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This is a great post…one of the better blog advice articles that I have read! I love the way the links to other posts you include are so enticing. You certainly take your own advice! =) It’s the first time in a while I’ve needed to retrace my steps a couple times to check out previous posts that were also of interest. I’m glad I am subscribed. Monica
Hi Monica, I’m glad this article is connecting with people. Yes, the embedded Pin-It button is another fun WordPress trick – it’s a premium plugin called Pin Button Attraction. It’s hard to beat “free” on Blogger, but this kind of thing eventually lures a lot of people over to self-hosted WordPress. 🙂 Thanks for your note!Reply
Very well written and informative. Thanks for taking the time to post!Reply
Thank you for sharing this! I am not a new blogger, but my blog is growing pretty slowly! It is hard as a mom of two small kids to juggle everything. Plus, I am writing a craft blog and my posts take a lot of time, from start to finish. I love your tips here and will be implementing them this year!Reply
Hi Laura, I hear you about the juggling act. Somehow most of my posts end up being over 2,000 words! But I think the key is to focus on “evergreen” posts that new visitors – even 2 years from now – will be drawn to and still find relevant. That’s why I’m against post schedules (except for hard core bloggers!) and just try to focus on making your content good. Thanks for your note!Reply
I really like your tips. I just started a blog last summer, so I’m still learning about what to do and how to do it. Your blog is a great resource!Reply
Thanks for this. Just today I decided to stop looking at the stats. For a start i was getting very skewed statistics which was altering my perception of how I was doing. It also drew me away from the main thing being the main thing. I want to write, I just want to write. If I enjoy it and a few people get some help then all the better.
So more measuring stats till end of month.
Great tips. Thanks for sharing. I’ll keep these in mind when I write the next time.Reply
This was so good. I need to work on consistently writing even if I am not posting that day. I tend to have a write only when I’m writing a post mentality and that doesn’t allow me any room to really just write for the sake of gaining confidence in my style.
I love how you know that blogging is something that we have to fit in around everything else in life. Also, I got Photoshop Elements 11 for Christmas and I’m so excited to go through your tutorials! Starting tomorrow. 😉
Yep, there are a lot of people who act like your blog should be front-and-center-no-matter-what. I’m definitely of the school that you should focus on your life first. No one’s going to be on their deathbed wishing they’d written “just one more post.” 🙂 Glad you’ll be joining us for Elements for Bloggers! Speaking of which, it’s probably time for me to make the next video…Reply
This is a post I will be referencing again and again. Thank you!Reply
Hi JENI, I have a very relaxed approach to blogging, I have never written more than 3 posts in any single month, because I see myself more as an Internet Marketer first and a blogger second. However, I will admit to you that I check my stats and email messages almost everyday.Reply
Hi again JENI, my biggest distractions are music and television as a matter of fact I have just finished watching Celebrity Big Brother and I have got the music playing on my PC while writing this reply.Reply
My big goals this year is to turn set up all my social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest; improve my photos; and blog regularly without stressing myself out. I also want to really connect with one or two “big blogs” that I look up to and increase my comment to create a community on my own blog. You and your website are actually helping with all of these. Thank you so much. Please let me know how I can repay you.
