Post a Week participant Sally is a busy PhD student who’s managed to make time to blog for the past five years.
She writes, “A blog doesn’t have to take over your life, it’s perfectly possible to fit it in to the horrendous schedules we all have. It takes a bit of self-discipline and some prior planning, but after that it should become a pleasure.”
Here are a few of her tips on how to use your blogging time wisely and develop practices that will make it easier to sustain your blog in the long run:
Be realistic. Set yourself a target you think you can keep to, say a post a week – but then don’t feel guilty if you miss a week or two. A blog is supposed to be fun and useful, not a chore or something to beat yourself up over.
Don’t feel you have to write everything. Your readers are just as busy as you and they don’t want to read screeds of text – so keep it short and sweet and save the agonising for work that does require you to be comprehensive.
Don’t get distracted or procrastinate…ignore emails, Twitter, Facebook messages and everything else until you’ve finished.