you can be assured that you are writing something of value.
  • Keep a pad of paper with you at all times. Ideas come from the craziest places. I once woke up in the middle of the night after having a dream, raced to my computer and created one of my most popular posts.
  • Get in the zone. When you’re blogging–blog. Don’t write a few lines, check your e-mails, write a few more lines, instant message a friend. That just doesn’t work. This is serious business, so treat it accordingly.

Pretty simple tips, huh? Blogging is a simple thing when it comes right down to it. That’s why people seem to be amazed when you tell them that’s what you do for a living. It’s kind of like making t-shirts–people will look at a successful t-shirt and inevitably they will think to themselves, “I could have done that. It’s not so special.” Could they have done it? Maybe… but did they? No they didn’t, and there lies the difference between those that are in the game, and those that are not.

Make your decision today. Are you in the game? If you are, then decide what your next chunk is and let’s get busy, before tomorrow turns into the next tomorrow and the next tomorrow and the next tomorrow. You get the idea.

If you’re ready to create your business blog today, visit the post on my home page and I will do all I can to get you started. Let’s do this thing!

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