On Monday I wrote a post called overwhelmed. I asked for bloggers to give me some feedback as to how to organize my time in connecting with and responding to those who follow me and those who I follow. I received some very good and profound statements. They are below. I have also included the original blog post for those who did not see it. If you have words of wisdom, I would love to hear them. I will repost this again if needed. I would like to thank everyone who responded. It’s wonderful to see that we all struggle with the same thing and have developed good time management strategies.
I have to be honest, I am getting overwhelmed by the blogosphere. I have 310 followers here at WordPress, I’ve written 256 posts, I’ve had 7125 views, 2478 visitors and my best day ever was 201 views. And then add all of the posts of the 310 followers and that’s a huge number! And then add 363 followers on Facebook, 165 on Twitter, 48 on Pinterest (just started), and 729 connections on LinkedIn. I do not have enough time in a 24 hour day to stay connected like I want, or maybe I should. I saw one post that had 450 comments. It boggles my mind!
So I’m asking for some help. What are your tricks to stay in touch with people? How do you manage your time? What time management skills do you employ?
Please don’t say “just do the best you can” or “you’re doing fine”. I really want solid suggestions. Thank you in advance! You have definitely enriched my life! And I appreciate each of you very much!
Once I get your suggestions, I will update and repost this with your answers. I’m sure that your ideas would help others as well!
Tina Pick and choose who you read each day. Maybe select different ones each day, then you are rotating your time on the different areas. That’s all I have, I hope it helps. ~Tina
Yecheilyah I understand what you mean. My blog stays updated due to my special blog segments.
A blog segment is when you have certain days you can do a special type of post. For instance, my No Whining Wednesdays or Black History Fun Fact Friday. I have a segment almost everyday but you don’t have to. One or two special segments a week can help you stay consistent while working on other things. I also schedule most of my posts (aside from reblogs & randoms). I draft them in WordPress and schedule them to publish 12:00a CST (my time). That way bloggers outside the U.S. have time to read them too. This keeps my blog active pretty much all day without me having to be physically by the PC.
u2hearts First thing I’d suggest a plugin that shares to all your other social media accounts. Once my blog is posted it posts also on Facebook, twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, path and Google. It’s an excellent way to reach everyone.
anne leueen I write the blog posts in draft and then schedule them in advance. I do this writing when I have time for it. I read the bloggers I am following in the Reader and try to do that once a day if I can. If not I just catch up the next day or day after. I also have selected to automatically post my blogposts on the Facebook page I have for the blog. I am finding the arrival of emails from people following me or commenting or liking or from the posts of bloggers I follow is getting a bit much so I have selected to receive these only once a day between 6am and 8am. I’ll see how that works out. Hope some of that may be of help. It can be overwhelming. I agree with you.
Anne Mehrling That’s great that you are getting feedback about managing your blog life. I’m having trouble keeping up with blogs I follow. In trying to keep my reading time to manageable levels, I’ve decided on a few rules for myself. If a post does not load when I click on the title and try getting there through the “comment” button, I delete it. If the post is selling something, it is erased. I’ve now started deleting posts that are reblogs. I follow people because I want to know THEM, not who they admire.
I’m also cautious about following new people, since it’s hard to keep up with the ones I already know and love. When someone follows me, I look at the three suggested posts on the notification to see if I want to follow them. If none of the posts appeal to me, I don’t follow. Following anyone who doesn’t write in English is a given. I read English and music, and that’s it.
I will be eager to see what other suggestions people leave for you. There have to be some other tricks to keep us sane.
Daily Thankful First of all, praise God for all the growth that your blog has enjoyed! I’m still fairly new to blogging, so I’m learning how things go.
I think it’s a fine line between growth and community. I think you may want to decide which attribute is most important to you – the growth of your blog, or a community that you’re trying to cultivate on WordPress or the other social media channels that you are using.
For me, I’ve decided to focus my efforts just on my blog. I had brief forays into Twitter and Instagram, but quickly felt overwhelmed by both. The pace of these social media channels feels very brisk to me.
I don’t actively seek new followers for my blog – I believe that God will send the right people at the right time. I do look for blogs that interest me, and try to keep up with them in the Reader as my schedule allows.
I also had to turn off most of the notifications via email. For any blog that I follow, I only review the content in the Reader. The email volume became too much! So I usually unsubscribe from email notifications, and limit my reading of blog content to the WordPress app.
I trust that you’ll find a strategy that works for you. Pray about it, and ask God to show you how He wants you to move forward with your followers. He’s faithful – He’ll show you the way.
Hang in there!
Terrant I would have to say that you would need to prioritize what is important. In general, mine is family > work > friends > everything else. Social media falls into the everything else category. We all have limited time in a day and if the important things in life make it where you need to neglect social media for a short time, don’t worry about it. Most, if not all, of your followers and friends would be supportive. Maybe it would help to set a realistic goal, one that you know that you can accomplish without feeling overwhelmed? When you are able, exceed it (in business this is called underpromise and overdeliver).
Taylor Carr Thank you for sharing this. I, too, have been wondering the same thing and have found this very helpful! Prayers you continue to prosper with your site and receive the right following to spread your wisdom and knowledge through His word. Have a wonderful day!
I hope these comments help you as they have helped me! I’m a fairly new blogger, so I appreciate all that you have shared!!