Blogging takes time. And if you’re a part-time blogger, then more often than not, you wonder how to blog consistently while keeping up with your busy schedule or day job.
I know the feeling because I blog with my full-time job as a lawyer.
When I first started blogging, I found nothing about how to blog consistently and really struggled to keep up with my blog on a regular basis.
But as I was navigating through blogging, I found my way. Not only that, but I was also able to take my blog from 0 to more than $500K with my full-time job. You can read my latest blog income report here.
So I’m here to tell you that it can be done! (with some patience, planning, and organization)
Many of us blog with our full time job because blogging is our passion and a side hustle that we hope to turn into a full-time career. Moms & homemakers are not excluded because they have no less than a day job too.
When I first started as a blogger and an online entrepreneur, I struggled to manage everything and stick to a consistent blogging schedule. The biggest challenge was writing content consistently.
It took me months to sort everything out and set a healthy work routine where I was not working late nights, and every weekend.
I’ve experienced blogging burnout on MANY occasions!
I’ve also received questions from you (my fellow bloggers who blog while working a full-time job) about how I find the time to do everything with so little time leftover each day.
That’s why I’ve decided to put together a list of 7 ways you can blog consistently even when you are super busy or have a day job.
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7 Ways to Blog Consistently With Your Day Job (When You Are Super Busy!)
As a new blogger, you may set specific goals for your content strategy, content marketing, and how much blog income you want to achieve.
But to achieve success, you need blogging consistency, and here are the most important things to focus on:
1. Make a Blogging Schedule & Prioritize Tasks
If you’re a blogger, then blogging is an important part of your life.
A lot of us have good intentions and mean to publish this many new posts per week or send that many new emails, yet we don’t. If you are struggling to find time for it, then you have an issue with time management & task prioritization in your life.
That sounds a little harsh, but we need full transparency here. Why exactly do you not have time for it?
Maybe you are spending too much time on social media? Over the phone? Watching TV? Be honest with yourself!
For effective time management, it’s a good idea to see where most of your time goes. On a piece of paper, record how you spend each hour of the day for at least 5 days. This will help you understand how you really spend your days.
Once you have a list of how you spend your time, block out the time spent on tasks that are more important than blogging. If your day job is more important than blogging, block out the 8 hours you have to spend on it.
After that, note how much of your time is consumed in low-priority tasks such as sleeping more than 8 hours, watching TV, scrolling social media, etc.
Eliminate or reduce the time spent on these tasks and see how many hours of extra time you can get to blog more consistently.
I love sleeping! It rejuvenates me and really helps me think straight, but I’ll be honest, in my first year of blogging, I didn’t sleep much.
I also limited the time I was spending on social media at just one (1) hour a day at max and this is still the case even though I run my own Facebook group too! (which you can join here).
Once you have a better understanding of your weekly commitments, make a new blogging schedule (use these 5 secret tips) for yourself and prioritize your tasks based on importance.
Focus your limited time on high priority tasks (like writing new blog posts and contacting my email list) and find a way to get to low priority tasks later or outsource them completely to get them off your plate.
In the beginning, I know the cost of outsourcing may be an issue for you, but you will need to invest some money into your blogging business.
If you have a day job, you can use some of that money to grow your blogging business. You can also reinvest a certain percentage of your income into online courses, programs, or hiring help to simplify your blogging journey drastically.
2. Use Tools like Asana, Trello, ClickUp to Stay Organized
Start using digital calendars. I love a productivity journal like this where I can write my to-do list, but I still need a digital calendar like Asana to plan my day and month ahead.
I find Asana to be very easy to use, and it keeps things simple and organized for me. Some people love Trello and ClickUp, and it’s really your preference.
At the end of the day, you just need something that you can and will use to stay productive and organized in your blogging life. This is really important to keep up with consistent blog publishing.
It’s really helpful to map out your specific day to day activities and start working on them every single day. This might look like set tasks you need to do every day or, once a month, I will plan out everything I need to accomplish in that month.
This is one of the best practices I have because it keeps me off that day-to-day hamster wheel. I set goals I want to achieve and I take each next step to get there.
Now life is not perfect, and things don’t always go as planned, but you still need your Asana reminders to stay on track. If you couldn’t finish something yesterday, make sure to tackle it the next day!
This what successful bloggers do and this is how to blog consistently – by putting in the work daily. Every little step goes a long way!
