I used to think that blogging would be easy. That I could just slap down a few words, post it, then BAM get famous. Ahahaha… I was so naïve.
Blogging is a lot harder than you think. Sometimes, it can be hard to think of things to post, and other times, it can be hard to write reviews for books. It especially doesn’t help if the book was mediocre and you don’t really have an opinion on it apart from “Meh. It was ok.” I once found myself putting NINE HOURS INTO THE BLOG GRAPHICS INSTEAD OF WRITING THE BLOG POST OMG *tears out hair*. Anyway, blogging procrastination can be a huge problem for us bloggers, and although there are heaps of articles out there about how not to procrastinate, I’ve written the blogger’s version. Complete with graphics that I definitely didn’t spend ages making.
1. Every week, write down the name of a book, or an article idea onto a reminder list or so. Rank them in terms of priority. If you have not completed a certain review, or the post, by the end of that week, move it to the highest priority and GET IT DONE THAT WEEK
2. The two minute rule: If you can do it in 2 minutes or less – like replying to that publisher about their media release – then do it first. It’ll give you a sense of achievement, which will motivate you to do the bigger stuff. Plus, it’s pretty easy.
3. Break the post down. If it’s a review, then break the book down into plot, character, ending, etc. If it’s an opinion piece like this, then break the piece down into dot points. Basically, you’ll be left with a list of dot points. Then, work on each small piece separately – expanding and adding more detail- and reward yourself when you finish each one (to the fridge!)
4. Text all your friends, telling them that you’re going to write a new post. That way, you can’t back out without making a fool of yourself. Peer pressure – but in a good way!
5. Turn off your phone. Surely you can survive without Facebook or Twitter for an hour or so! (But only do this after you’ve texted all your friends: See point 4)
6. Put on some motivational music that will get the creative juices flowing- but nothing that will get you too hyped up, and unable to work.
7. Write more than you need to. When you’re feeling creative or motivational, then write heaps of articles but resist the temptation to post them. Instead, keep them in a folder, and then when you’re feeling not so motivated, you can whip them out and post them instead (I actually do this all the time. It leaves me a lot more time to fiddle with the graphics and aesthetics of the blog)
8. Last resort – close your computer and take out a piece of paper. Get everything down. Type it up. Post. (Takes twice the time, however, coz you gotta write and type, but is a waterproof way to stop you from procrastinating. Especially if you follow point 5 too!)
Do you guys have any methods that you use to stop blogging procrastination? SPILL THE BEANS in the comment sections below otherwise my GRIFFIN WILL EAT YOU.