7 Ways How to Avoid Blogging Overwhelm as a Solopreneur

7 Ways How to Avoid Blogging Overwhelm as a Solopreneur

There is no doubt about it – blogging takes time, energy and commitment! If you’re a solopreneur with a to-do list that always seems to be growing, you may be tempted to leave blogging off the list. If you decide you no longer have time to blog, I’m sorry to tell you, but you’re wrong! Blogging can be your most important outlet to be seen as a credible source, and you will soon regret kicking it off your to-do list! So my bloggers-to-be, here are some tips to avoid blogging overwhelm:

1. SAVE YOUR IDEAS FOR LATER

Ideas can slip your mind as quickly as they can enter them. Do you ever find yourself trying to remember that one genius breakthrough idea you had while getting a coffee? Or scrambling to remember what the heck you thought of in the shower? Do not let lost ideas stay lost! By creating a place where you write all your ideas down, you will never run out of anything to write about again.

  • Make use of secret Pinterest boards, PocketEvernote or plain old fashion paper to keep yourself organized!
  • Set a monthly task to go through your ideas and clean them up to stay ahead of the game
  • Feel free to write blogs and save them as drafts when inspiration strikes for later
  • Also, if you’re like me, you may want to check out Aqua Notes for all those ideas that are bubbling while you are.

    2. PLAN AND SCHEDULE

    This may take a little bit of time, but it will be so worth it and actually save you time and stress in the long run! Consider planning your editorial calendar every month, quarter or year (I recommend yearly planning!). Planning your posts will help rid yourself of overwhelm. No longer will you be rushing at the last second trying to post something. Rushing could lead to mediocre content or not posting at all. Don’t let your audience down, so plan, plan, plan!

  • Make use of a content calendar and keep it updated!
  • Make sure you pick a day and time to post your blog and be consistent
  • Make sure you schedule the social posts along with your blog. By doing this right away, you can take it off your list of things to do later in the week, month or year!
  • Consider using Coschedule to plan and publish all content well in advance (this is my top tool!)
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    3. GET SPECIFIC

    I don’t know about you, but I hate spending time on a post, only to come away with nothing to show for my time. There are a lot of people talking, but not a lot of people saying anything! Always have a clear picture of what you are planning to write about, with key takeaways for your audience.

  • Consider the structure of your post – does it have a killer opener, main point and a key takeaway?
  • Who are you writing for? Envision your ideal reader this will help you write more clearly and specific
  • Once your post is written, remove any fluff that doesn’t add any value
  • 4. KNOW WHERE TO GET YOUR INSPIRATION

    Unfortunately not all of your great ideas are going to come to you spontaneously (awh man!). You may need to do a little research to find out what people actually want to read about. This will require a bit of homework, but before you sigh, just know it’s a lot easier then you may think!

  • Use BuzzSumo to search for top shared content and what’s trending right now
  • Survey your following to ask what they want to read about
  • Consider frequently asked questions that you may not have answered already
  • Bookmark websites and blogs that provide great information (listen here to learn how to source, steal and share amazing content!)
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    5. OUTSOURCE

    If you’re completely overwhelmed, don’t know where to start, or just…well, suck at writing, you may want to consider a ghostwriter. You may want to create a basic outline or subject, then hand it off to a more experienced writer who has some time on their hands. You may want to add your flavor to the article before it goes live.

  • Check out Upwork or Elance for freelance copywriters
  • Create an outline for a piece with Textbroker (it’s fast and usually exactly what you ordered)
  • Source contributors to big publications like Huffington Post (they usually freelance as copywriters)
  • 6. TAKE AN INTEREST

    Part of the overwhelm may be the worry that you’re not going to see results from your blogging. It can be disheartening to put so much effort into your blogging, only to have no one show up. Take an interest in your blog and consider it as part of your daily or weekly routine. By taking an interest, it will seem like less of a chore.

  • Join a blogging community like BlogLovin’ or Triberr to gain support and traffic
  • Comment and share the blogs of others. You’ll be amazed at how getting involved in the blogging of others will spur you on to take an interest in your own
  • Schedule blogging time as part of your usual schedule and stick to it!
  • 7. FOCUS ON THE FUN

    Blogging is about what sharing you like. It’s a great creative outlet and an awesome place for fun! Too often do we focus on the numbers than the pleasure or relationships that we’re creating. Success comes from passion, and when you’re passionate about what you do, blogging will become fun. Promise.

  • Don’t write by focusing on clicks, write about your passion!
  • Yes you are allowed to write personable and friendly, in fact it is encouraged! No one wants to read a textbook
  • If you aren’t getting views, it probably isn’t your content. Learn why no one is reading your blog
  • Don’t be hard on yourself, know your limits. Sure, it’s great to set big goals but make sure you can achieve them!
  • How do you overcome blogging overwhelm? Leave a comment below. I read each and every one.

    • I love being a solopreneur, but it’s a lot of work. I’m learning that I must hustle, work smarter, and stay committed. There are moments when blogging is fun, but more moments when it’s just overwhelming. Slowly, I am trying to get ahead with my content so there is less panic.

      • Working smarter is definitely key! Blocking time to work on “my work” helps, too. Keep going Neetzy! It’ll be worth it!

    • Being Solopreneur, it is difficult to manage time and I think maintaing editorial calendar really works.

    • Muhammad nh

      If you aren’t getting views, it probably isn’t your content

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