Common Blogging Mistakes to Avoid when Trying to Blog Consistently
These are the 21 worst blogging mistakes that you should avoid when trying to be consistent with your blog.
Here’s another tip for you – I plan and estimate the number of hours each task will take me, which really helps me plan my days better. This way, I am not overbooking myself or feeling defeated for not reaching my goals in a day.
For example, a task like creating a new sales page for one of my legal templates here would take me approximately 3 hours. I know this from experience.
I also know that if all I have is 3 hours after work to blog, then realistically, I can’t do anything else that day. So I won’t even burden myself or overwhelm my mind by adding extra tasks to my plate that day. Does it make sense?
But at the same time, I know this one task of creating a sales page will bring the most revenue for my business, so it’s a high priority task. I’m okay working on those knowing well enough that I’m neglecting some other low-priority tasks that I could be doing, such as posting or engaging on social media.
It’s a great idea to complete 2-3 high importance tasks per day but make them count!
Not easy stuff like posting on social media. For example, posting on Instagram is not a major task you should be patting yourself on the back for in your online business. 🙂
That’s something you can hire anyone to do for your business blog.
The key here is to get REALLY good with your time management and estimate how long a task will take, what kind of return it will bring for your business, and how you can prioritize working on those to get the most out of your day.
How to be More Productive and Consistent with Your Blog
For more productivity hacks and tips to succeed as a blogger, check out this post.
3. Plan Your Content in Advance
The mistake I see many new bloggers and business owners make when they sit down to write a blog post is that half of their time is consumed in coming up with ideas.
If you’re also wondering how to blog consistently and then it’s time to stop “thinking” so much and start “doing more.”
There is nothing worse than sitting in front of a blank screen while staring at a blinking cursor. You should always plan your content at least one week in advance, and ideally one month.
Use this AI tool, content calendar or editorial calendar. A content calendar is a simple scheduler you use to plan out your content ideas for the upcoming month or year.
The good news is that your content calendar doesn’t need to be anything fancy.
It can be as simple as a three-column table with one column for the date, one for the topic you’ll write about, and the third one for any other notes you want to remember. Write it out on paper or through together a Google Sheets file to track your ideas on the go.
In my opinion, you should do a brainstorming session at the start of every month. List out all your new ideas and conduct keyword research to make sure you’re targeting keywords that both resonate with your target audience and are achievable based on your current blog traffic and ranking.
Then, plan all of your new content for the entire month around these new terms.
Make a blog content schedule so you can blog more consistently and prioritize the tasks that really matter. That’s what I do and it’s really the most effective way to stay focused and productive!
Now you may be wondering, how many times a week or month should I publish a new blog post?
This is a frequently asked question!
The answer varies from person to person!
There’s no right answer and it depends on your blogging schedule and how long it takes you to write an SEO optimized blog post. Don’t waste time writing blog posts that will never rank on Google.
I made that mistake as a newbie blogger and regret it.
Now I first use thisSEO tool to conduct proper keyword research and then use it as a guideline for writing a blog post that will actually rank on the FIRST page of Google.
Don’t waste time writing ANY blog post, instead, you need to make sure you’re creating only high-quality content that resonates with your target audience.
You should only ever create valuable content that resonates with your email subscribers and fully addresses the topic.
Research what the top posts in the search engine rankings have to say about the topic.
How can you add more information or tell it in a different way that makes your post even more useful for your readers? If you commit to publishing great content (not perfect content), your readers will keep coming back again and again.
Beyond that, all posts should be optimized for SEO to help the search engines understand your content and to make it as competitive as possible.
Since SEO (search engine optimization) can be so overwhelming and intimidating to new online entrepreneurs, here are a couple of blog posts to help you –
- SEO Basics: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Understanding SEO and Mastering It
- Secret SEO Tips to Make $20,000 a Month Blogging: Interview With Debbie Gartner
- Stupid Simple SEO – Is it Worth It? My Before and After Results After Taking This Course
Some bloggers can publish a new blog post every day, but that can be exhausting and, honestly, not very possible with your full-time job.
Set a realistic goal and aim to post on a weekly basis. My goal is 4 blog posts per month. If I’m able to post more, great. Otherwise, 4 is a sweet number for me.
There are some bloggers that publish new blog posts every day and some that publish once a fortnight. No matter how frequently you post, it’s okay!
