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I think that many bloggers and blog owners have a job outside of the blogging industry. Even if you are able to monetize a blog or find good freelance gigs, there is no denying that blogging is time consuming. Because writing takes so much creativity, it can be extremely difficult to sit down and write a story.
Most of us take a few breaks, write a paragraph or two and then delete it for something else, or just stare at a blank page. For most writers, the term “writer’s block” couldn’t be more real.
For this reason, many bloggers struggle to find the time to blog. This can become extremely overwhelming, and I have experienced first-hand the way that this frantic feeling can take away from the blogging experience. Fortunately, there are a few tricks I have discovered that can help you speed up the blogging process while still putting out great content:
How to Increase Productivity When Blogging:
Block Social Networking
I think that when many bloggers have writer’s block they go immediately to social networking. This is not a good habit because social networking can actually be very interesting, so you will likely get caught up in that activity and spend longer away from your writing.
Mind mapping is a way for individuals to organize their information. You could use this on a small scale when organizing research for one article or a large scale when starting a business and organizing the blogs you want to get done in any given week.
Although this system likely won’t work for everyone, it has helped me get things done faster and more efficiently because I am able to consolidate the information I am using. In a way, it is almost like creating an outline first and writing second (what we all should be doing anyways!). Creating a mind map is fun, so it moves things along.
Believe it or not, I have found that typing speed has helped me improve my productivity.
Typos can often cause someone to lose his/her train of thought, so it can be very beneficial to take a few tests and see where you rank in terms of accuracy. It sounds silly to most writers, but those who have utilized typing tests have been able to see a difference.
You can read an article I wrote on Freelance Writing Gigs for more information.
Although this may seem counterintuitive, taking breaks can actually be a good way to recharge your battery and get things done faster. You don’t want to take a bunch of little breaks while sitting at your desk, but a few nice breaks throughout your day will help to clear your mind.
Try to set a schedule so that you know when a break is coming. This will help you stay productive because the “end” is near.
Allow Guest Contributors
Last but certainly not least, your blog can grow with the help of others. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work, consider accepting more guest posts.
Many of the editors I work with give me a WordPress login so that I can go right in and upload my article without every disrupting them. They still have the option to review my work before it is published on the blog, but this is a great way to save time while keeping the quality of the content up to par.
Blogging is certainly a time consuming profession, but it can be very rewarding if you have the time to really enjoy what you are doing. As with any job, there are tips to help the process run smoothly. What do you do to remain productive as a blogger? Is there anything that helps your motivation?