If you have been blogging for a while, I am sure you have experienced the blogger’s block. There are times when we sit in front of the computer with a rock solid idea but find it hard for the words to flow. The stress and the need to update your blog with yet another valuable post starts taking it’s toll on you. This post contains some insight from some of the most popular and influential bloggers on the web. They write posts that are valuable and offer great deal of value to the readers, time after time.
During this interview we asked the bloggers just one question: How can bloggers be productive in their blogging? I am certain that if we follow the strategy they follow, we won’t have to deal with the blogging stress or the bloggers block
How can a Blogger be the most productive in their Blogging?
Chris Garrett – Chrisg
A blogger is most productive when they focus on their audience, on what works and not getting distracted by “keep busy” tasks.
For example, do you have to check your stats every day? Do you have to post every day or would a couple of more in depth posts work better? Are you spending hours in social media rather than writing? It’s about putting your energy where it is needed and you can see a payoff rather than getting caught up in things that feel like you are achieving something but really are not.
Write posts in advance! This simple habit will eliminate rushed posts and give you time to refine your articles. More importantly, if you write several posts at once you’ll enter a writing state of mind and find you can produce posts more quickly than if you wrote piecemeal throughout the week. Of course, this tip doesn’t apply to posts which need to be instant reactions to events.
Maki – DoshDosh
Blogging is mainly content consumption and content creation. So to be productive, you need to focus on both aspects. Set aside a fix amount of time everyday to do both and try not to exceed this limit. When consuming content, learn to use a feed reader effectively by managing your feeds and subscribing to not only other blogs but a variety of other important information sources. Read with the intention of not only obtaining content ideas but also the desire to improve your knowledge on the topic.
When creating content, learn to outsource by hiring guest/staff bloggers or write in a distraction-free environment. For instance, you can write your posts offline, in a different environment or use special text editors which are deliberately minimalistic. All these steps will help one to be more productive when blogging.
Caroline MiddleBrook – Caroline-MiddleBrook
This is a tricky question to answer as there are many different aspects to blogging and many different kinds of people. When writing the actual blog posts themselves, the thing that helps me the most is to write when the mood takes me. Sometimes I get an idea and I can just write and write and within an hour I have a monster post. Other times I try to force myself to write and I end up with very little in a couple of hours. However, this advice conflicts with my next piece of advice which is to write a whole bunch of blog posts in one hit and then preview them again before publishing.
As a compromise whenever I get an idea I write down lots of notes and then when I decided to really write the posts I have a lot of material to go on and that’s working pretty well for me now.
In terms of being productive with the admin side of things such as email, blog comments and so on – I just do a batch once or twice a day. I kind of have a morning routine of about half a dozen things that I do while I have my morning coffee – check email, answer comments on blog, check some forums, check stats and so on. However, for anything that’s going to take a while (such as answering an interview question!) I file it for later and come back to it during odd moments.
Michael Martin – Remarkablogger
I can only speak for myself, but for me to be productive, I dedicate time in my schedule to write, and I keep a lot of posts in draft status that I can add to and publish. Some posts build over time until they are ready. I write mostly on weekends in a big marathon, so that I get into a writing groove, and I future-publish the posts throughout the week.
Jonathan Fields – JonathanFields
For me, one of the most effective tools is learning how to say no. There are always cool activities to participate in, from tweeting to giving interviews, but only so many hours in the day. So, you need to be able to say no to less mission-critical stuff in order to be able to get the essentials done and be able to say yes to the right extra-curricular stuff.
Daniel Sococco – DailyBlogTips
Focus on producing quality content first, and then think about marketing.
That means writing, writing and writing instead of surfing the web, visiting social media sites and so on.
I think that writing posts in advance is a must. This way you never (or rarely) run out of posts to publish. Another piece of advice would be to classify blogs in your feed reader by importance and relevance (Netvibes rocks). This is especially useful when you have over 100-150 feeds in your readers, it makes it easier to scan for content that you really want to read right now. And when you have some ‘free time’, go read the less important ones.
James Chartrand – MenWithPens
The key to productive blogging is writing ahead of time and stockpiling posts. You can relax knowing that you’re covered, you can continue to maintain a good rate of keeping the stockpile healthy, and you also have time to either cover the latest news or take some time off for yourself.
No posts ready in advance? You achieve the lovely goal of higher pressure, increased stress, performance anxiety and an overall sense of scrambling to keep up.
Productivity feeds productivity. When you’re on a roll, crank out an extra post or two for the stockpile. Schedule days with no distractions to focus only on your blogging. Keep an idea list so you always have something to write on. Stay active, stay on top of things, and stay sane.
There it is – their secret on how they stay productive in their blogging. What’s yours?
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