How to Blog and Still Have Time to Sleep Part II

By: | June 12, 2016 | Tags: , , ,

#Bloggers can get all their #blogging tasks done with blogging schedules

In the Twilight series, Stephanie Meyer created a character named Edward Cullen. Because he wasn’t human, he didn’t need sleep.

During the time that people slept, he learned to be proficient at many skills.

When I recently posted that I created a community of thousands of subscribers within fifteen months of blogging while working outside the home at a full-time job, spending time with my family, and publishing on my blog five times a week, a reader wrote an interesting response.

You are a superhuman.

Do we need to be like Edward Cullen in Twilight and never sleep? Is my reader right? Do we need to be superhuman?

This post is a follow-up to How to Blog and Easily Have Time to Sleep. In that post, I suggested a blogging schedule that works for me.

I have since changed my schedule. If you agree with my reader that  busy bloggers need to be superhuman, the proposed blogging schedules in this post may be just what you need.

This is my new blogging schedule. By the end of this article, you will have three sample blogging schedules.

Blogging Schedules

With three choices, you can pick one that works for you or tweak one that will fit your lifestyle.

Sunday I promote Saturday’s post. I respond to requests in the StumbleUpon group, the Follow to Follow Directory, the Blogger Collaboration Group, and the Link Exchange Group. I work on guest posts, and I set up the Inspire Me Monday Linky party.

All that is entailed in throwing a linky party is explained in How to See Your Traffic Explode: How to Have a Linky Party Part I.

Monday Since I host a guest author on Tuesday, on Monday I format the post. I also check the headline in the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer. If needed, I will create a headline that scores higher on the headline analyzer. Also, I normally make a graphic to accompany the post. I also send the post to my MailChimp subscribers. I am able to preschedule, so they get the Email with the link after it goes live.

(Note: MostlyBlogging is looking for guest authors. If you are interested in guest posting, click the link or let me know in the comment section.)

Tuesday I promote the guest author’s post. I respond to commenters that wrote me over the weekend. Also, I pick a winner for my other linky party, the Blogger’s Pit Stop.

Wednesday I promote my most recent three articles on Twitter. I also promote in reciprocal Facebook groups. I set up Blogger’s Pit Stop for Thursday, and I respond to commenters.

Thursday I promote my most popular posts on Twitter. I continue to work on the guest post, network and finish responding to commenters. and I respond to my Facebook and Pinterest notifications. As time allows, I welcome new subscribers and invite them to our Pinterest board (if I overlooked anyone, and you are still waiting for an invite, let me know in the comments section.) I also comment on Pinterest pins.

Friday I promote my MostlyBlogging subcommunities on Twitter. I blog for Saturday and send the post to my MailChimp subscribers. At midnight, I go to the SITS Girls Linky Party. The value of their linky and why I consider it important enough to stay up to midnight to attend is explained in the post 1 Insanely Powerful Blog You Need to Follow.

Saturday I blog for Sunday, send the post to my MailChimp subscribers, and I respond to Facebook notifications.

Daily I follow like-minded Twitter users found by seeing who retweeted my links and who put me on their lists. I research for the weekend’s blog posts and upcoming blog posts. Also, I read other blogs, comment, and share. I network daily. After school, while I eat my lunch and wait for the traffic to dissipate, I network.

Conclusion

Please share this post, so other bloggers have these three schedules to use to minimize their overload and organize their blogging tasks.

Bloggers, what tips can you suggest to enable bloggers to “have it all” and still blog and have time for life outside of the blogosphere? How are you able to do it all?  I look forward to your views in the comment section.

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  1. Gary Jefferies | at 6:43 am

    All clearer now…superhuman or just too much time…go out more, maybe catch a movie….Nah, just joking Janice…although superhuman…..kinda fits….

    I think it’s called planning yes? And knowing your way around blogs and social networks…the more you know the faster it gets. I’m still trying to work out how how to best use your various blog posts/parties. Twitter I’m acclimatising to…except nefarious females keep following me…not sure this is quite right and I’m certainly not of the follow you follow me back pursasion here….if you get my drift…. Still….lists?? I can add you on a list?

    At this rate I’m never going to get any writing done ?

    Maybe I so insomnia is the way forwards…

  2. John Doe | at 7:47 am

    I didn’t see any time in that schedule for eating, where do you sleep eight hours a day in that schedule? Do you ever get a chance to go out and see your friends? Do you and your husband ever go out together?

  3. Terri Webster Schrandt | at 8:04 pm

    Egads, just putting it all down in a schedule looks exhausting! I know how much research you put into your posts, Janice, so you have to admit a little more than just “scheduling a post.” You seem to have a good balance though! I found for me, publishing two posts a week is enough for now.

    • Janice Wald | at 10:49 pm

      Hi Terri,
      Thanks for writing me yesterday. Although I publish five times a week, I only create original content six times a month. This is due to my linky parties, guest authors, and Meet and Greets.
      Janice

  4. Igert | at 1:34 am

    Hi Janice

    You certainly know how to promote. Just from reading this article I picked up several great ideas and your blog looks very interesting. I will explore a little more in depth in the coming day or two.

