Summertime And The Blogging Is Easy

blogging is easyIt’s summer! Time for fun in the sun, vacations, long weekends and just being lazy.

But what about your blog?

With summer here and outdoor fun knocking at your door you have to find ways to make blogging easy and save time if you want to make the most of your summer fun.

Ensure your blogging is easy this summer with 7 things I’ve discovered that save me time and allow me more time for fun.

1. Organize your time

“The surest way to get nothing done is to have plenty of time.”

Ever heard that or experienced it?  I sure have.

How often dowe say: “Where has the time gone?”

We “waste” time, “pass” time, “kill” time, but “we don’t have time!”

Being productive means using our productive time wisely if we’re going to have time to do the things we enjoy.

If you don’t do that, you could have all day to write a blog post for example but chances are the day will be gone and your blog post won’t get written.

Make a list of the things you have to do today, then schedule and organize your time to get it done and out of the way which will leave your with more time for more fun.

2. Queue up a few guest bloggers

Take a few minutes to get in touch with your favorite bloggers asking them to write you a guest post.  Work out the details of what they should write about and ask them to submit it to you for your approval.

Once you have 3-5 guest posts ready add them to your WordPress editor and schedule them to publish.

This works perfectly if you decide to take a week or two off and don’t want to neglect your readers.

3. Have blog post ideas set up in advance

One of my biggest stumbling blocks is finding what the heck to blog about.  I never have enough blog post ideas.

It’s not as hard to gather ideas as you may think.

You can do this while watching TV in the evening or sitting outside taking in the sunshine.

You can get ideas from other bloggers, magazine articles or from emails you get.

Here’s one of my favorite ideas. Find a blog post title but without reading it write your own post. Change the words of the title around or add to them to enhance relevance.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

  • Make a list of your favorite niche-related quotes
  • Write a “Things You Don’t Know About Me” post
  • Write about how to improve a skill that people want to improve
  • Create a list of other people’s free ebooks
  • Explain things you wish you had known or done differently
  • Post some little-known but interesting facts about someone in your niche
  • Showcase some of the best comments that your blog has received
  • Write a 10 commandments of or 7 deadly sins of your niche

If you’re looking for quick facts to add to your post use FactBrowser.  Lots of good statistical data there.

Sometimes you have ideas but refining them a bit is helpful. For this try using Google’s search box then scroll to the bottom of the page for ‘related’ searches.

For example ‘blogging tools’ could be refined to be blogging tools for marketing blogs, blogging tools for ipad, blogging tools for beginners.

4. Schedule your posts

We can do just about anything, but we can’t do everything at the same time.

Doing as much as you can in advance leaves time to do other things.  That’s where scheduling comes in and WordPress helps us in the area of scheduling. It  has an awesome tool for scheduling your blog posts to publish at a later date.  It also helps avoid writer’s block and it balances out your posts

Take a day or two to write blogs that you can schedule to go out while on vacation or taking a long weekend.

5. Schedule your social media

Are you picking up on  the scheduling theme here?   It can be applied to your social media as well.

However don’t schedule all your social media all the time. I do believe that if you’re going to be on Facebook for instance, be on Facebook. But there are times, like summer, where scheduling is OK and can give you a leg up on timing.

Tools like Hootsuite and Socialoomph have free tools you can use to schedule Tweets and Facebook Posts.

Also Facebook has a timer to schedule comments, however the scheduling feature is only available on your Facebook cover page, not your ‘Home’ Page.

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6 Use PLR

PLR or Private Label Rights content is not for everyone but I happen to love it.  I can crank out a post in about an hour using PLR, but when writing from pure scratch will take me a lot longer.

I also know how to use PLR effectively which is essential to getting the most out of it. In fact here’s a free report that will show you exactly how to profit from PLR.

Is a PLR post any less worthy?  Not at all.  PLR simply gives you a topic idea and a few facts or ideas.  Your job is to expand on those facts and ideas, which is easy to do once you’ve got something to work from.