Don’t feel pressured to publish every day – I certainly don’t as that frequency is unrealistic for me.
To be successful blogging, it’s important to think realistically about what kind of publishing schedule would work for you.
Maybe you’ll post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? Maybe it’s once a week on a Tuesday? Perhaps you can only manage once a fortnight and post every second Thursday?
It doesn’t matter.
What matters is sticking to whatever schedule you’ve decided on week in, week out and staying consistent.
Allow Guest Posts from Great Content Creators
Allowing guest posting is a great way to add more content to your blog quickly.
Collaborate with other bloggers in your niche, and it’s a win for both of you because you get amazing content, and they have a backlink to their blog.
It’s the perfect way to get fresh content for your blog, and it leaves you with more time to focus on the money-making aspects of your business.
If you’d like to guest post on my website, here are my requirements to submit your pitch for consideration!
This template already comes with guest post guidelines you’ll need and also protects you from copyright violations and many other legal issues!
4. Set Aside Specific Times & Location to Blog Consistently
One of the top tips I can give you from my own blogging experience is to set aside specific times and a central place for your writing habit.
Perhaps you are a mom who only gets some time to blog when children are at school or not at home. Or, maybe you have odd work hours that only give you spare time in the mid-afternoon.
Whatever it is, set aside these special hours and block them only for blogging. Once you blog for a significant period, it’ll automatically become second nature, and you’ll find yourself turning into a consistent blogger who always sticks to their schedule and tackles their to do list every week.
Setting aside a specific time & location to do something regularly creates a trigger in your brain. Whenever it is that time of the day again, your brain automatically gets activated, and you don’t have to convince yourself to do it again.
While it is not necessary to set aside specific time & location, it increases your focus and productivity, making it much more likely that you’ll grow your blog traffic and have a profitable blog.
If you’ve been struggling with consistency, this is the best technique and it makes it so much easier to get into a regular blogging rhythm.
Watch how thousands of other smart bloggers like you are protecting their blogs with my easy legal templates.
5. Work Sporadically Throughout the Day
I know. It contradicts my last point to set aside specific times in a day, but what if you can’t? What if you’re too busy that you can’t pull off a specific time every day?
Well, in that case, it is always better to work sporadically at any spare time you can find throughout the day, rather than not working at all.
A good strategy to work sporadically is to take your articles or blog posts and divide them into smaller chunks that you can complete in 15-30 minutes.
When you have to write a long blog post or do any tedious task, it is always better to map it out first and then divide it into smaller pieces or chunks.
Before you even begin working on an article and type your first letter, create another document first and write an outline that includes a short draft of each Heading/Sub-heading and key things you’ll cover.
6. Hire a Freelance Writer
This is in case nothing works out, and you still want to be consistent at blogging. Hiring a freelance writer is not an expense but an investment if your blog is making you money.
If you are struggling to dedicate even 60 minutes per day to blogging, then this is your last and best bet. Sure, hiring a freelance writer will probably change the style of content on your blog; however, it is not a bad thing.
Job boards such as Upwork and ProBlogger can make your freelancer search a cakewalk. So if you’re considering a freelance writer, you can check them out or even look for a good writer in my Facebook group here (I hire from my own group all the time) .
Make sure to use this Freelance Contract when hiring freelancers to make sure the content is free from copyright violations and that you can freely use it on your website! This is the same legal template I use when I hire freelancers or ghostwriters for my business.
Otherwise, you could run into serious copyright violations and end up owing a lot more money down the road. This blog post will show you the 15 essential Freelance contract clauses you need to have in place.
7. Automate Your Blog Activities as Much as You can
The very best way to simplify your blogging tasks is to automate and batch as much as possible.
This will save you a lot of time.
Batching involves combining similar smaller tasks that use the same resources so you can streamline your workflow.
It works well with time blocking because it allows your brain to focus on only these tasks for a specific amount of time, and then you move onto the next activity to avoid distractions.
Especially if your time is precious right now, the most important thing you can do is work more efficiently so you can get back to those high-value tasks.
Use templates to save time (such as Pinterest templates, my legal templates, blog templates, any other templates because templates are quick and easy to work with and save you so much time and energy).
Pinterest Templates to Help Blog Consistently
Check out this blog post where I show you exactly how I use 100’s of Pinterest templates to make my life easy! This allows me to create beautiful Pinterest pins in minutes instead of spending hours and also increases clicks to my website.