I’m one of those people who check my stats daily so I’m going to switch to a monthly review for sanity sake. I also need to find a way to organize my day so I have a scheduled thirty minutes daily for blogging. I have a section in my customized day planner for blogging (ideas, my Ideal Reader, and now my 5 goals for the year) so I can review it daily and jot notes anywhere. Thank you for your tips!Reply
My blog focuses on web & graphic design, business, and social media. I realize that my audience need tips and advice. I have recently implemented video blogging. The tips you provided bring realism to the challenges bloggers face on a week or day-to-day basis. Maintaining a blog for your readers is time consuming. Being organized helps the blogger and consistency helps the readers. This is a great post! I appreciate the share!Reply
Thanks for these very practical and helpful ideas, Jeni. I really appreciate them.Reply
I really needed to read this! I like your relaxed, realistic approach, blogging is much more enjoyable that way. The big goal for me is being consistent- more of a rhythm than a schedule. I’d been trying to force a schedule on myself and it just plain doesn’t work for me! Thanks for the insight. 🙂Reply
Found you on sverve and love this post! I too suffer from undiagnosed ADD and it’s do hard to stay on track sometimes. I’m new in the game “one year” and finally found my niche and just working on keeping my readers and encouraging new ones to join me in my randomness. Will def be back for more!Reply
I saw a pin on pinterest and stuck around to get a few more great tips from you. I love your suggestions for time management. Especially the ones on writing for a specific reader and not checking stats. Those are my two biggest time sucks right now, so I can move forward and do better. Thanks for the advice!Reply
Wonderful tips and reminders. The monthly stats and no evening emails will get a trial run next month. As I prepare for a blogging maternity break, these are great ways to help me prepare for it.Reply
Thanks so much for those tips. I’m a new blogger, and still trying to figure out what I even want my goals to be, who my target audience is, and the direction i want to go with this whole thing (while having a full time day job too). Any tips on how to narrow down the millions of options to a certain niche? I am also getting back into writing (after graduating from a liberal arts college in 2010) and am figuring out how to change my academic style to a more accessible and conversational one. Gah, it’s hard not to approach my posts like a research paper! Any tips on how to loosen up?Reply
Hi Tia, thanks for your note! As far as choosing a niche, the best thing is to find the intersection between what you’re passionate about and the unique experiences that would give you a different perspective from other people. And for your blogging voice…have you read this post, by any chance?Reply
What an excellent post! Love all these tips, and I’ll definitely be keeping all of these in mind from now on!Reply
Thank you so much for the great tips! You’ve been so successful at engaging that I have just subscribed to your email and followed your twitter account, so I guess I can be looking forward to more great content from you! :p
I actually draft most of my posts on my mobile phone using the WordPress app. It all started because I would usually blog when I was nursing my daughter. Then it became a matter of convenience. And in a weird way, I feel that it actually helps me write better because I just start writing whenever an idea comes to mind (if I am able to). This allows my ideas to flow freely and I’m less stressed about coming up with new content. It also saves me a great amount of time! I really love the app!Reply
Hi Zee, thanks for your tip about the WordPress app! I’ve had people ask about that before, but since I only use a desktop, I didn’t have a feeling about it one way or the other. I’ll send them to your comment from now on. 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Warmly, JeniReply
Great sensible tips worth keeping in mind. Time management is definitely one thing all bloggers need to be aware of including myself. Especially when it’s too easy to get side tracked. Thanks for sharing 🙂Reply
Jeni, your advice is always so great and this post is no exception. I love that you speak from experience and are realistic about balance between blog and life. My question about scheduling is one I have completed a post and have it scheduled to go live, how can I use HootSuite to schedule a tweet or FB link to a page that isn’t active yet? Is there a way to schedule a pin in this instance too?Reply
Hi Brenda, I’m not sure whether you can schedule pins in advance of publishing them. It seems like you should be able to, as long as you know the URL for the post to be published, but I just don’t have experience with this yet. I’m more of a hands-on pinner, myself. 🙂 You might check Pingraphy to see if this is a function they support. And please let me know what you find out!
I never realised the importance of good time management when I worked in the corporate world. But now I work for myself, I have realised it’s one of the major hurdles that can be the difference between success or failure.
I use this tool now http://www.theactiongeneratorpro.com but always looking for new ways to increase productivity. Great information in your post. ThanksReply
Wow, I’m so glad I found this post! I just wrote a blog post about my time management struggles today! These are so great, I am saving and referring back to them. And I think I’ll be following you from now on! Thanks so much!Reply
Great tips Jeni! As you mentioned in this post, new bloggers waste lot of time checking their stats. I used to do it before. But now I have got rid of that habit 🙂Reply
Thanks for the tips! I’m just starting out as a blogger, but am trying to be organised and regular with my posts from the get go. If anything, I tend to be over-organised… I spend too much time planning and run out of time for the doing! I especially like your tip to make writing time for writing only – no emails, no brainstorming, no social media – just focus on the post at hand. I’ll be sure to keep these in mind!Reply
This is a fabulous post! What great tips! I am always looking for ways to manage my time better especially considering I am a SAHM to a 3 year old :o) I shared this just about everywhere and pinned to my blogging tips board!
Hope you’re having a great Thursday!
Elena at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been devouring your blog. 🙂 Thanks for your great articles. Recently (in the past three months) I’ve been making a lot of changes behind the scenes at my blog. A lot of the changes are thanks to you, but some of them were just things I needed to cut out. My main problem right now is my constant checking of email. So, I’m going to read that article you recommended.
