Blogging —Time management

Just like any other job or profession you need to manage your time while blogging.

It is an issue with most bloggers that they don’t have enough time to do all the reading and writing they would like to do regarding their blog and the blogs they follow.

Time management is the key.

I struggled a lot in the beginning as it was a whole new ball game for me. I had never even read a blog before I made an account on WordPress. And that was to just read the blog of a friend of mine. Even then her’s was the only blog I would read. So when I started to write my blog and also started to follow a number of blogs, things got very hectic. I would be playing catch on the whole day and at the end was too exhausted to write my own posts.

In the beginning I would post ones or twice a week and the rest of the time was spent in reading and commenting on other blogs. It would mean that I was on WordPress pretty much most of my waking day.

It was a stressful situation.

But gradually I have devised a formula, following which I have simplified my blogging life.

I will let you on the secret but there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone.

1.I start my day by opening the notifications. The first priority are the blogs which I follow for the prompts. I either save these posts in the reader or make drafts of the prompts and from there I read the comments, glance over the likes and follows ( with a feeling of pride and awe!).

2.The next step is to write my posts for the day.

My usual pattern is that I post 4 posts every day, in the morning. After intervals of two hour each. Starting at 8 am and the last one at 2 pm in the afternoon. Typically I write the first two or three post on the previous evening and schedule them for the first posts of the next day. It takes the pressure off the immediately writing of a post for the day. I usually keep the daily prompts post for my 2 pm post and write this while I have my breakfast, scheduling it for 2 pm.

3 Then I leisurely read and comment on the blog posts that I follow. There are two ways of following blogs which I do. For a medium number ( almost a third ) I have notifications on. That way I am sure not to miss any of them and the others I follow through my reader. Since I follow around 250-300 blogs, reading every post from every blog that I follow is not possible every day so I have to pick and choose from my reader but I try to read a post from the blogs I follow, every once in a while.

The rest of the day I follow my regular routine, glancing at WordPress a few times a day.

4. In the evening after I am done with the day, I open my WordPress and repeat the morning routine. Saving the prompts, and these are the weekly prompts at this time. After reading the posts of other bloggers and comments etc, I write the posts that are to be scheduled for tomorrow.

5. Another important step in organizing yourself is to make drafts of future posts. Write a few, ready for posting. This is a very important prep, just like preparing food for a dinner party a day in advance. It take a lot of pressure off you and then when there are days when you are busy with life, and there will be those, just pull them out of the draft folder and publish!

6. Always remember to follow a schedule that you can keep up with. Never do so much that you become a slave to it. Keep your writing a fun thing. It should serve you, not the other way around.

This is how I have managed to keep my blogging life organized and in control.

I hope this post helps new blogger some idea as how to manage their time while blogging.

Let me know your thoughts through comments.

Waiting for your feedback!

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Hey this is a new one! “Blogger Recognition Award” 1, 2 & 3

Laura Venturini has very kindly nominated my blog for this Blogger recognition award. I am truly grateful to her for bestowing this honor on my blog.

As a result of this post of Laura, who had nominated Di, of Pensitivity, she also gave a shoutout to my blog. Thanks a lot Di for your kindness.

I was also nominated by Beckie of Beckie’s Mentalmess for this award. A huge thanks to you Beckie as well.

AWARD RULES:

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How it all started;

I had a friend who started to blog and to read her posts, I had to make a WordPress account. Every time I would open my account to read her posts, the app would urge me to start my own blog. So one day I did it! I had not thought this through and had not made any long term plans but when I started to write, something miraculous happened and it became my new passion or hobby. It is so rewarding to write what others read and like. It truly is a humbling experience but at the same this it is exhilarating too! I want to thank all my friends here in this blogging world who have given me tremendous support.

My advice;

1. Just write. Write on things which are your passion. Write about things you are knowledgeable about and write with sincerity. And don’t give up writing if it is your passion.

2. Be grateful that people are willing to spend time on reading what you write. Never lose this as otherwise you will become arrogant and the process of blogging will not be a source of enjoyment for you. (And always accept awards😜)

My nominees;

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Calmkate of Aroused

Tanvir of Beauty lies within yourself

Britchy of Brichin in the kitchen

Anitashope of For the love of

Kim of I tripped over a stone

JP the wide eyed wanderer

Len of Lensdailydiary

Willow of Patience of a willow

Tom of Slumdog Soldier

My sincere thanks once again to Laura for the gifting of this award.

