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I'm still taking questions for my occasional "Ask Arlee" feature here on Tossing It Out. If you have a question you'd like to pose to me then leave it in the comment section. I still have plenty of questions from previous calls, but it's nice to get some interesting new ones.
The question I'm addressing in this post comes from Buck at Buck Inspire.
bucksaver said... ...Arlee, "How do you keep blogging when your schedule gets busier than normal?" Thanks!That's a question that many of us struggle with and something I touched on in my previous post. Many of us have busy enough lives without adding social media into the mix. Blogging is often just a part of a social media regimen that can suck up hours if we don't keep things in check. If you're like me you probably go beyond the time you intend to spend on activities such as blogging and other social interactions.
It all has to come down to priorities. To me family matters have to come first--these are the people who mean a great deal to me and the ones I deal with directly on a regular basis. Blogging has its place in my life and there are a few approaches I use to make blogging fit more easily into my regular schedule even if busier than normal.
Here are some of my suggestions:
- Write posts in advance as much as you are able.
- Keep a few non-time-sensitive posts in reserve in case you have to throw something up quickly.
- Maintain a list of blog post ideas that will help you compose posts more quickly. A brief outline or list of discussion points for each topic can help greatly.
- If you are overwhelmed in your schedule, write short posts. Avoid trivialities as much as you can so your readers can still feel rewarded or have something they can relate to.
- Avoid posts that require a lot of research and searching for links to add.
- Write about personal topics that can be composed quickly, but still be of interest to many readers.
- Sometimes you might have to cut back on visiting other blogs. This may cut down on the comments on your own blog, but there's only so much time in each day. You can't spend what you don't have without having to pay for it later and time cannot be recouped.
Yeah, I might be stating the obvious here, but if this helps someone then it's worth my time to put it up in this post.
We Have a BOTB Winner!
My last Battle of the Bands installment pitted the original version of "It's My Life" by Talk Talk against the remake by Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. Both versions are quite good and the voting outcome bears this out.
It was another close one.
I think the remake is excellent. I had heard Stefani's version recently as part of the piped in music line-up in some business establishment I was visiting. Not knowing who it was, but recognizing the song, I researched it on Google and decided this might be a pretty good Battle match-up.
There's nothing wrong with Stefani's version of "It's My Life"--it rocks--however I still prefer the original sound of Talk Talk's version of the song. That's where my vote goes--Talk Talk. Still it was not enough to bring them a win. No Doubt nudged ahead for the victory.
Talk Talk 15
Gwen Stefani and No Doubt 16
Stay Tuned for the Next Battle
On Wednesday October 15th I'll have another one of those Battles that may provoke some controversy. It's a weird one, but Halloween is coming soon and it's a time to be weird.
How do you find time to social network without interfering with the other aspects of your life? Have you cut back on blogging activities? Do you have any suggestions for finding more time for blogging?