Give PLR a try this summer. I think you’ll find it a big help with ideas, creativity and getting your posts written and scheduled on time, and that means more fun time for you ;-)

7. Balance long and short blog posts

Not every blog post needs to be 1000 words or more, and sometimes shorter is better.

Long posts are great when you have to go into more detail and you’ve got long winter days to work on them. During the summer however, balancing long posts with short posts will help increase your free time.

A short post could be a simple idea to share with readers or it could be sharing an experience you’ve had helping your reader learn a valuable new lesson.

This way you’re meeting your blog posting schedule and offering useful information at the same time.

So there you have it my friends. It’s summer so find ways to maximize your time for more fun in the sun.

Summer is short so make it a good one :-)

Blessings,

Photo Courtesy of digitalart and freedigitalphotos.net

Comments

  1. Great tips, Liz! I always wonder where time goes…even summer days appear to be the same when you have a little grandchild, lovely toddler jumping all around you!

    I make the most of my weekend mornings and keep my posts lined up, at least three have to be ready, in advance, then only I can sleep well. Many of your favorites resonate with me, would try some of them. Thanks or sharing!
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    • Hey balroop,

      You’re a smart one :-) So glad to hear you keep posts lined up. I’ve always been pretty good about having posts ready to publish but I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve fallen WaAY behind. Fortunately I’m starting to catch up, thank goodness :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and of course it’s always good to hear from you :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  2. Glad you’re enjoying your grandbaby!

    Thanks for these tips, Liz! I’ve never heard of PLR, but will give it a try. I’m all about scheduling posts. It’s extremely helpful when you have writing deadlines but want to maintain an active online presence. I can focus on interacting with followers instead of worrying about posting.

    The WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin and Hootsuite are my best friends. :-)
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    • Hey Elke,

      So great to hear from you :-) Hope you’re doing well.

      Scheduling is really the only way to go, but I have to say I can be guilty myself of falling behind with staying on schedule and planning :-|

      And yes, it’s just like you’ve said, if you can get those posts out on a regular basis with some pre-planning and scheduling it leaves more time to interact and have a little free time for yourself, which we all know as bloggers that can be hard to come by :-(

      Thanks for stopping by Elke.

      Take care,
      Liz
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  3. Hey Liz,

    Well these tips will definitely come in handy if you plan on taking part of the summer off which of course I don’t plan on doing so it’s business as usual for me. Mom and I are thinking about maybe taking a weekend and go visit her sisters since they are both not doing as well as she is so it might be a good idea.

    If that will be the case I’ll have to do a few things ahead of time to make sure I don’t skip a beat but other than that, I’ll be working like usual.

    Great tips and I sure do hope you enjoy your summer young lady. Have fun and happy 4th of July!

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hey Adrienne,

      I’ve been taking lots of time off this year. It was just our wedding anniversary so we took a long weekend. Also with a new grandbaby and all the volunteering I do at my church my homenotion blog has been quiet. I spend most of my working time on my other blogs and products I sell. Oh well, I can’t do everything and boy I sure do enjoy doing other things. I know how blessed and fortunate I am. Which made me think of your morning gratitude ritual that you do which I think you mentioned in your latest blog post. It’s so important to show gratitude and be thankful for what we have. We’re all so blessed.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Adrienne. Always good to hear from you :-)
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  4. Hi Liz,

    You are absolutely right.
    In summertime most of people take a short break from their break but for other people like me it’s the time to work. As I am having my summer holidays from my college and the time I get should be utilized in the proper way.
    We should schedule our posts for a week. It’s better to make a list of posts which we have to write in the upcoming week.
    All the aspects you have explained are worthy to follow.
    Great Post.

    Have a nice weekend.:)

    ~Ravi
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  5. Hey Elizabeth,

    It’s been a long time since I visited your blog. I’m glad I did today. Yes it’s summer time which means for me I have much more time to get things into gear as oppose to the end of the year!

    These great tips. As you may or may not know, last year I scheduled my blog post ahead of time. I was writing every other day and quite frankly I was ahead by 3 months. But this year it’s different. I’m writing post once a week and getting the same results if not better than writing every other day. But besides that, it definitely helps to schedule ahead.

