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How Much Time Do You Need to Blog?

This is a great question to be asking.  How much time do you need to blog?  This is probably one of the most asked questions I get when I start talking with others to start up a blog.  So how much time does it take you to blog?
This is difficult question to answer because I don’t feel it’s one answer fits all.There will be different variables to be considered such as:

  • How long does it take you to write?
  • How often do you want to blog?
  • How long of blog post to write?
  • How much will you want to promote your blog?
  • How big do I expect my blog to get?

Let’s break each of these questions one by one for you. In this article I am going to help solve these questions for any blogger trying to take there blog to the next level, start a blog, or even continue to expand there blog network.

1.) How long does it take you to write?

Some people are able to type faster than others, while others can just write non stop.  I am sure I had shared this before, but Seth Godin says it the best, “Do you talk everyday? Than why shouldn’t you be writing everyday?” .   I do know from personal experience that you do get faster with practice. The more you write, the faster and better you get.  I personally suggest that you figure out a specific time that works best within your schedule and be disciplined enough to create a habit to start writing for your blog.  The amount of time, effort, and how often you should post a blog should be determined by your own personal preference and schedule.

2.) How often do you want to blog?

The thumb of rule that I have always tried to keep is to at least blog 3 times a week.  Again, I like the examples of Seth Godin, Michael Hyatt, and so many others that will blog once a day.  This again depends on how much you want to write, the time it takes you to write.  A few other factors to think about it is the quality of the post.  I know some blogs that will post every single day, but the value of there posts are not worth it. While other blogs that will only post a few times a week but due to those post create a huge following.  The best question to ask might be how often do you want to deliver epic content that will truly contribute to others.

3.) How long of blog post to write?

I feel as this topic always and continues to come up.  How long should I write, is there a perfect word length, or how important is the word count?  While these are all valid questions, I don’t believe they are the right questions to be asking. The best question is how long does it take for me to get my point across, share something new, and give valuable information.  Sometimes less is more, sometimes it takes length to get your point across, and other times you just write.

4.) How much will you want to promote your blog?

When you start looking to promote your blog can additional time that you must add within the amount of time you want to spend on your blog.  This could be as simple as just sending out a tweet about your post, or could be as much as a whole SEO campaign. My suggestion is focus on the content first and the promote will come.  It’s just a fact that people will be attracted, want to link to, and will read information that is interesting, helpful, and valuable to others.  Think about it, when was the last time you shared something online that you thought was a complete waste of time.  Okay i am not talking another stupid forward email either.

5.) How big do I expect my blog to get?

I am a believer in you get out what you put into.  This meaning the work, the time, the effort, and even the resources that pour into your blog will return.  I might take time, and you have to put some consistent work into it.  Though I believe you will get a return on it.  I am not talking about just throwing up a few blog posts and expecting a huge return.  So you really have to set goals on what your expecting and wanting. If your looking to become a full time blogger than your going to have to start putting the work as such.  If your looking for just an hobby than you know what you should expect.  This is important question to be asking from the start.  I have seen it to often people coming into the blogging world with a huge expectation and than get discouraged and quit.  Don’t be one of those. Create a clear expectation from the start.

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5 Responses to How Much Time Do You Need to Blog?

  1. Corey Will March 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    These are definitely some great questions to be asking yourself. I find that I do well putting myself under certain time constraints instead of leaving it open.

    For example, I always try to spend 1 hour creating content, 1 hour promoting, and 1 hour on social media profiles. I will actually set a timer and make sure I am working fast to stay within my time.

    This saves me time and I actually get more done!
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  2. sandi March 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Eric this is interesting article.
    My answer: I write an article when I have “something” to write and all my articles are short.
    Sometimes I write more than one per day and then use great WordPress feature called Schedule.
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  3. Nikhil April 5, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    If you are blogger then you must have habit to work with time and maintain all things carefully because I have seen lots more bloggers are written content and no more marketing and do not do any thing and wasting their valuable time on social networking sites.
    It’s great and valuable post for anyone.
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  4. everest July 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I have really learned a lot from this article and its 100% true in blogging there are other things required to run a healthy blog, example:

    - Time to write and edit
    - Time to promote in various ways etc.

    Since i started blogging i found at that blogging is all about passion and interest, that is the only thing that can keep you moving without looking back
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  5. Drake November 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    If you are very serious and committed I would say you need to take a good 30 minutes per day

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