Quick Blog Tasks For When You Know You’re Going To Be Interrupted
One of the hardest things about blogging or running any home business is finding the time to do it all. There’s always something you should be doing, whether for your business, your family, your home, or maybe even a regular job. When you need to keep up with the needs of your blog, it’s helpful to know which quick blog tasks you can do when you know you’re going to be interrupted.
Doing these quick blog tasks won’t replace the larger and more time consuming things you need to do to run a successful blog. They are, however, also important to your success as a blogger.
Most of these tasks should be easy to do in 15-30 minutes. They’re also easy to drop in the middle if you have to.
Post On Social Media
Whether you schedule your social media posts or share them as soon as you create them, it only takes a short time.
I recommend using a tool such as Hootsuite to schedule your social media posts. Using a scheduling tool allows you to plan out your social media posts at any time, and share them at better times.
I also keep a spreadsheet of social media posts of varying types. Hootsuite allows you to bulk import posts into your schedule, so having posts ready for scheduling is a huge help.
Don’t just plan to share blog posts. Share quotes and ask questions too. Post tidbits about your day. Be a person as well as a business.
Remember the social side of social media. Sometimes when you have only a little time for social media, try being social. Reply to someone else’s post. Post in a Facebook group relevant to your niche, whether you ask a question or answer someone else’s. Post links to your blog if relevant and permitted by the group.
Look For Guest Posting Opportunities
Guest posting on high quality, relevant blogs can bring your blog significant traffic. The keys here are high quality and relevant.
A relevant blog doesn’t have to be in your exact niche. You only need reasonable overlap between your audiences. If you blog about recipes on your blog, for example, you might write a post about meal planning for a parenting blog.
High quality is the other concern. If the other blog is nothing but guest posts with little apparent concern for quality, you will probably do your blog more harm than good by guest posting there. Be picky. Go for the good websites.
If you don’t have time to craft a pitch, bookmark or follow the blog so that you can come back to it later. It never hurts to spend some time reading a blog you’re hoping will accept your guest post.
Comment On Other Blogs
Commenting on other blogs is a quick way to build links to your website and to bring your blog to the attention of your fellow bloggers. You may even get the attention of their audience if your comments are sufficiently interesting.
“Great post!” is never a sufficient comment on someone else’s blog. Some bloggers won’t allow those through at all. You need to make comments that contribute to the discussion and show that you are knowledgeable about the subject, or that you can ask intriguing questions when you don’t know enough. Be a real person when you comment, not a marketing automaton.
How often have you had trouble coming up with blog post ideas when you have time to write? It’s a common problem.
Brainstorming ideas when you don’t have time to develop them is a big help. I keep a file of post ideas to go through. Some I will later decide aren’t worthwhile, but that’s not something you should worry about while brainstorming. Just come up with ideas. Worry about quality when it’s time to write.
There are several ways to get ideas. You can do some reading on other sites in your niche. You can check what’s happening on social media in your niche. You can do keyword research and see if any new keywords spark an idea. You can read through your old posts and see if you can expand on an idea in one of them.
Ideas are everywhere. You just have to find them. This is one of my favorite quick blog tasks because there are so many possibilities.
Keyword research can be a part of brainstorming, as I mentioned above, but is also its own activity. It’s helpful to know keywords you should consider using on your blog even when you aren’t ready to connect them to actual post ideas yet.
Outline A Blog Post
Once you have a blog post idea and keywords ready to use, you can outline the basics of a post with relative ease. Note the topics you want to cover, choose your subheadings and note any resources you want to link to.
This will make it much faster to write your posts once you have the time.
Plan A Blog Series
Some blog post ideas are better off as a series of posts, rather than a single post. Take some time to break down your series ideas into individual post ideas, then follow the outline ideas above.
This can turn from a quick blog task to a highly detailed process, but getting your ideas started shouldn’t take much time at all.
Edit Pending Blog Posts
If you have blog posts written but not posted yet, review them. Use a grammar checker to see if you’ve made any mistakes.
Once you’re certain the post is well written, double check the search engine optimization (SEO) of your post. Is your keyword in your title? Is it in your first paragraph and few times after that? Did you use your keyword in at least one subheading?
Does your blog post have appropriate images for various social media websites? Should you make extras to keep things interesting? Are your keywords in the alt text for your images?
The Yoast SEO plugin is a good choice to help with the basic SEO for your blog post. It will tell you what you’ve missed by its standards.
It’s a good idea to reread blog posts a few days after writing them. I rarely post something I’ve written immediately after finishing it. Editing is easier when it is separated from the original writing process by time.
Update Old Posts
As your posts age, many will become less accurate. Take some time here and there, pick an old post and bring it up to date.
Sometimes it will be worth changing the date and presenting it again as the most recent post on your blog. Other times it may not be. Updating a post can require significant changes if the subject has changed enough. Other times, you might only change the occasional dead link.
It’s very worthwhile to update old posts. It helps control the number of dead links on your site and keeps the information you present more accurate. You can also update the SEO of the posts if it’s not up to standards.
Don’t forget to review the monetization of the post. Are all affiliate links current? Are they still the best products for the post? Can you add links to products you’ve created? Is there anything you can add that makes sense with the content and might add to your income?
You should also look at the images you used. Are they suitable for social media? I know a lot of my old posts have images that are simply terrible for use on Pinterest. You may want to change post images completely or add some new ones to help the post perform better on social media.
Seek Out Stock Images For Blog Posts
I keep a supply of stock images ready for use in my blog posts. It’s much easier to have a ready supply than to have to search for them every time I post. I do a little filing by type of image to make it easy to find the images I want.
To make these into images for your blog posts, you can use Canva, Adobe Spark, or Gimp. Gimp is my personal favorite, because it’s the most flexible. It can be faster, however, to use Canva or Spark, especially if you haven’t made a lot of blog graphics on your own.
Review Your Email Marketing
How well is your email marketing working for you? Are you getting subscribers? Are they opening your emails and clicking your links? Are you delivering everything you promised? Are they buying the things you offer?
A quick check can reveal any problems your email marketing may be having, but some problems will take a little time to fix. This is a quick blog task you should do regularly so that things won’t get too out of hand.
Review Your Income Sources
Where is your income coming from? Which streams are producing well? Which ones are falling off? What can you do to bring in more income?
Some products will be worth recommending for a time, but become outdated or are no longer offered. These need to be replaced with more current offerings. Others will be worth recommending for a long time, but updates to the product may mean you should change what you say about them.
Monetization can take a lot of time and effort to do well. A review of what’s working and what isn’t can help you find the things that need a little more of your attention. It’s a quick blog task that might mean a lot to your blog’s bottom line.
Seek Out New Income Sources
Look for new products and services that would benefit your readers, and see if they have an affiliate program you can join. This may also help generate post ideas as you consider ways to promote these new sources.
When you blog at home with your kids, interruptions may be inevitable. Having a plan to work on quick blog tasks despite the interruptions can help you remain productive. Save the focused work for those times you know you can keep most or all interruptions at bay.
Can You Think Of More Quick Blog Tasks?
What quick blog tasks do you do when you don’t have a lot of time or you know you’re going to be interrupted? Are there other things you find are okay to work on when you know someone will interrupt your train of thought?