Last Updated on: April 15th, 2019
Busy college students have multiple assignments to submit, essays to write, and exams to prepare for. Does this make you wonder why you even bothered to begin blogging in the first place?
Firstly, starting a blog in college is a great decision. Apart from improving your writing skills, it helps you form a strong network, build your personal brand, and push your creative boundaries while making money on the side.
It sure is difficult to manage a busy college schedule and run a blog… but it is not impossible! All you need to learn is how to manage your time effectively. If you do that, there is no stopping you from being productive in every aspect of your life!
Here are 5 tips to succeed as a blogger if you are an extremely busy college student.
Tip #1: Allocate Time to Blog
Sometimes, in spite of having the intentions to blog, it’s easy to get busy with college and ignore your blog in the process. In order to take blogging seriously, you need to set aside time specifically for doing tasks related to your blog.
From brainstorming ideas and curating content to scheduling and promoting it, blogging is a time-consuming process. However, if you give yourself 2 hours every day or devote a few hours every weekend to it, you are likely to make better progress.
Ultimately, having a schedule and organizing your tasks lets you be more disciplined and productive. That way, you don’t even feel guilty choosing one thing over the other.
Tip #2: Prioritize Wisely
While you have allocated blogging time, it’s important to prioritize wisely as well. After all, there is no denying that focusing on academics is of utmost importance and nothing should take precedence over that.
For instance, if you need an essay written now, you need to focus on your submissions rather than spending time on your blog.
So, be prepared for unexpected delays and tasks added to your to-do list. Plan your days accordingly and don’t lose focus of the bigger picture.
Tip #3: Maintain an Editorial Calendar
You might think you can hurriedly jot notes on your phone and schedule posts when you feel like it. This way of working is not only haphazard but can also affect the quality of your work.
Instead, why not maintain an editorial calendar? Doing this will let you streamline your thoughts and consistently post in a timely manner. Don’t be too hard on yourself by posting every day or every second day. Studies have shown that posting daily on your blog won’t work.
Determine the time you can allocate to blogging, decide on a posting schedule, and stick to it. Give yourself deadlines so you know you have to publish a post in the given time period.
Tip #4: Promote your Blog
You manage to post every week but regardless of how compelling your content is, if you don’t take efforts to promote your blog, there is no way you can increase your readership and reach a wider audience.
So, don’t get complacent. Ensure you promote your blog posts on your social media channels and encourage people to like, share, and leave comments. Determine the best time to share on social media to help you decide on a social media posting strategy.
Blogging is a two-way street. You need to engage with your readers and other bloggers and keep churning out interesting, shareable content that leaves people coming back for more.
Tip #5: Invite Guest Writers
There will be phases when you will be extremely tied up and exhausted to even think of new content ideas. At such times, you know what helps? Inviting other people to leave a guest post on your blog. This is a good way to build relationships, save time on blogging, tap into another blogger’s readership, and reap other benefits of having guest bloggers write for your blog.
The only thing you need to keep in mind is to ensure the article is in line with your blog’s theme, the tone of your voice, and caters to your readers. Don’t make the mistake of accepting every post that comes your way because you must not compromise on the quality of your blog at any cost.
Do you have other tips for busy college students who are bloggers? Share them in the comments.
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