I came across a great blogpost by Darren Rowse about the daily blogging routines of 14 top bloggers. Darren is a very well known blogger himself – of ProBlogger.net fame. He's brought together the daily methods of other well-known bloggers which I'm sure you'll find useful and take value from.
Yesterday I shared some tips for busy bloggers on how to find time to blog based upon a lot of questions I’ve had of late on that topic.
As part of that post I was intending on describing my own blogging routine – but on the spur of the moment decided to email a group of blogging friends to ask them to describe how they go about blogging.
Each have graciously allowed me to share their responses. I hope you find them as fascinating as I do.
My Question to these bloggers was: Can you give us a quick snapshot of your blogging schedule – when do you do it? Do you have a routine or is it more spontaneous?
Tsh Oxenreider from Simple Mom
I have a pretty set routine, simply because it is my job (that I also happen to love)—but that doesn’t mean I don’t also have lots of random things I need to do here and there, which I squeeze in with I can with three little kids. I typically write in the morning, since that’s my brain’s best time, and then I’ll fill in the gaps with tasks that don’t take as much brain power for me. Every day is different, to be honest, but here’s a typical day for me:
- 6 am—Wake up, personal time, coffee, writing time (if my toddler doesn’t wake up).
- 7:30-9:00 am—Breakfast with the family, get the kids ready for the day and out to school.
- 9:00 am-1:00 pm—Work, work, work in my office at home while our babysitter is out in the rest of the house with the boys (my oldest is in school).
- 1:00 pm—My second goes to preschool and my youngest naps, so I either wrap up work or catch up on household stuff.
- 3:30 pm—Pick up kids from school, help with homework, start dinner, clean, and other typical mom stuff.
- 5:30 pm-8:30 pm—Dinner, baths, storytime, family time, bed.
- 8:30 pm-10:00 pm—Any combination of work catch-up (although I don’t write, I do more brainless stuff, like photo editing, email processing, etc.), but I prefer to do things like watch a movie or read a book.
In the past I had a proper schedule because at one point I was writing for a dozen blogs and people depended on me to deliver (contractually and out of a feeling of obligation). Like many bloggers, I used an editorial calendar, and such. This makes me feel I should get back to that!
Christina Butcher from Hair Romance
I ban myself from checking emails or social media as it’s too distracting. I work to an editorial calendar which helps me plan my content, but it’s still flexible so I can add stories at the last minute.
I have a waterproof notepad in the shower as I always get blogging ideas while I’m washing my hair!
Leo Babauta from ZenHabits
I write every morning, after I meditate upon waking.
But just twice a week is for my actual blog (as opposed to writing for books/courses).
So about an hour, twice a week, first thing in the morning.
I tend to bang out some ideas and clip links as I go and keep about 20 “on the boil” posts in my drafts folder which I add to, patchwork, fiddle with over time.
Each Monday I try to devote to getting my blogs sorted for the week (I post Tuesday – Friday…ish).
I’ll write some afresh, or I pull one that inspires me from my drafts and tidy it up. My gorgeous assistant Jo will often add any links, caption pictures, do some extra research and run an extra eye over things. Invariably I get up on the morning of the post and tinker with it a little…often a bit of distance allows me to bring even more to it.
Neil Patel from Quick Sprout
The 2 main days I find myself writing each week is Sunday and Wednesday. Typically I blog when I am at home or on the airplane.
As for my routine, I typically think of ideas to write on and then I just start writing.
Nicole Avery from Planning with Kids
I have a content plan spanning most of the year. Most of the time, I will write my posts on the weekend. This is when the kids have their dad home to look after them and I can work uninterrupted or at least that is the theory!
As I have a plan for what I am writing, I can look at the topics earlier in the week. This lets ideas and often large chunks of the post, start formulating in my head when I am doing other things like running. So when I actually sit down to do the task of writing the posts, it is much easier and quicker. I will schedule my posts in advance, so regardless of what happens in the week amongst family life, my posting schedule stays consistent.
If I have extra time and have something I want to say, I will write and post spontaneously, but this would occur only a very small amount of the time.
Tina Roth – Swiss Miss
I have multiple tabs that automatically open to my favorite online stores, specifically to their “new arrivals” pages to get an idea for new products.
I am also so lucky to have loyal readers that send along wonderful things to my submissions email account!
Jonathan Fields from Good Life Project
For my personal blog, I use a very disciplined methodology I call “When I’ve got something to say, I write.” lol.
I blog a lot more spontaneously than not. I often have a core question that the idea of the post bounces against, but the actual “typing it into WordPress” happens quite randomly. For instance, I decided to write a post about Google+ the other day, but I framed it against the “if I’m a business person looking to get my feet wet, here’s a recipe for starting.” That’s the idea (google+) against the core question (how would I get started). I do that.
Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom
I try to get up at 5 a.m. every day and get in two hours of blogging and computer work before my kids get up (yes, they are late risers!). I then try to get in a few more hours in the afternoon, as well as a few hours on Saturday.
I’ve found that I’m much more productive when I compartmentalise my blogging time and try to leave my laptop and phone in my office as much as is possible so that checking emails and social media is something that I do during blogging hours — instead of during family time or at the dinner table.
Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz
My work schedule is such that these days, that’s the only time I have to quietly reflect, write, build graphics, etc.
Trey Ratcliff from Stuck in Customs
My daily blog post the sweet albatross around my neck. I do it every day before 5 PM in New Zealand so that it appears around midnight in the US, which is still the biggest target market for English-language blogs.
I need to produce 365 unique pieces of photography art per year, so the production of the art actually takes much longer than the actual blog post. Maybe this is why I don’t mind the blog post. The blog post takes 5% of the time of the creation of the art. I write a short description of the photo and talk a bit about the art and the science behind it.
As for the actual writing, that tends to happen more spontaneously. I have a general quota of 1,000 words a day, but that can include a variety of writing. If I’m working on a book manuscript or traveling overseas, sometimes I create the blog posts in advance.
It's amazing the variety of routines used and a lot of will depend on your own personal circumstances. Darren Rowse shows this in this informative blog post . Those with jobs and/or children will have to get organised around them and other obligations. Those who work for themselves will have a greater degree of flexibility and will eventually find the optimum times to produce their best work while still being able to live a balanced and fulfilled life.
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