How To Run a Blog With Only 6 Hours a Week (360 Minutes)

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Writing a blog or being a blogger is not as time-consuming as you may think. I only spend about 6 hours a week working on my website, and I want to show you that you can do the same.

Introduction

Writing a blog or being a blogger is not as time-consuming as you may think. So long as you put in the groundwork at the start and come up with regular content ideas, the website will perform a lot of the job for you. I only spend about 6 hours a week working on my website, and I want to show you that you can do the same. 

I spend 40 minutes a day from Monday to Friday and 80 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. By doing so, I still manage to keep up with my job as a Medical Doctor in Cameroon and also currently in Graduate School. Now, do the Maths! Isn't that amazing?

Here is how to spend 6 hours a week only working on your website or blog (360 Minutes):

  • 4 Hours – Writing (240 minutes)
  • 1 Hour – Original Content (60 minutes)
  • 0.5 Hour – Facebook and Twitter (30 minutes)
  • 0.5 Hour – Analytics (30 minutes)
Now, let me explain more about that.

1. 4 Hours – Writing (240 minutes)

According to Neil Patel, Content is no longer king, but consistent writing will benefit the long run. I do my absolute best to write the most eye-catchy content for my niche on the internet, and that is why I dedicate so much time to writing.  

Planning is even more critical than writing, though, as in some cases, it can literally halve your writing time. I have written before in detail about how important planning is, and I really cannot stress it enough, because when you begin writing with no thought or idea how you are going to arrange your post or what to include, it can take a lot of time. In the end, this will make your content rank higher in search engines.

I work Monday – Friday for other people, so I have the weekend to work for myself. I try to get all the writing done on the weekend to prepare for the week and not do much work. This usually works well. It is also essential to treat it like every other workday and get to your computer at a reasonable hour. Because I know much more about tech, business, and health,  
I can write content pretty quickly once I have thought of an idea, and you should be able to too if you know about what you are writing about.

I figure more than anything that half of the work is done as soon as I have thought of an idea I can write. I am pretty good at writing, but once I've got an idea or even just a vague concept, I can start planning what I want to include in that article and build it up from there.

How to get inspirational ideas to make great blog posts or articles

However, it is hard to conceive great ideas all the time, but the hidden trick is to keep thinking along the lines of the content you know the most about, what other people in your niche are writing about and what people are asking to learn. I subscribe to about 75 Atom, and RSS feeds of people in my niche and take inspiration from a combo of what they have written.

It is good to see what's out there because you know what you have to compete with and how good you have to write to create better content than them. That is always my goal, because if you are not writing content better than everyone else, what is the point in writing in the first place? My website manages to survive the way it does because my followers stick with me after reading a couple posts or articles, knowing that I am writing essential and relevant content.

2. 1 Hour – Original Content (60 minutes)

For me, it is tech, business, and health, but for you, it may be something completely different. When I say original content, I do not mean text, I mean something different that sets you apart from the competition. This is relevant to everyone, even if you are just spending some time designing an art, or arranging an interview with somebody – there is always something that you can do.

I spend 80 minutes on 2 weekdays to research new content and design great infographics and photos for unique articles I post. It means that every item on my website is 100 per cent original and 100 per cent the fruit of my hard work, which is beginning to attract recognition. I would say I get a minimum of 1 or 2 comments a day on my website, Twitter or Facebook
These comments usually thank me for my hard work, and I even get feedback from people asking me where I get the inspiration to write articles from, given that, I am a Medical Doctor. This little step does not take long, but dramatically enhances your content and sets you miles apart from your niche's competitors.

3. 0.5 Hour – Facebook and Twitter (30 minutes)

I treat Facebook very differently than my Twitter as I only post my own original content and posts, and I can have group discussions in peers. I check my fan page on Twitter and Facebook multiple times in a day, but that's merely out of interest. I do not really do much work there. I make sure I wait until it is the right time to start sharing content and discussions.

This used to take me at least 7 hours a week, but I have got the majority of it automated now. I now follow or like people in my niche, follow back new followers, unfollow people who do not follow back, tweet relevant content, and retweet links to my own site and Facebook. The program called TweetAdder helps me achieve that. This now reduces a lot of stress and time out of my work and allows me to focus on a more personalized side of  Twitter and Facebook to interact with other followers and readers.

4. 30 Mins – Analytics

The last thing that consumes any real-time is checking my Analytics to see how well I am doing. Sure, it is crucial to know whether you are having a good day or a bad day as there is always a lot that you can learn from it. I have learned a lot more about what days to post and what exact time of the day I should be posting to ensure that I'm getting regular site visitors. 
It also helps to know the amount of traffic and their traffic sources because it will let you know something about the type of content you should be blogging or writing about.
If your site is not registered on Google Analytics, you should do so. It will make this look so easy.

On days where I experience a significant bump in traffic, it helps to know immediately to make the most out of it. I can target the article or page and perhaps add an internal link to content that I want them to see. Furthermore, I will use the opportunity to promote useful content in the featured post slider on the main page, ensuring that the site users or visitors are spending more extended time on my site, and maybe even spending money. When you recognize that a particular site has sent you a ton of traffic, it's always important to promote them or contact them too as they will realize this and be more likely to support you again in the future.
Learn More About Ways to become successful in blogging as a blogger.

Summary

I hope I have shown you that it is possible to make a website grow and work without working on it full time. It is not really a full-time job, it can just be a little bit of extra-income until it pays you enough money to go full time. I am not really making much money at it yet, but it is not taking me lots of time either, so I can still go off and continue my other interests while my website is growing. That is something I do a lot of, in fact, I'm boarding a plane to Mombasa, Kenya for 5 nights starting this weekend, I just need to write a few blog posts before I go so that I can forget about writing while I'm out there.

If you are still to start a blog, Make sure you read the top reasons you start a business blog today.

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