The definition of blogging has significantly changed over time as the idea has advanced. I have heard many things about the future of blogging. I have heard it is dying, it is dead, and of course it’s nothing that it used to be.
Blogging, in many cases has become a more passive activity over time. Many new bloggers out there who want to earn from their blogs all write content to just get by and may not understand the effort that needs to be put into posts.
Of course, blogging has been labeled as an easy way to make money online by these people, so that’s where this idea of passive blogging comes along.
Passive blogging is basically writing a blog post just for the hell of it. Whether or not you teach someone anything, or even provide anything useful is not what a passive blogger is worried about. As long as you figure out a way to get traffic flowing to your blog and put as little effort as possible into what you do – you see yourself as a good blogger.
But I feel like writing just to write is giving blogs a bad name. While it may not be such a very large issue now, I see it being a bigger problem later on when the reputation of blogging is at stake. Do we let all of these passive bloggers give those who actually care about our blogs a bad name? Absolutely not.
Everyone can be guilty of throwing out a few posts that really may not be very useful, I know I am. But I don’t let that habit turn into a permanent one, I always do my best to deliver the best content I can on my blogs.
Don’t Let Your Blog Content Sink to the Slumps – Do Something About it!
A major challenge for any blogger is time management. I think time management is the reason why there are so many passive bloggers out there. If you don’t have a lot of time to write a great, quality article – how can you expect to write your best?
Recently I have created a calendar for myself on what I want to do and when to do it. A calendar is useful for anyone, especially a blogger who has a lot to do. I have a crazy work load for myself every day and every week that I didn’t know what to do and when. I would literally sit there for 10 to 15 minutes debating to myself what I should work on first. I just had no idea where to start!
With my calendar, I think I created something that is very easy to manage, I get all of my work done, and I can actually take breaks away from my computer!
If you layout all of your tasks, I promise you you will be more effective at what you do. provided you stick to the schedule of course!
Recommended App: iCal
iCal is the default calendar app for Macs. The interface is easy to use, and you have a ton of great features. There are some other alternatives to it, but I use it because it works.
Tips for Choosing an Effective Schedule
Just because you have a schedule laid out doesn’t mean it’s something that can get you working. You have to start using your schedule for a couple of weeks to get into the flow of things, and that is what I am still in he process of doing since I just recently created a calendar for myself.
There are four main things bloggers who care about their blogs do each day. That’s learning, writing content, marketing and developing. Maybe you have other things to do besides blogging, like freelancing for example. That obviously makes fitting everything into one day hard.
The idea for success is to work hard every day. That idea pressures all of us to try and fit everything in one day so we can do it the next. That’s not necessary, you can split up your schedule and have a blog that performs perfectly fine. The secret to effective blogging is not to rush everything until you’re burned out, but to work at it over time.
Below, I am going to breakdown my schedule into three part of my week. If you need help building your weekly schedule for your blog, try basing it off what I have done for myself.
Start of the Week
Monday – Tuesday
On Monday and Tuesday, I write my blog posts. I only have to write two posts a week for Blogussion because I am lucky to have a blogging partner. It may be harder for you if you’re not bless with an awesome partner to take half of the post schedule, so you may want to take an extra day.
But I always hate to be bothered with a post when I am in the middle of working on a freelance project. I just feel so rushed, especially if I forget about it, to start writing up a post. That’s when the time management factor comes in, and that’s where a passive blogger is born.
So my first two days of the week are dedicated to a task that takes up so much time. It feels just fantastic to get writing out of the way in the beginning and then taking off to work on other activities!
Middle of the Week
Wednesday – Thursday
On Wednesday and Thursday, I catch up on all of my readings. I read some eBooks and read my favorite blogs. It is important for me to read about a variety of things and learn new information. If I don’t learn new things, I can’t keep writing and teaching people new things! So I dedicate two days of my week to reading and learning new information.
The second thing I do on these days is blog marketing. I hate doing this, but it’s such an important thing to do for my blog. Again, I am lucky to have a partner, and I am even luckier he loves marketing. But I know I can help by doing some marketing of my own.
End of the Week
Friday – Sunday
Friday through Sunday, I only worry about developing for my blog. Right now there is so much to work on for Blogussion development wise, it’s best for me to keep my mind focused on development for new features here.
What’s your secret to effective blogging?
I have shared my secrets that will keep me going strong blogging, now what are the things you do to keep your blogging processes efficient?