5 Ways You Can Save Time When Blogging

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Do you ever find yourself running out of time when blogging?

It’s something that used to happen to me a lot. Shortly after getting out of bed, I’d sit down in front of the computer and, before I knew it, the time had flown past! With the sun setting, I’d feel as if I hadn’t really achieved anything.

Make no mistake about it, blogging can be very time-consuming. Your work-in-progress will look as if it’s never going to get finished, your laundry basket is overflowing, the house is a mess, and family and friends will start wondering who you are because you seldom join in anymore.

Here are five tips that I implemented to save me time when blogging (and which stopped blogging from taking over my entire life).

Stop Beating Yourself Up

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I wanted to be everywhere in both the worlds of blogging and social media.

Every time I followed a blog or got a new follower on Twitter, I felt it my duty to read, like and comment on every single blog post and tweet of every blog I followed. At first, that wasn’t so much of a problem (when I only followed a handful of blogs) but I found myself often reading and commenting on posts just for the sake of it.

I found myself acting like one of those hamsters running around on one of those wheels you often see inside its cage, as I tried to get to the top of my WordPress Reader list. My whole days were spent reading and commenting, leaving me little time to do anything else, such as writing!

While some of the bloggers I’d left comments for came back and left me comments on some of my blog posts, my posts were suffering because I’d rushed them and not put any serious thought into them. I was producing poor quality posts.

Nobody can read and comment on every single blog post of all the blogs they follow, especially when the number of those blogs being followed go beyond single digits. Don’t feel that you have to read and comment on every single blog post. A loyal, friendly blogger won’t mind if you miss or don’t comment on some of their posts. If they do care, or take offence, then maybe it’s time to unfollow them?

Find Out What Your ‘High’ Peak Blogging Times Are

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As soon as you have been blogging for a while, you should start to see when your ‘high’ peak blogging times are. What I mean by ‘high’ peak blogging times are the times of the day and the days of the week when you feel that the blogging world is at its busiest. This, in turn, could be the best times for you to publish blog posts, as they are more likely to receive more hits, likes and comments during these times.

My high ‘peak’ blogging times are  –

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 – 17:00 (UK time).

These are the days and times when I feel the blogging world is at its busiest with readers. I seem to have more interaction with and from other bloggers during these times. I’ve certainly noticed a rise in the number of posts being published on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and on a Friday morning.

You may be surprised that I haven’t included Saturdays or Sundays, when many people may not be working. Why is that?

When I first started to blog, Saturdays and Sundays were always busy. In fact, six of my most read posts were published on a Saturday morning. However, recently, that seems to have changed. I’ve looked at posts of some bloggers who publish posts every day and have seen a decline in the number of likes and comments those posts are getting, especially over the weekend.

I’ve also seen a decline in the visits, likes and comments I get on my posts, especially any posts published on the weekend. Of course, if you only publish posts on the weekend then you probably won’t see much of a difference, but have a look back and compare the numbers of visits, comments and likes your posts used to get, and compare them to what your blog is now getting. Like me, you may be surprised.

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Obviously, if you work during the week, you and others may only be able to publish posts and read and comment on other posts during the weekend. Therefore, your ‘high’ peak blogging times will always be Saturdays and/or Sundays.

I class the following times and days as my ‘moderate’ peak blogging times.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00 – 12:00

Saturday 09:00 – 13:00

Sunday 09:00 – 17:00

Other times and days outside of my ‘high and ‘moderate’ peak blogging times are my ‘low’ peaking blogging times.

It took me a while to find my peak blogging times, especially as they can change but, from August 1st 2018, I decided to stop publishing new blog posts outside of my ‘high’ peak blogging times.

At ‘low’ peak blogging times, I’m less likely to be blogging at all, including reading and commenting on posts. Instead, I now use the time to get on with the rest of my life, although will come back to read and comment on posts if I find myself with some spare time during those times.

Get Yourself A Blogging Routine

Once you know what your peak blogging times and days are, plan a blogging routine around them. For me, I always begin the morning by responding to comments left on my own posts and those posts I’ve left comments on.

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Depending on the number of comments your blog gets, this can take up a lot of time. As I’m in my most creative mood in the mornings, if there are too many comments to respond to, then I’ll write first and come back later to respond to comments.

