Since writing Work|Wear|Wander is more of a passion project for me and isn’t my full-time job, finding time to write 3-5 posts per week can sometimes be a bit of an art. Between work and life, blogging sometimes takes a back seat, but there are ways to find time to do it consistently.
Here’s how I do it…
1. Commit to Blogging
This may seem obvious, but it actually helps. When I first started my original blog, a wedding blog, back in 2010, I wasn’t really committed to blogging or keeping any sort of schedule. I wrote whenever inspiration struck and I wasn’t too busy with other things (or just feeling too lazy to do much more than lay on the couch and watch TV). Readership was growing slowly, but I wanted it to grow faster, so I made a commitment to blog 5 days a week (at least as much as possible). Once I got into that routine, it was amazing how much simpler it became…and how much readership spiked!
The first step in finding time to blog, at least for me, is to commit to it.
2. Create a “Parking Lot” of Blog Ideas
Blogging inspiration hits me randomly all the time — at work, in the car, while shopping — the key is to catalogue this inspiration and save it for later. I have a Google Drive spreadsheet where I write down all the random ideas I have, sorted into the same categories that Work|Wear|Wander is. Then, when it’s time to sit down and write, I already have the ideas; I just need to create the content.
Writer’s block still happens, but at least I’m not staring at the screen trying to come up with ideas anymore ;)
3. Write Content in Batches
During the week, life can get really busy. Between working 8-5 (or so) Monday through Friday, evening engagements a few nights a week, making dinner and just generally unplugging and unwinding, it can be hard for me to commit to writing during the week. How I find time to blog is by doing 90% of it during the weekend.
Michael is a night owl, and I’m an early riser, so I typically have a few hours to myself in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday; that’s my blogging time. I wake up, grab some breakfast and coffee, and get to writing. If I’m feeling inspired enough, I’ll knock out 5 posts for the week in one sitting.
4. Know When You’re Most Productive at Writing
Building off the last tip, it’s important to know when you’re more productive and use that time to write. I know that I’m not very productive after work. I’m tired, I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day, and the last thing I want to do is sit down and write a blog post. Unless I’m feeling super inspired on a topic, I also know that attempting to write during this time will usually be a failure.
That’s why I write on the weekends. I’m fresh and most creative in the mornings, and the weekends provide a nice time to relax once I’m done. If I do need to write during the week, I’ll wake up extra early and create before heading into the office.
5. Don’t Kill Yourself
Perhaps the most important thing to note is that your blog should be a source of joy, not a source of stress, so while I hope these tips help you find time to blog, I also want you to know it’s okay if you skip a day. It’s okay if you need to slow your blogging down from 5 posts per week to 3. It’s okay if you need to take a vacation from blogging for a week. Don’t kill yourself if/when life gets in the way of your blogging.
While setting yourself goals and deadlines when it comes to your blog can be helpful, the last thing you want is for your blog to become something you resent.
Hopefully these tips help! How do you find time to blog?