Time-Saving Tips for the Busy Blogger

Let’s face it. We all get busy. There are only 24 hours in any day and sometimes we just don’t have enough time to get everything done. But, on the other hand, if you neglect your blog and don’t post content on a regular basis, the blog gets stale. People forget about you or think you’ve moved on to something else. So, what’s a busy blogger to do?

Independent Fashion Bloggers published this post that offers practical tips for part-time bloggers. In it, there are some great tips for making the most of the time you have available for blogging. Don’t let the fact that the blog is directed to fashion bloggers. These concepts apply to bloggers in any niche.

Among these tips is writing several blog posts at the same time and scheduling them for publication over time. For instance, you could set aside one evening a week to write six or seven blog posts and then schedule them to be published one at a time over the following week. If you’re like me, once you sit down and start writing, you get into a groove, for want of a better word. Once there, it’s easy to keep writing. It’s harder to sit down for a shorter period of time each day and write only one post. You may find the same is true for you.

Another valuable tip involves social media. We all know that social media can become a time sink quite easily. How many times have you logged into your Facebook account to post a single event or status and ended up scanning your newsfeed instead? Before you know it, an hour or two (or more) has passed. Don’t let it happen. Set aside time to update your own account and avoid the other distractions. The same is true for Twitter, Pinterest and pretty much any other social media site you wish to name. Use your personal time, not your work time, to scan your newsfeed, tweet with your friends or peruse the latest pin boards.

I will be the first to admit that my schedule sometimes gets in the way of blogging as frequently as I should. You need only to look at the date on the last published post on this blog to see that I have not been faithful in adding content regularly. That’s not acceptable. It’s not fair to you, my loyal readers. And it doesn’t benefit my business either, though I assure you that my clients have most definitely not been neglected!

I’m going to make a conscious effort to put some of this advice into play and become more efficient at adding content to both this blog and my pet health care blog while still keeping up with my writing, consulting and veterinary work. I’ll let you know how it works.

What about you? How do you find the time to make sure your blog stays fresh with new content?

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About Lorie Huston, DVM

Lorie Huston is an accomplished veterinarian, an award winning blogger, a talented author and a certified veterinary journalist. She is available for writing assignments, blogging and social media consultation, and SEO strategy.



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  • Roxy the traveling dog January 26, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I sit down on the weekends and write posts for the first three days of the week, sometimes more depending on what’s going on. And I am a big hootsuite fan.

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    • Lorie Huston, DVM January 26, 2013, 3:32 pm

      I’m a big fan of HootSuite too, Roxy. I use it to schedule many of my social media posts. Thanks for mentioning that. Using tools like HootSuite can be a big help in time management!

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  • Jodi February 19, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Dr. Huston, this is great advice and I’m usually pretty good at keeping my blog fresh. My bigger time suck (as the blog grows more readers) is keeping up with, reading and commenting on other blogs. Honestly, this is a full-time job! I’m way behind in reading your blog, so I won’t say anything more until I’ve worked myself through them. :-)

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    • Lorie Huston, DVM February 21, 2013, 4:31 am

      I have the same problem, Jodi. It just seems there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. I don’t think we’re the only bloggers who share the problem either. :)

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