How to Be a More Productive Blogger


Not all bloggers have the luxury of blogging full time. Many (if not most) of us maintain our blog alongside our job or studies. We don't always have much time to blog, so when we do, we want to make sure that we're as productive as possible. 

So how can we do this? Here are my top tips to make the most of your limited time and be a more efficient, productive blogger.

1. Know when you're most productive 
When are you naturally at your peak? For most people this is at some point during the day, but for me it's either late at night or early in the morning. I find that being a little bit tired actually helps me to write better, I suppose because my inhibitions are lowered and I don't edit myself as much as I go along. It's always better to get the words out of your head and down onto the page; you can sort them into some kind of logical order later [case in point: now I'm editing this, I keep rearranging the order of these tips to make them 'flow' together a bit more naturally. This one was originally tip #3]. Experiment with writing at different times of the day to find out when you're most motivated and produce your best work. 

2. Set aside time to blog
Once you've found out when you're at your most productive, you can then plan your blogging time around that. Yeah, it's a shame if you realise you write best at around midday and you're at work at that time so can't work on your blog, but just do what you can, when you can. Write the majority of your content on your days off and then on the days you're working you can do stuff like editing, scheduling social media content and replying to comments when you get home. I make sure I do something related to my blog every day, even if it's just creating a new pin or updating an old blog post. Obviously some days I have more time than others to dedicate to my blog, but working on it consistently gets you into a habit and you're more likely to stick with it in the long run. If you have a blogging schedule (which I still don't) this is helpful because it motivates you to get posts finished and up on time. 

3. Have a designated blogging area 
This could be a desk, the kitchen table, your bed, the local library or your favourite coffee shop. Have somewhere you can go to work on your blog and not be distracted by anything else. Minimising distractions is a must, although you could have something on in the background if it helps you to concentrate. I personally work better in silence - if the TV is on I'll just watch that instead of focusing on my work and if I have music playing I'll end up singing instead of writing, which is fun but not exactly productive. 

Getting out of the house and to somewhere like the library often helps me focus on my writing - when I'm at home I always find things to do that keep me from my work. I have to make sure any housework is done before I sit down to write, otherwise those dirty dishes in the sink/pile of laundry to fold will be in the back of my mind the whole time and I won't be able to concentrate until they're done. I don't seem to have a very long attention span and while writing this post I've already stopped to make a cup of tea, create the Pinterest graphic, read someone else's blog post, text my husband and so far I've found myself on Twitter no fewer than four times. Which brings me to my next point... 


4. (Try to) resist social media
This is definitely hard when you're a blogger. Staying visible and active on social media is important but you can't be on there all the time (says the person who often catches herself scrolling Twitter without even realising). If you want to make the most of your blogging time, you need to keep away from it while you work. This can be especially difficult if you've got to be online - maybe you have to do some research or check some facts for your blog post. Just try to resist checking your notifications for a few hours...but please don't ask me how (if you have any tips, let me know in the comments section).

5. Plan and outline blog posts in advance 
Whenever a blog post idea pops into your head, write it down in a notebook or the notes on your phone. It might also help to keep a pen and paper by your bed to scribble down any ideas that spring into your mind just as you're about to fall asleep (trust me, this happens a lot). This will save you from forgetting your brilliant ideas by the time you wake up/get home, and when you finally get a chance to sit down at the laptop you'll have a list of topics to choose from and you won't waste time just sitting there trying to think of something to write about. Making an outline is also helpful, so the post is already planned out by the time you come to blog and all you have to do is write it, add pictures (if you haven't already) and then leave it for a few hours or days before re-reading, editing and publishing.

6. Take regular breaks
You might love your blog so much that you want to work on it every spare minute you get, but you won't be productive if you end up burning yourself out. Making sure you take breaks every so often will help you stay motivated and ultimately produce better content. Go for a walk, spend time with your family or just enjoy a cup of coffee before getting back to it. You have breaks at work so why wouldn't you do the same when working on your blog?

7. Be passionate
If you want to be a productive blogger, it's so important to be passionate about your blog and the things you're writing about. You won't be motivated to work on your blog if you're just going through the motions and producing content you don't care about. And it will show: your readers will be able to tell and will get bored. When someone is truly passionate about the subject they're sharing, even if they're not the best writer you can feel that enthusiasm shine through in their words and it's a joy to read. Think about what excites you, whether it's make-up, food, running, whatever. Then figure out how you can provide value to your audience by writing about it.

I hope this post has given you a few ideas on how to be more productive as a blogger. However, I think that's enough productivity for me today so I'm off for another tea and Twitter break!

How productive are you when it comes to your blog? What do you do to be more productive on days when you don't really feel it? 

Related: How to Manage Your Blogging Time Effectively


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  1. Amazing tips!! I try to follow most of them though!! But sometimes it gets a bit hectic and in those times one should take a break,, clear their mind and then continue again!!
    Loved your blog!!

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  2. This post resonated with me so much, particularly the point about staying away from distractions like social media and emails! I would absolutely love to be one of those bloggers who plans their posts in advance and schedules them well ahead of time but my motivation is usually one of panic and taking photos the day before (or even the morning of) the day I'm writing when the post has to go up the next day. Fear is a great motivator! Great tips, Nic, thank you for sharing :)

    Lisa | www.lisasnotebook.com

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  3. Some great tips here! I think the hardest part for me personally is finding time to blog or setting a certain time dedicated to it! I also get very distracted by social media, replying to comments and reading other bloggers posts - oops.

