Monday, January 14, 2013

Time Management for Bloggers

Thrifted and repainted furniture mixed in with blogging thoughts about time management.

My sister brought up as part of her post A Tiny Rant the time it takes to write a post.

My comment to her was:

Hi Gail; well said. I suspect many bloggers share very similar feelings about blogging. I love blogging, I love reading posts and commenting. I join in with any linky party that sort of matches my current post. For one year ( 2011) I posted daily. That was more work than I had time for and after 365 posts I gave myself permission to post when I had something fresh to say or share. I have cut back to writing between 1 and 3 posts a week. I am using my time differently, I block times for posting, reading blogs, commenting and joining in parties. Sometimes I still use too much time enjoying myself with blogs but I notice I have more time to paint, read, clean, run my business and even sometimes just relax and watch a show or have a nap. Less stress trying to fit everything that has to be done into 
each 24 hour period.
Joy


Time management. How do I use my time to fit my hobby of blogging into my daily work life? 

Below is how I fit blogging into today.

Tweaking painted furniture that needed a bit more zip...

This afternoon I wrote this post for awhile, painted for awhile, took pictures, checked on fresh posts, painted some more, went back to read more posts on the three linky parties I joined in with on Friday, commented on several, used PicMonkey for editing the pictures in this post, prepared the vegetables for supper, talked on the phone, answered emails, added more to this post, stuff.


Painted some CeCe Caldwell Pure White chalkpaint on the arm of this school desk (see original post on painting this desk).

What have I done/not done over the past three blogging years to use my time well?

After figuring out how to use Blogger for writing my first post back in early December 2009 I focused on writing posts and then on learning how to be 'seen' as a blogger. Finally learned that meant joining parties, reading a host of bloggers posts and commenting a lot - my goal was 20 comments minimally a day, writing clearly and briefly on something interesting, taking better pictures, refining my blog look so that it was simple to navigate, easy to read and focused. Followed the advice of bloggers like Brenda of Cozy Little House and Donna of Funky Junk Interiors and Miss Mustard Seed among many creative and talented bloggers.


Back to painting. The desk seemed a bit blah so I added CeCeCaldwell Traverse City Cherry chalkpaint to arm and back.

What was life like before blogging?

Well, I wrote web pages for pleasure and for others. I have stopped writing, maintaining, upgrading web pages. Cold turkey. I loved writing web pages. Worked full time as well running booths in an antiques mall, raising my family etc.



A couple of hours later I waxed and polished the desk.

Blogging as a hobby?

Time passed. 

Blogging is way less work and has a much gentler learning curve than writing a good web page. More fun too. Great learning experience. I love blogging, reading blogs, commenting on blogs, planning my next post. Its a great hobby slanted towards painting, collectibles, vignettes, some reno work and some tutorials that I mix up with being a collectibles reseller in an antiques mall.

Went back downstairs and waxed the top of the dresser I had given two coats of CeCe Caldwell Vintage White chalkpaint hours earlier.



See the original post about this dresser here (grey top).

Tutorials?

When I learn something new I like the challenge of sharing through a tutorial. I've written hundreds of tutorials on or about computers and computing over the years since my first Apple in 1981. Went through Apple, II, IIe, IIc, GS and Mac, Mac+, the first heavy portable Macs, first color Mac, early iMacs to current iMacs and now current MacBookPro. I learned many peripherals and taught others how to use the machines to best suit their needs. Fast forward 32+ years. Still using a Mac to write tutorials.

A picture frame needed some work so I painted the frame with CeCeCaldwell Vintage White chalkpaint. More work needed another day.



What did I do prior to Computers?

I used to sew prior to 1981. Big time, all my clothes, my sons clothes, husbands shirts, quilts, gifts, hemmed, made curtains, serged everything in sight. That was my passion. THEN... computers happened.

Time, life?

I mix real life with blog life in many and varied ways. Child care, daily household life, helping my 93 year old Dad with stuff, thrifting (and in season garage and estate sales), painting, creating, working on my booths, cleaning, repairing, writing up stock and taking care of small business paperwork all blend with getting ideas, writing, photography, planning, reading and commenting. Family.


Sharing with Domestically SpeakingThe Farmhouse PorchBrenda of Cozy Little House Tweak It Tuesday, Little Red House Mosaic Monday, A Living Space: Nifty Thrifty, Creating My Way To Success, Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Mod Vintage Life: Mod Mix Monday, Apron Thrift Girl: Thrift Share Monday, Our Delightful Home, Kathe with an E, Alderberry Hill, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Elizabeth and Co, Clean and Scentsible

7 comments:

  1. Interesting to read how others do blogging......I really enjoy reading yours!

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  2. My goodness where does all that energy come from. I'm exhausted just reading it. You are right, though it is hard to find a balance. I love what I am doing, though, so it makes a huge difference.
    Hugs,
    Laura

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  3. I am grateful for all the help that you have given over the years. Getting me started on blogging and computers has really made my life better. Thanks for all that you do!

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  4. I'd like a soupcon of your energy!

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  5. GREAT post. Managing time is such an important skill. Thanks for reminding me to work on it more often! (Stopping by from Kathe With an E)

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  6. Lovely to see an insight into your blogging schedule!! You manage your time really well and fit so much in!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. I think you wrote about my days...LOL!! I loved it and it's good to see I'm not the only one that multi-tasks like a crazy person. Thanks for sharing this.

    I'm having a TWITTER Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Twitter. If you don't have Twitter it's ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/twitter-social-hop.html

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-pinners.html


    Have a crazy beautiful week!

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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