I second the social media thing – for too long I concentrated on that and it’s really NOT worth it to spend so much time on all those options. Just choose one and BE GOOD AT IT. My focus has changed from Facebook and Twitter and I’m now investing time in Pinterest. Which I actually enjoy….because I think Facebook is a black hole that sucks people in and they cannot return. 😉
Anyway, thanks. I appreciate your focus – and it’s helping me be a better blogger and mom.
I love your blog. I have started visiting it at least once a week, and each time I visit there is a new post that I become obsessed with. This one, is this week’s. When I sit down to my computer, I get serious ADD and every other thing going on, on the internet takes my attention away from blogging, or whatever other goal I’ve set. I need to find a way to SHUT THAT DOWN, and focus on working on just blogging.Reply
The entire time I was reading this article I could completely relate to each point you made. I have 3 kids under the age of 3 so although I would like to say that my blog is a top priority it does not always make the top of my list. The best thing that I have done the past few months were set a few goals and work as best as I could to achieve those goals. Staying organized and focused is extremely important because I can easily get carried away while sitting on my computer. I just pinned this article so that I can come back and reference it when I start to feel overwhelmed. Thanks!Reply
This was awesome and very helpful! #3 really hit home. That email (and Instagram!) gets me every time I sit down to blog… or that thing I want to check “quickly” while my browser is open. I find it hard to focus especially as I’m trying to “craft the opening paragraph” (per #4) It gets crazy. But I absolutely love your suggestions! I’ll be sharing this with my fellow bloggers. Thank you!Reply
Wow. I really needed to read just these words at just this moment.
THANK YOU for this post. It has really helped me already and I haven’t even begun to implement the tips.
Hey, I struggle to stay on topic like so many of the blogs I frequent. Some are completely christian, some are completely books and I tend to cross over all the time. I thought that by starting a second blog for the more personal stuff would be best but now I find that I am not able to update BOTH as regularly as I should… I also struggle with monetization. I get a LOT of people requesting articles and that covers the costs of the blogs themselves but I never get anything, at all, from Amazon or other places. I also don’t get comments despite me asking questions in my posts. It is frustrating to have 300-400 unique views a day and NO comments or sales. Any tips from anyone? Thank you!Reply
Hi Marisa, It looks like you have a really complex set of issues around your blog. My best advice is to take a look at what other people (who are really successful with their comments and monetization) are doing. I think a good blog for you to look at would be Small Things. Ginny invests herself in building relationships with readers and developing their trust. She is just using her blog to chronicle her life, but readers see her challenges and identify with her. Because they come to trust her, they also want to check out the things she’s using or reading…and as a result they buy the things she recommends on Amazon. Making money on a blog should be secondary to building relationships – and when you build relationships, the comments naturally follow. I think I’d start by just finding blogs who do it well and studying to see what they’re doing that makes them successful. Hope this is helpful!Reply
I blog because I want to work, I want earn money from home (which until today has not happen, but I focused to do so ) and stay home with my kids. I have lots to learn from you and other bloggers like you that like to help those who are just starting; And to achieve my blog goals.
Thanks for the advice Jeni.
Great post, I love your comments especially about the multiple drafts. It’s so easy to get sucked into editing your words as you write them, but that’s not really very productive (except typos since they will drive me crazy if not fixed).
Two problems though, I tried clicking on the simply blogging links and they took me a site missing page. The second is that clicks aren’t showing up on your check boxes below “post comment”. I’m running OS X Mavericks and Safari.Reply
Thanks for the note, Gen! It looks like Rachel isn’t selling that book anymore, though I tweeted her just to be sure. Safari is just behaving badly with the checkboxes; if you click them, the click “takes,” even though it isn’t displaying. I did make a few CSS changes – would you let me know if that fixed it? Thanks!Reply
Thanks so much for these incredible tips! I’ve really found that social media promotion is a huge time suck. Now I set a timer and focus on content instead.Reply
Loved it, The Pinterest inspiration note was quite epic for me. I’m a bit of the relaxed moment to moment writer myself and the point on actually finishing the first copy hit home with me too, if I occasionally plan a organized posting it tends to become of some other importance rather than the initial love and passion that blends behind your intent and miracle work of blogging or other material writing.Reply
Man so many good tips, as usual! I actually just did a post about blogging stats because I had to learn over time not to check them. I won’t say I’m perfect, but I do know I’m less stressed when I stop checking the numbers so often!
