How to blog better and still have a life

1. Set limits for social media use and stick to them no matter what – social media is infinite and has the potential to eat up all of your time. Socialize and build relationships, but don’t overdo it.

2. Include your life in your blog, that way seemingly non-blogging activities can in fact be blogging activities. Find ways to relate your life to your blog.  So take pictures, videos, podcasts and make them a regular part of your life and your blog.

3. Remember it’s your blog and your life. Don’t let it consume you.  I’m reminded of a quote from the movie, The Player’s Club

“make that money, don’t let it make you.”

In other words, control your blog, don’t be controlled by it.

4. Find a way to be humorous whenever possible.  Have fun and find ways to enjoy writing and posting to your blog.

5. Get to know other people and help them. There is joy that comes with helping someone else – it doesn’t always have to be about your success. Take a moment to help someone else build their blog.

6. Schedule several posts ahead of time. Use WordPress’s scheduling feature to stay on top of your posting frequency.

So what could you add to this brief list?

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About Linda Hewett

Linda is a writer, blogger and confidence coach.
Her blog is Positive Spin – Helping You Face Life Full On without Fear – And Feel Great About It!

In her blog, Linda looks for the ‘positive spin’ in our daily lives and encourages you to look for the ‘small stuff’ that’s easy to miss, or even dismiss.She believes that confidence comes in many disguises. All you have to do is…look.
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Comments

  1. Hey Keisha,

    It’s easy to get lost or distraction with so much going on. You have all of the social media sites, a lot of great blogs, and living life.

    #5 is so important! When you help others with their blog it’s rewarding for them. Not to mention it comes back to you in abundance. I’ve seen it happen personally. Thanks for this great topic!

    Chat with you later…
    Josh
    .-= Josh Garcia´s last blog ..Stop Losing Targeted Traffic and Promote Your RSS Feed! =-.

  2. Kiesha, I try to have one or more blog posts written and ready to go.

    I do use the WordPress schedule feature, but I usually set it the day before. Often I come up with a post I’d rather do, or is timely, so I then save the pre-written post for another day.
    .-= John Soares´s last blog ..Improving An Info Product Website =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi John,
      Isn’t it great when you can save one for another day? That’s such a liberating feeling :)

  3. I definitely have to schedule some posts. My life is too hectic. And it’s time for me to dust off my camera and take more pictures to include.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Rooneys Are Racist? PUH-LEASE! =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi Erica,
      Yeah, dust that camera off and get shooting… you certainly don’t have to tell me about a hectic life :)

  4. Great tips.

    Sometimes I get so caught up in writing and promoting and walking that fine line of not sharing to much of my life in my blog.

    But what I do do, is my blog is me, who I am in person face to face is who you see in my blog, honest, straight forward, friendly, helpful.
    .-= John Paul Aguiar´s last blog ..My Crazy Simple 7 Step Plan To Promote A New Post =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi John Paul,
      Despite what some people may think, you can only fake it for so long, eventually as time goes on, people will notice that you aren’t being as transparent as you say you are – so I commend you for staying committed to be straight foward, honest, friendly and helpful!

  5. I would add two things to blog better and still have a life:

    - blog about what you love: you will write faster and it will seem less of a chore;

    - spend a bit more time writing and a bit less time commenting on other blogs: like Social Media, link building can also be a very time consuming task and it doesn’t create content on your blog (which is what people are coming for).
    .-= JT´s last blog ..Websites for accountants: where to go? =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi JT,
      I totally agree with spending more time writing than commenting – although this is one that requires balance and good judgment. If I finish my writing I give it a time limit, otherwise I could do that all day (some days I actually have) :)

  6. I definitely need to do more scheduling of posts and adding a little humor.

    I would add 1. Be yourself 2. Share what you love.

    Take care!
    .-= Evelyn´s last blog ..Does Divine Healing Exist? =-.

  7. Jonathan Brill says:

    From a reader’s perspective, it’s not terribly difficult to tell the difference from a blogger who is having a good time and one who is not. If someone goes through torture getting a post up I can’t imagine the experience of their reader would be much better.

  8. If you’re not having fun blogging, it will take you over. I love my blog and publishing content to it. I put a lot of work into my posts, but it’s all things I enjoy doing, so it’s been easy for me to blog and have a life.

    Good deal I’d say. :D
    .-= Alex | Blogussion.com´s last blog ..The Astonishing Power of Social Media & How to Use it =-.

    • kieshaeasley says:

      Hi Alex!
      Yeah, I love blogging, too – it’s the other responsibilities of my life that I don’t like so much. But I must admit, it’s those things that make blogging difficult at times.

  9. My blog is my life. It has sentimental values. I treat it as a hobby so I think how hard I put on it, I still have a life. But undeniable, social media it the no 1 distraction. :)

  10. I honestly never schedule posts, I only write when my creative “juices” are flowing. I know everyone says to be consistent and schedule an editorial calendar, but I refuse to follow that concept.

    I guess since I work for myself as a full time internet marketer, I refuse to treat it TOO much like a real job, even though I set goals and create time frames for them, I won’t go back to “punching a clock”.
    .-= Keith´s last blog ..Blog Tip | Work Environment =-.

  11. Kiesha, I like your list. I would add – take a break sometime. I think it’s OK to clear your head by taking a few days off here and there. It works for me.
    .-= Ileane´s last blog ..Diigo Extension for Google Chrome Browser =-.

  12. Scheduling posts in advance is the only way I get so many things done sometimes….

    Great list Keisha! :)
    .-= Ms. Freeman@Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur´s last blog ..3 Blog Image Sources; free isn’t always better =-.

  13. The only thing I could add is to be sure and manage time effectively or it will manage you.

  14. i love your blog seriously because you always come up with some awesome post.

    According to me write what you love to write not all boring stuff that you and your viewer don’t even want to see. if you are interested in some topic obviously you write it with full effort and enjoy writing too so is to your viewer.

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