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Based on my recent announcement that I'm going to be scaling back a little on my blogging efforts, and the absolutely enormous (and incredibly encouraging) response that I received, I thought I would just share a few thoughts on how I am working to keep blog work minimal while I continue to keep up my blog:
- Write shorter posts- If I notice that I post is getting too long and I can't finish it as I'd like to within the time that I have available, I will either just ditch part of the post OR turn it into a multiple part series. Either way, I can finish up more quickly and call it done.
- Write more stream-of-consciousness posts- Posts that are very information/research/link heavy tend to take several hours to write, edit and format. I will be doing these posts less frequently and will work on them a little at a time. Instead, I will be writing more posts that are just from my life and personal experience. These tend to be faster and easier to write, and still allow me to focus on subjects that I am really passionate about!
- Give myself more strict time guidelines- I am setting a time each afternoon when I will be finished with blog work, whether the kids are up or not. Even if they're not up, I will stop work so that I can focus on other things that need to be done for my family or home. I think that I will start using a timer to accomplish this, because I need that tangible signal that my time is done! Anyone know of a good, online timer?
- Try the Moms' 30 Minute Blog Challenge- I saw this at Steady Mom a while back and thought what a great idea... how on earth would I write and publish a post in 30 minutes??? I still sort of wonder, but I'm going to try. If I can write posts in 30 minutes that would be a great help in allowing me to continue blogging!
- Worry less about including lots of images- I will still include images in my posts, but I won't worry so much if a post only has 1 image and doesn't look quite as "professional"
- Try some different types of posts- I was inspired by Kimi's video post. What a fun idea and a great way to answer some questions or talk about a subject without taking a long time to write up a thorough post. I will also try doing some posts that are more image based and have less words. It's editing the writing that usually takes the most time, but images are a bit easier. (It's when I try to include both a lot of writing AND images that I get really bogged down!)
- Stay strict on my "no blogging on the weekends" rule- And I think I will try to add that rule to the evenings as well. It really, really helps me to keep things more simple and manageable when I keep my blog time restricted to only certain times or the day or week.
For all those who agreed that they need to cut back on blogging and focus more on their families and other primary responsibilities, what are some of the ways that you will achieve this?
Guess what? I completed this post in 30 minutes for the Moms' Blog Challenge! Well, maybe it took about 34 minutes, but not bad for a first try!