Could you tell me what commenting forum you use? I like how you have options for revealing more posts to share at the bottom that include liking your social media accounts or commenting more!
Another question: how do you get that little pinterest box at the end?? Maybe I should have you redesign my blog haha!Reply
Now to pick which one of the 12 great suggestions to focus on first. Thank you also for sharing other links – what a great example of being generous! That is definitely what I want to do as I lead my team- be generous with my time and advice. Now to remember the “saying no” part too!Reply
I need to organize my time more for blogging. I was spending way too much time on the computer away from the family. So now I cutting back but I don’t want it to hurt the blog either.Reply
YES! The first bit is always the most difficult. I often struggle with introductions, so I developed a system where I leave that part for last. I write the rest of the content, add the images, etc. – and when I’m done with everything, I sit down and craft a proper introduction.
Anyway, thank you for all the tips – I really enjoyed your post!Reply
So glad it was helpful, Ashley. Looks like you’re slowly working your way through the content here. The most important part it up to you – just do it! 🙂Reply
Thanks, Naoufal – I appreciate you 🙂Reply
I am a new blogger and I am really having a difficult time deciding when to read/comment on other blogs. I only comment if I really like a post or have a meaningful contribution to make. But it takes up so much of my time.
I use commenting as a way of getting readers and sometimes blogs will send me a few readers only to send me one reader a day the next time. So I do not know how to limit myself to 10 blogs.
Is there a different strategy I can use? Like only reading/commenting in the evenings? Or would this drive less traffic to my blog since then my comment would rank low between the other comments and not get seen?
Hope someone has a good solution for me 🙂Reply
Thanks for your question! I think it’s really a matter of personal preference, how you want to structure your blog commenting. I will say that commenting on other blogs is a technique for beginning bloggers – if you already have 50-100 subscribers on your site, I’d spend the time building relationships with your own followers instead, either via email or social media. At a certain point, the goal is for your existing readers to be spreading the word about you, so you don’t have to go out there and do all the leg work yourself. 🙂 But until then, the best thing to do is try a method of budgeting your time for blog comments, and if it doesn’t work, try something different!Reply
Great article Jeni. Your insights are really valuable. I agree with you, I think it’s not a big deal to manage your schedule and write for 30 minutes every day. Scheduling a post for future is also great. If you are using a content management system like WordPress it allow you to save drafts and also schedule for a time and date to automatically publish your blog post.
Thank you Jeni for sharing this great piece of information.Reply
Honestly, I really needed to read this. There were some key points in here that were super helpful (saying no, stats, social media…really the whole darn thing LOL)Reply
Really, excellent post.Reply
Excellent post. Time management is the act or process of planning. Thank you for sharing great informationReply
Great article. And much appreciated as a newbie with a full-time mom to three job that I can’t do it all and I shouldn’t feel guilty that I can’t do it all.Reply
I’ve been blogging for 4 months and as the months progress, the workload gets heavier. I’ve made so many “To Do” lists I need one to straighten them all out.
This is an actionable post to refer to just to get centered and to remind us – well, me – we’re not super humans.
You wrote this with me in mind: thank you. Keep up the fabulous work. Cheers!Reply
Most of the newbies done this mistake and they waste their valuable time in blogging.
Thanks a lot for sharing…. Going to share it!
Hi! I enjoyed reading your blog, you got a fantastic writing skills. by the way while reading your post. I’ve only been blogging for about four months, and haven’t gotten too many people to my blog, but all the good advice is helping!Reply
Oh, I need this. We sound a lot a like. Off to finish the article now!Reply
Thanks for the top tips, you have great advice. I try and consistently post twice a week on a happy healthy life full of love fun and adventure, using my own experiences to inspire my readers. I haven’t engaged much with any other blogs, I don’t really read them, I will now. Thank you again, Cazza xxxReply
Jeni, you add so much value to us. Thank you.Reply
i just stuck with the post. i am a new blogger and i really cannot manage my time. but after reading this i will try my best to manage my time 🙂
You should hire a good security firm that can handle this kind of situation. A really well thought off plan for security is really important for a business.Reply
I was one of those “stat checkers” when I first started, and especially when you are first starting it can be so discouraging. I loved that you included this, because I never really noticed how big of an effect that was having on my motivation and my mood. Super helpful article.
