Do You Get Sidetracked with Blogging Small Potatoes?

I spend 6-9 or more hours daily writing blog posts, recording videos and writing guest posts to share free value and to promote my eBooks. Virtually everything else is getting sidetracked with blogging small potatoes. Really. I love engaging folks and suggest you chat folks up on social media and through email and via blog comments, too. A wee bit, at least. But never get lost in small potatoes activities when you should be writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts routinely.

You and I shift from blogger to social media marketer, sometimes. Goodness knows I do. But I catch myself fast and get back to blogging – writing blog posts and guest posts – versus social media marketing. Bloggers engage a bit on social but bloggers need to be blogging a bunch to become pro bloggers. Of course, bloggers complain about not having time to blog but on observing their day, many spend hours doing stuff other than blogging. All bloggers have ample time to actually blog but if you choose to do stuff other than blogging, how can you go pro? Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Give it to blogging and blogging grows. Give it to social media and social media grows. Give it to watching Hulu and your knowledge of Hulu grows. You choose.

I feel a bit amped up right now so at 4:30 AM it’s blogging time. Blogging time means writing this guest post for Joy because bloggers write blog posts and guest posts, primarily. Even though social media chats play roles in blogging, these are tiny roles. Think of social media being a “B” actor and writing blog posts and guest posts as being Hollywood leading men and leading women. Right now, write a blog post before you do anything else. Or you risk getting sidetracked in genuinely non-essential activities like scanning your blog sidebar layout, obsessing over heat maps, fiddling with your email opt-in form for 20 minutes and desperately trying to respond to all 45 retweets you feel you NEED to respond to, today. Guess what? How quickly will your blogging campaign grow if you spend hours doing these things and no hours writing and publishing a blog post today? Not too far.

Observe your tendency to sidetrack. I became ruthlessly efficient with my email last week to avoid spending even 20 seconds being sidetracked with replying to potential clients. These days, every email interaction is down to about 10-15 seconds. I scan in 2-5 seconds and reply in under 10 seconds. I have no time to give more time to email because scanning and replying to email is blogging small potatoes and no one scales masterfully by getting lost in blogging small potatoes.

to become influential blogger do not get sidetracked with blogging smallpotatoesPeople love to know my secret to publishing 10-12 posts daily. Here it is. Read this post. I do not waste time doing much else save creating blog posts and guest posts daily. Sure I spend a few moments commenting. Toss in spending a few moments engaging on social media and checking email. But most moments wind up being spent on creating blog posts and guest posts because bloggers do these things, primarily. Everybody else gets way too lost, as they are sidetracked in blogging small potatoes.


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Joy - April 27, 2020

Thanks Ryan for another highly insightful article. Are you sure you haven’t got a camera in my office looking over my shoulder LOL?

In my slight defense I have to say that much of what I get side-tracked on is my ‘paid work’. It’s chicken and eggs really, as that’s what’s paying the bills at the moment.

Emails, I have had a mass unsubscribe – which was long overdue.

But I stand ‘guilty as charged’ on the social media – and I don’t really know why I do it, because (a) I actually write AGAINST letting Facebook be your marketing hub instead of your blog (b) I don’t find it either productive or enjoyable, apart from my grandchildren and the puppy videos – haha.

Will try and reduce my side-tracking even further!

Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Ryan Biddulph - April 27, 2020

Social just seems to be one of those heavy attachments we condition ourselves to get used to Joy. I too need to watch myself because a few moments of engagement grows into something much bigger unless I am hyper vigilant.

    Joy - April 29, 2020

    You’re right there Ryan! I try to do mine last thing at night so that I HAVE to go to bed or fall asleep in front of my desk. (Sometimes probably as you’re just thinking of getting up!)

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Philip Verghese Ariel - April 28, 2020

Hi Joy and Ryan,
It’s a great joy to read Ryan’s stuff on others space, especially when he speaks on blogging and blog commenting, as I was a blog comment author before I started a blog for myself.

Yes, blog commenting helps one to engage with folks around.

I have posted an article on this subject on my website under the title Power of Blog Comments where I noted it’s one of the best strategies to increase blog traffic as well as influence influencers.
Yes, it’s true and a great strategy to follow।

Thanks Ryan for yet another engaging post at Joy’s space।
Wish you both a safe and healthy week ahead।

Stay Home Be Safe।
Keep writing।
Best Regards
~ Phil

    Joy - April 29, 2020

    Hi Phil,

    I always welcome articles from Ryan as he shows exactly how much bloggers can achieve, and it’s important to model ourselves on people who have been successful in what they write about.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Rosemary - May 1, 2020

Ryan is so right. So today’s the day, I get my next article out there into the blogosphere. I need to get back to writing! Thanks Joy and thanks Ryan.

    Joy - May 1, 2020

    Hi Rosemary,

    I look forward to your next article – I always enjoy them.

    But it’s so hard isn’t it? I was all fired up and then my blog broke 🙁 Luckily my hosting people are phenomenal and fixed it, but there always seems to be something else to fix.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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