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Don’t Let Your Blog Eat You Alive

monsterWhat’s a writer to do?

I returned home from a writers conference reciting, “Must. Start. Blog.” After all, it’s the thing to do, right? Right. As a writer, I need to network, build a platform, look like I’m doing something… Ahem. Well.

What they don’t tell you is that these little monsters require regular feeding. Content. That’s what they want. From you. Often.

I’ll admit it took me awhile to corral that hungry little bugger and settle him into a regular reducing diet. You see, I hadn’t noticed how bloated he was getting. Some Facebook friends asked (begged) me to write this post since I admitted I’ve cut my blog monster down to size. So, for all those suffering in Blogland, here are 10 ways I tamed my, yes, three blog monsters.

  1. Decide your subject before you start. Don’t haver.
  2. Pick a subject you know something about so you won’t have a ton of research to do.
  3. Pick a subject you need to study for some aspect of your writing (perhaps part of your research).
  4. Why kill yourself to give people long posts they don’t really have time to read? Keep it short and sweet.
  5. Like housework, blogging expands to fill the time allotted to it. Rather than getting right down to it, tack it on at the end of your writing time.
  6. My method is to blog and attend to all blog emails and related blog business on one day only, in the afternoon when I’ve completed my writing for the day. That’s it. I don’t advertise my posts on this day but leave that for my promotion time, which I’ve set for a different afternoon.
  7. Schedule your blog posts to publish automatically.
  8. If you don’t get all your blog posts done for the week but your time is up, skip the rest. Guaranteed, you’ll write faster next week.
  9. Try to write clean so you don’t have to go back and edit much.
  10. Employ my favorite two little words: “Guest Blogger.”

Use these quick and dirty tips to cut that blog beastie right down to size.

Do you have any tips to add?

Written by Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

6 thoughts on “Don’t Let Your Blog Eat You Alive”

    1. Andrea, you can be more organized. All it takes is a little thought and a lot of self-discipline. If you’re not already a follower of this blog, you might consider signing up for updates since one of the areas I cover is ways to make your life more efficient so you can carve out time to live and write. You can find those posts under the “Breathe” category.

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