Reduce Blogging Stress with These 12 Tips

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

12 Tips to Reduce Blogging Stress
Blogging is a valuable tool for writers wanting to grow and
connect with an audience. It provides us with the opportunity to go deeper than
a quick social media post. It also gives our readers a place to hangout with us
in cyber-space.
But anyone who has done much blogging knows that it can also
be stressful. These are my tips for reducing that stress.
12 Tips to Reduce
Blogging Stress
1. Find a place to keep all your blog post ideas. I’ve
discovered that ideas appear at the oddest times. I’ve also found that if I
want to keep them, I have to catch them and put them away the moment they occur
to me.
Work ahead.
2. Work ahead. I try to schedule my posts as far out as
possible. For me, that’s a week or two in advance. I also have a file of posts
to use in case I need them.
3. Utilize the practice of cluster blogging. I shared an
entire post about this concept in Maximize Your Time with Cluster Blogging. But in a nutshell, it’s writing multiple posts on
similar topics.
4. Find some blogging buddies. I have an agreement with
several bloggers  who have the same focus as me. We agree that if we’re in a
spot and need a last-minute post, we can take one from each other’s sites and
give credit.
5. Keep a file of images. I keep all my previous blog
images—and images I take specifically for my blog—in a file. That way if I need
something quick, I don’t have to find something new.
6. Set goals 24 to 48 hours in advance of the real
deadlines.
The posts on my site go live at 4:00 am every morning. In addition,
certain days have specific topics. Today is Social Media Monday. When I set my
goal for when to write today’s post, it’s by 10pm Saturday evening. That way, if
life happens, I still have time to readjust and not disappoint my readers.
Keep a checklist
7. Keep a checklist. I have a checklist of things to look at
before I hit publish. I shared it here on Increase the Reach of Every Blog Post and Continue to Increase the Reach of Every Blog Post.
8. Break up long posts into two parts. When I see a post is
running long, I look for ways to break it into two or more posts. That keeps my
audience reading because the post length isn’t too long, and it keeps them
coming back to read part two.
9. Pay attention to the comments. The comments section of
your blog is a gold mine. Pay attention to questions and what’s said to find
topics for future posts.
10. Redo and reuse. I hate to think that all the previous
posts I’ve written are only read once. I also don’t want to repost the same
thing (because of SEO algorithms that penalize this practice). The way to
overcome this is to rework your post and then reuse it.
Don’t over stress.
11. Don’t over stress. Life happens, sometimes you have to
skimp on certain things. Or you might miss a post altogether. Be consistent
while you can and don’t sweat the mistakes.
12. Give yourself some grace. It’s impossible to put up
perfect posts. All of us find stupid typos and formatting gaffs. Don’t assume
mistakes are unforgiveable.
These are the things that have helped me reduce my blogging
stress. What would you add to the list? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the
comments section below. I always learn so much from you all!

Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including While My Soldier Serves, Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military. She’s also the military family blogger at Guideposts.org. Her popular blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers ConferenceConnections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers is a print expansion of her bestselling ebook on social media. She’s the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect on Twitter and Facebook.