How To Blog Every Single Week In Only 30 Minutes ADay

how to make a blogIt never ends, does it?

The endless tug at your attention.

One more person yanking away at a piece of you. One more detail needling you before it goes away.

It’s all terribly urgent. And you’re the only one out there who can get it done, right?

You want to get a life. You want to blog about all the fun, interesting sides of you. But you know you’ll never have the time to.

So you limp along, writing 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there. But blogging never seems to become a regular part of your world.

Something always seems to get in the way. But it doesn’t have to.

You really can have a blog. A regular blog. You can publish a post every single week. Even if you only have 30 minutes a day.

CAN YOU ACTUALLY BLOG WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO BLOG?

Work and life take up your entire day. And every free minute you’ve got is filled up by details. How on earth can you publish your blog on a regular basis if all you have are random chunks of time?

Try snippet blogging.

Snippet blogging is all about two things — taking the time you have and doing something better with it.

Time is a fixed entity. We all have the same amount of it. Once you decide what you’re going to do with yours, it’s only a matter of being a lean, mean blogging machine for just 30 minutes a day.

THING #1: RENEGOTIATE THE TIME YOU HAVE

The first step is to discover the chunks of time you can do something else with. Here’s an easy shortcut to find snippets of time that you can reallocate.

For every task that’s taking up your potential writing time, ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t do this?”

Here’s how it works —

If you answered: The world will stop turning if I don’t do this now.
Your chance to use that time for writing: Slim to none.

Note: Disapproval of what you do with your time does not count as the world coming to a halt. Get real with yourself about actual show-stoppers and your perception of what you’re allowed to do with your time.

If you answered: I’ll get behind and things won’t get done if I don’t do this now.
Your chance to use that time for writing: Still likely.

Can someone else do this task for you while you write? Can you do it another time? If you answer yes to either, you just found another snippet of time to write.

If you answered: I won’t get to chill out if I don’t do this now.
Your chance to use that time for writing: Highly likely.

You blog because you like it. When you want to chill out, blogging is another fun hobby you get to choose.

If you answered: Other people will grumble if I don’t do this now.
Your chance to use that time for writing: Highly likely.

Until grumbling makes the world stop turning, you’re allowed to shake up your schedule and do something better with your time.

If you answered: Nothing at all will happen if I don’t do this now.
Your chance to use that time for writing: Definitely likely.

You don’t need more time. You need to reclaim and recover your time. See how you can use the time you have to do what you actually want to do.

THING #2: DO SOMETHING BETTER WITH YOUR TIME

Now that you found your 30-minute blogging snippets, you want to use your time efficiently every time you sit down to write.

Here’s how to be a lean, mean blogging machine for 30 minutes every day.

Start off right.

Routines are how we make room to get the important stuff done. The best way to keep a routine is by starting the same way every time. It could be turning on the coffee pot, finishing up the dishes at night, or taking a brisk walk outside. Starting your routine off right tells you that now it’s time to blog.

Set manageable writing goals.

You’ve got 30 minutes in front of you. What’s the best way to eat an elephant? Bite by bite. Focus on one bite-sized section of your blog every day. Day one might target your blog topic and title. Then you can snippet blog your opening, main points, and closing remarks. Setting bite-sized writing goals keeps you organized and efficient during the time you have.

Unplug from distractions.

Shut off the TV. Silence your phone. Resist the urge to check email and social media. You can get a lot done in 30 minutes if you give blogging your full attention.

Visit your dedicated blog spot.

Designate your writing space. Somewhere you can shut the door. Set your mood. And jump into your head space quickly and easily. Your dedicated blog spot guards you from anything that’s not about blogging.

Structure your time snippets.

Set a timer. Start on time. When you get to the end, stop. Structuring your time motivates you to get moving and stay focused for an entire 30 minutes.

Sweeten the deal.

Whether it’s once a week or even daily, reward yourself when you blog. Now’s the time to look forward to that new movie that just came out, your favorite song before the end of the day, or a special drink to mark the occasion. Always give yourself an incentive to keep writing.

YOU’VE GOT MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK

Can I level with you?

Most people waste a lot of time.

Most people fritter away their days in chasing details. Staying busy. And shutting out the world.

But I bet you’ve got other plans.

I bet you’ve got adventures running through your mind. Ideas coursing through your brain. And solutions to so much we want to know.

I bet you’ve got the same amount of time we’ve all got.

But I bet you take the time you already have.

I’m betting you do something better with it.

Anne Bechard is on a mission to help you get more done quicker with your blog. She works with nine-to-fivers who know they’re renegade bloggers at heart. If you want 3 lightning-fast steps to be a real blogger by bed time, click over to Get Blogging Already!

