Choose Two: Quantity of posts, Quality of posts, or Your Non-Blogging Life.
Well, one of those is probably going to take priority (unless you’ve gotten past that ‘needing food’ conundrum), so the rest of blogging is just figuring out how to deal with balancing the other two. Here’s some hints and tips I’ve learned to help with that balance.
Schedule Posts Ahead of Time
By scheduling your posts ahead of time, you can bank up time for when you need to be busy. If Saturdays are your blog days, you can make all your blog posts then and not worry throughout the week.
As well, many people can work faster when they’re on a roll. If you write all your blog posts at once, you won’t have to get into or out of the mood as much.
Keep Most Posts Below 1,000 Words
The longer your post, the more likely people will get bored somewhere in the middle.
By limiting the size of your posts, you reduce the chances for boredom and, thus, reduce the chances that your reader will leave before finishing.
As well, limiting the size of your post will help you decide the scope. If you don’t have a scope, you might end up with enormous articles that take too much of your valuable time. Remember – you can do a lot of work, but that will eat away at the time you could be writing your books or other publishable goods. Keep scope creep down and cut your posts off when they need to be.
Decide On A Pattern
Do you post weekly? Daily? Something else? Once you’ve figured out your routine, decide on what kind of posts you’ll make.
I post daily, and right now I follow a week-by-week schedule as follows:
Monday – Book Review
Tuesday – Tanka Tuesday (Poetry practice!)
Wednesday – Prompt Showcase
Thursday – Blogging/Writing tips or Longer Stories
Friday – Carrot Ranch Prompt (Flash fiction!)
Saturday – Sammi Scribbles Prompt
Sunday – #CountVlad Guest Posts from Dracula
Because I follow this schedule, I know which posts I can write ahead of time. I know what formats and types of information needs to be written. This can almost act as a prompt, helping to give me a start on each of the posts. That takes care of the hardest part – just starting.
Don’t Waste Your Readers’ Time
If you wouldn’t want to read the article, you can bet your bottom dollar that other people wouldn’t want to. If you start an article or story and can’t stand it, think about if it’s worth your time to finish it.
If it’s a very short article, like a prompted flash fiction, you might as well finish it. But if you’re prepping your major articles, stop before you think it’s going to fall apart. Save what you’ve written and try to repurpose it – WordPress let’s you have plenty of drafts, so make use of them!
How do you save time? Are there methods you use to ensure quality? I’d love to hear about some of your tips in the comments!