The blogs I chose for the award are really great ones. I hope that the fact that writing award posts are a time consuming process will not deter you from accepting this award. To my mind being nominated or given an award is a great honor and a way to bond with the community. So please try to pay it forward.

Thanks

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Please Share: Suicide Awareness on Blogging Sites

Please Share: Suicide Awareness on Blogging Sites

Please Share: Suicide Awareness on Blogging Sites
— Read on beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/06/07/please-share-suicide-awareness-on-blogging-sites/

Sharing this from Beckie’s Mentalmess. The reblog button is not working for some unknown reason, so please visit the site and spread awareness.

The Need For Gratitude

We are blessed

The plentitude of natural resources

The sun the sky and the moon

We are blessed

The nurturing and the protection

We get from our creator is boundless

We are blessed

Even if we dabble on the side of ingratitude

We are not stricken by the lightning nor evil

We are blessed

How many wrongs do we commit in a day

We don’t need to do penance for them

Just show the gratitude we owe to our creator

Fo we indeed are blessed

In response to the following prompts:

Your daily word prompt;

Plentitude

FOWC;

Dabble

RDP;

Nurture

Word of the day challenge;

Penance

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I think I am all caught up!

So it was a hiatus of almost two days. I traveled, slept off my fatigue and got settled in. I was , along the way, able to reply to some comments and check my reader. But as Fandango has often complained, I lost a big chunk of posts from my reader when I tried to catch up on the blogs I follow after more than 24 hours. They just weren’t there!

Anyway I have tried to answer the comments, and read the posts ( the ones I could find) and comment on them. But I am sure I have missed out on a lot of them and my apologies on it. Will try to remain up to date from now on.

Meanwhile, having a wonderful time with my daughter and grandson.

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Blogging—- I did it ; 1000 posts!

Eight months!

It took me eight months and a few days to get to this milestone.

Just wanted to share this bit of good news with you all. So if I was like Fandango, I would post an analysis of my posts. How many on which genre or topic. But I am;

A. Too lazy

B. Short on time

So let’s just say that apart from a few reblogs, I have written that many post.

They include poems, short stories and dedicated blog posts. I am happy with most of them. If they all are not good, they have helped me to write better. And that is what counts.

I want to write stuff that makes my readers think, make them smile or just something silly to suit the prompt. The aim of my blog is still;

” To address the issues women over fifty are facing “

But along the way I am learning to write, I am getting better at expressing myself and I hope I am making fewer mistakes in my grammar and spellings.(The fact that WordPress took away the spellcheck has made me a bit conscious about it!)

So thank you, everyone for reading what I write. You are kind enough to encourage me, give me useful advice and like what I post. I would never have written this much if you weren’t reading it!

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Mystery Blogger Award #9

Beckie of Beckie’s Mentalmess has nominated me for Mystery blogger award. Thank you so much Beckie for giving this award to my blog. Beckie has a marvelous blog. If you haven’t read her posts, do head over to her blog, Beckie’s Mentalmess and I promise that you will find very interesting and valuable gems there.

What is Mystery Blogger award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. –Okoto Enigma

Rules for the following are:

• Put the award logo/image on your blog.✔️

• List the rules.✔️

• Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.✔️

• Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.✔️

• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.✔️

• You have to nominate 10-20 people.🔜

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.✔️

• Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.✔️

• Share a link to your best posts.✔️

Three Things about me;

1. I love reading historical romances.

2. I am pretty good at fixing things around house. DIY projects and improvising to make things work is one of my favorite things to do.

3. I love my blogging experience and I am very thankful to all my blogging friends who support me here in blogosphere with their encouragement and wonderful comments.

Link to my favorite post:

Advice ( on Mother’s Day)

Ambiguous words

Sunny Disposition

Beckie’s Five Questions:

1. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Grab my coffee and have breakfast. I am one of those who cannot function properly on an empty stomach. So caffeine fix and food are the first order of the day.

2. What is your favorite hobby?

Right now, it’s blogging! My passion and hobby combined. When I had time on my hands, I would knit, do DIY and even embroidered. Another favorite hobby was playing games on my phone, but I have other use for my phone now ( blogging)

3. Junk Food Junkie or Health Nut?

I would call myself carb junkie. Not so much junk food or health food but the love of my life are carbs. Which can also be called bane of my life as I gain weight rapidly on a carb diet.

4. What’s the funkiest food you ever ate?

I had a very interesting meal at a Moroccan restaurant once. I have forgotten the name but it was a chicken dish with a lots of nuts and something sweet in it. Served with rice. Very yummy.

