When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s tough to keep your head in the game. The same is true for blogging—when you feel like you can’t take on another task, it’s hard to maintain your blog posting schedule. Well, the truth is, everybody will feel overwhelmed at some point in their blogging journey. So how do you power through it?
There was a time when I was so disorganized and all over the place that I was in a constant state of overwhelming. As a result, my blog posting schedule suffered. I would post sporadically, which led to inconsistency and irregularity for my readers. Thankfully, I’ve since learned how to better manage my time and priorities for blogging and other tasks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are a few tips to help you blog consistently:
1. Set a Schedule
One of the best ways to blog consistently when you’re feeling overwhelmed is to set a schedule and stick to it. Decide how often you want to blog and then make a plan for when you’re going to write. For example, if you want to blog three times a week, you could plan to write on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
Once you have a plan, do your best to stick to it to make blogging a habit. If you miss a day here or there, that’s okay—just get back on track as soon as possible. But make sure you’re not skipping days or weeks at a time, or your readers will lose interest.
If setting a schedule sounds like too much right now, start small by committing to writing one blog post per week. Then, once you get into the habit of writing regularly, you can gradually increase your frequency until you’re posting as often as you’d like.
2. Have a Content Calendar
A content calendar is a great way to stay organized and on track with your blog posts. When you have a clear idea of what you need to write and when it needs to be published, it’s easier to sit down and get started. Let’s say you have a lifestyle blog, and you need to cover the following topics for fall and winter:
- October: Halloween recipes
- November: Holiday gift guides
- December: New Year’s Eve party ideas
You can break each of these topics down into individual blog posts and then create a schedule for when you’re going to write them. Having a content calendar will help ensure that you’re always creating fresh, relevant content for your readers.
Plus, if you ever feel stuck or uninspired, you can refer to your content calendar for ideas on what to write about next. Once you have a few blog posts under your belt, you can start to think about other topics you might want to cover.
3. Batch Your Content
Another helpful tip is to batch your content. This means writing several posts at once and then scheduling them to be published over time. This can help you stay ahead of the game and make sure that you always have fresh content to publish.
So, if you have the content calendar, you’ll know what topics you need to write about. Then, you can batch your content by writing a few posts on each topic at once. For example, if you’re writing about Halloween recipes, you could write three or four posts in one sitting. Then, you can schedule them to be published throughout the month of October.
This will help take some of the pressure off of you to come up with new ideas on a regular basis. And, it will give you the opportunity to focus on other aspects of your blog, like promoting your content or engaging with your readers.
Batching your content is a great way to stay organized and ensure that you’re always prepared with fresh, relevant content.
4. Keep it Simple
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to keep your blog posts simple. Don’t try to tackle too many topics at once or write long, complicated posts. Stick to writing about one thing at a time and keep your posts short and sweet.
The simpler your posts are, the easier they will be to write. And, your readers will appreciate being able to read through your content quickly without getting lost in a sea of information.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by blogging, remember to keep it simple.
5. Make it Enjoyable
Remember that blogging should be enjoyable! If it starts to feel like a chore, take a step back and reassess why you’re doing it in the first place. Try to find ways to make the process fun again so that you can stay motivated and consistent with your posting schedule.
One way to make blogging enjoyable is to find a community of like-minded bloggers. There are tons of blogging groups and forums online where you can connect with other bloggers and share ideas, advice, and support. Being a part of a community can help you stay inspired and motivated to keep blogging, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Sometimes when I was out of steam, I used to think about the reason why I started blogging in the first place. It helped me remember my “why” and get back to enjoying the process. Finding your “why” can help you rekindle your love for blogging and remind you why you’re doing it in the beginning.
6. Find Your Voice
Part of being a consistent blogger is finding your voice and staying true to it. Write in the same style each time so that your readers know what to expect from your blog. Be authentic and share your own experiences so that your readers can connect with you on a personal level.
Finding your own voice will also help you stay motivated to blog. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be tempting to give up and quit. But if you have a clear vision for your blog and what you want to achieve with it, you’ll be more likely to stick with it and keep going, even when the going gets tough.
Your voice is actually what set you apart from other bloggers in your niche. So, if you can find it and stay true to it, you’ll be on your way to becoming a more consistent blogger.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by blogging, instead of giving up, try some of these tips to help you stay on track. Find ways to make the process more efficient and enjoyable so that you can keep producing fresh, relevant content for your readers. And, most importantly, don’t forget why you started blogging in the first place.
If you can find your passion for blogging again, you’ll be able to overcome any obstacle that comes your way!