One of the biggest challenges to blogging is TIME. All of us have 24 hours a day, and we are stewards of how we spend our time. What is the most important thing? What do we do for recreation? What do we neglect, since we can’t do everything? There are a lot of choices when it comes to time, and blogging can be intrusive. There are so many blogs that are interesting, and even using a reader we can still be challenged. I’d like to address the issue of time from two perspectives.
As A Blog Reader…
1. If you are not using a blog reader (I use Google Reader, there are others out there) to accumulate new posts in one place for you, then you’re wasting vast amounts of time. This is just a MUST if you plan to read several blogs.
2. Choose blogs that are consistently interesting to you. Yes, there are thousands and thousands of blogs, but you cannot read them all! So if a blog is generally disinteresting to you, then you should not feel obligated to read it.
3. Decide how much time you can comfortably give to reading blogs and limit the number of blogs you read accordingly. Scan a post before you devote a lot of time to it. If it doesn’t jump out at you, then move on.
4. It is most natural to read the blogs of your friends, and to participate in them via comments. I think that’s the best experience that a blog can offer.
5. If you fall behind in reading, do not feel obligated to catch up. I confess that I do feel obligated to catch up, so I’m writing that one to myself! Just start from today. I doubt there was anything in the past month that was going to change your life!
As A Blog Writer…
1. Remember your audience and be considerate. Compose posts that can be read in five minutes or less. Bullet points can be scanned quickly, pursued further if interest develops. Brevity saves your time as well. Save something to say for tomorrow!
2. Choose a time of day to write your posts that does not compete with the truly important things of your life. Write during a recreational time (TV watching, loafing) instead of a family time, for example.
3. If it does not come naturally, find other means of expression. Don’t spend hours on a blogpost. If you’re struggling to get it written, save it as a draft and come back to it later.
4. Ministers and teachers should share their studies on their blog, in bite-sized pieces. You have already prepared this material, why not give it a wider audience?
5. If you have extra time, go ahead and prepare drafts for future posts. You’ll have a running start!
I know that didn’t give anyone that desired 25th hour of the day, nor does it address the things you have going on in your life that could be dropped to give you more time for blogging. You have to decide that for yourself. But maybe some of these tips could help us use our blog reading and writing time wisely.
Tomorrow: Two ways that blogging changed my life.
Thanks for reading,