Today’s #blogchat was all about time management. How much time do you spent writing, promoting, commenting, researching and, in general, running your blog – and how to manage your time doing all of these things.
It looks like the vast majority of those involved with tonight’s char agreed, the averages are; 40% writing, 40% promoting, commenting, 20% research.
From there it moved to harvesting ideas. I mentioned using Evernote for ideation, some people agreed. Looks like a lot of #blogchat-ters use voice notes or Dragon for iPhone as well. I’m not the only one using morgue files to safeguard my ideas, either – a few people mentioned keeping idea dumps of one kind or another.
However, the clear winner for ideation is ideas in titles, saved in massive amounts of drafts. As @tinkhanson said, “We love drafts. Tweak tweak tweak tweak.” – Favourite quote of the night.
I asked if anyone else noticed low comment counts in series. Consensus; yes. People generally comment on post one, or wait to see if anything’s left to be said after the last post.
Then @chrisbrogan and @unmarketing showed up, and the whole thing went down in flames.
It really wasn’t a bad thing – but it was funny to see conversations shift to waves of RTs – and not just of those two. The tone change was interesting. Less information and conversation, more declaration and forwarding.
So what does all this come down to?
There are tonnes of tools out there to manage your time. What it really comes down to is turning your blog into the mortar between the bricks of the rest of your day. Time management is not fitting everything in. Time management is finding a system that fits with your priorities and leaves room for flexibility.
TweetChat URL for #blogchat: TweetChat – #blogchat
Transcript as provided by @MackCollier: What The Hashtag? – #blogchat Transcript, June 6 2010
Participant list, as provided by @KevinLyons: TweepML – #blogchat participant list, June 6 2010 – How to Manage your time spent blogging