If you’ve been a blogger for a while, I’m sure you thought one time or another that you could do a better job with blogging if you only had more time.
In fact, there’s a pervasive misconception that pretty much anything you do, blogging included, you’d do better if you just had a few more hours in the day.
I’m guilty of this all the time:
Give me 15 more minutes to finish this blog post. And then 30 minutes after I’m still not done.
All I need is a few more hours online to get more buzz about my latest blog post and then I know in my heart that I did the best I could to share it with the world.
Over and over again.
It seems that we bought into the idea that many of our problems are time-related and that they can be easily resolved if we can only squeeze a few more hours in the day.
But would more time really help?
Let’s see, what would you do with more time? Here’s some ideas that may have crossed your mind:
- Increase the number of blog posts that you write to at least once a day to get more and more traffic to your blog.
- Get involved in more Facebook groups to share your blog posts and get more exposure.
- Be able to post more often on your Facebook fan page, at least 6 times a day, as you heard this was beneficial for engagement and traffic.
- Tweet blog posts more often, at least once every hour, so you finally see some traffic coming in from Twitter. Crack that Twitter code, yeah!
- Jump on a new social media platform, because you heard that’s where everybody is and your traffic will skyrocket. Periscope and Snapchat, anyone?
I know you’ve had these thoughts, because I did too.
Let’s say we’d be able to miraculously add more hours to our days. And do some or all of the above. But what would we trade off?
A few things come to mind:
- Time to think deeper. Time to listen.
- Time for ourselves. Time to slow down a bit.
- Time for our family and our friends.
- Time to reconnect with our blog purpose. Time to write an amazing blog post.
I’ve come to a conclusion: We can’t be prisoners to our blogs. We can’t feel motivated all the time, focused 100%, and giving it all we got.
We must admit we have limits and we need to use the resources and time we have wisely.
Trying to do everything and anything just kills motivation and leads to blogger burnout. To the point where we question if what we’re doing is even worthwhile.
So what’s an honest blogger gotta do?
I’m still figuring some of these things out, but here’s what I have so far:
Choose Activities That Matter
Don’t be afraid to stop doing things that don’t work. So what if being active in tens of Facebook groups could bring you more exposure?
Is it worthwhile for your time? Is it helping you grow your blog? Or are you just putting in hours without getting anything meaningful in exchange?
Found What Works? Keep Doing It
If you found that some of the stuff you’re doing is paying off in whatever you decided it’s worth it: engagement, more subscribers, more clients, more followers, by all means, keep doing that.
Don’t waste time reading yet another resource about how to triple your traffic in one week from someone you’ve never heard of.
Most Important Work First
Sure, it’s fun to grab your phone first thing in the morning and “catch up” on what your friends have done since yesterday night.
But is it really helping you complete the work you discovered it’s important?
Don’t Forget to Live a Little!
Set a time to get offline and be with your dear family and friends. Also set some alone time, where you do whatever you want.
Are you recognizing any of the issues in your “blogging” life? How are you getting better? Do you have any tips to add? Please leave us a comment and share so others can benefit.
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