We’ve reached part three in our impromptu “get to blogging” series. You know why you should blog and you’ve learned a few tips to help build your blogging strategy. Now, here’s the million dollar concern that even I’ve voiced a zillion times: “I don’t have time to blog!” Ok, now I understand that’s just nonsense, but it took me a while to realize it. So before you go on a tirade about this being yet another thing you have to add to your schedule, here’s some quick tips to make sure you have time to blog.

  1. Write for 30 minutes a day. I cannot take credit for this tip. I credit the lovely Ann Evanston for giving me this idea when I participated in her accountability writing challenge. So here’s the rule: Write for 30 minutes a day. Period. No excuses. No whining. No “I don’t have time”. There’s more to blogging than simply writing, but a designated writing period will put you on track with your content. If you don’t have time to write for 30 minutes a day, you may not be able to rely solely on your own writing for your blog, because you still have to edit, select/create images to break up the monotony, develop a cohesive structure so your posts aren’t so scattered, and share the posts.
  2. Patrol for guest bloggers. There are plenty of websites that have articles ready to be published. Your blog doesn’t have to be all about your voice. You can use articles from other writers to fill in the gaps when you have blog-block. Use article submission services that serve as a library full of ready-to-publish articles. You can ask your colleagues to guest blog for you. The key here is to be sure you find writers that will complement your writing style and your blog content. You want the guest post to seamlessly mesh with your existing content. For example, I write in a specific manner, so if I’m looking for a guest blogger I would be seeking someone who has a similar style, who writes for small business, and who has a following that will visit my blog to see the guest post and increase my traffic.
  3. Hire a ghost writer. You want to maintain a blog. However, you’re not a writer and you have no interest in writing. But you know a blog is what’s going to help drive more traffic and you know what the blog should be about. Ok, so outsource it and hire a ghost writer.

There you have it, 3 easy tips to get rid of your excuses of not having time to blog. No more complaining, manage your time and get to blogging!

 

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

This is the final post of a 3 part blogging series. Want to start from the beginning? Read Part 1: “3 Reasons to Blog For Business“, then read Part 2: “Develop Your Blogging Strategy

About Miss Kemya

Miss Kemya is a Marketing & Social Media Strategist at Marketing Sparkler, a marketing consulting firm that facilitates the growth of small businesses through conventional marketing techniques merged with social media tactics. She is a Speaker, Trainer, and the best selling author of "I'm On Social Media, Now What Do I Say?" available on Amazon.com.

5 thoughts on “3 Tricks To Ruin Your “No Time To Blog” Excuse

  1. Hi there! I’ve been asked to bid on several ghost-blogging gigs and I’m not sure what to charge in this economy. I’ve been a freelance business/marketing writer for 20 years, and my hourly rate is pretty steep. Doesn’t seem like the right fit for ghost-blogging — even ghost-blogging for my corporate clients. Any suggestions or suggested reading on the topic? Great blog, and thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting Ginger! I haven’t dipped into ghost blogging yet, but I definitely understand what you mean about rates. If you think your rates are steep, I’d do a bit of research for such services to see if you’re way off the mark. If so, why not look into content writing for newsletters, manuals, e-books and other longer assignments for corporate clients? I would also recommend listing your services on Sologig, Elance, and other similar sites so you can see what the market is looking for in terms of pricing. I hope this helps, and good luck!

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