Comments

  1. says

    Oh Anne, I saw my name written all over the first few paras. I do go through some days like that! Yes, I am prolific and often write every day, but sometimes, I get sucked in by the time-stealers – things I ought not to be doing in the first place and should probably delegate to the absolute bottom of my priority list. ‘eck, they don’t even belong there, sometimes!

    To me, your “things” are great advice – a mini-guide in time-management – because that is what life boils down to, whatever we focus on. It applies to every aspect of our existence.

    Thanks Anne, so nice to meet you.

    And thank you Sue, always great value!
    Vidya Sury recently posted…Trains, Tabs and Cabs #ItsPersonalMy Profile

  2. says

    Hi Sue,

    Time is never enough for me, sometimes i wish I was alone and could get up and work all night, if you see what I mean….:)
    You have just given me some great tips to master time, I will surely try and put them into action.

    Thanks,

    Brigitte
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  3. says

    Hi Anne and hello Sue,
    Did you know me before writing this post Anne? No because it happens with me. Right now I was playing with my inbox and blog dashboard when I found Sue’s email and rushed in to see if it had a solution.

    To my delight it has.I think we can do lOT more in 30 minutes if we follow what you said.I recently have started time structuring but I fail most of the time. My concentration level is way too less. Even lesser than 10 minutes and that’s where I either find myself at the refrigerator for some snacks or the cell phone surfing facebook.

    I hope your idea of incentives work. i will try it out for sure. πŸ™‚
    Swadhin Agrawal recently posted…How to Start a blog? Create a Blog and make money – Step by StepMy Profile

  4. says

    This is a simple but effective techniques and I think every blogger should know about these tactics to manage their time with effective way.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

  5. says

    Great tips as always Sue. I’m going to try it and see if that’s going to change my way of organising and writing blog posts. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

  6. says

    hi sue and Anne Bechard,

    A very good post. I am a college student, so I have to travel 4 hours (2+2) daily to attend the college , so i dont find much of the time to blog. In the time I get, i get distracted by reading other blogs, social media and other things.

    Thanks Anne Bechard, for such an useful post. Those tips are very useful, keep inspiring us.

    Can you please suggest me, of blogging tasks (content creation, SEO, social media,…), what tasks can I (a blogger who can Get only little time to blog) skip or work a little And what should I concentrate more on in the time I get?

    Thankyou
    Susheel karam
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    • says

      Hi, Susheel,

      Good for you going to school plus blogging! I think you need to work on getting traffic to your posts. Anne helps with this article on how to do your content – now that you know that, watch my video here.
      and get lots of traffic to your site.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

    • says

      Excellent question, Susheel. Running a blog does have lots of moving parts, and it can feel overwhelming when you’re limited with your time. If your blog is relatively new, here are three things you can focus on to use your time well —

      1) Build your readership. The best way to do that is to get your content in front of lots of readers at a time. Guest posting is a great strategy to build your own audience and get readers to your site.

      2) Reach out to the audience you build. Offer a free piece of content as an incentive for new readers to subscribe to your mail list so you can stay in touch with them. Email them regularly and keep up the momentum.

      3) Network with influencers. Get in touch with other bloggers who are well-established. Learn from them. Offer them your support and asstance. Collaborate with them when you can. Stay connected through social media, email, and by commenting on their blogs.

      Hope this helps, Susheel. Guest posting, audience outreach, and networking with influencers really helped to get me started. All the best with you blog!
      Anne recently posted…5 Standards of Writing Excellence That Most Bloggers Will Never Live Up To (And How You Will)My Profile

  7. says

    If a person can`t manage his time, then he can`t manage anything in his life. These tips really add value to readers and I believe that now everyone know how to manage their time and blog effectively.

    Thank you both Anne and Sue for sharing these tips.
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  8. says

    Hello Anne and sue!

    This is a very interesting one-time management. This is really practical. I have to merge study, campus fellowship and blogging. I had to device strict methods to get my blog going. I analyzed my time and I discovered there were tiny distractions in my schedule (e.g social media) and I cut them off.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful post. I picked up some useful tips.
    Ologundudu Abraham recently posted…5 Remarkable lessons my mum taught meMy Profile

  9. says

    Hey Anne,

    This post is something that I can highly relate to. I have limited time as to writing a and plublishing blog post every week and at times I feel like I’m cutting close.

    But one thing I’m starring to become is a smart blogger. I figure who says that u have to come up with my own content every week? I can always do round up posts, have guests, etc..

    Besides that I use snippets of time to squeeze in some tasks for blogging. And yes I ask myself those same questions you made in the firat point to motivate myself.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend ahead!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…Why Writer’s Block Is A Myth To Seasoned BloggersMy Profile

  10. says

    Sue, thanks for sharing this post. It was very helpful. I’ve used the bit-by-bit method with other things. Not sure why I haven’t applied it to my blogging. Go figure!

