All bloggers will be confronted with obstacles; they may take the form of:
- Not finding the time to blog.
- Having no internet access.
- A computer, tablet or smartphone that refuses to boot up.
- People infringing on their free time.
- Being faced with distractions.
- Health-related issues.
No matter how dire that you think those obstacles are, you have the power within you to overcome them.
So, without further ado, it is time for me to let you know how you can go about overcoming those obstacles.
Make The Time To Blog
I understand that a lot of people are busy; they are either occupied with:
- Their job.
- Their family.
- Their friends.
- Their chores.
It is usually a case of using one’s time wisely.
Jobs can be physically and mentally demanding.
Dealing with family matters can take up a lot of your time.
Time can fly when we are having a wonderful time with our friends.
And, chores are something that most of us have to do (Unless we are fortunate to have a butler and a bunch of maids at our disposal).
Frankly speaking, it all boils down to proper time management.
Dear friend, it is not mandatory for you to write an entire blog post in one sitting (However if you are capable of writing an entire blog post in a sitting, you have one less problem to worry about).
Do you know that you can devote as little as fifteen minutes to your content creation?
Yes, my friend, it is true! You can spend fifteen minutes writing a portion of your blog post before you go to work or after a hard day’s (or a hard night’s) work.
Think of it as making a sacrifice ― one that pertains to getting your quota of blogging done.
Family matters are important; so it is always in your best interest to handle family matters first and writing a blog post after.
As harsh as this may sound, you can cut down on the amount of time that you spend with your friends; instead of socializing for four hours, you can socialize with your friends for three hours (This, in my opinion, is much better than spending an entire day with them; it would prevent you from taking that blog of yours for granted).
A more humane approach (one that is not so strict) is not to have any plans to blog on the days that you choose to socialize with your friends.
In regards to chores, the sooner you get them done, the better (You can work at putting your blog post together after you have completed those chores).
Those people who love blogging will make the time to write blog posts for their blogs.
Find A Place That Has Internet Access
If you do not have internet access at your home, you will have to go where internet access is; for example:
- An internet cafe.
- A coffee shop.
- A friend’s house.
Many years ago (the days when I blogged on Blogger), my internet service provider made a faux pas (They upgraded the modem; which resulted in the older models being inoperable; thus leaving me without internet).
What did I do?
I called my internet service provider and I explained everything to them.
They told me, “We will send a technician to your house in three working days.”
The thought of not blogging for three days was out of the question; I was determined to get my quota of blogging done.
How did I get my quota of blogging done?
I carried my laptop computer to a friend’s house and hooked it up to their internet via Wifi.
I also scheduled three additional blog posts ― blog posts that would be published on three specific dates and times into the future.
The publication of my blog posts went on smoothly.
On a positive note, my internet service provider recompensated me for the days that were spent without internet in the form of a rebate.
There is also the case of a young lady who did not have the internet at her home.
So, how in God’s/Goddess’s name did she get her quota of blogging done?
She wrote all of her blog posts in an old-fashioned notebook and when she was finished, she made her way to the internet cafe and typed out her blog posts on a computer (In spite of not having the internet at her home, she was determined to get her quota of blogging done).
When Your Computer, Tablet Or Smartphone Does Not Boot Up, Implement Plan B
What is plan B?
Well, in this case, plan B can be one of the following things:
- Composing your blog post on your smartphone if your computer is inoperable.
- Using a tablet for the purpose of creating your blog posts when your computer is down.
- Borrowing a computer with the intention of getting your quota of blogging done.
- Utilizing the services of an internet cafe.
- Asking your friend to use their internet.
Lucky are the ones who have more than one computer or are able to pick up the proverbial slack with their tablet or smartphone.
Do you have a plan B for when your computer goes down?
Set Your Boundaries
We all know that family members are going to interrupt us when we are blogging.
Hey, let them know that you would be in your room creating a blog post (This does not always work out as planned for those people that have children or a very needy spouse).
My article, How Do You Handle Interruptions When You Are Blogging?, explores the issue of being disturbed while you are blogging in full detail.
If you are the type of person with a cheeky personality, you can put up a Do Not Disturb sign on your door whenever you are putting your blog posts together (Hopefully, that should send a direct message to the person who is thinking about interrupting you while you are getting your quota of blogging done).
You Are In Charge Of Overcoming Your Own Distractions
From a factual point of view, it would be difficult to get any sort of blogging done with distractions around.
Distractions may take the form of:
- Facebook notifications.
- Twitter notifications.
- WordPress notifications.
- Email notifications.
Turn off all notifications before you go into brainstorming mode (The last thing that you want is for a notification to break your concentration).
Your notifications are not running away; they will still be there after you have finished creating content for your blog.
Health-Related Issues Are Given First Priority
It does not take a rocket scientist to explain to you that your health is important (You know that instinctively).
Always remember, that there is no blog without you!
So, put your health first.
Now that does not mean that you are going to give up blogging entirely.
You could blog less; publish content on your blog fortnightly or monthly.
Most of your time should be spent recuperating.
You could always go back to publishing blog posts more frequently when you have made a full recovery.
In spite of the obstacles that bloggers face, it is possible for them to get their quota of blogging done by:
- Making the time to blog.
- Finding a place that has internet access.
- Implementing plan b; which involves finding another electronic device to blog on whenever their computer refuses to boot up.
- Setting boundaries.
- Being in charge of overcoming their own blogging distractions.
- Giving their health-related issues first priority and blogging less frequent.
Please feel free to share your point of view via my blog’s comments section.
And, thank you for reading!