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Getting Out Of The Blogaholic Boat

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*NOTE: This is a guest post from Jane Sheeba.*

Every business requires effort and a set amount of time to deal with the associated aspects of the business. This is the age of marketing and nothing ‘sells’ without the perfect promotion. However, blogs can be both, a venture and the promotion vehicle.

For a normal enterprise, you would need a scheduled web time to use the media for research as well as marketing launch pad. For, an enterprise where the blog/website is your ‘web property’, when do you know that you have traded over normal web-friendliness to ‘Blogaholic’ kingdom?

Look for the signs

The social media craze. Handle the Interaction and the Pressure. The Social media sites are addictive. This is a plain fact and the most telling of your ‘Blogaholic’ symptoms. Ideally you should set apart a fraction of your time for social media interactions, divide this time equally between personal networking and business specific networking.

However, the pressure builds when the categories overlap to the point where all you are doing is skimming through the various social networking sites all day, collecting hot tid-bits, making connections and networking full out.

The flaw in this plan is- you do not have time left for a follow up or new productivity. The result will be a gradual dwindling of your blog business.

The solution – Draw up a schedule, this is your only solution. However, stick to the schedule or the effort will be in vain. Be generous with this portion because you should always have time for what you enjoy so much, but the scheduled time for social networking remains non-negotiable.

For our discount coupon blog that features weight watchers and ediets promo codes, we make neat schedules for various blogging activities like guest posting, blog commenting, writing blog posts, social networking and so on and, more importantly we strictly stick to it.

A-List Competitors and the overwhelming competition

A healthy competition decrees you follow your competitors’ progress. When the competition is in a professional field, you can also take these observations as your guiding steps in difficult situations. The A-list bloggers in your niche definitely qualify as interesting professionals and you should follow their work.

However, the competition becomes unhealthy when this aspect takes over almost all of your blogging process. You reach the point where you are attached to the A-list blogs so much that it handicaps your creative thought process and takes over most of your time.

The solution – The progress of these A-listers will in no way reflect on your blog.

You cannot randomly copy ideas off these blogs to feature as your own (it is plagiarism territory) and you cannot shadow their steps in the hopes to make it just as big (income wise). Jot down points or inspirational ideas on to a work diary and reflect on these ideas after a while. This will let you just hint on the used ideas to inspire a creative line that is completely your own.

Blog commenting buzz

Clip the comments: Blogging is probably one of those very few businesses alive that need you to comment on other blogs to as a progress strategy. You not only build a network in your niche, you also cultivate backlinks to your blog and establish your expertise.

However, this aspect can become a huge negative if you take it so far as to overshadow your blog posting time. Your priority here should be renewing your blog posts with recent hot topics, new ideas, and creative vision. Blog commenting is an effective strategy, yet it is just one of the many SEO techniques that are geared towards promoting your blog.

The Solution – Slot your blog commenting period right after your time slot to upload a new post on your blog every day/week. This way, you will only set out on other blog after you have interacted with your own and indulged in the process of the next step regarding your blog. However, keep a time slot and if necessary a timer at hand to keep a tab on a respectable period indulging your blog commenting.

Always schedule a period within your blogging process where the work is related to your blog but not necessarily with your computer. This can be your idea assortment or reflection period, or sketching up a rough design for the new blog post.

The break in the work process that takes you away from the computer will effectively break any negative ‘blogaholic’ chains that might be taking root. Take some ‘me’ time too, just to remind yourself that your life is not the blog, but the blog is an important part of your life.

Jane Sheeba also writes about discount coupon deals in the internet as that of weight watchers online discounts and ediets coupon codes and she is part of the team that promotes weight watchers and ediets discount deals.



54 responses to “Getting Out Of The Blogaholic Boat”

  1. Bill Dorman says:

    Jane with no last name, huh? Kind of like Cher I suppose…..:)

    Interesting post; sounded like work and/or organization however. I think I’m kind of busy right now………..

    Actually the post made a lot of sense and I was just trying to be funny. If you expect any results this would be a good way to formulate your game plan and systematically implement it. This method would also help to quantify your efforts.

    Good to see you at Jens….

    • Jens says:

      Hey Bill,

      Jane has a point. I’m not a blogaholic, because it can be days without my even thinking about blogging, and especially when I’m on vacation (and I’ve been on vacations a lot this year). But it’s different when it comes to writing. I want, and I need, to write every single day. It doesn’t have to be related to blogging or social media, but I just want to write a few words and make it as interesting as possible.

      Jane has a last name, I should probably find it and add it to the post, my bad πŸ™‚

      • Ted says:

        Jens,

        I am like you. I don’t blog every day, but I do feel the need to write every day. I save almost everything I write into various folders on my hard drive. That content then serves as new blog posts or else article to use to publish elsewhere to promote my sites.

