Nov
16
2010

5 Ways Daily Blogging Can Be a Joy (rather than a hassle)

We launched this website in 2005 as a homeschool project. The children had developed a photo drama, one that Wendy and I thought was pretty cool, and we figured others would enjoy. I uploaded it to the Internet on a free WordPress blog. You can still read their play Wild West Story here.

Our First Post
Our first blog (2005) was a photo drama the kids put on. We’ve come a long way in daily blogging.

But life is busy, and blogging takes time. There had been times this blog would go stagnant for weeks. Even though I’m a publisher, writer and editor, I still found blogging cumbersome.

Not anymore. I think I have this blogging thing figured out, and even a busy dad/businessman/coach can keep up with a daily blog. Here are my top 5 practices I feel really helped me in daily blogging, and I’d love to hear from you what you think.

1. Get into the technology

Embrace the Internet world. It ain’t going away, and the technology is changing at lightning speed. The best bloggers make it a standard practice to read up on Internet developments. They subscribe to technical blogs and read regularly about hot topics. I subscribe to my ecommerce blog, Google blogs, MacRumors, and WordPress, to name a few. I especially enjoy bloggers who combine their personal lives with technology (Michael Hyatt, Randy Elrod).

Go figure: Though this website is not technical, I’m blogging about something that is. This blog is about parenting and family, but I jump into the technical now and then. It’s healthy and real, and it helps keep me on the cutting edge.

2. Treat blogging like journaling, not journalism

I’m a publisher. It’s what I do. Details and perfection are my thing. Jounalism was a profession I sought for several years, but blogging scares journalists; it shakes their world. I struggled with this for several years because I didn’t have an official editor to approve my writing. It was a bit risky.

I had to change my perspective: I had to engage the risk. There are times I post inaccuracies, but that’s okay. The blogosphere is much more forgiving than the print world of journalism. Once I began viewing this blog as journaling rather than the attempt at journalism, everything became less stressful.

I save relentless editing processes for published works. Don’t worry, I’m still a detail person. I edit my own works before hitting the “publish” button, but the ideas flow much more like I’m journaling in a notebook. I’ve grown to enjoy it quite a lot.

3. Drafts are your friends

I’ve got 34 drafts in the hopper right now, soon to be 33 once this one posts. When the time is right, I make final touches and zap, online it goes. Some of my drafts are just a line or two of inspiration, some pages-long that need cutting before going online. This post, for instance, was three weeks in the making before I finally posted it.

The point is this: keep writing. You have good things to say. People want to hear from you. Blogging allows you to develop your ideas at a nice pace, one that works for you.

4. Develop a routine

I rise every morning at 5 a.m. Mountain Time. I have my favorite Google Readers to venture through, and I do a fair amount of retweeting [subscribe to my Twitter account] them or commenting on their blogs. I then go into my drafts folder and touch up one of the more developed drafts. I spend about 5-10 more minutes blasting announcements out through my social networks. By 7:00 a.m., I’m finished. I wake up the boys for a 30 minute quiet time together, often reading the Bible from my iPhone app. We then prepare breakfast for the rest of the family. I’m in the office by 9, sometimes with a couple kids in tow.

This isn’t too bad of a routine! I’ve been doing rising at 5 for years, but now I have a digital routine to accompany me. The world is a networked world, and blogging fits my routine quite nicely. (Or do I fit blogging? Hmmm.)

5. Get Others Involved

Since Post #1, I’ve tried to make blogging a family activity. If you’ve been following this blog for the last month, you’ve noticed a weekly post from my wife, Wendy, and my 18-year-old daughter, Cynthia. They publish about once a week, and I’m encouraging them to do more. Every now and then I’ll assign a homeschool project to one of the children. Wabow! It’s a blog post. Their insights are valuable!

It makes good sense to include family members on this family site, but doing something similar makes sense on personal blogs, too. Having guest writers is fairly common on blogs that I read. Doing this spreads the labor around a bit and makes it easier to blog every day.

I’ve got more to say about blogging, especially for those who have a platform to speak from. I’ve got a few ideas brewing in my drafts folder already. Subscribe to this blog to stay updated.

What do you think? Can you add to this list of ways to make daily blogging a joy?

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://randyelrod.com Randy

    Great post!! Chris. Thanks for the mention and I love #4. so important!

    Randy

  • http://working-diva.blogspot.com ElleBee

    How funny that you posted this today! I was just thinking of how my blogging has dropped off in the past several months, and how I could get back into the swing of daily posting! :) God knew I needed this encouragement today.

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    Randy, you are definitely an encouragement to me. And ElleBee, glad to be an encouragement! God bless your blogging.

  • https://overcomingtheworld.wordpress.com Bethany

    I’ve been wanting very much to start a blog that will offer encouragement in Christian living to the members of our congregation where my husband serves as pastor. I’m very, very concerned for our young people and families. But with small children of my own and a household to run…I just have not been able to find time for blogging. After reading your suggestions, however, I’ve decided to give it a try. Thanks!

  • http://willis-wonderings.blogspot.com/ Jenny Willis

    Great post, Chris! So, do you think that a blog needs to follow a theme for post’s? Or rather, just random thoughts and ideas?

    I started a blog, but haven’t continued it. I stuggle with wondering if folks would really want to hear what I have to say. #3 was dead on for me. Then, I wonder if I should keep to a theme or just post random things.

    Thanks again! :-)

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    Bethany: Go for it, and keep me posted. I’ll be your first follower!

    Jenny: Start with random, but narrow down as you discover what you really love to write about.

  • http://willis-wonderings.blogspot.com/ Jenny

    Awesome! Thanks! :-)

  • Tammie

    Well I started blogging in late 2004 and blogged everyday pretty much, up until last year .. I made alot of wonderful friends that way and got to meet a few as well. I am not by any means a very social person except for online .. online I can be myself and I am not sure why that is different then when I am in person, but I get really shy and self conscious in person. Anyway I enjoyed it alot and someday might go back to it.. I stopped because Facebook came along and all my blogging friends went there and so that became how we all keep in touch. I enjoy Facebook immesely, made two of my best friends there, but sometimes it just doesnt have the personality that blogging does.

  • http://sobystuff.blogspot.com Sabrina

    I’m still struggling with finding my blogging rhythm…especially with littles running around (yeah I know I “only” have 2 hahaha). I go through all the other stuff too like is my blog too random…do I have anything worth while to say…etc. I love the suggestion about drafts. Hopefully since hubby is now home I can find a way to fit it into my routine (around the 19 other things I do besides being a MOM). Thanks for the inspiration and tips!

  • Kimberly

    Terrific post Chris! I’ve wanted to try blogging for awhile now, but the very thought scared me silly. After reading your post, I think I’ll finally give it a try!

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

    Great comments! Be sure to post your blog when you comment. It gives your name a hyperlink that brings others back to your blog.

  • Heather

    Another great post! I recently started a blog and have been enjoying having it. Although I do not get to post as much as I would like because we are currently unable to get internet at our house!

    • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris & Wendy

      Heather, we’d consider getting high speed Internet as one of those “Embrace Technology” needs I cite in “Family Business: Where to Start.”

      • http://theturtleandtherabbit.blogspot.com/ Heather

        We have really been considering it since my husband and I are attending college and it would be a great help with that! The only internet that we would be able to get where we live is satellite internet and I am just not sure it is worth the price and the hassle!

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