Help! I suck at keeping my blog updated!

Hi friends!

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I’m jumping on the Thinking Out Loud bandwagon this morning, diligently led by the awesome Amanda @ runningwithspoons, because this does qualify as thinking out loud since literally all I’ve thought about this morning, aside from a few work emergencies I had to take care of, is how mad at myself I am that I keep procrastinating and pooping out on my blogging.

Here we are in my second week in a row of totally neglecting my poor blog! Arg! I had a post all planned for Tuesday….that got moved back to Wednesday…then today…then next week. No matter how much I try to winnow down my commitments and not overschedule myself, there still just aren’t enough hours in the day between running, house cleaning and chores, oh my. I’m at my wits end! Why do I struggle with this so much? GAH!

Clearly, I suck at this whole time management thing. Clearly, I need a blogging intervention. Many people out there manage successful, up-to-date blogs while having full time jobs and busy lives, and I need to know their secrets ASAP.

Do you have a system in place for blogging, posting, and commenting?

When do you do your blog writing?

Any tips or “hacks” that you swear by to integrate blogging into your busy schedule?

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21 thoughts on “Help! I suck at keeping my blog updated!

  1. Found you on the TOL linkup! Don’t be so hard on yourself. I have a pretty busy full time job but blog fairly regularly. I find what helps me is to have a set posting schedule. Mon, Wed (or Thur if TOL) and Fri. Friday is a linkup I host with a few others. I develop my editorial calendar on paper a month in advance knowing things could change. I’ll write my posts mainly on the weekends or in the evening and the day before it is scheduled to post will edit and add photos, etc. But do what you can! There are no hard and fast rules ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      You nailed it – I’m being hard on myself. Usually I do my writing on weekends too. This is the first time I’ve fallen behind two weeks in a row and I think I’m just frustrated. But not being perfect all the time isn’t bad, it’s just normal!

      I also do my editing closer to the publish date. That way I don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything during my weekend writing time, AND reviewing it closer to the publish date allows me to catch errors or see where I can rephrase things. It’s a good system!

  2. I find commenting the hardest thing to do. I respond to all comments left on my blog (over time) and try to read and comment on those blogs as well. It can be time consuming. I definitely blog more when my husband is away and always seem to have something drafted.

    1. Commenting is hard! It’s a blessing to have so many blogging friends to keep up with, but it sure is hard! I honestly don’t know how the more popular bloggers do it!

      One of the reasons I don’t post every day is because I like having days where all I need to do is comment on other blogs and not worry about also trying to monitor the comments on my own. It’s refreshing!

  3. Jesse and I haven’t completely mastered a blogging schedule either. With two people working on our blog, I tend to do a lot of outreach, social media-ish, and commenting and making connections, while he takes care of all of the IT/back end things (I’m also technologically challenged). With posts, I think it’s best to write them when you have time (slow day at work, after work, the weekend), so you don’t have to feel rushed or pressured to come up with a post on the spot. I keep a list of ideas for posts on my phone so I don’t forget an idea when inspiration strikes.

    1. I keep a list of ideas too, although I often end up changing my mind about them once it’s time to write the post! I have to find a balance between having things planned so I can stay on track and not get overwhelmed, but also allowing some flexibility so I can work in new ideas when they come up. If I planned out all my post ideas I would probably be all booked for the next 6 months, no joke!

  4. Nope… I’ve been super busy since Thanksgiving and it totally shows on the blog. Oh well…

    p.s. – this is my first time commenting. I’m a new follower. Hi!

    1. Hi Lizzy! So happy you stopped by!!

      So glad I’m not the only one with struggles in Blogtown. Keeping a blog up to date is not easy!

  5. Aww girl — I can definitely relate! I used to feel overwhelmed by blogging before I made myself a set editorial calendar as well. But now I take the time (usually on a Sunday night) to kind of plan my posts for the week so that I have a general idea of what I need to focus on. That’s made all the difference in the world. And so has not publishing every day. I like to take 3 days off a week so that I can focus on other things like making connections with people and working on my social media. It takes some experimenting, but you’ll find a system that works for you!

    1. I like your system! I also don’t publish every day, never have. That would be way too hard for me! Having days off allows me to comment on other blogs without the added pressure of also having to address the comments on my own blog, and it’s nice!

      I am usually good about planning stuff in advance too. I think I’m just frustrated because this is the 2nd week in a row I’ve let blogging slip through the cracks. But I’m trying to remember that it’s okay to not be perfect every week, or even every 2 weeks – it’s normal!

