How to Blog More in Less Time
Let me guess. You want to blog more, but you just don’t have enough time! You have three choices:
- You could just keep things as they are and not actually blog more (but who wants to do that?).
- You could find more time to work on your blog (but I’m guessing you have a lot on your plate and already maxed out).
- You could find a way to actually get more posts written in your blogging time.
Let’s go with option 3! I’m sharing my secret for getting blog posts written in the shortest amount of time possible. (Sidenote: I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t actually follow my own advice all the time, but when I don’t, it definitely costs me extra time.)
First, I keep a running list of blog post ideas in Asana (the online software I use to manage my entire business). Anytime an idea pops into my head – whether it’s when I’m at my desk working or when I’m in line at the checkout of the grocery store – I add it to my idea list. I also have the Asana app on my phone so it’s easy to add to it wherever I am. This helps tremendously when it comes time to write posts and ensures that I don’t lose ideas.
Next, I batch my blog post tasks. I take a focused chunk of time (2-4 hours) and knock out a lot of posts at once. I do all the actual writing for several posts at one time. Then I do any video recording for those posts at one time. I do all my photography at one time. I do graphics and formatting in one chunk as well. This makes the whole posting process much more efficient, and it takes me far less time overall to do each post.
If you’re just starting this method, I’d recommend starting small and doing this with your next three or four posts. You’ll need to plan them out and make a list of all the different tasks you need to do in each batch session. If you take your own photos for you blog, you’ll want to be sure that you get all the photos you need in your session. The last thing you want is to find out days later that you left out a critical shot, but your project and photo equipment are all put away.
Once you’ve done this on a few posts you can go even bigger and maybe even tackle an entire quarter’s worth of posts at once. My goal is to get to the point where I write and video all my posts for the upcoming quarter in one week. Getting to the point where you’re able to batch a lot of your tasks is a long process that requires a lot of work and planning, so definitely be patient with yourself.
I’d love to hear from you? What’s your best advice for being efficient at posting on your blog?
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Emily @ My Love for Words Says
Doing work in batches is such a huge time saver! I don’t always do it, but the few times I have were wonderful.
Christia Colquitt Says
This is such a great idea. Do you organize the lists on Asana by the tasks, such as photos or writing or do you organize them by post?
LauraJane SaysPost author
I organize by post in Asana.
This is something that I have been considering doing! Thank you so much for sharing what works for you. It may take me a while to get there but I can definitely see how this would be more efficient. For planners like me, I would be so happy checking major blogging projects off my list.
Amanda - The Interior Maven Says
Hi! I get your posts in my inbox and come by to read as much as I possibly can. Great content here! I am a little curious to know a bit more about this Asana program. Is it just an organization tool or does it do more like keep up with invoicing for business use, etc?
Also, how do you not have burnout writing blog posts for hours at a time? I’m asking because i have a difficult sitting still for very long without having to do something active. 🙂 I would love to know if you take breaks, have snacks and water available, listen to music or just have hyper-focus and turn those posts out like crazy. I would love to do it that way!
LauraJane SaysPost author
It is just an organizing tool. I do hope to do a more detailed post about it soon.
I usually do take breaks when I’m working so I don’t burnout. Plus a good solid 3-4 hour block (with a 5-10 minute break every hour or so) is as much as I do. After that I take a longer break or switch tasks altogether.
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled Says
I’ve recently started doing batch DIY home decor/craft projects and it’s such a stress reliever to know that I have a small handful of ideas done that I simply have to post + promote. Maybe someday I’ll get to batch writing, which would be unbelievably awesome.
I love this. I’ve been really struggling to find the time and have thought about how this would work. You definitely inspired mento give it a try!
Ironically I just did this and it was awesome! I recorded about 6 videos between yesterday and today and it feels great to have all this content filmed and ready to edit. All I have to do is now bulk write the posts and then edit the videos which I will do in bulk as well. I think it also helps when you are in certain moods having content in different stages to work on.
Amanda Snodgrass Says
I definitely think having a strategy helps me be more efficient with my time. For now, it’s simply working with an editorial calendar. Next will be a social media strategy so I don’t feel like I’m in 50 places at once. I also spend about 30 minutes a day writing. It gives me a good daily routine and also breaks the tasks into smaller chunks.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello Says
I am working on ideas to better manage my blogging time and your suggestions are wonderful. Definitely something I’m going to try and see how it works for me. Thanks.
Noemi Jeffrie Says
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve only just started recently so this is a great idea. I’ll def look into the Asana app. An idea never fails to hit me while I’m not near my computer. Do you outsource at all?
Dana Clausen Says
Great post! I completely agree… when I’m posting, writing, designing, or making sales calls: it’s one mindset. Making the most of that mindset and process can really catapult our progress.
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Batching tasks is a lifesaver! I find it takes me so much time switching gears from one thing to another so sitting down and focusing on one task is way more productive. Whether it’s writing, editing, choosing content to share on social media, image creation etc, I organize my to do’s in blocks of time. Waaaay more efficient 🙂
K. Ann Guinn Says
I still feel relatively “new” at blogging in general (I started my blog in January). I have to admit it sounds like a practical use of time, but it totally goes against my nature to finish and perfect one post at a time. I do write down or record post ideas, but often fly by the seat of my pants or do what I feel like writing about. I think that has both good and bad merits.
I do appreciate your idea, and know that I definitely need to organize my time and figure out what needs to be done consistently to grow my blog. I’m in the stage of trying things out and learning so much, I still have to work part time to bring in some income, and my schedule keeps changing, so I’m finding it hard to create a good schedule.
Thanks for a great idea to try (who knows? I may just love it!), and for assuring me that we’re all in the same boat with this.
Melisha Kreppein Says
I love the idea of batch blogging, but it is a little overwhelming to get started. I finally had some success when I concentrated on just one category at a time. I started with recipe posts. I did an entire day of cooking and photographing (and ended up getting ahead in meal panning, too with some freezer meals!). Once the photos were all edited, the posts were super quick to get done! That allowed me to move on to another category, then another. I hope I can keep this up because it IS definitely quicker! Thanks!!!