    I will use that method from now on. It’s effective. I know it because I already do it in other areas.
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  11. says

    Thank you Anne for this time management and productivity round up post. Thank you Sue as well. Successfulblogging as become a reference, my one-stop shop for tips and advices.

    This article is a kind reminder for me to concentrate more on why I am here (blogging) and maximize my time despite conflicting priorities: work, family life, studies, and other commitments.

    Others said it here before in different terms, if you can suffer a little repeat, I will say this. If you are new to blogging, like me, one thing that I have found helpful is leveraging on other people’s content using the power of curation.

    I have been guilty of not doing this consistently though, but the little I did has helped me move forward. What a refresher Anne, thanks again!

    That is how I providentially stumbled on Sue’s article about How to make money with a blog.

    And I have enjoyed since being around.

    Jean
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  12. says

    Well, if I’m consistent and follow up the laid down rules from this great piece by Anne, I’m sure my laziness ratio would be slashed by half.

  13. says

    hi Anne and Sue. Read your article. Good. I am a beginner and have a lot of passion for writing but not a lot of time for this. Please suggest shall I start with free blog or self-hosted blog. if possible I like to make income. suggest topics for my blog.
    thanks and regards
    Kishan Negi

    • says

      Hi, Kishan,

      Welcome and I’m glad you are interested in blogging. I always recommend self-hosted because
      1. You won’t have to migrate over the self-hosted later on when you want to put in plug-ins
      2. You own your blog instead of “renting” it
      3. Having said that, Blogger or Medium is free where self-hosted will be about $72/year

      So, you can start free and then move up and migrate to self-hosted later on. It just takes more money and time and effort of a tech guy to migrate the site. So, free is sometimes good to learn on but don’t go past 50 visitors a day on free before you migrate over to self-hoste.

      I hope that helps. Email me from my contact page if you need more information.

      Thanks for your comment and your question.
      Sue

    • says

      Glad you stopped by, Kishan! Sounds like there are lots of possibilities out there for you and the direction of your blog. I like Sue’s advice about starting out with a free blog and eventually moving to a self-hosted one. My bio links to a complimentary training for Successful Blogging readers — it talks about how to set up a free blog in WordPress. Hope it helps!
      Anne recently posted…5 Standards of Writing Excellence That Most Bloggers Will Never Live Up To (And How You Will)My Profile

  14. says

    awesome article yes you’re right when we starts to write thinks many times and don;t concentrate on mind in one window i was just writing and also doing some other things Facebook, chat on viber and some other things so its takes more than 2 hours to complete one posts. Now i understand and reduce my time easily thanks a lot

    • says

      Multi-tasking is like drinking alcohol, studies now show. It slows your thinking and your reaction time. So, good point, Ethan.

      I appreciate your comment!
      Sue

  15. says

    Right now, I have nothing but time to blog, yet I cannot do so. Why? It’s really simple, actually.

    My blog covers amateur astronomy – which is 100% weather dependent. Furthermore my blog completely activity based because I have always intended to create posts that educate people interested in astronomy with real things they can do at home based on the observations, and other exercises I do myself. For the last 4 months, it’s been overcast in Texas. When it’s cloudy, I cannot do activities, and thus loose opportunities and topics to blog about.

    This is probably a rare case, but this is my personal example of why having too much free time is actually killing my posting schedule.

    Instead of not blogging I’ve been redoubling my efforts in writing books. If I can’t create blog topics now, I can create products for later. I have no choice but to sacrifice blog growth for the time being, but at least I won’t be caught in a position where I’ve got a huge following, and nothing extra to offer them.
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    • says

      That’s a great idea, Mitchell. You can always “blog your way” to a book.
      Each post can be a segment of a chapter. You’d have a book AND a blog in 6 months.

      Thanks for your comment. Sorry about the Texas weather!
      Sue

    • says

      Hi Mitchell. You could also think about writing posts about topics that are related to astronomy. Or even framing some of your topics slightly differently to have content to post when your research is restricted. Like, what happens right before or in the aftermath of a major astronomy event (completely as a random example). I like the book writing idea too. Glad you stopped by today!

  16. says

    hi Sue.

    Great Article.
    You are picking the best in Blogging Field πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing !

    • says

      I’m very lucky to get these great guest bloggers I like Anne!

      I appreciate your comment.
      Sue

  17. says

    Well said Anne!

    In 5 minutes I’ll head down to the studio here in Bali. 1 perk of living in a villa for 6 months – said villa being larger than a football field πŸ˜‰ – is you always have a peaceful, quiet space to engage in your daily writing habit. I’ll finish proofing and then I’ll publish book #26 to Amazon, and I’ll start book #27 too. Amazing how well your tips work. Well done!
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    • says

      Hi, Ryan,

      Good for you – you have the writing part down pat. So wish it came that easy to me (and other people reading this artivle). You are so god with routines and sticking to them. I’m a little jealous.

