The Shocking Truth About Time

By: | February 19, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,
Cloning Bloggers

Bloggers need a clone to keep up with everything they need to do.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Clone Wars”

Do you feel there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything you need to do?  If you are a blogger, you know there isn’t.

Bloggers are two people, the blogger who needs to do all the tasks that blogging entails, and the person outside of the blogosphere–the family member, the friend, the employee, the pet owner.

If I could clone myself, I would not be those two people.  Instead, I would be Blogger 1 and Blogger 2 because the time demands on bloggers are so great, we need two people to do the tasks that blogging requires.

Is this post going to be whining about all it takes to live in and out of the blogosphere?  No!  This post, like the best of Reflections, will solve the pressure on bloggers to be two people by suggesting just how to manage time.

Blogger 1’s Responsibilities

The Cat in the Hat had Thing 1 and Thing 2 to help him.  If we could clone ourselves into two different bloggers, we should be Blogger 1 and Blogger 2.

Blogger 1 would do everything that had to be done today.  A favorite expression in my house is that we do what we have to do before we do what we want to do. Your inner Blogger 1 should be responsible for tasks that must be done sooner than later.  Your Blogger 1 should take care of prioritizes.

  • Your Blogger 1 should maintain your editorial calendar so you never miss a deadline.  You should set blogging deadlines for yourself.  Thanks to my editorial calendar, I stick to a planned schedule.  I know when to research, write, promote, and when my Linky party and guest posting obligations must be met.  In my post 17 Time-Saving Tips for People Who Are Rushed, I discuss the importance of scheduling.
  • Your Blogger 1 should maintain your No Thank You list to ensure that you don’t take on too much.  Blogger 1 should be tough.  People wouldn’t want you to be spread too thin, after all.  Bloggers have to accept limitations.  We just can’t do it all.  We need to focus on just a few activities that give our life fulfillment.  My post 6 Ways Bloggers Can Stay Focused discusses the importance of a Stop Doing List.
  • Blogger 1 should research, write, and promote your blog posts.

Blogger 2’s Responsibilities

  • Your inner Blogger 2 should reply to your blog comments.  This is definitely a must, but not time-sensitive like the responsibilities Blogger 1 would fulfill.
  • Blogger 2 should make Email folders.  My Gmail has way too many Emails in it.  Blogger 2 should make folders, so you can categorize the Emails for when you have time to look at them.

To make a folder in “G-mail” click More.  Under Categories click Manage Labels.  Then, type the name of the folder you want.  Drop and drag your Emails into the folders and sort them that way.

  • Blogger 2 should go into Twitter and thank people for retweeting your post links.
  • Blogger 2 should go into Pinterest and follow new pinners.
  • I was advised by a fellow blogger to keep tabs open on my laptop that I don’t have time to read.  If I want to read a blogger’s post, for example, but don’t have time, I keep the tab open all day on my laptop.  You should send Blogger 2 to read those posts.

Your Blogger 2 would do a great job taking care of important, but not urgent, matters.

I hope this sounds ideal to be two bloggers instead of one, so you could be twice as productive.  The truth is you can be those two people.  Be Blogger 1 and take care of your priorities first.  When Blogger 1 is finished with what must be done first, let Blogger 2 come out and take care of lesser important matters.  That is the truth about time.  By prioritizing, you can take care of it all.

Readers, please share, so others can benefit from the value of prioritizing.

Do you have any time-saving tips that have worked for you?  Please comment, so I can possibly use them in future blog posts like some of the suggestions I shared here.  I look forward to your views.

  1. john doe

    It sounds like you COULD be very organized if you were two people.

    • Janice Wald

      True, at least more than I am know!

  2. The Wandering Cat

    I wish I was two people – I can just about be blogger 1, but blogger 2’s tasks get pretty neglected a lot as it does seem to still take me a lot of time to get these things done. I feel like there could be a blogger number 3 also, who is out taking photos and gaining more experiences for content for me too.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thanks for reading what I wrote and responding. I had fun writing it due to the “cloning” theme I was responding to from the WordPress Daily Post. I agree with you–three bloggers would definitely be preferable. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      I try and be blogger 1 and 3 simultaneously since I know my posts and the photo go together. You can have peanut butter without the jelly but it would be much more dry, right? LOL I know The Shocking Truth About Time had a stock photo, but lately it’s been the exception, not the rule, happily.
      I signed up for a photo class starting in March, so hopefully my March photos will look even better.
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  3. memeethemuse

    Fantastic post, as always very insightful, helpful and enjoyable!

    Now, an important question. First off I use WP for creating my blog. I have one problem that I need help with and I see you know how to do it. I have posted on wordpress for help, but the “solution” people offer has not worked.

    When I do links between my posts (as you have above, from one post on your site to another), mine always immediately take over the tab, whereas yours are opening new windows. Obviously, I want people to be able to open a new tab so they can read everything they want to!

    I have taken to manually entering the code in the body post while I write because when I try to use the link tool, it just deletes the whole line and there is no link whatsoever.

    I can do outside links on my sidebar using administrative widget tools, etc. and those do open new tabs. Do you know the CSS or HTML language I can just type in the body to show the target would be a new tab?

    Crossing my fingers. I am getting close to a hundred posts now and really want to get this fixed sooner rather than later (because, yes, I am a perfectionist when it comes to editing consistency). Thank you, can’t wait for the next linkup!

    Memee

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      1 click insert hyperlink
      2 When you paste the link, there is a llittle box under it that says open link in new window. Click it. That should solve your problem.
      Thank you for writing me for help. You can do so anytime. Thank you for your kind words once again.
      Janice

  4. Emily - Morning Motivated Mom

    I always have SO many tabs up of posts I want to read. It’s one of my favorite things to do…but then the content goes by the wayside. Blogging priorities…I will take the blogger 1 & blogger 2 approach. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Glad you found the Blogger 1 and Blogger 2 approach helpful. Some of the other comments created a scenario where their two bloggers had a long disagreement over tea–too funny. Read them if you get a chance, you might get a kick out of them too.
      I have a post coming up later this week about a personal secretary, kind of along the lines of what a personal secretary is. If you enjoyed the cloning blog, you should enjoy that too.
      Take care, and thanks for writing me.
      Janice

  5. Ellen Hawley

    With my stunning organizational skills, blogger 1 would write a post and blogger 2 would think we’d agreed that was her job and would write the same post, only differently. Then we’d all have to sit down over a cup of tea and have to work out which passages from each post were the best and how to make the whole mess flow, since they came from two rapidly diverging minds.

    This doesn’t sound efficient, does it?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ellen,
      Your comments were so funny. I had a good laugh and told my husband what you wrote. He thought your comments were funny too.

      Coming up later next week I am planning a post comparing Hootsuit to a personal secretary. Because it’s Hootsuite and not a person, it would never argue with the blogger it was designed to help. Your comments made me think of my upcoming post.
      By the way, I went to your site. Did I understand you to say that Americans think it’s cursing when the British say “bloody”? I sure don’t.
      Thanks for coming over from the UK to give me a chuckle today.
      Janice

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    This is nice post, give me lot of guidance to my new blogging journey.

  8. Bella D. @ Self-Publishing Made Easy Now

    I just love this whole article. I like the idea of assuming to be a two-person blogger. From now on, I will try to develop the 2 types of a blogger in me. This is truly a big help for all the bloggers out there.

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