        As much as I believe in the power of social media networks, the thing I don’t like about them is the constant time demand. I like to participate, just not on a routine basis. I want to do it when and only when I feel like it. Otherwise it is too much like work.

        • Jens says:

          Hi Ted,

          Have you tried any services where you can schedule tweets/posts etc.. like HootSuite and Buffer? I’m always scheduling something, this way I don’t have to be online all the time, and most of the stuff that’s happening on social media happens while I’m sleeping (because I live in Norway).

          • Ted says:

            Yeah Jens, I do use Hootsuite. Never heard of Buffer. I’ll have to check that one out. I do not schedule Tweets because I think it kind of defeats the purpose of two way communication. If I Tweet something and someone responds to my Tweet right away, then I won’t be there to acknowledge that. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the communication?

            With blogs people don’t care if it takes you days to respond. With Twitter I think people prefer an instant response. At least I do. Am I wrong?

            • Jens says:

              I agree. I’m not sure if I’d do it if I wasn’t living in Norway. But what I tweet while I sleep is never a comment or part of a discussion. If I schedule it’s always posts that I retweet. And I don’t get many comments on them other than thanks you’s πŸ™‚

  2. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog says:

    Blogaholic, huh? Do they have a 12 step program for that yet? I might be in need…

    It’s difficult to discern what frenzied steps are actually foundational in establishing your blogging foothold, and when it crosses over to addiction. But you’ve done a good job at trying to make the distinction, Jane.

    That said…I still couldn’t help myself from commenting πŸ™‚

    • Jens says:

      Hi Ruth,

      I’ve always been kind of interesting to talk to people about how much time they use on their business (blogging). But I’m not sure if I want to know it, because I don’t spend nearly as much time as I should. And it’s not because I don’t want to, because I love what I’m doing here, but I have so many other things to do and I’m having trouble focusing.

      So, I’m definitively not a blogaholic, although I get more and more drawn into the lifestyle of a blogger. And especially when it comes to interacting with other bloggers like yourself. That’s just awesome.

  3. Jens says:

    I used to have one day offline a week, and that was awesome. But now, I’m online every day, for several hours. I’m definitively not a blogaholic, but I love what I’m doing online.

    Thanks a lot for the feedback.

  4. Wonderful post Jane!

    I can well relate to so many points you mentioned and they do provide a great learning lesson for me as well. The most important one being of commenting on other blog posts after you write and upload your own post for the day!There lies the catch!

    I think I do get involved a lot in reading so many wonderful blog posts all over the blogosphere and do lose track of time sometimes. I need to make a deliberate effort to shut down all the things and just write. Once I am sitting with my writing, it goes with the flow and then I am at peace with myself.

    It is always the distractions which get the better of us, and the key is to remain focused more on our work than anything else by following a fixed routine or schedule. And of course, creating the time to do what has to be done, without any ifs and buts!

    Thanks for sharing Jens and Jane πŸ™‚

    • Jens says:

      Hi Harleena,

      That’s the same with me. I lose track of time as well, especially while reading blog posts. I am subscribed to way too many blogs in my RSS reader, and when I start reading, I just keep reading. What I have been thinking about is spending some time sorting the blog posts into various folders. This way I’ll know which ones I should be keeping an extra eye on and this might help when it comes to time management.

      Hope you had an awesome weekend. Thanks a lot for your comment.

  5. Mark says:

    I follow your blog commenting buzz methodology, Jane. It works pretty well and I have been doing it almost daily for about a year now.

    I have found that having a process like that in place makes managing your blog promotion much easier and more manageable and more “tweak-able” for lack of a better term…;)

    Mark

    • Jens says:

      Hi Mark,

      I have been testing the blog commenting buzz methodology as well, and it works great. The absolute best time to do it is right after you’ve published a post. This way you’ll get attention to your latest post, and you’ll get a lot more comments on it as well. My problem, if I can call it a problem, is that I spend way more time commenting on other blogs than I spend focusing on my own blog and writing content.

      Thanks a lot for your comment Mark.

  6. Raj says:

    I would rather suggest that bloggers do not focus much on promoting their posts in social media. That happens (should happen) automatically if the post has great content. Its our prerogative to produce great content. You follow me – I follow you type of influence is a time waster indeed!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Raj,

      That’s very interesting.

      To me, it looks that many (or even most) bloggers spend a lot more time focusing on promoting their blog posts rather than creating high quality blog posts. And, me included. I sometimes rush blog posts just to get them published so it can drive traffic to my blog. I used to publish blog posts every single day in order to get more traffic, now I’m publishing 1 or 2 times a week, because that means that I can write better blog posts (because I spend more time doing research and to write the blog posts).

