Holidays are Crazy – Yep! I know!
Yep! I know how the holidays are a crazy time of the year—you’re busy cooking, baking cookies, cleaning, getting the ready for in-laws, traveling, shopping and then eventually you celebrate your specific holiday be it Hanukkah, Christmas, etc . So, if you are a blogger, where do you find time for your writing and blogging for your website? For some people, our websites can fall on the back burner when the holidays come around simply because there seems to be very little time left for our blogs. I am facing that right now.
Perhaps you are ready for a break from writing content and working on your blogs? For many of you, that can be a really good idea. You can instead snuggle up with that book you have been hoping to read and even catch up with some friends and family members who only see this time of year. After all, it is vital we take time for those things that are important, such as family life.
But for those of us who are trying to take our websites to the next level and ultimately create an online business to include launching a new e-book or making necessary adjustments and tweaks to our website—taking a solid break from your business is not really an option. This is the case for me. Thus, I sit here to try and give valuable advice to those who are in my shoes.
1. Plan Ahead
This is the most important piece of advice I can offer you. If you know you are going to be busy, then plan ahead. Write out an outline for all of your articles you want to write and when it comes time to write them out, it will be easier. Do your preliminary research ahead of time so you will not wind up spending hours at a time reading through all of the internet research and checking out other reviews, etc. You may even want to use a calendar. There are many digital calendar tools out there for free such as the following:
2. Select Easy Content
Do not try and write content for your website that involves time-intensive video editing and lots of screen shots. Do content that is easy to write while still being engaging and helpful to your readers. That being said, I want to caution you to not compose content that is simply a filler for the day. You need to make your article worthwhile so that you are still connecting through your content – just not so labor intense for you to put together. Here are some ideas of what you can write about which will not required much research or video editing:
- Writing personal stories that relate to your niche. You do not need to do research on yourself, because you are already an expert on that subject.
- No matter what your niche is, you can probably give advice on social media marketing. Write an article about Pinterest sharing some boards that relate to your niche. People are very visual and would no doubt find some popular imagery relevant to your niche very appealing. And you might be able to get additional followers to your social media connections which would mean more traffic to your website.
3. Make the Most of Your Reading
I know reading is a huge part of building our business. You have numerous blogs relating to your niche and community. I understand how important it is to stay up-to-date on everything. Pace yourself when you are reading those blogs and checking out other websites within your niche. Reading and researching is a part of building an online business, but how many times have you sat down at the computer saying you will only spend 10 minutes on reading blogs and than all of a sudden an hour flown by? Yep! I know! I have been there.
If you need to be disciplined about only spending 15 minutes at a time on a specific task, you can use a digital timer such as the online stop watch or a free app called Alarm Clock that you can download to your cell phone. This will help with you know when it is time to stop writing and get back to holiday obligations.
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