  6. I am usually just like you but I actually wrote a couple of posts ahead of time for this week. It was nice and took a lot of pressure off. I did write today’s post at 1 AM last night though. Normally I just say forget it and go to bed.

    1. Yeah, in the battle of sleep vs. blogging, sleep always wins for me. I also am usually good about writing posts in advance but the last couple weeks I have just been slipping. I’m now realizing that it can’t go perfectly every week and I just need to not be so hard on myself!

  7. I feel you, it’s hard some weeks, especially my busy weeks at work, to keep it up. But I think I just have to have more “just in case” posts alongside planned ones, so I can throw something in last minute if I need it.

    Keeping up with a blog is terribly difficult, like Anna, the whole commenting thing (on my own blog no less) is the hardest part!

    1. I agree! Now that I’m slowly getting more readers and comments – yay! – I’m realizing just how hard it is to keep up with everyone! Part of the reason I don’t post every day is because it’s nice to have some off days where I can comment on blogs but not have to worry about the double duty of also replying to the comments on my own blog. Sometimes that is a relief!

  8. I wish I had a cool system like lots of other bloggers do! However, part of my job includes blogging on behalf of my clients so after dealing with editorial calendars galore at work, writing one for myself is the last thing I want to do.

    I just try to have a set time of day that I do all of my blog related stuff, that way blogging is just part of my routine. For instance, I have 30 minutes carved out each morning where I read and comment on my favorite blogs while I eat breakfast. I also take about 15 minutes right before lunch time (oops) where I read and comment on other some of my other fave blogs that don’t post early in the morning.

    I do my own blogging right after dinner each night. First I check my Google+ account to see what pictures I have to work with (my phone auto-uploads all new pictures to Google+) and then I get to writing. I try to think about what I’m going to write about throughout the day that way I can take the pictures I need and am all set when I sit down at night.

    Some days I get off schedule (like today), but most days that routine works for me!

    I would say if you just set aside a specific time for blogging related tasks just like you do for running or brushing your teeth or showering, you’ll find that it all comes so much easier because you don’t have to think or worry about when to squeeze it in — you know exactly when you’re going to do blog stuff!

    1. I think that setting aside a designated time for blog-related tasks is great advice. At first this intimidated me, because some weeknights it seems like I don’t have any time to spare, but then I remembered that it can be as short as 20 minutes and I can still get stuff done. I’ve actually been good about doing a lot of advance writing on weekends. Some weeks I am good about this…some, not so much. Life happens and I think I just need to stop being so hard on myself for not perfectly adhering to my schedule all the time.

  9. I keep trying to get on a posting schedule but each time I pull it off for a week or two, life happens. Maybe I should have made that one of my goals this year. I try to post 3x a week. I don’t know how people post things everyday.

    1. This comment is 100% me. I agree with everything you said. I also try to post 3x a week (has not been happening lately!) and marvel at those who post every day. I actually don’t want to post every day. I like to say that I’m giving each of my posts some room to breathe ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t want stuff to get lost in the shuffle!

  10. I feel like I am in the same boat as you, so I enjoyed reading the advice of other bloggers…I don’t always have time to write, but I get so much encouragement and inspiration from reading other runners’ blogs that I usually check in everyday, even if I don’t have time to comment.
    I also have a hard time blogging when I don’t have any definitive races to train for at the moment!
    Glad I am not the only one!!

  11. I could have wrote this post lol I struggle a lot to keep up. I have some busier seasons at work
    (this month is very busy) and I haven’t been able to read any during the day, usually my lunch is spent blog reading. It’s made it hard for me to post this month, at night I don’t have a lot of time, chores, pets, working out, it’s hard to have enough energy for it all!
    I have thought a few times it was just time to shut my blog down and just read them and comment, but I would really miss the interaction. I feel a big hole when I can’t post all week. Honestly, I have very few friends(just run buddy) that really care much about working out or running so blogging is the only way I really get to “talk” with anyone about it. Some months are easier than others. I worry when I can’t post for a long time – afraid everyone will forget me, so I keep trying to hang in there.
    I have felt like if maybe I could pick at least two days to always post that would be good…but i haven’t even been that consistent. If you get a tip that works please share!
    I do have a list of favorite blogs I keep in a Google doc with links, and I circulate through it and if there isn’t anything new, I do always check back ๐Ÿ™‚

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