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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!