  7. Adrienne says:

    Love the title Jane! Really got our attention.

    I also follow your blog commenting buzz methodology as well Jane. I set time aside for visiting other blogs and leaving my comments but I wouldn’t call myself a blogaholic. I love blogging and I love how I’ve been able to meet so many wonderful people through this source but I do have other things to do in order to build my business so I don’t let it take my life over.

    I just enjoy helping others and sharing information so that has really just become a passion with me I guess. But building my business is as well and there are certain activities that need my attention in order to continue down that road. Having a well organized plan will definitely take you much further.

    ~Adrienne

    • Jens says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I am very interested in blog commenting, and I believe that I can thank blog commenting for most of my success. This is the best way to get to know people and build a strong relationship. My biggest problem though is that I want to comment on every single post of every single person on the entire planet, but I understand that I can’t keep this up – because I need to produce some content as well πŸ™‚

  8. Hamish says:

    Nice post Jane

    – I don’t think that I’m a blogaholic. I tend to post once or twice a week, unless there’s breaking news about some big event, then it could be more often.

    However, I do spend a lot of time reading other blogs and leaving the occasional comment on the more interesting ones. But that’s okay, because I enjoy it.

    I don’t do a great deal with either Twitter or Facebook. I know that I probably should, but somehow I find that less enjoyable and therefore I allocate less time to it. On the plus side, I don’t feel too guilty – after all, the whole idea of blogging and marketing online is to do something that you enjoy – not to replace one job with another one surely?

    • Jens says:

      Hey Hamish,

      That’s the same as me. I publish new posts once or twice a week, but I spend a lot more time on other blogs and networking with other people. I spend a lot of time on Twitter, well maybe not a lot of time, but way more than on Facebook. Too much things are happening on Facebook and I don’t feel that I’m in control πŸ™‚

  9. Justin says:

    Great advice as always Jane. I know that for a while there I was getting too carried a way with blog commenting. I did what you suggested, I only commented after a post was written, that way I would be focusing more on writing valuable and interesting content.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Justin,

      I have been commenting a lot as well. I’ve been doing it in order to create strong relationships with people, and not so much promoting my own blog posts. But it takes a lot of time, and that’s the big issue with blog commenting.

      At the moment, I comment on about 10 blog posts a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. But, commenting on blogs is still my number one way to connect with people.

  10. Mary Joy03 says:

    I think I do get involved a lot in reading so many wonderful blog posts all over the blogosphere and do lose track of time sometimes. I need to make a deliberate effort to shut down all the things and just write. Once I am sitting with my writing, it goes with the flow and then I am at peace with myself.

    • Jens says:

      I also spend a lot of time commenting on other blogs and reading other blog posts. But not as much now as I used to. I’m not sure how many hours I did spend, but many hours every single day. I did it mostly because I wanted to learn and connect with people, and that worked great. Now I’m more focused on creating my own content, but I still a lot of time commenting πŸ™‚

  11. David Walker says:

    Hi Jens,

    I publish something new every day on my blog Monday to Friday. I keep the posts quite short and usually just talk about what I’m thinking about that day, one idea, share one tip etc. It’s working pretty well for me and I’m not killing myself writing a load of content that doesn’t make money.

    I don’t see myself as a “blogger” as such, I’m a marketer that blogs.

    Ironically, my business model means I blog more often than most bloggers.

    All good fun.

    David

    • Jens says:

      Hi David,

      Do you publish every single day? Wow, I tried that for a few weeks, and I got so tired doing it. It wasn’t that hard to find things to write about, but it was hard writing high quality posts, and I felt that I just published because I had to. But, I’ve read that you’ll get a lot more traffic the more you post. So as a marketer, it would probably be better to publish a lot.

      Do you sell your own products and do you earn money via your blogs?

  12. Larry Lourcey says:

    Great points. It really does help to set aside a specific amount of time for blogging and other social media tasks. Otherwise, it gets out of hand fast!

    • Jens says:

      Hi Larry,

      I set aside a specific amount of time every single day for blogging, and one for social media. But I don’t have the same specific amount for every day. Some days I spend a lot more time blogging and using social media than other days. It all depends on what I feel like doing πŸ™‚

  13. Sandy says:

    Hi Jane,

    let me say, its a wonderful and great post πŸ™‚ its written humorous, but its true.

    I`m a “bloggoholic” too. i Like Blogging and i love My Blog, its my Baby πŸ™‚
    In real Life, i speak and speak and blablaaaaa blaaaaa and Blogging is so cool. It makes Fun, but its a Drug, a good Drug.

    Wish you all the Best and Greetings from Good Old Germany.

