Weekend Blogging Tips to Get it all Done!
Like many bloggers, I have a full-time job that keeps me busy most of the week. That means that I have to be diligent on the weekends to work on my blog so it will run smoothly all week long. I don’t want to spend my entire weekend blogging: that would be counterproductive since one of my goals of blogging is to create resources and provide experiences for and with my family. If you are a full-time employee but also manage a full-time blog, here are some weekend blogging tips to help you get it all done.
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Weekend Blogging Tips to Get it all Done!
I have been blogging since 2009 and have learned a few things along the way. Back when I started, a friend asked me how long I planned to blog. My answer was “as long as it’s fun!”. Almost 9 years later, I’m still loving the experience and learn something new everyday!
If you want to see something fun, you can see my very first blog post from March 3, 2009! I have definitely learned a lot along the way!
If you don’t love your topic, it will be impossible to sustain a blog or create new content. We’ve all heard that if you find a job you love, then you will never work a day in your life. Blogging is a hard job and requires time, focus and attention. But if you love your subject matter, then you can probably find something new to say about that topic every day.
I use the weekends to brainstorm ideas and generate new posts topics.
Real Life Tip: I will regularly create new articles with nothing more than an idea in the title field. Sometimes I have a few supporting ideas or links to help me get started; but often I just save drafts with thought starters. I’ve got posts scheduled as drafts for months ahead of time.
Another good way to get post ideas is to look at the holidays coming up. Last summer we visited Boston and got to explore Bunker Hill. I ended up discovering that Bunker Hill Day is observed in June. So I created a blank draft with the title “Bunker Hill Day Observed” in June on my blog so I will remember to talk about that visit when people are searching for articles and information about that event.
Build on What is Popular
Even if you love your blog topic, it’s sometimes hard to find new articles to write about. To get inspired and motivated to write an article, I will often take a look at Google Analytics and see what the top traffic drivers are. What do people repeatedly come back to read? Right now my readers seem to be interested in how to make a homemade dog bandana and how to find free books. So those two topics should be future follow up articles.
How deep do you need to go?
Sure, you might want to share the whole back story for every place you visit or the nutritional content for every recipe, but is that necessary? Sometimes good enough is really good ‘enough’. If you can get an article written and published in less time then it may be worth it to sacrifice some of the deep backstory.
Decide what is most important:
Writing a blog article takes time. Promotion takes even more time. So you have to decide where to focus your time and where you can trim some fat. Since there is often a limited amount of time to get a blog article from concept to publication, you have to decide how to spend that time.
For me, I know it is crucial to have solid content and strong photos. But I can’t spend my time researching every single subject before I write. When I share a travel article, I want it to be my perspective and experiences not what I have found on the state website or tourism brochure. So I personally don’t spend much time on research. I choose to focus my articles on experiences and tips from my visit to an area.
But I do understand that even the best article will not generate any traffic or income if I don’t promote. So I use some weekend moments to fill my queues on free promotion sites.
Free & Cheap Promotion sitesTailwindApp:
- Tailwind: Anyone can use free Tailwind Tribes to pin and get and get repins from other bloggers. Or you can pay to use the more advanced features and boost your results even more. Read more about Tailwind and see why I pay for the upgraded features. If you decide to try out Tailwind, I’d love for you to sign up with my Tailwind referral link and get us both some bonus credit!
- Copromote: Since Twitter is one of my weakest engagement platforms, I use the free version of Copromote to help me reach more people and boost engagement. You can sign up on Copromote for a free account, and then retweet other bloggers content to earn reach. Every time you share someone’s content you earn reach. Then you boost your content once a week and let others share it for you.
Spend 15 Minutes on old content
Let’s face it. If you’re anything like me, you have old content that is embarrassing. The pictures are horrible, the format is outdated and there are no affiliate links. So each weekend I try to take at least 15 minutes and pick one old post and do a little upgrade. It doesn’t have to be much, but just a little love on an old post can do alot for your site!
Where do you focus your blogging time during the weekends? I’d love to hear how you make the most of your time!
Ah, you are a better woman than I! I just can’t seem to juggle it all anymore with all the kids activities and our side business. But maybe again one day!