    Having post ideas ahead of times helps a lot. I use evernote and when I come up with an idea, I have to put it down there. I could be in a middle of a work out, I would stop and just write it down for later! I tend to forget a lot and this app is definitely a blessing to me!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a great 4th of July!
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    • Hey Sherman,

      So good of you to drop by.

      I believe it when you say you are getting the same results writing one blog post a week vs. writing several posts a week. I’ve experienced the same thing. But writing and scheduling posts ahead of time never hurts.

      It’s a good idea to be ready to write down those ideas when they come to you. I like Evernote but I haven’t been using it as much. But whatever tool you use keeping your mind open to new ideas and jotting them down when you get them is important for bloggers.

      So glad you enjoyed the post.

      Blessings,
      Liz :-)
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  6. Hi Liz,

    It’s been a while since I visited you..but here I am! Sure glad I stopped by because I moved to “vacation land” in Southern Maine 10 months ago. Now, being so close to the beach, I feel like I’m on vacation every day. And I do take advantage of those beautiful days on the beach and walks in the forest.

    That being said, I do have to get ahead of myself with my blog posts. I love the ideas you have given us. I do have some “in the can” and also have my social media set up for the week ahead.

    The ideas you have given sure helps me a lot and I am grateful to you. I like the “fact finder” because I am currently doing a post and trying to find some facts. Wow..you are the answer to my prayers here Liz.

    Thanks so much and make sure you enjoy the Summer because it always goes by quickly!

    -Donna
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    • Hey Donna, Yes here you are! :-)

      That’s awesome that you live by the beach and yes, you have to take advantage of the beach days :-)

      Glad you found this post helpful. I do like ‘factfinder’, it’s a big help when you’re looking for some good facts.

      I am enjoying my summer, probably too much so I’ve really got to take some of my own advice this week.

      You have a wonderful summer as well and so good to see you again.

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  7. Hi Elizabeth
    In summer the biggest attraction is vacation. You have a little more time to shorten the piled up lengthy list of things to do. Obviously pending blogging chores are the most vital component of this list of bloggers-cum-parent type of people.
    Scheduling your blogging chores is always be a gigantic task for busy people especially for part-time bloggers who also do a huge morning job apart from looking after their household chores.
    Your idea of giving PLR a try is really awesome. Even if we don’t publish a PLR post straight away at our blog we get great help from it to write a similar post with a little twisting in ideas and rewording the contents.
    Thanks for sharing this cool post to benefit the summer time to more efficiently do our blogging chores.
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    • Hey MI Muba, so good of you to stop by :-)

      Glad you liked the PLR idea. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I find it so handy. One of my favorite ways to use it is for Twitter tweets and facebook quick tips. I’ve also gotten some great ideas for writing articles and guest posts with it. It really does have a lot of uses.

      Hope you have a great summer and can manage to use these ideas to have a little more fun this summer season :-)

      Blessings,
      Liz
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  8. Hi Elizabeth,

    How I wish I could do these things you mention here, but right now is actually worse than ever for me as time goes. I am busier by the minute and I’ve missed not one but two posts in a row on my travel blog and one last week on my personal development one.

    The one that I haven’t miss at least was my writing/marketing blog. I hate doing this, but it was just too much for me this time, and couldn’t do it.

    This said I have to keep these tips in mind. Thanks for the reminder.
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    • Hey Sylviane, I KNOW what you are talking about.

      It’s easy to write about these things and offer advice, but actually doing them is another story entirely :-( After all we do have lives and there’s always so much to do!

      I find that the more organized I am the better, but it’s a mindset and again it requires getting certain things done. Good in theory but often hard to put in practice.

      I try to think about when I was working for someone else. At that time I got everything done and today I wonder how I actually did it all.

      Working for someone else requires a discipline we don’t put to use when it comes to our own time, and why not? When I think of that it helps motivate me. Doesn’t work all the time but it does help.

      Hope you have a great summer and here’s to getting stuff done ;-)

      Blessings,
      Elizabeth
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