It's the A-Z Challenge and I'm talking about blogging tips. I'm super excited about the topic today. It's probably becasue this is the 1st question non-bloggers ask me when I tell them I blog.
When I first started blogging I went a little crazy. I knew I need to visit other blogs and I spent 3-4 hours everyday searching out new bloggers and leaving comments and generally trying to build my meager platform.
That got old really fast. Some people are so awesome *cough* Alex *cough* that they can visit tons of blogs and never have an issue, but the rest of us might struggle to maintain that kind of awesomeness.
Here's what's worked for me.
1. Set aside time to visit other blogs. When I'm not doing the A-Z challenge I only blog on the days my son is in preschool and I use one of those two hours to visit people who haven't visited me. Throughout the day I also visit back anyone who leaves me a comment wherever I can find a moment.
2. Write your posts in advance. If you didn't see my post about how to schedule your posts, look here. I usually get up at 5 am to write. It so happened that I was taking a break before editing my novel and I used that 5 am writing time to do all of my A-Z posts in advance. That way I can concentrate on my readers.
Whenever an idea for a post comes to me, I'll get on blogger and write the title of the post and let it be until I get a spare moment to write it. That way if I'm behind on blogging, I at least have ideas ready to go.
3. If you're overdoing it, back off. Life happens. Sometimes you can't blog. Sometimes you can't visit back. We've all been there. I've been working really hard on edits, so hard in fact that the last two weeks of Feb and I ended up not blogging at all. That break was exactly what I needed. I could come back and care for my readers the way I should.
Most importantly, you have to make time for it. I've had a lot of people ask me if it's worth it and I always respond with an enthusiastic YES! It is a time suck, you can get lost in it, but I've found that the benefits far outweigh the negative. Find your balance and run with it.
What do you do yo manage your time?