5. Do you favor writing during the day or the evening?

I will write whenever I get the time. Mostly it’s evening but mid day works too. Right now it’s whenever the babies or the new moms don’t need my help.

My Questions;

1. Have you every been surprised by your own achievements?

2. A surprise holiday is granted; What will you do?

3. Have you ever kept a diary or maybe a food diary? If so can you tell us something about it?

4. Jack and Jill went up the hill to…………..? (Funny, if it’s not apparent already!😜)

5. How do you think your input has made a difference in the world around you?

I think I have followed all the rules, except for the nominations.

And here they are:

Suze of Suziland

Paula of Light Motifs

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke

Kenza of Caramel Caramelo

The bag lady

So there you go guys!

I hope that the bloggers who I nominated feel able to accept the award and pay it forward.

Keen to hear back from you all.

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7 Things That Great Bloggers Have In Common

Another excellent post from Renard about great bloggers and blogging tips. A must read for personal and professional bloggers alike

Renard's World

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Have you ever wondered what most of the great bloggers have in common?

The thought probably never crossed your mind.

But, I have (I have an inquisitive mind; which causes me to go searching for answers).

Also, I have been blogging for many years and during that time, I have paid close attention to patterns — the various types of things that make bloggers standout from their peers.

And, without further ado, I am going to share them with you.


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Blogging—QQ: How Important To You Is It To Make An Impact?

Rory, of A Guy Called Bloke has asked us these questions;

QQ: How Important To You Is It To Make An Impact?

The aim in my mind when I started blogging, was to make a difference. So yes it is very essential to me that what I say has an impact on my readers.

Initially, I only used to write on my niche subjects and that was working well with my plan. I wanted to address issues relating to women over the age of 50, which included diet, ,personnel care, hobbies and tackling empty nest syndrome.

As I started to interact with my fellow bloggers and came to know about different prompts, either daily or weekly; I attempted doing them and to my surprise I found that I could do that too, that meant writing short stories and poems. In doing these prompt posts, for a time I felt that I wasn’t paying much attention to my chosen subjects and this made me rethink my strategy. I even engaged in a discussion with my fellow bloggers as to whether I am posting too many time and what advice they would give me. You can read about it here. Anyway, after this I have, even when writing on prompts, to try to stay close to my niche subjects.

I hope that my writing is making people think. I hope that what I try to relate finds a home in the minds of my readers and has some impact. As this is the aim of my blog.

QQ: So Blog Aside, Who Are You, Really?

So Rory has asked us to share who we really are, outside our blog.

Do I have a different persona when I am not Sadje, the blogger?

I don’t think that I am different from what you guys see here. It is true that my name is a pseudonym, which I have assumed to be anonymous and I haven’t revealed much personal details about me and my family in my blog, but personality wise, I am what I write. I am that clumsy, optimistic, person who tries to find silver linings in every situation. Who feels that we should be upfront and honest about our feelings. Who has very strong objections about social injustice and wants people to take note of the people suffering around them.

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments;

In response to;

Blogging questionnaire

By Rory A Guy Called Bloke

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Blogging—QQ: What is it about them [Awards], that you like and or dislike?

Rory has asked what do we think about awards

To be very honest, I love getting an award ( nomination ). It bolsters my self confidence and encourages me to write more and write better.

The awards pros and cons, according to me are;

Pros;

1. Getting an award is going to boost the bloggers spirits.

2. With an award displayed on their home page, the blogger gets more traffic and maybe more followers.

3. It increases the interaction between different bloggers and forms connections.

4. The overall community spirit gets a boost, when one blogger nominates 5-11 new/ other blogs for the award.

5. They get to know more about each other through the questions asked or when you have to write down about your love of blogging, as per the requirement of some awards.

Cons;

1. Some bloggers find these awards time consuming and tedious. They don’t want to go to the trouble of drafting the whole blog posts.

2. The selection of nominees/ blogs to gift the award is sometimes too difficult, with a lot of them not acknowledging the gift, or refusing on the grounds that they don’t do awards or sometimes they are not even aware of the gift/nomination.

3. Since no criteria exists for these award gifting, people feel that this doesn’t signify any great honor to receive the award.

4. There are times when multiple types of awards are given to one blog simultaneously and that makes it difficult for the recipient to respond properly.

Conclusion;

If there was a fixed criteria for the awards and there was someone in the position to judge and give the awards, this could mean more to the recipient. But since WordPress is not going to perform this function, we have to go by our personal choices in giving, receiving and paying it forward regarding different awards.

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