Posted on December 30, 2011
One of the biggest complaints for bloggers is not having enough time for writing.
Between working a full-time job, spending time with family, and taking a little time to relax, there aren't many hours left over for sitting down to write.
Does this sound familiar?
If it does, here are seven easy ways to free up more time to write the posts you've been wanting to write:
When you have time to write, don't waste it deciding what to write about; instead, before you ever sit down, keep track of every potential post idea that pops into your head.
Write them on a napkin, keep a notebook in your pocket, or maintain a blog post idea file on your computer. Do whatever it takes to log every post idea before it disappears.
Once you log every idea, you'll never waste time thinking about what to write when you should be writing instead. Even if you find yourself with only an extra 15 minutes, you can write instead of thinking about writing.
You only have so much time to write new posts, so you don't waste it by writing average post ideas.
Traditional publications know that mediocre articles lose subscribers, so they only publish the most valuable ideas for their readers.
You should do the same.
Since you only have a limited amount of time to write posts, use that valuable time to write only the best post ideas. This will give a greater return for the time you invest in writing.
It's tempting to follow blog stats too closely. Stats are important, but they can also be a waste of time.
You can spend time analyzing stats and celebrating when 20 visitors come to your site instead of 15, or you can spend that time writing more content that will attract new readers.
Writing new content is a much better way to spend your time. The less you pay attention to stats and the more you pay attention to writing new posts, the more your stats will go up.
So remember this: studying stats won't increase traffic; writing new content will.
RSS subscriptions are another time waster. If you follow too many blogs, you'll spend more time reading posts than writing them.
Publishing new content attracts more readers to your site; reading content does not.
So instead of spending your time reading what other people have written, unsubscribe from all but the most important blogs, and spend more time writing posts. Blogging is all about creating new content, so make sure you have time to do so.
If you need more time for writing, consider writing shorter posts.
Shorter posts take less time to write and less time to edit. Not only does a 1500 word post take more time to write than one with 500, but it also takes three times as much time to edit.
In case you're wondering if shorter posts will negatively affect your audience, readers appreciate short, concise posts that succinctly get ideas across. If the article is written well, they can spend less time to get just as much value. In other words, readers will appreciate your brevity.
A zero draft is a rough draft written with the intention of recording an idea without getting bogged down by writer's block. The goal is to quickly draft a complete post that can be polished later.
Zero drafts can be written by hand when a new idea pops up, or they can be written as a first draft in Word or in Google docs.
Either way, zero drafts a great way to record an idea while creative juices are flowing and help to fight against writer's block.
Reading is very important for writing, but it can also get in the way. At some point, you have to make the decision that you don't want to just consume reading material, you also want to produce it.
Creating content is enjoyable, rewarding, and challenging; it's also much more exciting than only reading.
As a writer, you should read voraciously, but on the other hand, you need to reserve enough time for writing. It's important to purposefully read magazines, newspapers, and books less in order to free up more time to write.
You've already read tons of content over the course of your lifetime; now that you're blogging, it's time to create it.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any secrets for freeing up more time for blog post writing?