Thursday, April 16, 2009

Make life easier with daily blogging

After writing about the importance of blogging
and the 7 reasons to blog, I decided to get my act
together and try to write a blog post every day.

This task appeared daunting at the start, but has
proved a great time saver.

Once I realised how many resources I had to provide
material for posts, sourcing information was not a

Since this AMC blog literally feeds a number of my
lenses (via RSS), all I have to do is publish the lenses
because the blog post has created a change or update
without further intervention on my part.

I now have a growing directory of information
on the blog that I can access at any time for my
own use.

I also have a list of blog topics lined up (10 at
the moment), so production for the next week
or so will not be a problem.

Since I started thinking of blogging everyday,
I began to pay more attention to what I read,
observed, viewed and heard. Because my senses
are now attuned to looking for "bloggable/postable"
material, I now have a mindset that serves my
posting target (the value of focused achievement).

I now take notes of information I access and use
these notes as catalysts for blog posts.

Best of all my posts are now generating an endless
source of article ideas for me - a major spin-off.

The real hurdle I had to overcome was my
perfectionist streak that had me trying to write a
landmark article with every post. Once I learned to
cut the cloth (the size and complexity of the post)
to match the time available on a given day, I was
able to see my goal as achievable and make great
strides towards daily posting.

So in taking the time and focusing on achieving
this goal of daily posting, I have actually saved
myself time and improved my overall productivity.

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Susan said...

I need to practice what you preach! The advice about "cutting the cloth" and posting based on available time is great advice that I tend to forget. Some of my best posts are actually the short ones, which are a bit of a challenge for me since I'm so long-winded!

Ron Passfield said...

Susan, I have the same problem. I find once I start on a post, so many ideas start flooding in, that I have to stop myself and ask - "what single thought am I going to to focus on here?" I accept then that I will take a couple of posts to cover a theme. This I think is more digestible to the reader (and easier for me to put into practise). I also remind myself that I can then produce an article combining a number of posts.

I learned this skill when I was writing my PhD. You tend to want to include everything you read. So I started up an articles folder for articles I would write in the future but not try to include in my PhD. Once I finished my PhD, I was able to quickly knock off a couple of articles from my folder.