    Maybe this question is answered in one of your other posts, but I am going to ask it anyway. Cast your mind back to a time before your first visitor, before you had a list. What did you do to get your very first visitor?

    Thanks for sharing your daily program.
    Igert recently posted…Be a follower to become a leaderMy Profile

    • Janice Wald | at 6:34 am

      Dear Igert,
      Thanks for commenting on my blog post. It’s nice to meet you.
      1. I am glad you picked up some good ideas from reading my post. Although it was more of a schedule, instead of a list of blogging tips like I usually write, I am glad you still found the post valuable.
      2. In answer to your question, what did I do to get my first visitor, you mean other than friends and relatives, LOL?
      Yes! I have answered the question in a post. =) I brought you the link.
      This post doesn’t specifically explain how I got my first subscriber; it explains how I get all my subscribers
      https://mostlyblogging.com/easily-get-people-subscribe-blog-networking/
      As far as you exploring my blog more in the upcoming day or two, I encourage you to subscribe. I would love to have your readership. Where did you find my blog, may I ask? I always wonder.
      Enjoy the networking article.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #86My Profile

      • Igert | at 11:24 am

        Hi aigain Janice

        Just to answer your question of how I found your blog. I saw a comment you made on Kingged.dom.

        Thanks for the article. Networking is one skill that not many Internet marketing teachers teach you yet, as your article shows, it is a vital ingredient for success online. I have neglected it and your article will be very valuable in rectifying the situation.

        I have subscribed and will read regularly

        Thanks again

        • Janice Wald | at 4:25 pm

          Hi Igert,
          I realized something after our earlier communication. You are RedTiger at Kingged, yes?
          After reading your question on promotion, I attempted to bring you this link. Being new, I did not realize it was not allowed even though it was part of the discussion.
          Here are 79 free ways that I promote my blog.
          https://mostlyblogging.com/79-most-effective-ways-free-blog-traffic/
          I believe you will find this list helpful.
          Thank you for subscribing to my blog. Welcome!
          Janice
          Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #86My Profile

          • Igert | at 2:37 am

            Thanks for the welcome. Its good to be here.

            Thanks also for the list. Believe me I am going to use it.

            Yes I am writing on Kingged from time to time as RedTiger and i did see your comment about the 79 ways. I was very interested and that is what brought me here initially.

            Kingged is definitely worth a mention. As long as you are active on there you will get traffic – more so if you share an article there from time to time but also if you just comment regularly.

            You will also find that you get a lot of friend requests which for someone who is good at networking can be very valuable.

            Thanks for the Pinterest invite which I have accepted. I have started on there quite recently and have a lot to learn.

        • Janice Wald | at 10:39 pm

          Hi again Igert,
          I can’t tell you how timely your comments are. I would like to write an article recommending Kingged, but I wanted to make sure I was able to get traffic from it first. I did not see it on my referral traffic. Thanks for letting me know that’s how you found my blog.
          Do you use Pinterest? I invited you to pin to our blog’s Community Pinterest Board.
          Janice
          Janice Wald recently posted…Inspire Me Monday Linky Party #86My Profile

  5. Julie Syl Kalungi | at 3:30 pm

    Amazing Janice. the sheer discipline it takes to be able to stick to a Schedule is The Sauce. Lots of people fall by the way side. I cant tell you how many people I started blogging with. I can count how many are still bogging in my two hands! Its a a commitment a work of love andabove all a sacrifice many fid they cannot keep! Well stated and I tell you mine is more or less Create Draft blogs Sat, reate Images Sunday and Do the Bloggers Pit stop Linky.

    Have Sunday dinner with family. All week promote the 3 blogs via Social and maintain a life…Traveling in between and simply enjoying working from home and doing all kinds of extra stuff for the kids and their schools because they totally dont get working from home lol!

  6. Tracy | at 5:02 pm

    Hi Janice,
    Thanks for sharing your blogging schedule. My take on this is that your passion is blogging which is a wonderful. I think if I spent more time on blogging I wouldnt have time to draw, color or write. Have a great weekend. ?

  7. Anonymous | at 4:32 pm

    So many interesting posts at a glance on your blog, I don’t know which one to take on first 🙂 A lot of useful info, I for one keep my blogging exclusively on the things that I do truly care about, so I do the work anyway whether I blog it or not. Like a hobby, if you will. So personality tests and mystery/suspense novels are the love of my life, so I create the content anyway at least an hour or two every day. Looking forward to more of your articles, Janice

  8. smiling notes | at 9:38 am

    Wow! I love your blogging schedule. Going to take these tips from you 🙂 Btw, I have a small question – I am thinking of signing up with mailchimp. I saw that almost everyone who sends emails through mail chimp have their addresses at the bottom of the email. I’m not sure I’m comfortable putting my home address. Do you recommend getting a PO box for the same? Sorry if this sounds stupid, but thought I’d ask you.
    -Shamira

  9. Joy Healey | at 10:15 am

    Hi Janice,

    Thanks for referring me to this post about scheduling when I mentioned how time-consuming I have been finding blogging. Haha – I do agree you must be super-human to accomplish all this. But you are certainly getting the results with it.

    Some great tips on setting a schedule for blogging and promoting your blog.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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