What Slow Blogging Is And Why You Might Want To Make The Switch

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When I first heard the words slow blogging I was immediately intrigued. Then I researched it further and found out it could be just what I need to take my blog to the next level.

Slow blogging. How it will help your blog traffic. How it will give you more time for blog tasks that matter most.

 

So What Is Slow Blogging?

I like the definition for slow blogging that I found over at JenCarrington.com

It’s when you commit to focusing on quality over quantity in your blogging process

Slow blogging means you produce fewer blog posts, but those you do produce go into greater depth. So instead of posting daily or even a few times a week you post just once a week, or even less than that.

Why switch to slow blogging?

What Are The Advantages Of Slow Blogging?

More Pageviews Per Post

Producing less content frees up hours in your week to research your blog post topic so that when you do write you provide your readers with a post that will truly help them with their needs instead of something that just scratches the surface of the problem you’re addressing.

When you fully meet the needs of your readers, they tend to naturally want to share your wisdom with others–that means more pageviews per post.

Slow blogging could give your blog a huge boost.

But What If You Already Do Write Detailed Posts?

Perhaps you are like me and you already do write lengthy detailed posts. If so, you and your blog readers can still benefit from slow blogging.

More Time To Be Inspired

If you are not spending as much time writing blog posts, you can spend more of your time doing what inspires you to write.

You can try out new recipes–tweaking them until they have your personal touch and then write a blog post sharing your new creation. You can redecorate your living room, challenging yourself to do it for under $500 and then write a detailed blog post about  how you did it.

Last year I felt like I was losing my blogging spark and couldn’t put my finger on why–until my family took our 22 week RV road trip. During the trip I decided to do just one evergreen style blog post a week and one conversation style trip update. Mostly I did this because I knew I was going to be spending a good chunk of each day exploring with my family  and simply didn’t have time to write more. But it ended up giving me time to really think about why I had lost my blogging spark. I was all words and very little  action. I simply didn’t have time to keep cranking out so many lengthy evergreen posts and live my blog topic.

Now that the trip is over I want to use the time I have been using to explore to live the type of life I blog about. I want to challenge myself to cut our living expenses, to toss more clutter, to create new simple recipes and to essentially transform my life inch by inch like my blog tag line suggests.

More Time For Blog Readers

From day one I have wanted a blog with a close knit community. I don’t want a fast food blog where people take the information and run. I want a slow food blog. One where people stay at the table for hours, engaging in conversation after the meal has been devoured.

For me that means more social media interactions. Notice I didn’t say more social media posts. I have two Facebook groups for my blog. My decluttering one is very active and grows daily. My thrifty themed one is still new and experiencing very slow growth. I want to make sure I spend time talking with the people in both groups as well as those who are a part of my blog’s Facebook page.

I want to share more as it happens pictures, and less scheduled stuff. I want to do regular Instagram stories, and at least a weekly Facebook live video. I want 80% of these posts to be social and only 20% to be business like (promotions of posts and such).

More Time For Product Creation

I have been blogging since 2011 and yet I have only one product, my book, Thrifty & Thriving: More Life For Less Money. This book took me two years from start to finish. Why? Because long, in-depth posts take a lot of time. Some of my longest evergreen posts, which are also some of my most popular posts, are over 2,000 words long and took me as much as 10 hours to complete.

I was publishing two evergreen posts a week. That right there is as much as 20 hours devoted to content creation.

As an at-home mom who homeschools two teenagers, has a house to maintain, and four mouths besides mine wanting food three times a day plus snacks, devoting 20 of my blog hours each week to content creation was leaving me little time to devote to product creation.

Cutting back to one post a week will allow me to devote much more time to product creation.

More Time For Bigger And Smaller Blog Projects

Yes, creating a product is a big blog project, but I am thinking about other types of big blog projects here, like site updates, email subscriber freebies, moving your email list to another email list provider that better serves you and your readers.

And then there are the smaller blog projects such as writing guest posts, updating popular posts for maximum return on their exposure, cleaning up sidebars, redoing your About Me page and the list goes on and on.

More Time To Study How To Be A Better Blogger

I ordered the Ultimate Bundle for bloggers last year and although I have read all the eBooks in it, I have yet to take the video driven courses. Spending less time creating content will allow me to take these courses which will help me improve in areas as a blogger that I need help in. Areas such as how to grow a Facebook page, how to increase my SEO ratings and how to design a better blog.

Slow blogging: what it is and why it works.

The End Result

The end result of slow blogging is a more reader friendly blog with an active community of readers–meaning people love what they find on your blog so much they can’t help but share it and that means more pageviews.

More pageviews leads to more profit, which means you have more money to hire help to create an even better blog reader experience–plus you also get more money for your own personal use, making blogging even more rewarding.

So who is joining me in making the switch to slow blogging? What do you think is the best advantage and why? Let me know in the comment section.

