Updated: May 31, 2017
It might seem silly to have a chapter devoted to managing your time in a guide on blogging but time is important.
Let's face it, you have a life to live and life is going to constantly get in your way.
The biggest difference that I've seen between bloggers that succeed and bloggers that fail is that successful bloggers make the most of their time.
Pretend you started a blog today. 6 months from now where do you expect that blog to be?
We all have expectations for our blogs but very few of us are able to realize them because we waste too much time.
If you look at the steps for launching a blog is there any reasons why you can't have a blog up in a week?
In Blog 180 I take you on a journey of launching 3 separate blogs over the span of 6 months.
This is not meant to show off but to show that you can get up to speed quickly with your blog if you know how to manage your time.
All of the materials in this guide and the 12-Day Blogging Bootcamp provide you with information that prepares you for your blog.
I can't tell you how many people talk to me about doing research (which is good) and how they've been researching for months (which is bad).
You aren't building a spaceship or finding a cure for a disease.
You're starting a blog.
A place where you type words on a screen for other people to read.
When you look at it like that you should understand that it isn't difficult.
When you finally do launch your blog what are things that will slow you down?
Not Automating Some Tasks
More specifically, most of your social media activity can be done using different tools.
There is no reason you should spend hours each day pinning on Pinterest when you can use Tailwind to automate things.
Same can be said with Twitter or Facebook.
I'm not saying you shouldn't spend quality time on those platforms acting like a human, but there are definitely more important things that you should do with your limited amount of time.
Not Planning Your Content
The biggest hurdle to growing your blog is going to be your content.
The more (quality) content you have, the better chance you have of attracting an audience.
If after one month you only have two blog posts and those two blog posts aren't the greatest things on the planet then it's going to be a while until you start to see traffic.
But what if you find a way to do 10 blog posts a month?
By the end of the year, you'll have 120 blog posts. That's 120 pieces of content that have a chance of bringing someone new to your blog.
With that many blog posts, you can begin to slow down your writing and focus more on other things.
However, without content you have no chance of gaining an audience so how are you going to maximize your time so you get the most content out there?
Some people like to use content calendars that map out every single post that is coming up in the next couple of weeks.
That way they can see what they need to write and when it needs to be published.
Other people like to do batch writing where they pick a day and time and spend a couple of hours writing multiple posts.
I can't say what will work best for you so try different things. Just do your best to get a nice library built up in the first couple months of your blog.
You Get More Time as You Go Along
Initially, there is just too much stuff to do with your blog it will seem like you don't have enough time.
All you can do is tackle one thing at a time, but eventually, you'll find that you have a little more time.
Because your email sequences will be done.
You'll have a nice library of content.
Your products are finished.
The more things you finish means the more time you free for yourself to focus on other things.
That's why you can only do one thing at a time.
If you think you can build a successful blog by only spending 30 minutes a day working on it then you are going to have some issues.
You can only work with the time you have but it's important that you find the time to make things happen.
Don't let time be the deciding factor between creating a successful blog and just having dreams of one.