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Blog Better, Blog Faster: How to Increase Your Blogging Productivity

by DiTesco on March 30, 2010

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Have you ever sat in front of your PC for hours working on your blog just to realize that all you’ve gotten done was  ¾ of a post and 2 comments on other blogs?

When I first began blogging this would happen to me all of the time.  I’ll tell myself that I would work on the blog for a few hours and then do some marketing.  But by the end of the day I would realize that I hadn’t gotten anything done.

Blogging is great because it gives us a creative outlet as well as the potential to make money.  But don’t  be fooled; running a successful blog is just like running a business.  If you have ever started your own online business, then you know how time intensive it can be.

That is why it is important to adopt good blogging habits that will help you blog better and blog faster.  As your blog grows, it will require more of your time and energy.  I learned this during my highest traffic months last year.  I received about 100,000 visits when one of my posts made it to the most popular list on Delicious.

It was great to get that spike in traffic but there was also a demand to pump out more content that would satisfy my readers.  During this period, I learned how to streamline how I blogged so that I could still produce good material without losing my mind.  The first thing I had to do was to get rid of my unproductive blogging habits to improve my blogging productivity.

Unproductive Blogging Habits

Being productive is a huge part to blogging success.  Serious bloggers are basically business owners who produce, distribute, and market their product.  Being a one person factory can be difficult if the blogger cannot find a way to do all of those things in the most efficient way possible.

Like all writers, bloggers usually face a unique set of challenges.  We struggle with writers block, procrastination, and finding inspiration.  Unlike other types of writers, bloggers have emails to answer, stats to check, and comments to moderate.  All of those things can be time consuming and distract from the really important parts of blogging.

Focusing on those other parts of blogging can lead to unproductive blogging.  We all know that the most important part of blogging is content.  That means the priority of every serious blogger is to produce meaningful content.

Another very important aspect to successful blogging is marketing.  Once we’ve got the content and have it published, we should use our time letting the world know about it.  So why do we spend so much time on other things?  Being unproductive can cause you to become frustrated and discouraged about the progress of your blog.  Take a look at some ways bloggers are unproductive:

-Check stats, email, and comments too often.
-Lots of ideas but not taking action
-Browsing for ideas
-Not imposing deadlines
-Starting but not finishing posts

Increasing Your Productivity

Focus on the Vital Few First
Like I mentioned earlier, there are just a few things about your blog that are vitally important.  It is important to take care of the crucial things first before you do things like check the number of visits or Adsense Revenue.

When it comes to marketing, each blog is different so the way you get traffic will be different.  Some blogs rely mostly on Google for their traffic so the important task for them would be SEO and link building.  Other blogs strive because of social media.  If that’s the case then those bloggers should focus on tweets and bookmarking.  Find out what marketing methods work best for you and do those things first.

Create Good Outlines
To save time, it is important that you prepare a good outline for your blog posts.  Before you sit and write prepare an outline of the points you want to make in your post.  When you are ready to write, you will have a springboard that will help you get started.  An outline will also help you stay on topic.  It can be a little annoying for your readers to read a post that goes off subject.

Plan Your Blogging Time
I have a rule when I have to get things done.  I do not sit in front of my pc without having a list of things I plan to accomplish.  The plan tells me what task I should be working on and how much time it should take me to finish.  The reason I do this is because without my plan, I will be more likely to jump from one task to another.

Having the plan also prevents me from working on something too long that is not vital.  There have been times when I would spend an hour marketing the site just to realize that I should have been working on my ebook instead.  Having that plan in front of me stops me from getting off track and keeps me focused.

Find Your Most Productive Time
Find the best time during the day to where you are the most productive.  I recently started waking up at 3am to write and work on projects.  I found that waking up that early and writing without interruption was best for me.  I also realized that writing during the daytime was almost impossible for me.

For me, there are too many distractions during the day but that may be the perfect writing time for you.  Some people can focus during the afternoon working on their blog while sitting in a café.  Others are more effective writing late at night.  Find your peak time for creativity and plan your blogging around that time.

How do you stay productive when blogging?

This is a guest post from Ralph Jean-Paul, the main writer for Potential 2 Success a result-driven personal development blog. He writes on topics such as success skills, business and money, productivity, and more. You can find more from Ralph by visiting his website.
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1 jan geronimo March 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Ugh. Felt as though this post were specifically addressed to me. Okay, will adopt what I’d have use for. Great pointers especially about making good blogging habits. Every blogger needs an effective blog routine. Roger that. Crystal. :)

@Ditesco: JS Kit is gone? Hmmm. Interesting. :)

2 DiTesco March 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Needless to say more Jan. Totally agree. Good blogging routine makes it “simpler” and more productive. Been applying it slowly but surely, lol.

About JS Kit, I ditched them. Had too much problems with comment synchronization and as you can see on my other articles, I have lost nearly 70% of my comments. Maybe you can help by repopulating some of them:)

3 Ralph March 31, 2010 at 3:17 am

Thanks Jan! Developing good habits are tough. Especially when you’ve been doing something one way for a long time. It took me a long time to develop my routine but once I got it, I’ve never returned to doing thing the old way. Glad the post helped :)

4 Jaypee March 30, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Well written article! Although I’m not like Jan who feels like this post was written specifically for him, I do find this article very useful because I still have some issues with “productivity”. The tips and pointers shared here will be useful for me and others who are also struggling or having a hard time with maximizing productivity. :D

Btw, I’m glad you got of JS kit. I struggled to leave comments on your previous posts when you had it installed. As you can see, I’ve commented more on your blog the past couple of days than I’ve done the past few months. Hehe :D

One more thing, just want to let you know that your blog loads much much faster now.
.-= Jaypee´s last blog ..Internet Speed Test =-.