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15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

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Blogging can be a great job for moms because it is so flexible. You can work whenever you want from pretty much wherever you want. However, the flexibility only stretches so far; you still need to carve out a certain amount of hours each week to work on your blog if you want it to be successful–and if you are like most moms you are probably already feeling like you are constantly busy.

I totally get that. I am a homeschooling mom of three and if it were not for the time management tricks I carry in my homemaking tool belt, I would never be able to fit in time to run a blog that now earns a full time income. Today I am going to share those tricks with you.

Struggling to find time to blog? This post can really help!

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

 1. Perform a Time Audit

Before you can manage your time well, you need to know how you are currently spending it. In order to do that you need to perform a time audit

Related article: How To Perform A Time Audit

2. Figure Out When You Do Your Best Work

Do you work better at night or in the morning? Save the blog work that requires the most concentration for the time of the day you work best and do the no-brainer tasks when you are at your lowest energy levels.

Related article: Are You A Night Owl Or A Morning Bird?

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

3. Plan In Advance For Bigger Windows Of Work Time

Working hours for moms are all over the place. One day you might be able to have 2 hours to yourself while one child is at band practice and the other is at gymnastics. Another day you husband might come home earlier than expected and tell you he can manage the kids if you want to go to the coffee shop and work on your blog for a few hours. When these type of “bigger windows” of work time come up you can use them more efficiently if you already have a plan for them in advance.

Related article: Making The Most Of Large Windows Of Uninterrupted Time

4. Keep A List Of Small Blogging Tasks For Small Windows

The job of being mom comes with small breaks here and there throughout the day that you can use to advance your blog. Got five minutes? Repin a few pins. Got 10 minutes? Write and schedule a few Facebook statuses. Got 15 minutes? Get out a pad of paper and a pen and brainstorm ideas for future posts.

Related article: Making the Most of Small Windows

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

5. Always Write Out A Daily To-Do List

You have probably heard the saying “aim at nothing and you will hit it every time”. That is what happens to a day where you don’t take the five minutes to write a to-do list: you end up with little done.  To-do lists don’t have to be fancy. I create mine on a small yellow legal pad (like these ones), circling the top three things on my list so that I get the most important things done and if the rest doesn’t get done there is always tomorrow.

Related article: How I Create My Daily To Do List

6. Say NO Often

If you want to carve out enough time around motherhood responsibilities  to create a successful blog, you need to keep outside activities to a minimum and the only way to do that is to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

Related article: Say No

Great book that covers this topic: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog7. Eliminate Your Ill Fitting Yes Choices

Some “yes choices” might have been good choices at the time, but they are not now that your stage of life changed. Perhaps you said yes to helping out with an activity your child was in at one time, but now the child is not involved and you are still helping out. If so, it’s time to find someone to take your place so you can say yes to other things.

Related article: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices

8. Make Effective Use Of Short Waiting Times

In the day and age of smartphones we are basically walking around with mini computers in our pockets. Take it out while waiting in line at the grocery store and pin a few pins to Pinterest. While waiting for your coffee, create a new Facebook status. When stuck in the car waiting for the soccer coach to wrap it up and release your child, open your favorite notes app and brainstorm some new post ideas.

Related article: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

9. Make Effective Use Of Longer Waiting Times

This tip has been vital to me getting enough time to work each week. After I performed a time audit I realized I was spending a lot of time driving my children back and forth to their practices. I would drive 15 minutes to drop them off and then 15 minutes home then an hour or so later drive 15 minutes to pick them up and then 15 minutes back home again. That equals 30 minutes of time in the car each way. I started packing up all that I needed to work and then dropped them off and stayed in the car and worked. I gained 30 minutes of work time each time I had to drive a child somewhere.

This works for me since my children are all old enough to stay home by themselves while I drive their siblings somewhere–I realize it won’t be as helpful for moms with younger children.

Related article: 7 Wise Ways To Use Waiting Time During Children’s Practices

10. Involve The Kids

You can involve your children in your blog work in two ways. One way is to teach them to perform simple blog tasks . The second way is to get them to do age appropriate household chores that you are still doing for them. The first is only going to work if you have older children interested in your blog work, but the second will work for all ages. Even two-year-old’s can help you pick up their toys. At first it might take longer to get the chore done with them helping, but soon it will take less time than if you never taught them–trust me. As a mom of three children who are now 14, 16 and 21 I am reaping the rewards of those frustratingly slow chore teaching sessions when I so wanted to just say, ” Forget it let me do it.”

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15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

11. Get Help

What type of help you can get is going to depend on your finances and your stage of motherhood. If you have younger children and are able to afford it, you might consider hiring a sitter a few hours a week so you can be 100% focused on blog work. If your budget just won’t stretch that far you could consider a babysitting swap with a friend.

For those of you with older children you still might want to consider getting some outside help, but obviously not in the form of babysitting. Perhaps you can afford to hire a VA to take over a few blog tasks? Or do a talent trade with a blogging friend. You, the grammar queen, can edit her “free for subscriber eBook” and she, the image queen, can make you some image quotes for social media.