From 14:00 I tend to read and leave comments on other blogs. Sometimes, I may not have the time to do this, but I always try and read and comment on at least one blog post a day.

What blog posts do I read? Click here to find out the answer.

If I find myself with any spare time after reading and commenting, then I will respond to any further comments.

Between 17:00 and 18:00 is when I shut up shop and go and spend time with my partner. Occasionally, I will respond to comments during the evening, but I am now doing this less and less. I look at this as my current ‘blog diet.’

Weekends are now when I am unlikely to be blogging, but that’s because those days are when it’s best for me. They may not be best for you because of work or other commitments during the week.

WordPress Reader or Email Notifications?

Because I compared myself, earlier, to a hamster running on a wheel, I seldom use the WordPress Reader anymore. Instead, I receive notifications of new blog posts by email.

I have created a folder in my email box and named it ‘Must Read.’ I move all the posts with eye-catching titles, and which I want to read, to that folder. This stops my email box looking like it’s been on a bodybuilding course which, in turn, stops me from stressing out about there being too many unopened emails in my inbox.

However, I don’t subscribe to all the blogs I follow anymore. Why? Because I was beginning to find I was reading posts that I either had little interest in and/or where I felt I could not add a comment which had any value. Instead, I now rely on other bloggers reblogging or sharing those posts. If they’ve given a good enough reason as to why they are sharing the post, then I may read it.

I do like leaving comments (and by comments I mean helpful and useful comments that don’t come over as spammy), but I no longer allow myself to waste time by trying to think of something useful to say. If I can’t think of a comment that adds value straight away, then I may leave a ‘like’ before moving on to the next post.

Follow For A Follow

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Don’t fall into the trap of following every single blogger who follows you, especially those that follow you without leaving a comment.

Unfortunately, not only will some of these bloggers unfollow you as soon you follow them, but there’s no simple way (as far as I’m aware) of finding out whether they have unfollowed you or not. All they are interested in are getting as many followers as possible, often without visiting and interacting with any of the blogs they follow. Stats drive them more than content does.

By all means do check out some of the blogs of the bloggers who have followed you, but never feel obliged to follow them back. Only follow them if their content is of interest to you, there is evidence that they do respond to all comments, and their posts are likely to have you wanting to leave helpful comments on.

What do you do to save time when blogging? Please share your blogging time-saving tips with us in the comments section.

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  1. I did follow everyone and participate and ‘follow for follows’ memes years ago. I’ve since had to purge many blogs (and social media ‘friends’). Many unfollowed as a result but most did not. I’ve not blogged for a while because of illness and studying for my MA, which I know isn’t great for any blog but those I follow will come back to when I get back into my routine. They’re those who are worth my time. Time really is currency. Just found your blog BTW. 🙂

    1. Hi Shah, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us on this subject.

      Time can often be our enemy when it comes to blogging, but we should never allow it to stress us out or not make blogging fun anymore. You’re right in that life can sometimes get in the way of the way we blog, but providing we let our readers know the situation, the genuine followers will always stay.

      I wish you much success with your studying.

      Best wishes.

  2. You certainly don’t disappoint with your blogging tips Hugh, this is just what I needed to read as I do get my knickers in a twist when it comes to feeling I don’t have the time to actually write posts because I ‘want’ to read other bloggers posts whilst keeping up with social media, blog admin & learning new things too. By the time I turn round it 5pm. I love blogging so I have learnt to not let it stress me out, I do need to put into practice what you’ve advised 😊 thank you

    1. Thanks so much, Sam. I’ve learned a lot about blogging during my four and a half years here, and I’m still learning. I enjoy sharing these tips and hope they go on to help many other bloggers.

      I’m very glad to hear that you’re not allowing blogging to stress you out. Many bloggers unexpectedly find themselves going down that route, and it can often be very difficult turning around and going back. Take every day as it comes, and if there is not enough time to read and comment on posts, then so be it. Nobody will mind. If they do, then is it really worth following their blog?

      Let’s keep blogging fun.