5 DiTesco March 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Wow, I did notice that you have made more comments in days than in months, Yay. One big benefit already for making the move:) Hope to see more from you now that this thing loads much faster, hehe.

Had to get rid of JS-Kit, they were driving me crazy.

6 Jaypee March 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

So you noticed..hehe :D

You’ll see more of me not only because you moved to WordPress and because you removed JS kit but because of the informative and useful posts you have here.
.-= Jaypee´s last blog ..Twitter Homepage Makeover =-.

7 Ralph March 31, 2010 at 3:19 am

Hi Jaypee,

I’m happy that you found the post useful. Thanks for your comment :)
.-= Ralph´s last blog ..Why Its Not Too Late To Accomplish Your New Year’s Resolutions =-.

8 Jaypee March 31, 2010 at 7:09 pm

You’re welcome Ralph! Great job with the article. It’ll be great if you could also guest blog on JaypeeOnline. Hehe :D
.-= Jaypee´s last blog ..Twitter Homepage Makeover =-.

9 Ralph April 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

Thanks again. Sure, I’d love to do a guest post on your blog. Contact me and we’ll go over some ideas for a post :)

10 Aswani March 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Great post. worth reading. I agree to whatever has been said in this post. Even I need to follow some of these tips. Been very unproductive these days. Very rare to happen with me though.

As Ralph said, yes we need to put in in the priority first. We need to prepare an outline about what is to be done and how well should it be done. Then we need to match it up with the productivity timing. Choose your best timing and make it happen :)
.-= Aswani´s last blog ..Get friends online – The art of making friends online =-.

11 Ralph April 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

Thanks Aswani,
Creating a good outline has made writing posts and completing tasks in general so much easier for me. It really does make a world of difference. I hope the post helps you get back on track :)

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Harsh Agrawal

March 31, 2010 at 12:32 am

RT @ditesco: Blog Better, Blog Faster: How to Increase Your Blogging Productivity http://ow.ly/16W5r9

13 Dragon Blogger March 31, 2010 at 2:19 am

I myself after blogging for two years still come the trap of being not-productive, I get too distracted like instead of doing blog posting I am sucked up doing MyLikes for an hour, or facebook or twitter. I really am trying to figure out a way to carve my time up into set activities so I am not so scattered. I rarely start posts without finishing them except if I have an idea with no time to write, I will create a title and draft it to complete later. Good article.
.-= Dragon Blogger´s last blog ..What Are the Easiest Ways To Monetize Blog Traffic? =-.

14 DiTesco March 31, 2010 at 6:10 am

I know what you mean Justin. If I knew better, I would have said exactly the same words as you did. Really have to get organized and be more productive. Hopefully, Ralph has given us some insights to help us achieve this goal..

15 Ralph April 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

Facebook and Twitter can consume a lot of time. If I really need to get a post done and I cannot stay focused, I’ll write the post the old-fashion way; on paper and then type it out later. Writing while not being in front of the computer takes away the temptation to get distracted by Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for the comment :)

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Jaimie Skultety

March 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Great post. Thank you for these tips. I try to set an egg timer to stay focused on the task at hand, but it is always tempting to review stats throughout the day. I am still new to blogging, but the benefits are materializing already, so I will keep it up!
.-= Jaimie Skultety´s last blog ..10 Benefits for Busy Entrepreneurs =-.

17 Ralph April 1, 2010 at 10:51 am

Good for you Jamie! I use an egg timer too. It really helps me meet deadlines.

18

Dick

March 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I used to have so much fun building new blogs that I lost sight of the fact that I would have to post content to them in order for them to be worth anything, to me, or to a reader. Now I have a schedule set up of when to post to what blog and it works well. I schedule marketing only for one day a week, which includes commenting and twitter stuff and try not to do it except on that day. Of course, I am only human, and when something REALLY important comes along, I just have to break my own rules!
.-= Dick´s last blog ..Google Apps =-.

19 Ralph April 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

That is a good strategy. I have a similar schedule which includes marketing and networking. Thanks for commenting :)

20 Mars Dorian April 5, 2010 at 12:35 am

Guilty as charged:
“…Check stats, email, and comments too often…”
“…Lots of ideas but not taking action…”

I do this like 99% of the time, I’m manically obsessed with it !

Yep, finding the right, productive time -that would be 1 am to 5 am in the morning !

21 Ralph April 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

It’s a hard habit to break but it can be broken. It helps to realize that stats don’t change that often so theres really no point in checking them every 10 minutes.

Yeah, I love the early morning/late night work sessions. I get so much more done! Thanks Mars!

22 Kelvin Servigon April 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Like Ralph, writing during daytime is almost impossible for me because of my studies. So I just write posts every after our class (evening) and even late at night when there’s no classes.

I like this post. :)
.-= Kelvin Servigon´s last blog ..The Mystery of 4438 Revealed! =-.

23 Ralph April 17, 2010 at 2:23 am

Thats good that you’ve already recognized your most productive time. I’m not sure why most people write better at night or early morning. After I wrote a post about it, I got more responses back from people and their experience with early morning productivity than any other post.

Thanks for your comment Kelvin :)

24 Charles April 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

Almost 90% of the ways being unproductive, hits me.

I’ll take note of the tips you have mentioned above.

This article is a good read. Thanks

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William King

January 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

And one thing that a blogger I think you should keep in mind that whatever you post it should be not so formal it should be like your pure thinking and just post it straight on the paper your post should not look like an essay

26 Conde May 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Very nice content. You have a great title, I’m so attracted by it. that’s why many people will tend to view and read the content, and if it is helpful and useful, they will leave a comment and apply to it..that’s why I do love blogging because it applies learning and sharing, thanks for helping dude. Great post..

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