Trust me when I say I know how to manage running my blog when I have literally no time on my hands. Outside of blogging, I work a full-time job where I often work outside of my shift hours and a part-time job at a pet hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I love always been busy but it leaves me with very little time left over to play video games for my gaming channel or working on the blog. But there is a trick to blogging to make sure you never fall off schedule, when you don’t have time on your side.
Note Taking Applications
I personally use Microsoft OneNote but you can honestly use any application that you can access whenever you need to. This way whenever a blog post or idea pops into your head, you can write out everything. Either this can be used as a guide later to form the blog post or is a great first draft to revise. Plus you can write down any products that you want to include or general notes on what photos you want to accompany them.
Create a Template
Now I didn’t realize at first that this even happened to the mass majority of the posts I was writing, until one day I just realized I was using the same formatting over and over when I was creating a post. I.E. first paragraph to describe the post, a picture to reflect the topic, then the main body of the post, followed up with a question for the comments and my signature. Having a general structure worked out really helps when it comes to writing a post because it saves time in the long run. So look over some of your previous posts and you’ll fine a general pattern emerging that you can refine or expand upon.
Often when I get some free time that I’m not spending on recording gaming videos, then I’m writing blog posts in a batch. This helps me feel really productive to see posts scheduled out for a week or so. I don’t have to worry about being late on the schedule and free up time in the future as I’m not rushing every night to write something for the following day.
Schedule Your Social
This is not something that I’ve used very often, but when I do I love it. The only main scheduling for social I have comes with my blog posts. In SquareSpace, my blogging platform, if I go into the social tab I can set up all the social media blasts that a post has gone live. I used to use HootSuite for Instagram as I could write up the description and get the pictures just right so I didn’t have to worry about remembering to do that when I do want to post.
Let me know if you have any good time-saving blog tips! I’d love to hear them.