      1. I have to say in the beginning I was getting very stressed with it all, but have definitely turned a corner, but I know I have to find time to write more 😊 thank you Hugh I value your support & tips 👍

  3. Hi Hugh! Wow! 133 Likes! Congrats! Talk about engagement!
    My busiest blogging day is Monday. I suppose that’s because of the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party which goes live on Mondays.
    Saturdays (you wrote about the weekends) are so quiet, now that I’m busier, I’ve stopped publishing altogether on Saturday.

    1. Hi Janice. That’s interesting what you say about Saturdays. It used to be my busiest day, but now the world of blogging almost feels like a ghost town on the weekends. I certainly get a lot more engagement on posts that are published during the week rather than at the weekends.
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. I’ve just started writing my blog and I find it very helpful when reading posts like this one from more experienced bloggers. I am still searching for my best times to post and try to learn as much as possible about blogging in the meanwhile.

    1. You’ll soon find your ideal times to publish your posts. Once you know when they are, the skies the limit.
      I’m also still learning about the wonderful world of blogging, but it’s a great process.
      Thanks so much for your comments.

  5. This was such an inspiring post. I absolutely loved the idea of subscribing to a handful of bloggers that you’d like to read; that way you’re not stressed. Loved everything about it. Thank you. ❤️

    1. Thank you so much. I’m glad the post has helped. I remember how I got very stressed at not being able to read and comment on all the blogs I followed. Something had to give, so I decided to subscribe to just a handful of blogs I really enjoy reading. The others I pick up on the WordPress Reader if I have time.

  6. Excellent advice, I can always count on your words of wisdom. I know exactly what you mean about the hamster on a wheel, that’s ow I felt about blogging, now I’m more into slow blogging and enjoying it more – less views, less likes, but more being in the moment. I love the idea of WordPress notifications, in theory, but of course, more often than not many of us aren’t receiving notifications so we don’t know people have posted and they don’t know we have.
    Dropped by today from #BloggersPitStop but always glad to be here and to share. Thank you kindly, hope this day treats you well. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much. Since August 1st, I’ve now gone into slow blogging mode. It works far better for me. I’ve dropped the number of posts I am publishing, dropped the number of blogs I am visiting, and taking days away from the blog altogether. It’s working well for me, so I think I’ve found the right balance.
      Good luck with your new blogging journey, too.
      Have a great weekend.

  7. This is becoming a habit. The Blogger’s Pit Stop will feature your ways to save time when blogging on the next Pit Stop
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  8. Hugh, good tips, especially following for a follow. I definitely fell for that one at the start of my blogging career — I’ve only been blogging since November — and some people have never returned or interacted with me. I started feeling overwhelmed trying to be courteous and keep up with all the new posts of the blogs I’d started following (and some of them really weren’t putting out content I was interested in and some were poor quality). I’m now more picky about the sites I visit so I enjoy it (trying to read through a ton of other people’s blogs shouldn’t feel like a full-time job).

    1. I agree with that last sentence, Sean. I’ve seen far too many bloggers feel guilty because they’ve not been able to read and comment on all the posts of the blogs they follow. A few years ago, I had to seriously cut back on the number of blogs I followed. However, as cruel as it then felt, it worked. A ‘follow for a follow’ is one of the biggest traps bloggers can fall into. Unfortunately, once falling in, many find it hard to get themselves out again, often resulting in an abandoned blog.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts on this subject.

    1. Thanks, Simon. Me too! Once you do the work to find that perfect blogging balance, you need never have to apologise for the way you blog ever again. I found myself faced with having to change the way I blogged or to give it up completely. I’m glad I chose the right path.

  9. Hi Hugh, thanks for this post. I want and I need to blog. I love all the connection and creativity shared in this online world. I’m so discouraged to keep blogging, like you said, it’s too time-consuming, I feel in the obligation to answer and visit everybody comments and blogs, and at the end, I’m exhausted to write my own posts. I like the idea of having a routine for it. I can have few days to write posts and other days to answer the comments and visit blogs. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, it’s something I believe most bloggers go through. Visiting and commenting on all of the posts of the blogs we follow because we feel it polite or believe that if we don’t do it then we will lose all of our own followers. Once you get over those thoughts then blogging becomes very much less overwhelming. Most bloggers know that it’s impossible to visit and comment on every blog they follow. However, visiting and commenting on a few blogs every day is the best way to go. In my post from last week I shared which posts I read and comment on and why. Now, that’s all I do, and I don’t feel the least bit bad for changing the way I was blogging. It’s helped me so much.

