The past two weeks at my full-time job have been just crazy busy and the unfortunate reality of that is I haven’t been able to write near as often as I would like here on Side Income Blogging. The good news is that this little predicament made for a great article topic (this one). My plan here on Side Income blogging was to have a consistent posting schedule of two articles per week: one on Monday and one on Thursday. Monday would be the big article since Monday’s are big blog traffic days. Thursday’s article would be smaller, maybe a series update, review or tips article. So much for my plan…How does the saying go? The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Life Happens – Other things will take priority and that’s okay
One thing with blogging and in particular side income blogging is that other things in your life will come up and take priority. Some of them we can manage around, others we cannot. When these things come up, the first thing you need to do is prioritize. Determine the priority next to your blogging, other jobs, activities and commitments. Ask yourself can it wait? If so, jot it down on your to do list and return to it later. More likely than not though, when life happens it’s something that takes priority over your blogging. From my experience, it will happen to you often and the best thing you can do is just role with the punches. Be okay with the fact that you won’t meet your schedule. While it might impact your traffic a little, I promise your blog won’t go under because you didn’t publish an article one day, one week or maybe even a month. Just know that you did the best you could do, accept that and move on.
Don’t publish a “Sorry for not posting…” article
One of the biggest mistake I’ve seen inexperienced bloggers make is writing the “sorry for not posting in a while” article. Please don’t do that. Here’s why:
- These types of posts just advertise the fact that you aren’t sticking to your schedule and aren’t updating regularly. Perhaps most of your readers didn’t even notice. If, so why call attention to it?
- Forgive me for being blunt, but most people don’t care why you haven’t written for a week. Your readers read your blog for their benefit. “Sorry” articles don’t benefit your reader, they just make you feel better. Instead of spending 30 minutes writing a sorry article, use that 30 minutes to write an on-topic article that you readers will love. That’s way better than saying you’re sorry. Now, before you jump on me too much, granted if you go a week and maybe even two without writing, some of your readers might wonder what happened to you, especially if they read often. Fair enough. Those readers can always contact you via your contact page if they want. In fact, when I owned and wrote on Gather Little by Little I would often get emails from readers if I went more than a day or two without publishing. That always humbled me and encouraged me to write more.
I’m sure might disagree with me on this and that’s okay. I’m all about spending time doing things that provide the most benefit. If it provides no value or benefit, in general I avoid it.
Write in advance and solve this problem for good
The reality of life is that things will come up that will keep you from being able to write. One really good strategy for avoiding this problem is to write your blog articles in advance. You’ll find times in your schedule where you have a few hours here and there free. Use these opportunities to write 3 or 4 articles. I’m doing that right now. You can also schedule 3-4 hours to spend just writing articles. Personally I find this hard to do, but I know many bloggers that are able to this. A common trend among them is to head out to the local coffee shop, laptop in tote, and pump out a few articles while sipping on a Latte.
Here’s the neat trick, not only should you write these articles, but go ahead and queue them up to be published as well. One of the really slick features of WordPress is the ability to publish articles at a future date. By default, when you press the Publish button, WordPress immediately publishes your article. Go to the edit page of on your posts. Note the Publish immediately text just above and to the left of the Publish button? If you click the Edit link next to this Publish immediately text, you can change the date and time your article will be published.
This feature is all about freeing up your time. Make it a goal to get one week ahead, meaning that you have one weeks worth of posts scheduled and published. By doing so, you’ll find yourself less stressed. For example, let’s say you wake up one morning fully intent on writing an article for that day and the power goes out or maybe one of your kids notify you at the last minute that they need to be at school early (not that this has ever happened of course…). If you have a post already queued up for that day, no sweat right? You just write that article later in the day and nobody knows the difference.
Pot calling the Kettle black – A Challenge
Now that I’ve told you to do this, I need to get my “rear in gear” and do the same. Had I followed my own advice, I wouldn’t have gone a week without posting here on Side Income Blogging. So with that said, I’m going to challenge you (and me) a bit:
The Challenge: In the next two weeks (by September 12th) I challenge you to get one week ahead in your publishing schedule. For those of you that only publish once or twice a week, see if you can get a few weeks ahead.
If you’re in on this little challenge, add a comment. Funny thing amount making a public commitment, you’re far more likely to meet it if you. So take the time to write a comment. I’ll check in with everyone that’s signed up for the challenge on 9/12 to see how you’re doing. Then, I’ll follow-up with a summary challenge article. Your reward? Some free links and the self satisfaction of being ahead! So add a comment and get writing!