In a perfect world, all of us who love pets and pet blogging would be able to quit our day jobs and simply
blog about pets all day, right? Sigh. It's not a perfect world, but you can still have it all! The reality for most pet bloggers is they have outside oblgations to work and family but they still want to mark their territory in the pet blogging world. You can have it all, it just takes some fancy footwork, attention to detail and an adherence to a schedule.
At BlogPaws 2013, Sandy Messmer will tackle the subject of "having it all." I can't wait for that session!
Here are my best tips for "having it all":
- Don’t despair. You don’t have to blog full time to make an impact in the pet world. You do need to structure your time and plan your blogging so you make the most of your time, but don’t give up. Create your blog posts and schedule your writing in blocks of time. If you have time on your lunch hour at work or while you’re waiting for the children at the bus stop, jot down blog ideas so that when you have time to blog you have ideas handy. Again, an editorial calendar can be your best friend.
- Blog with abandon. Once you have your time in front of the computer to do your pet blogging… do your pet blogging. Don’t get lost in Pinterest or with reading and commenting on Facebook posts. You need to zealously guard your blogging time. Schedule your blogging time when you are the most energized and the most productive.
- Take full advantage of the blog platform on which your blogging’s schedule/calendar feature. Blog several blog posts in advance then you either don’t have to worry about blogging the following week or when you do blog the following week you will be ahead of the game.
- Schedule your social media time. Make certain you are on social media and taking advantage of the power it offers to pet bloggers. Just as you schedule your blogging time, schedule your interaction time on social media. Post your own status updates, comment on the social updates of others. Keep the conversation going. You can use the time you’re sitting on a bus on your commute to work, update your social media while your children are at soccer practice, take a moment when you’re walking Fido or Fluffy to snap a picture and upload it to your social media sites.
- Comment on the blogs of others that you enjoy. To help build your social media presence you need to be visible on sites other than your own. Subscribe to RSS feeds of bloggers you enjoy and comment when they’ve posted something. Schedule specific time in every week to post comments on other blog sites.
Blogging is not necessarily a race to the finish line, it is a long-term goal (the tortoise) that wins the race!