Investing your time in blogs10:14 AM
How much time a day/week do you dedicate to blogging?
This very question is one that bloggers get asked often, along with how profitable a business it is. This is also a question that has no real clear cut answer. Because, you see, the answer depends what type of blog you have.
If you are blogging to chronicle your life mainly for the benefit of family and friends and have no plans of growing your audience, 2-3 hours a week will be more than enough.
If you are a professional blogger, or aspire to be, it will require much more of your time. Certain niches are also far more demanding and fast paced than others on average, count about 2-3 hours a day of pure blogging (often much more).
I myself spend about 4-5 hours in front of my computer doing something that is directly related to my blog. Be it drafting posts, editing pictures, publishing and promoting on social media (that last bit is huge...you MUST promote).
However, this doesn't stop there. I spend a lot of time thinking about DIY projects and recipes, and whenever I am directly engaged in one particular project I will clock a couple of hours. That groovy wall border took me a total 6 hours (prepping, painting and picture taking). I take about 99% of the pictures that end up on my blog, so you can imagine that I spend a significant amount of time snapping pictures as well (and again, more time editing them).
When I am not busy with my own blog, I read other people's blog or articles for both inspiration and as a learning tool. Blogging has a huge learning curve and the skills you will gain from it are unbeatable.
I am not afraid to say it out loud : Blogging is the most women friendly venture you can get yourself into.
It offers you the option of flexible timing during which you get to learn and hone skill that are custom made for your need, at no cost (other than your computer and Internet plan) and without the pressure of a deadline or exam. There isn't even the pressure to be perfect from the start, because having a blog is free, and you can learn as you go, and yes, your first few entries will be awful. A thing you'll only realise after a few years of gaining steady experience.
I myself learned a gold mine of skills in the past 11 years of blogging. Skills that I would have in all likelihood never learned otherwise such as : basic HTML coding, learning how to use a photo editing software, learning how to take better pictures, perfecting my writing style, or even self promotion and networking.
And guess what? I am still learning. I am still dreaming bigger, wanting more and have big ideas. In just the past year on my new name and niche I have learned quite a few lessons already.
Now that my daughter is in school full time, I have the time to get deeper into blogging than ever before. So, these days, I spend a total of about 8-9 hours a day wither working on my blog or doing something that could benefit my blog in the long run. On weekends I usually cut it down to 2-3 hours, mostly early in the morning.
This very blog post for example, was first drafted on a Saturday morning in Starbucks while my daughter was in her Gymnastics class. If that tells you anything about how I work.
Do you have a blog? How much time do you dedicate to it?