How to find time to write for your blog

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This is an official entry to Dainty Mom’s guest post challenge, on “How to Find Time to Write or Blog.”

To find time to write for your blog, you have to make time to write for your blog. It is much harder than it sounds, to tell you the truth! But if you love writing, and if you love blogging, that time can be found. It’s all a matter of being open to inspiration, consuming it in chunks and bites, and best of all, respecting the flow of your writing.

How to find time to write for your blog

3 tips on how to find time to write for your blog:

1. Be open to inspiration.

  • The more you open yourself up to the world, the more you will be inspired. Do you get cabin fever when you’re stuck at work or at home for long periods of time? That’s similar to writer’s block — the cabin fever of the writer. So…
  • Do something that refreshes you. Take a walk. Read other blogs. Try that new restaurant you’ve been hearing about. Take photography lessons. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Remember: inspiration can strike at the most unexpected places. So go out and open yourself up to inspiration.

2. Consume inspiration in chunks and pieces.

  • Jot down ideas right away. You don’t have to finish the article right then and there. (If you want to, go ahead.) You can come back to these ideas later. Jot them down in your notebook, your mobile phone.
  • E-mail yourself. I use my e-mail inbox to write down sources of inspiration especially if it’s something I read online. There’s a folder dedicated to these possible blogging topics. See here:

Email folder

  • Write a draft. Similar to the first point: get the ideas out of your head and onto your blog, but save them as drafts. Come back to them later when you’re more inspired to write about them in length. Here’s a glimpse of some of the drafts I have.

Drafts
Sample drafts

3. Respect the flow of your writing.

  • Write because you want to write, not because you have to.
  • Just write. Write when you’re stressed. Write when you’re chill. Write when you’re happy. Write when you’re sad. The more you write, the sooner you will discover the rhythm of your writing behavior. Perhaps you write better when everyone is asleep. Maybe you write enjoy writing under pressure. You’ll never know unless you write frequently.

Observe these three things and you will have time to blog. You will have time because you will be making time for it. You will be making time for it because you will be fueled by inspiration, whether it comes in grand moments or chunks and pieces.

These are three ways on how to find time to write for your blog. They’ve worked for me. Until you prove these three tips though, these will only be theories for you. Why not give them a whirl? 😉

Tell us: How do YOU find time to write for your blog? Do you think these tips will help you find time to write for your blog?

10 Comments on How to find time to write for your blog

  1. Faye
    July 10, 2013 at 9:43 am (9 years ago)

    great tips toni! somehow those tips have worked well for me too. but i really have to make the conscious effort to open the computer when i’m at home. after bedtime stories and back rub requests, it’s extremely difficult to pry myself off the bed haha.

    Reply
    • Toni
      July 12, 2013 at 7:18 am (9 years ago)

      Naku! Mas masaya naman ang bedtime stories and back rub requests :)

      Reply
  2. Martine | WAHM. Wife. Blogging Belle.
    July 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Awesome tips! I agree about the Drafts being the repository for our future blog posts. I’m like that, too! Then, if inspiration really DOESN’T kick in, I delete that draft and start on another.

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    • Toni
      July 12, 2013 at 7:18 am (9 years ago)

      Yes! Some thoughts remain great as thoughts. Haha. Some are much harder to write about. For ideas like that I don’t force them anymore and just delete them. Energies can be focused on other ideas that can be brought to life through writing. Thanks Martine!

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  3. Cham
    July 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm (9 years ago)

    Just write.

    Couldn’t agree more. This last point you made is actually the last line of my poem, on my entry.
    The tip and step which will never go wrong… 😉

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    • Toni
      July 12, 2013 at 7:17 am (9 years ago)

      Happy we agree! :)

      Reply
  4. Eula McLeod
    July 22, 2013 at 2:33 am (9 years ago)

    I loved this article. Sweetly to the point, it’s very encouraging. I love to write. I don’t know what to do with it beyond blogging, but when it comes down to it, I enjoy it the most when the desire to write overwhelms and I dive in. Still, I keep seeing the advice you gave here to do it regularly and make time for it daily to get better at it. Thanks for the gentle encouragement to keep at it.

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    • Toni
      July 22, 2013 at 7:56 am (9 years ago)

      Thank you Eula for the affirmation! Happy to have helped you. :)

      Reply
  5. Mary B. Graves
    October 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi and thanks for the tips. I am looking on how to design a website to start blogging. I am new at this and your tips are great. I want my site to be passionate and for women over 40 to share and care and exchange experiences, strengths and all. I will be keeping in touch. If you have time, feel free to email me with more information on how to start a blog. This is a great site, comfy, and easy to get around. I love to write and I hear blogging is the thing to do. God Bless

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