Use Legal Templates to Save Time and Make Your Blog Legal
You don’t want to WASTE valuable time researching or doing things that are outside of your expertise. This is another way, my customers save tons of time and check out tons of free legal tips for entrepreneurs here.
Use Social Media Scheduling Tools to Increase Online Presence
There are also scheduling tools that allow you to post on social media even while you sleep. Tools like Tailwind, Planoly, Hootsuite, and other huge time savers.
Tailwind saves you so much time by allowing you to schedule your Pinterest pins or Instagram posts out months in advance. Block time to make all of your Pinterest pins for the week in one batch.
In another block of time, schedule the pins. By focusing on just one type of task at a time, you can actually complete so much more in a given week.
Planoly is another great scheduling tool that many people use for Instagram. But you can also schedule to Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Planoly has paid and free plans.
Hootsuite is another great scheduling tool that allows you to schedule posts to most of the main social media platforms.
It’s a robust tool with many awesome features that are easy to use. You can try it with a 30-day trial, and if you like it, there are several paid plans to choose from.
Final Thoughts – How to Blog Consistently
In the long run, the easiest way to blog consistently is to make it a habit. Figure out the things that are the most important to your business and turn those into a set schedule instead of irregular blog work.
This will make it so much easier to know how what to do, so you won’t be wasting your hard work and effort on the tasks that don’t matter.
If you’re really honest with yourself about what you want and what you’re willing to do to achieve your goals, you’re going to be much more successful and have an easier time sticking to your blog schedule.
And, of course, be realistic. Be reasonable with your expectations. You most likely can’t do every single thing that you want to do. Identify those high-priority tasks that matter the most and focus on those even if that means other things have to go.
Reminder: Your Health Matters More Than Your Blog
One last thing…Take this as a friendly reminder. If trying to blog even when you’re super busy takes a toll on your health, then it is not worth it.
It is okay to take a break and then make a comeback when you’re ready. Yes, you may lose some of your audience, but then again, your health matters more than the audience.
Burnout is a real problem for many bloggers and has a significant impact on your health.
To avoid burnout and stress that affects your health, follow these tips on how to blog consistently even when you’re super busy. It can be done and I’m proof of that!
It will save you time and energy and ensure that your blog helps you make the income you need to live happily and enjoy life.
Do you blog with a full-time job? Tell me your best tips on how to blog consistently in the comments below!
FAQ on How to Blog Consistently (even if you have NO time)
Here are answers to the most common questions I get on how to blog consistently.
How many days a week should you blog?
Honestly, the amount of days you should blog each week depends on your goals and how much time you can dedicate to the task.
If you’re just starting out, it’s best to start with a couple days a week and then gradually increase the frequency as you become more comfortable with blogging.
Additionally, if you have limited resources or are time-strapped, consider focusing on fewer days but making those posts longer and more comprehensive.
Ultimately, the frequency of your blog posts should be tailored to your needs and goals—if you’re trying to grow traffic or reach a new audience then it may make sense to post more often.
On the other hand, if you’re trying to build relationships and engagement, then you may focus more on creating better quality content rather than quantity.
Whatever your approach is, it’s important to consistently post so that your readers know when to expect something new from you. If you can make a schedule and stick with it, there’s no limit as to how successful your blog can be!
What is consistency in blog writing?
Consistency in blog writing is a practice of regularly producing quality content that helps to build relationships with readers.
Consistency also involves creating content on a consistent basis, typically by posting blogs frequently and at the same time each week.
Additionally, it means maintaining a consistent level of quality in the content produced, including using similar formats and topics, creating content that is tailored to the interests of your readers, and providing a voice or style that resonates with your audience.
Consistency also involves responding to comments and feedback in a timely manner and staying up-to-date on trends within your niche. In short, consistency in blog writing is essential for building an engaged readership who will come back again and again.
By practicing consistency in blog writing, you can create a loyal readership who know what to expect when they visit your blog and look forward to the new content that will be shared on it.
Consistency helps to establish credibility for your brand as well and builds trust with your audience.
Furthermore, it increases the chances of obtaining organic traffic, as regularly producing quality content helps to optimize your blog’s SEO and boosts its ranking on search engines.
Ultimately, taking the time to practice consistency in blog writing can be a great way to ensure long-term success for your business or brand.
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