I get it. I really do. Blogging is time-consuming and hard work but lately, I have been hearing it being used as a reason to not start your blog. No more excuses. It is time that you throw away that idea and start today.
Time is a non-renewable resource and it is precious to all of us. I think it comes down to breaking the habit. I know that I claim not to have time to workout but today I did. It took me 15 mins and I included my kids.
I'm going to get real with you. As moms, women, entrepreneurs, we NEVER have time to do all the things. We worry that we are spending too much time doing this thing or that. We make ourselves feel guilty for any of the choices that we make.
I don't have time to blog either. After all, I am a mom of 3. One of those 3 being only 3 years old and requiring so much of my energy and time. That's what mom life is like.
But blogging has become a piece of me. It is no longer separate. Now I'm not saying you have to be like me. I am saying that if we continue to allow our excuses to help dictate our life, we are going to have many regrets.
It comes down to time being an excuse for me and you. It is time (you see that) that we create a new habit. Oh, the H-word. The word we all struggle with and know that breaking the H-word would mean less comfort but more joy.
4 STEPS TO TAKE TODAY TO THROW AWAY BLOGGING EXCUSES
Here are some easy to follow steps for you to begin writing more blog posts. I want to help you with your blogging habit. I almost sat in bed and watched a movie instead of writing this post so I understand.
Step 1: I want you to look at your calendar and block off 30 minutes each day for the next 2 weeks. Write it down. This is an important moment. Treat these times like they are appointments. Now if something comes up, that is okay. Try and reschedule your 30 minutes for the same day.
Now once you have these 30 minutes blocked off for the next 14 days, you can move to step 2.
Step 2: During your 30 minutes today, I want you to set a timer for 10 minutes. I would suggest that you do this at the beginning of every week.
In these 10 minutes, you will write out topics or titles of what blog posts you want to write. For example, if you are a travel agent, your list may look like this…
*What Essentials to Pack on Cruise
*My favourite thing to wear while flying
*How to avoid these costly mistakes while travelling abroad
*How to create a bucket list for dream vacations
*What to look for in a travel agent
Now that list of 5 titles only took me 2 minutes. Imagine what 10 minutes of title dumping (totally made that up) will do for you.
Step 3: Once your 10 minutes is up, I want you to choose 1 of the titles you wrote down and begin to write. Create a Google Doc with your title and begin writing.
Don't worry about editing it or having it make sense. Just write for these 20 minutes.
Step 4: After your 30 minutes is up, you can put it away and move on to the next task. Or you can always continue writing.
The best thing is, if you do 30 minutes a day for a week, you will have blogged for 3.5 hours. Even small chunks of time add up.
You continue to use those 30 minutes a day to add to that blog post. If you get stuck, pick a different title and begin a new document.
When you finish a blog post, I want you to use your 30 minutes to edit it. Once the editing is done, you can use the 30 minutes to transfer it to your website and create 1-2 blog graphics for it.
You can even schedule it to fit into your blogging schedule that you have decided on.
30 minutes each day allows you to choose what you are working on. You can also..
*Create social media graphics for that blog post once it is ready.
*Schedule FB, IG, & Pinterest graphics to automatically share your blog post after it has been published.
The more you work on your blog, the more efficient you will become in these daily 30 minute intervals. You may be slow at the beginning and that is okay.
I am down to about an hour to write, edit, transfer, and create 1-2 graphics for each blog post. I have almost 6 years of experience.
I don't want to make you jealous but this blog post took me 20 minutes to write. I promise it gets easier. You learn what works for you. You will find what helps bring your creativity to life.
When you are ready to take your blog writing to the next level and increase your working time on it, I have the blog post for you. In this post, I give you tips on how to set working hours as a blogger.
Enjoy the process of creating your blog posts. Don't think of it in terms of time. Think of it in terms of the people you are going to impact. Think of it in terms of the healing you will go through. Think of it as a strategic plan to build the blog you always wanted.
The hardest step is always the first one. So today I just want you to take that first step with me.