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