In my post 7 Effective Ways to Avoid Drowning in Emails, I quoted four bloggers who responded to D.G. Kaye’s spin-off post of Hugh Roberts’ Are You Letting Your Blog Get Out of Control?, but I excluded his quote.
Am I rude? A sexist, perhaps? (I quoted all women.)
There was a reason I didn’t include Ralph Willier‘s comment along with the others. Ralph does not feel the time pinch the other bloggers fretted about.
Ralph, a successful blogger with an engaged community, has so much free time, he found time to come here today to explain his system for saving time and still getting blogging tasks accomplished.
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Out of the blue Janice commented on one of my posts that she was inviting me to Guest Post on this blog concerning a comment I made on another blog about being overwhelmed and what I had done about it. So here I am.
I was keen as mustard when I began blogging over 3 years ago. I would Follow everyone who looked my way. A jellyfish using a jack hammer would get a Follow. I had 3 blogs, FB with a messenger, G+, normal emails, drafting new posts, visiting other blogs and Satan’s spellbook (the WordPress.Com Dashboard) to contend with.
PLUS I was spammed rotten, 100 comments an hour for a few days until I found what I thought was a topical Mystery Man comment that I had approved in the middle of 8000 comments. Deleted, the spam went. I almost threw my laptop over the balcony.
I was drowning in blogging “work”. My Inbox was overflowing. Heck, I retired to Spain to have fun (yes, I’m single), fun both in real life and blogging. The “work” was ruining both. My cats threatened to walk out. I forgot how to walk, sleep and eat. The stress was too much. Something had to be done.
Over time I reduced my blogs to one, exporting posts I wanted to keep into http://bluefishway.com/.
Facebook went as I found it to be pointless.
G+ had to stay as my YouTube profile was tied to it. I only use G+ to show my new WP posts.
Emails! Ha! There was only one thing to do. Go into Blogs I Follow and reduce them from 200+ to 50. Mainly friends and quality are left. I will never Follow blogs that reblog, single photos, haiku (can’t undersand it), multi-posts per day / week.
I post once a week just after midnight GMT Sunday / Monday which catches the evening in America and is waiting for Europe to wake up with a smile Monday morning.
My week now works like this.
Monday / Tuesday. Manic, due to many Likes and Comments (which I love to answer). Visits to blogs who Liked or commented unless I am Following already. Emails reduced to only a couple of normal ones in my Inbox.
Wednesday & Friday. (Thursday I am in Gibraltar all day) drafting a new post for next Monday. It takes time as I use my own photos usually with captions and the posts are usually quite long with humour.
Saturday / Sunday. Free to answer emails, do my first Guest Post 😀 and have a real life.
The stress has gone. I have time to draft quality posts (ha ! If you say so Ralph !). I have many bloggy friends that I can have fun with in comments. I can walk away from my laptop and do other things for long periods of time. I feel I have that balance, quality, fun and most of all time ! Blogging is fun again! Yay. Ralph from Spain
Thank you so much to Ralph for visiting us today in his first-ever guest post. I sure am glad he found a workable system for saving time. I would have felt awful if his cats had walked out!
He not only did a great job, but he brought his penchant for humor with him. Ralph is humor blogger over at Bluefishway. I hope you will visit his site as a way of thanking him for coming today. Who doesn’t like humor right?
Before you go visit Ralph’s site, please share, so others get the benefit of Ralph’s system.
If you, too, would like to guest author for Mostly Blogging and get exposure for your site, here is the link with the instructions: Write for Mostly Blogging.
Readers, what do you think? Do you like Ralph’s system? Do you think you might try it? I am planning a future blog post
about other methods of saving time. Do you have alternate suggestions? I look forward to your views.