If you read this blog beyond the Blogkeeping posts, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. As I’ve mentioned, I recently had to replace my computer, and between fighting the old one and setting up the new one, I just haven’t been able to catch up on client work and keep up with regular blogging. Life happens, blah, blah. Which brings me to today’s topic: what do you do when you’re too busy to post?
Evaluate your priorities
I think this is one of the most important reasons why you need to set priorities and evaluate them often. There are so many reasons to feel guilty about not posting — maybe you promised yourself you would post a certain number of days each week, or maybe you feel your readers expect it, the list goes on. Take a few minutes, and think about what you really want to get out of blogging. Will skipping a post hinder your progress toward your goals? For some people, that answer is yes. But for most, it probably won’t.
Keeping your priorities in mind will help you either push through and make blogging happen, even if you have to sacrifice something else, or take a break, and do whatever else you need to do instead without the guilt weighing on your mind. Honestly, I don’t think we’re ever too busy to do something, it’s just that something else has a higher priority. You just have to determine if the higher priority is blogging, or whatever else you need to be doing instead, and focus on that.
Recognize when something isn’t working
One of the lessons that really stood out to me at Alt was the idea that there’s probably a bigger reason behind those things you keep moving to tomorrow’s to-do list. If you’re constantly having trouble keeping to a blogging schedule, it’s time to take a step back. Maybe you need to take a break to get inspired again, or maybe you simply need to cut back on how often you post. You’ll save yourself a lot of time later if you take the time now to figure out what exactly isn’t working for you, because then you won’t have to worry about it anymore.
Jump back in
I think the longer you go without posting, the harder it is to get started again. You start to overanalyze things and feel like you need to provide an explanation for your absence, so you keep avoiding it altogether, and it becomes a never-ending cycle. Explanations are nice (let’s be honest, we’re all nosy), but you don’t have to give one, and it will start to get old if it becomes a regular thing anyway. Just do what you need to do to start posting again, and readers will soon forget that you left to begin with. After all, everyone needs to take a break sometimes, and we all understand that.
What do you do when you’re too busy to post?
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