Don’t Get Blogged Down

by Edie Melson

This may seem
like a odd topic, but I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about how some of
you are following so many blogs you don’t have time to write. Of course I’m
also hearing from some who haven’t committed to following any blogs because of
a fear that there won’t be any time to write.
Either extreme
will blog…er…bog down your career.
All kidding
aside, as a writer it’s vitally important to continue your education. And blogs
can be an extremely efficient way to do this. I can hear the chorus of
complaints now.
  • There are millions of blogs out there—how
    do I find one that’s worthwhile?
  • How do I narrow down my choices—do I have
    to read hundreds to find one that fits what I need?
  • Where do I start looking—it’s gonna be
    like finding a needle in a haystack!

Enough already.
Finding high
quality blogs, that pertain to your situation are just not that hard to find.
You find a good blog the same way you find a good book. Think about it, we’ve
been shopping for books for years, choosing from millions of titles, and
finding success. 
  • First, look for recommendations from
    people you trust.
  • Second, most blogs have blog lists as a
    part of their layout. If you like blogger A and he likes blogger D, chances are
    you ought to give it a try.
  • Third, look for blogs from familiar
    people. Now days, most bloggers have or are at least affiliated with more than
    one blog. 

So how do you
manage following blogs and keep from eating into valuable writing time?
I have a plan
for that too. I like to use a three-tiered approach.
  • I start with three to five blogs that I
    follow regularly. These are blogs I almost always read.
  • Then I have a second level of six to eight
    blogs that I watch closely. I read these about one half of the time and I
    decide when by paying close attention to the subject lines and titles of the
    posts.
  • Finally I have a third level of about
    twelve to fifteen blogs that I watch the subject lines and titles and read when
    they sound interesting.  

This is the
method that works for me. I’d love to hear how you manage your blog life.
Edie Melson is the author of four books, as well as a freelance editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. Her popular blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands of writers each month, and she’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Her bestselling ebook on social media has just been updated and re-released as Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers. She’s the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy and the social media director for Southern Writers Magazine. You can connect with Edie through Twitter and Facebook.