12. Own Less Stuff

Owning less stuff might seem like a weird time management tip, but hear me out. When you own less, you spend less time taking care of things. Less time dusting. Less time sorting. Less time repairing. And my personal favorite–less time searching through your piles of stuff to find what you need right now.

Need decluttering help and support? Join my decluttering Facebook group.

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

13. Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine

If you are like me, you put cleaning tasks off because you figure they are going to take too long. Then when you do get around to doing them the job ends up taking a long time because things have gotten so bad. However, when you give a task a time, you will discover that you not only move faster, but the task somehow seems less daunting. Plus, when you consistently clean an area it stays cleaner and therefore starts to take even less time to clean.

Related Article: How to Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine Plus a Peek at Mine

14.  Do What You Can To Keep Meal Preparation Simple

There are so many ways to reduce time spent in the kitchen. You can cook a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal another night. You can cook meat in large batches and then freeze it in such a way that you can easily toss it in a stir fry or casserole, significantly cutting your meal prep time. You can make a list of simple meals requiring simple ingredients and keep them on hand for nights that you want to work just a bit longer.

Related Article: My simple meal planning method

The Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom!

15. Take A Few Great Time Management Courses

Two times during the day are critical to being as productive as you can each and every day–morning and evening, which is why I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.

The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Morning course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out more hours each week to work on your blog.

Related Article: 10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well

Got any great time management tips to add to my list? Add them in the comments.

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10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

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Starting a blog is easy, growing a blog is tough. However, the job can be a lot easier when you have the right tools in hand. I find books and eBooks  are great low price tools to help you grow your blog.

Grow your blog in pageviews and profit with these 10 books.

 10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

I have read each and every book and eBook on this list and found them helpful for growing my blog in either numbers or profit.

Blogging Strategies

1. Blogging For Profit Without Losing Your Soul

Blogging For Profit took me from wanting to give up on my blog to finally earning a part time income that eventually grew into a full time income. When I applied what I learned from it, I doubled my pageviews and my income in just 30 days.

2. Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients You Need To Create A Better Blog

I read Delicious Blogging several years into my blogging journey, but still found it helpful. If you are a beginner blogger, Delicious Blogging can help set your blog up right for growth from the very start.

3. The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger

The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers provides not only a look at how other bloggers became successful, but gives you an outline for how you can reproduce their success and create a profitable blog of your own.

4. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Micheal Hyatt, the author of Platform, runs a very successful blog and in Platform he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what he believes to be the important “supports” of that platform and tips on how to create them for your own platform (blog).

5. iBloom in Business: Equipping You to Build a Successful Business while Living a Life You Love!

iBloom in Business takes you through an important series of questions that will help you create a clear focus for your blog as well as a clear direction for its future. When you have completed all the questions in iBloom in Business, you will have built the foundation on which to grow a successful blog.

6. 17 Strategies I Used To Go From 17K to 350K Pageviews in 9 Months

I recently read 17 Strategies and came up with a list of 23 new things I could do to increase readership of my blog. Yep, 23 things from a list of 17. Now some of the suggestions in the eBook were outdated, but the author is planning an update in the near future and all those who have purchase the book before get the update. Plus, as I said, even with tossing the outdated information aside I came up with 23 things I can try to increase my traffic.  (psst.. the only reason I haven’t tried them yet is I am on an RV trip of a life time and am trying to keep blog work to a minimum until I return home)

Blog Design

7. Blog Beautiful: 50+ Tips & Fixes To Make Your Blog Grow

Blog Beautiful is another eBook that I plan to go back to after our trip is over and start implementing the suggestions. If you want a blog that looks great, but you can’t afford a designer Blog Beautiful can help. It breaks down how to make design changes to your blog into simple to follow steps. I did manage to make one simple change suggested in between our exploring and I am already seeing an increase pageviews from it.

Networking

8. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Getting to know other bloggers is vital to blogging success. Blogging is so much simpler when you have blogging peers to help you with your blogging questions.  I don’t know about you, but the number one thing that keeps me from getting to know someone new is simple breaking the ice with that first conversation.

If the idea of starting conversations with strangers freaks you out too, How to Talk to Anyone can help. I will warn you–some of the language in it is a bit outdated and therefore seems kind of corny, but the tips on conversation starters within it are excellent.

Time Management

9. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

If you struggle with breaking down blogging tasks into simple, daily doable action steps, then I suggest reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. When you apply what you learn in this eBook, you will be able to take a big blogging project like creating your first email subscriber freebie and break it down into small pieces that can fit into your daily life.

10. Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions

Are you a mom of little ones trying to fit in time to blog around chasing toddlers and nursing babies? Time Management Mama will reassure you that you are not alone, plus give you examples of how others make it work and how you too can become a successful work at home mom.

What books have you read that have helped you grow your blog?

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