      Thanks so much for your comment today.
      Sue

  18. says

    I’m like the WORST when it comes to giving myself time to write. It’s like you directly wrote this to give me a quick pinch. LOL

    I tried the splitting method
    I tried waking up really early just to write
    I tried blocking out a certain day just to write

    So far, what has worked for me has been a mix, depending on the week. It’s been a roller coaster.

    I’m going to commit to a routine this coming week and I’m going to make sure I pull it off.
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    • says

      Hi, Dennis,

      If it’s any consolation, it happens to all of us! In fact, I ran Anne’s post on my usual day to publish one of MY blog post because I had a bad fibromyalgia flare-up and just couldn’t get to my writing. My 1-1 clients come first.

      So, we have all been there. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are more a “When I feel like it, I’ll write: kind of guy. That’s OK.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for your comment!
      Sue

        • says

          It’s OK to be that ‘kind of guy’ IF (big if) you create content 2 weeks ahead of time! That’s the key.

          Sue

          • says

            Hi Dennis! Sue has some great points here. It’s so important to know your own personal style and approach to writing. Then you can roll with it. Like everything, writing when you feel like it has its trade-offs. You might not write every day, but when you do, you may be magnificently inspired to write a lot of really great stuff that you may not feel like writing later.

            Habits could help. They take effort. But they always work better when we know and honor our own preferences. Glad you stopped by!

  19. says

    Anne,
    I wish I had more time to write for my own blog. I’m a freelance writer and a mother to twin toddlers, so my time is extremely limited.

    For me, the best way to get a post written and done on my site is to have a plan. Once I have an outline, the writing is effortless. So, coming up with topic ideas is the issue for me.

    Elna
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    • says

      Hi, Elna,

      We all wish we had more time but the toddler twins excuse is a really good one πŸ™‚

      A plan is key. My idea – look at the top results in Google for your niche keywords and see what topics are ranked in the first 2 pages of Google. Then you know those are important topics for your readers. Another way – see what questions they ask in the forums or Facebook groups (or even other blogs’ comments).

      Thanks for your comment,
      Sue

    • says

      Hi Elna! You are so right about planning. Taking extra time to plan always pays off in the end.

      Sue has some great suggestions about finding topics to write about. I would also add that finding new spins on some of the topics you’ve already written about could make for some great blog posts too. Maybe combining concepts, or writing about only one particular aspect of an idea, or thinking about how someone you like and admire would approach a topic. Saying the same thing in a fresh, new way can shortcut your way to creative ideas. So glad you stopped by here!

  20. says

    My takeaway: with all the tips for renegotiating time, it would sure up the foundation to what really plagues many of us, I know it does me. That is if we renegotiate our time, then we wouldn’t be wasting so much of it. Then blogging everyday actually could be possible if that’s what we choose to do!
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    • says

      Hi, Patricia,

      I like the way you phrased that!

      Thanks for your comment today.
      Sue

    • says

      Well said, Patricia! Making different choices with how we use our time is definitely an awakening. And it sure opens the door to lots of possibilities. Good to see you here!

  21. says

    Whoa! You get a lot of comments on each post Sue πŸ™‚

    Spending time to blog is really a daunting task especially if you’ve a full-time job.

    My personal strategy is to use a standing desk while writing and unplugging Internet connection. Often times, we have a lot of free time each day, but the distractions that will kill us our precious time to blog.

    Great insights!
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    • says

      I do – I have the best readers!

      I love the idea of the standing desk – I know 4 people now that use one.

      Focus is the key to an online business and we all lose it sometimes. But if you are focusing at least 80% of the time, you will be very successful.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  22. says

    Hi Anil. Glad you found my tips useful. You’re right about the challenge of fitting in the stuff you love outside your full-time job. Nothing worth having comes easy, huh? I like what you said about distractions. It take a lot of practice to say no to them. Glad you stopped by today!

  23. says

    Hi Sue,

    Nice article by Anne. Great stuffs to be honest πŸ™‚

    To be honest, yes! It is real challenging and it takes a lot of planning (keeping ideas in evernote, titles done before hand etc). For the first few weeks, it is really tough but when you get the hang of it, you will know that it is 100% doable!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      You are so right, Reginald! It is hardest when you are a beginning blogger.

      Thanks for your comment,
      Sue

  24. says

    Hi Reginald! Glad you enjoyed my tips. Planning is definitely key. Doing something different with your time completely depends on having a game plan from the start. Good to know that we can adjust along the way, huh? Glad you stopped by!

  25. says

    Hurrah! In the end I got a website from where I know how to really
    take valuable information regarding my study and
    knowledge.
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    • says

      We are all so busy, right, Preeti? This really helps when we all lead such busy lives.

      Thanks for commenting today!
      Sue

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