Does blogging get put on the back burner when life gets a little chaotic?
Wondering how to keep writing blog articles even when you do not have the time?
For many of us, blogging isn’t our day job. We have other responsibilities and other tasks that often take precedent over writing blog articles.
In this article, you will find 5 strategies that will help you get your blog posts written even in the middle of chaos. These 5 strategies are what I have found to be most helpful when trying to blog during the chaos that life brings.
Getting a Little Personal
A few years back, my life had been a little chaotic. It started in December when my little family and I headed to the Y. I was headed to yoga, while my husband, Seth, dropped off the little lady at the child watch center before he headed to the gym. After yoga, I found my two favorite people in the pool swimming and laughing. It was a really fun afternoon.
It was less than two days later that the coughing started and it hit our almost 3-year-old first. Seth and the little lady were healthy about 2 weeks later. However, I on the other hand, still have remnants today of that terrible, no good, very bad cold.
Here’s the thing. Christmas break was supposed to be the time I got ahead on writing my blog articles. I had dreamed of spending days at the library, drinking coffee and writing. The reality was that chaos hit, and I found myself just keeping up.
Then we moved. In the midst of Seth’s first clinical, in the middle of a Michigan January, with story times to go to, music classes to be at, swim classes to sign up for, articles to write, Seth attending to his 3 part-time jobs and the other odds and ends of life that include eating and sleeping, we moved.
So, I took two days off, which were amazing and so worth it.
However, I am still finding myself behind, and it’s because I need a kick in the pants. I need to start implementing the strategies that I know help me to stay anchored during life’s more chaotic moments.
For some reason, I’m always surprised when life gets chaotic, but the truth is life is a little chaotic. Having a plan and using my time well makes a huge difference. Here are my 5 strategies that I have found most helpful:
5 Strategies to Getting Blog Articles Written No Matter the Chaos
- Wake Up Early
This has been my more difficult strategy to implement in the last month. It probably has to do with a lingering cold that turned into a sinus infection that lasted well over this past month.
I am most successful at writing blog articles when I wake up at 5:30 am.
That is the ugly truth. The early mornings are the perfect backdrop for writing. There is nothing else is on my mind. I usually try and have all my research already done so that these early hours are only for writing.
I was refusing to wake up early. Then, I read about another blogger that woke up at 4:00 am for the same reason I wake up at 5:30 am. Feeling rather sheepish, I set my alarm last night for 5:00 am and was able to drag myself out of bed by 5:20 am. Success!
- Use an Editorial Calendar
Every month, I take the time to plan articles with an editorial calendar. I plan out a month’s worth of articles for 4 different blogs. For each article, I spend time researching information that I need for it. I bookmark the research and let it sit in the back of my mind until it’s time to write.
Believe it or not this is incredibly helpful. It’s almost like when I cook using my Crockpot. I get the dinner started around 9:00 am. Come 5:00 pm, the main course is already cooked, and all I have to do is put the meal together.
You can choose to plan a week, a month or even a year out in advance. You can add research along with it or not. Having at least some kind of idea of where you are headed with blogging will make all the difference when life is a little chaotic and time has become a bit of a luxury.
- Have An Ace in Your Pocket
This is a newer idea me because we haven’t had to actually implement it until last month.
In June, I wrote an article about the Pros and Cons of Video Blogging. For some reason, we didn’t publish it at that time. We quickly realized that it might be beneficial to not publish it and wait for a time that I was either sick or needed time off.
It wasn’t until January when I took time off that we published the article. The article only needed a few minor updates because it was a cornerstone article. The publication went off without a hitch.
I have set a goal for myself to have a cornerstone article already written for each of the blogs I write for. Don’t be afraid to ask me how I’m doing with this goal. I could use the accountability.
- Have a Word Count Rule
Another really helpful strategy that I have used that keeps me going is the commitment to write 750 words 5 to 6 days a week. This year, I’m stepping that number up to 850 until I have those cornerstone articles written.
I found this rule at Lifehack.com when I was writing an article about kicking writer’s block to the curb. I have already been implementing this by necessity, but I turned it into a daily goal to again help anchor myself.
- Write Ahead
This last one is another goal of mine for the first quarter of this year because I am not there right now. I have found it extremely helpful to begin writing articles about a week in advanced.
I have written articles two weeks in advance and that is just as helpful.
For me, though, it is a more realistic goal to write one week in advance, especially while I’m trying to write 4 additional cornerstone articles. Maybe I will make writing articles 2 weeks in advance a goal for second quarter.
Peace is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.”
~ Robert Fulghum
I came across this gem in a favorite book of mine, Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton.
I hope these strategies give you the ability to cope with conflict or chaos that comes your way.
Let’s brainstorm and share how we do it in the comment sections below. I would love to hear your strategies for getting blog articles written during the chaotic times of life.
Have a wonderful week everyone and happy blogging!