Back in July, Candice offered five time saving tips for bloggers and I found the post really helpful, particularly her tip about jotting down ideas as soon as you think of them. Today, I’m expanding on that post, offering a few more ideas on how you, as a blogger, can save more time. Let’s get into it!
Take Photos/Save GIFs Often
Spot a funny GIF on your Facebook or Twitter timeline and think it will be useful for yet-to-be-written post? Snag and save it to your computer so you won’t have to go looking for it later. Also, when you’re out during the week or weekend, don’t be afraid to pull out your iPhone or DSLR and snap pictures of your surroundings. You never know, you may be able to use those snapshots when you need a picture to include in a future blog post.
Set a Timer While You Write
If you’re a blogger who procrastinates or takes hours to write one post, maybe you should set a timer. I’ve found that when I set a timer for myself, I’m much more inclined to get a post finished because I feel that I’m in a race against the clock and I want to win. I pull out my iPhone, set the timer, and write (this does not include editing) until the alarm sounds. If you’re sitting at your laptop the night before a post needs to go up, set a timer and start writing. When the sound goes off, if you’re not finished writing, take a short break, then come back, reset the alarm and go at it again.
Consider the Batching Process
Writing a bunch of blog posts in one setting doesn’t sound fun, I know. However, if you’re a blogger who works full-time or who has more pressing responsibilities outside of blogging, then I highly recommend batching. Batching is basically when you sit down to write several posts at once. I do this often, normally on weekends. To prepare, I gather my blogging tools, sit at my desk, and write. I also go in with a list of well-thought out posts and a sentence or two about what each post will be about. By Monday, all of my blog posts are edited, scheduled, and ready for publication. This is not fun nor easy, but the feeling of relief when it’s over is worth the grueling process in my opinion.
Do you use any of the tips mentioned above? Do you have any time-saving tips/tricks for other Brown Girl Bloggers? Leave a comment below.