Our Favorite Ways to help you keep your blog and not lose your mind.
Satire from Love You Back Productions’ Week in Review. A smile and a nod to Deep Fried Advertising bi-weekly?...annual… semi-regular blog, from which this post is inspired.
Finding the time to blog can be difficult, especially when working in the go-it-at-your-own pace startup environment. Furthermore, blogging is more than just finding time to sit down and type up a few fresh sprung thoughts. It’s about relating to your non-existent audience. It’s about presenting quality content that is informative and worthwhile, so your parents, your boyfriend, and your affectionate business advisor, all of whom already love you sans weekly blog updates will feel connected to you.
Since Weenta is working at our post-production video editing desk, I’ve decided to say “hello” to mom and dad…and to anyone else out there listening.
Below is a list of pointers for “today’s ‘Busy Bloggers’”or as I like to put for those of us wearing too many hats. Note: this blog post is not a thorough, well-thought synthesis of other people’s pointers. Have fun plucking sincerity out from the satire.
**Here's a few photos of the past few weeks since we've been away!
TIP #1: FIGURE OUT A FORMAT —
Whether it’s simply mimicking the NYTIMES Daily news round up or outright stealing from your peers’ blog posts, as I’ve done for the post you’re currently skimming, format is everything! Format allows you to streamline your content.
TIP #2: SAY IT WITH ME...ROUTINE! —
When you’ve got your business partner’s boyfriend’s brother’s band’s Mardi Gras float performance to edit as well as Aikido practice to get to, efficiency is key. Routines help. For instance, I go to Aikido every Wednesday at 6PM. Similarly, I write The WEEK IN REVIEW every Thursday at 1PM. Routines encourage accountability.
Either you do it or you don’t.
TIP #3: ORGANIZE YOURSELF, CHILD —
Deep Fried suggests—“create an outline.” Yup. That’s actually some sound, knock-out advice. Copied and pasted by yours truly: “You’ll save significant time when building your actual content if you structure your posts with an initial outline.”
TIP #4: CONSISTENCY —
Here’s a synthesized opinion for y’all. On every possible internet article, blog post on blogging, entrepreneur advice listicle, the consensus screams this one guideline— “consistency, consistency, consistency.” That means, posting your blog on a fixed schedule, e.g. on the same time, on the same day, every week. No pressure. And by no pressure, I mean don’t follow that rule.
If you miss your scheduled post time, don’t just leave your blog to gather dust. Write something. Post it!
TIP #5: USE YOUR VOICE, HONEY —
Screw the pressures of consistency and fixed timelines. The #1, most important quality to have in your blog is VOICE. Write from the first-person ‘I’ voice. Write to directly to your audience. Again, hi mom and dad! Also, don’t forget to thank them for taking the time to read your off-brand writing.
TIP #6: DISTRACTION —
Do you really want to keep a blog? What about adopting a pitbull, instead? Huh? Weird, seway.
At the end of the day, a blog hones your writing and thinking skills. The way I see it is— this blog hones my writing but it also improves the output of my stream of consciousness.
The best stream of consciousness happens sans distraction. Make sure to close any superfluous Chrome/Safari/Firefox tabs. Of course turn FB off; Instagram, too. Be ruthless. Peace is hard to come by and peace is what you need. Peaceful quiet and healthy routine will unbridle your writing productivity.
TIP #7: WAIT TILL YOU’RE FINISHED, THEN READ YOUR BLOG OUT LOUD —
Some more sound advice from Deep Fried. Don’t stop and start, editing along the way. That process is woefully ill-productive. Write all your thoughts down. Then read your post. Outloud.
If for nothing else, your grandma will appreciate your superior grammar and typoless text.
TIP #8: FUN —
Another hot tip from Deep Fried, treating blogging as a chore will take all of the fun out of it. Instead, think of it as a time for you to creatively express your ideas and stay connected with others.
Thinking critically and engaging in self-mockery is an interesting cocktail experience. Pheww! Got that out of my system. By this post, my disengagement with Love You Back Productions' WEEK IN REVIEW has been reversed.
Also, the "Corner Stores" documentary is wrapping up. Expect regular WEEK IN REVIEW's from here on out; however, I will say...Again for anyone listening, Weenta and I are considering a MONTH IN REVIEW format.
Thanks, all for tuning in!
Love You Back,