      Good luck with whatever new blogging routine you put in place.

  10. Lots of great advice, tips for all to find something we hadn’t tried or had missed. The separate folder is it seems a must. I pin this so I can return, peruse at my pleasure. Thank you from the senior salon.

        1. Probably because I am currently only publishing twice a week. Posts soon get knocked down the WordPress Reader list. It’s one of the reasons why I prefer to receive posts via email. Then, I don’t miss as much.

  11. This is good advice, Hugh. I post more on weekends because I have the time to write the posts. Sometimes I schedule them for during the week. I am a bit of a haphazard blogger as I tend to write and post when I feel like it. I must try and get a schedule but I think it may go against my nature.

    1. Haphazard is the way to start, Robbie. When we blog that way, we’ll soon see a pattern emerge of when the best times and days to post are. At the moment I seem to be publishing posts on Mondays & Tuesdays. However, Wednesdays and Thursdays are also excellent posting days for me. I guess I can vary them each week. What I have witnessed, though, (and so have others) is a slow down in blogging at the weekends. If that is true and we publish posts during the weekend, then not as many readers will see them on the WordPress Reader. It’s certainly something to think about.

  12. Thanks for this, Hugh. I’m feeling like a hamster right now – trying desperately to read and comment on other blogs leaving no time to actually write new posts for my own blog and feeling guilty about all of it. I have a temporary – but 5 days a week – job this summer and I know it’s crazy to think I can do everything else I did before I was working. I like your idea of having a separate folder for blog posts you want to read and will try that. Most of all I like the advice not to beat myself up about it. Thank you.

    1. Oh dear, Mary. I do hope this post will help you in not beating yourself up over not being able to blog the way you used to. Circumstances have changed, and I’m sure that most people will fully understand. I’ve seen far too many people going down this road (me included) and it’s not a nice place. I realised that I had to either change the way I blogged or give up blogging altogether because it was really making feel low. Most bloggers will understand your absence. Those that don’t, then unfollow them. It will be their loss.

      I hope having that extra folder does help. Make sure you mark all that goes in there as ‘opened’ so as not to feel guilty about how much is in there.

      Thanks, too, for reblogging and sharing this post. I really appreciate it.

      Take care.

  13. What an informative, down-to-earth post about blogging, Hugh’ With the sun setting, I’d feel as if I hadn’t really achieved anything. I laughed out loud whe I read this line. It was so me when I was blogging up until a couple of years ago, and when I found all I did in my spare time was blogging, it was taking over my life.

    Like you, I blog to a schedule. I put up a blog post once a month, and around the days this post goes up I set aside some time to visit blogs and catch up with everyone who has posted – and that might take up a few nights after work. I do catch up with blogs a few times a week too, but probably spend about half an hour all up.

    Also like you, I don’t follow for a follow or like for a like. To me, blogging isn’t a popularity contest but more about engagement and learning something from bloggers who take time with their blogs. At first it was hard not visiting everyone who leaves a comment on my blog right away – and I learnt that there is no need to rush into reading and commenting on other blogs. Taking time to read and reflect on what other’s blogs is one way to earn loyalty, and a reader for a long time.

    1. I’m so pleased you’ve had that feeling of blogging taking over your life, Mabel. I think most bloggers go through that stage at some point during their blogging journey. Thankfully, most of us get ourselves out of that pitfall.

      You’re so right about blogging not being a popularity contest. I saw far too much of that when I was on Facebook! The same goes for writing posts and rushing to publish them. When we take our time drafting posts, readers can pick up on it. Likewise, I can always pick up on when a post has been written and published too quickly. The quality often suffers.

      Thank you so much for your comments on this subject.

      1. I think when you get that feeling of blogging taking over your life, it means you are serious about it and blogging means quite a lot to you and even quite personal – especially for the passion of it.

        You are so right. If we take our time and effort, we will find our audience and niche. I enjoy reading a blog post not only for it reading grammar-error free but also for the thought that goes into it.

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