If you are managing more than one blog I found some great tips for that too: https://lineardesign.com/how-to-manage-multiple-blogs-at-once/
These help me immensely, because I manage more than 7 blogs during a month, and I couldn’t do it without help.
Great topic and spot on tips! This is the number one struggle I have with my blog. I can sometimes get so overwhelmed with so many blog “projects” I am spread too thin.Reply
Hi. I liked your #3 and #9 number point. I am also a writer and do blogging also. So I hope it will help me to drive forward with better output 🙂 I liked your outlook of the website too.
Recently I wrote the same kind of topic title “Time management hacks- 15 tips to bring a big difference in life!”
You might like it. If you’re interested you can check here.
I neec this tips cause i been always writing for my blog and its very tiring. I need time managementReply
Great content and I agree with all of your points but especially number 2 in planning your posts. Awesome article!Reply
I hope you are doing well!
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and have a good week aheadReply
Hi Jeni, thanks for the useful tips! I love the section about saying “no” to opportunities. People are often afraid to reject opportunities simply because they think they’ll miss out on something huge. But a better way of looking at this is – by saying “no” to something we didn’t quite like we are actually making room for something much better to come our way.
Keep up the good work!
Hey Jeni, thanks for such great time management tips. I started my own blog a year ago and I was managing my life pretty well but recently I got promoted and now it’s getting quite difficult to maintain my blog all by myself I’ll take your advice on outsourcing and guest blogging.Reply
Great post with easy actionable tips. Points 1 and 3 are more than likely the most important tips for any blogger starting off, point 3 especially. From experience, and I think I speak on behalf of most bloggers we get distracted with so many things happening around us that we forget to just put pen to paper (or should I say fingers to keyboard) and just write.
Setting up a focused environment and blocking to urge to jump onto any social media would go a long way in making point 3 happen. After doing this for a period of time, I think point 1 of setting goals will become much more clear and realistic.Reply
Excellent Article Dear. I am really impressed with your post. The process of planning to gain control over time that is spent on different activities executing the steps that ultimately increases efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity is called Time Management.
Thank you for sharing this.!!! Keep updating with new tips.!! 🙂
Love these tips from the experts. For me it is-
Use a task & time management tool (my recommendation- proofhub)
Doing the most crucial task first
Great tips Jeni. As a Mom of 4 boys time is certainly limited. Definitely a struggle to just do one thing as a time – I am beginning to see that multitasking has limitations (even for women – wink!) Avoiding the delete key is HUGE – just get those ideas down and let revisions be your friend. Although I should also step away after revising for the 20th time. Gotta go return a phone call, pop in supper, fold a load of laundry and create….!Reply
Time Management is the best things for blogger. It Help to set a goal and try to get achieve the blogging goal.
Thank so much
I really appreciate your tips to manage time; they can be used not just for writers, but for everyone. I’m glad that you mentioned planning posts and times to write. It is probably a good idea to schedule things ahead of time in your phone or even on a notepad to make things more organized. There are so many tools these days that can help people stay on top of their events.Reply
Thank for this great article. I feel that this article resonate totally with me. I waste so much time doing unproductive stuff and procrastinate when it comes to blogging.Reply
What I liked most Tips # 5 where you said: “For beginning bloggers, I recommend writing for 30 minutes per day.” I think it will help to grow a habit of writing.
Thank you so much for all the 12 awesome tips for blogger.
Consistency and planning is the road to success.
Yup, Great tips.
For any business setting a goal is the important factor. Without goals you don’t have any idea where to are going to as well as you need to create a proper strategy after knowing your goal. I agree when its time to write just write but you need to be yourself while writing any post. I have seen many bloggers copying or rewriting others concept.Reply
Thanks – I was hitting overwhelm and literally looked at everything apart from writing the past couple of days because it feels likes there’s too much to do. Back to focus now!Reply
Great tips. I should get a small notebook in my purse…I just text message myself when I get an idea! haha!Reply
Great points. Thank you so much for sharing this. Just what I needed to know. Cheers!Reply
Thanks for the great article and useful time management tips for bloggers. There are some points that are really helpful for me. Thank you again for sharing this great piece of information.Reply
Hi! I’m a newbie blogger, and this blog will help me a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing these tips!Reply
This is a post I will be referencing again and again. Thank you!Reply
Hey, this is so great. you add so much value to us and i am a new blogger and i have to manage time.Reply
So many wonderful reminders here. I’ll be bookmarking and referring back all year. Thank you so much!Reply