    And many thanks for this Post.

    • Jens says:

      Hey Sandy,

      It’s been a while since I visited Germany. I’m thinking about attending Rock Am Ring next year. That would be awesome.

      Thank you so much for your comment πŸ™‚

  14. fazal mayar says:

    thanks for this great post jane. I have this problem of doing too much, content, blog commenting etc, i need to focus better.

  15. Lauren says:

    Making a schedule and following it would be a bit difficult for people like me as I get much indulge in social media personal networking. But I would like to try fixing a schedule and following it strictly. I hope it works for me gradually. Thanks Jane.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Lauren,

      I understand what you’re saying, and I sure know how it feels like being on social media too much. Now, I’m way more focused and for instance I only check my email two times a day. That makes everything so much easier (the same with social media). I work in batches.

  16. Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. says:

    As a psychotherapist, your post supports the research about how to stay focused, set boundaries and move forward toward your goals. And as a blogger, it’s valuable advice:)

  17. Lynn Sanders says:

    If i get this right, “schedule” is the keyword here. You need to build a solid one, regardless of what strategy you go with.
    I like doing a little of everything, and that puts some pressure on my schedule, but for now i can handle it, it seems.

  18. Alexendra Stan says:

    I don’t blog every day, but I do feel the need to write every day. I save almost everything I write into various folders on my hard drive. That content then serves as new blog posts or else article to use to publish elsewhere to promote my sites.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Alexendra,

      I write every single day as well. And I save everything. You never know when you write something that you can use, either as part of a novel, or part of an article or a blog post. To me, the important part is to do a little every single day.

  19. Michael says:

    Since there are different important tasks that we need to consider in blogging, we need to learn how to manage our time wisely. Though it doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to be a blogaholic where we always do commenting or socializing with other blogs or people.

    • Jens says:

      Hi Michael,

      I have also been focusing on time management for a while, and what seems to be the trick for me is to work in batches. For instance, I only check my email twice a day, and when I do, I answer all of my emails. The same with comments and writing blog posts. I focus on one task at the time.

      • Michael says:

        In my case, since I’m using gmail to manage all my emails, I make sure that I will also open my gtalk account so that I could automatically see if there’s a new msg coming while I’m doing my work in my computer. In this way, I could avoid checking all my emails all the time. As for the working with batches, I also find it very effective because I don’t need to jump from one process of work to the other. Totally won’t cause any confusion on my part.

        • Jens says:

          Sounds like you’re doing the right thing. To be focused is probably the thing I’ve been working hardest to achieve lately. Because without focus it’s hard to create stuff πŸ™‚

  20. Jens says:

    Thanks a lot for the feedback πŸ™‚

  21. Jens says:

    Thank you so much for the feedback πŸ™‚

  22. Sergio Felix says:

    Great stuff!

    While I can’t really make an opinion on answering many comments on my blog (for many obvious reasons) I do believe that building backlinks by blog hopping can be SUPER overwhelming.

    I have done it a number of times and yes, it is incredible still hard for me.

    Not because of my language barrier, but because blog posts are getting insanely big lately and you have to go through the WHOLE thing and watch videos or listen to audios, whatever they have in order to leave a great comment!

    (and not end up like someone who is just hunting down for easy quick links)

    Thank you for sharing this, definitely going to move forward as I need a huge change of patterns already.

    Sergio

    • Jens says:

      Hi Sergio,

      I believe that we shouldn’t focus on how many (quantity), but on the quality and on building relations. I don’t comment on a lot of blog posts anymore, because I just don’t have the time, but I truly appreciate every single person who are visiting my blog, and I try to keep a strong relationship with all of them. This is what matters to me, and not how many I can get in touch with, or how many backlinks I can get. This makes it a lot more fun as well πŸ™‚

  23. Jomson George says:

    Great post..! I am a newbie for blogging. My passion force me to blogging but the one of the famous social media dump me with that. Now I got an idea cum solution to pursue my blogging with a straight focus but I have to practice it. I gonna bookmark this. Thanks a lot for sharing this post:)

  24. Jac Evans says:

    Hi
    Its a great one thing to get the boat from water.
    Thanks for share this.

  25. Jens says:

    I get all my best ideas when I rest πŸ™‚

  26. werbemittel says:

    Hello,
    I belive on social media and i don’t like the constan time demand….

    • Social media is the key, but I believe in working in batches, and not being available all the time. I get a lot more done this way, and it keeps me focused on the important parts of work πŸ™‚

  27. Brain says:

    Blogging is good way for any business or any personal use but it is not good that all time do only blogging. There are many other ways available on internet to do something new. It is important to use social media sites or any other websites instead for blog. I like your concept of Blogaholic.

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