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  4. These are brilliant tips, Nicola! I find having a designated blogging area helps so much with productivity. When I'm sitting at my desk, with my cuppa and some chilled music on I'm in blogging mode. I totally understand the social media distractions though, it's always so tempting ha ha! I use my computer to blog and put my phone on charge over the other side of the room so I'm less likely to check it when I'm trying to keep focused. It works, sometimes :) Thanks for sharing your suggestions, really motivational post <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  5. These are some really helpful tips!! My best time is in the morning which isn't very helpful for getting to work, but I love the idea of using during the week to edit content/images etc and use the best writing time for just...writing rather than trying to do everything else. Thank you!

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  6. Great post! I work full time and so have very little time to work on my blog. I am always trying to make the most out of the time I do have to blog. These tips will help out a lot .Thanks!

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  7. Great points! Simple things, but definitely needed! Thanks for giving me a kick up the bum to get organised!

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  8. Great tips! I think knowing when you're most productive is a great skill in general and much better for time management. I never planned my posts more than a week or so in advance when I first started my blog. Now I'm a little stressed that I don't have March fully planned yet. I don't know how I used to manage! I don't have a designated area but I wish I did, I definitely think it would help x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  9. I love this post. I'm one of the bloggers as you mentioned, who blogs alongside other (too many arguably) commitments and it definitely is hard so I really relate to being passionate- if I didn't love it so much there's no way I'd have made it this far. Planning in advance is also a tip I couldn't have survived without! ]

    Soph - http://sophhearts.com x

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  10. Love this post! I believe this is why my old blog failed. I had gotten so burned out and uninspired that I finally just had to quit for a year and come back stronger and more level headed. I will for sure be taking these tips and implementing them into my schedule. I mainly work on my blog at home, but I'm going to try going to a coffee shop near me and try that out. :)

    xx, Brittaney | TheDecemberEdit.com

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  11. Excellent tips - I have a habit of burning myself out, so I'll make sure I have a couple of days off a week!

    Georgia - BritVoyage.com

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  12. These are excellent tips, especially about taking breaks. I think we often forget to take breaks because we have pressure to get things done and keep up with all of the other bloggers out there. Taking some time away from social media is also good.

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  13. These are great tips, I completely agree and definitely need to try to follow them more this year! I love blogging, but sometimes life just gets in the way!

    Lainy x https://bookishbitsblogblog.wordpress.com

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  14. Brilliant tips. I have to juggle blogging with my postgrad uni course plus working, and it's quite a task!! I need to follow your tips more consistently I think, in order to avoid burn out.
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/

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  15. These are all great tips! I prefer to work in silence too, like you if I have the TV on I find myself watching that and it's very rare I'll put music on either because then I have to keep stopping working to change the song. I love blogging and I was doing really well with organising my content at the beginning of this year but I've been so busy lately that I haven't had much time and I think I might have to take a break soon which sucks!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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  16. These are brilliant tips, productivity is key when blogging part time as with school/work you can have very limited time to spend on your blog! These tips are great for helping to maximise what you get done in the time you have!

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  17. Fantastic tips! I'm currently relearning when I'm most productive. I've discovered that I like doing different types of work at different times of the day, which has been weird to adjust to! x

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  18. Great tips! I need this sometimes for those eves and weekends where I’m just not making progress on my posts. I try to follow a lot of these although it’s good to have reminders! Lex | https://offasmallisland.com

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  19. Brilliant tips. I find I am most productive in the mornings x

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  20. Helpful tips Nic! I was blogging three times per week and then I decided to post one article per week instead. My new method has made me more productive because I can spend more time engaging, writing and scheduling content without feeling overwhelmed. I agree with you that if a person isn't passionate about the content they're posting, readers can tell instantly. I like the tip about finding the time of the day your most productive and making it a set time. Great tip about doing something for your blog everyday even if it's one thing 💙

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

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  21. Amazing tips.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  22. These are all great tips for being as productive as possible. I have figured out that if I don't work on the blog first thing in the morning, it won't happen - so I actually get up super crazy early, put in a solid 2 hours or more on the blog, and then head into the office. It actually helps me wake up because blogging is what I'm passionate about - getting out of bed to go to the office is much harder for me to do!!!
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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  23. These are some brilliant tips. My mobile sitting right next to me I just unknowingly pick up and go on Pinterest or Instagram. Hehe. I need to make a proper space where I can sit and blog. I am more productive in the evening and want to work late at night but kids and family time is demanded. You are absolutely right about the planning which I need to work on. hehe. Lovely post, thanks for sharing. :-)

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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  24. Thank you for these tips, especially the "plan in advance" one. I have a tendancy to procrastinate, so I'd better be ahead of the deadlines I choose!
    Mainly, I'm happy to read that you're more productive in the evening. I'm the same, and I feel ashame when I read all of these "Miracle morning" and "5 AM club", saying that people are way more productive in the morning. I know that's not my case, and I shouldn't feel bad for that!

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