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Friday, February 5, 2016

3 Spring Cleaning Ideas To Help Your Blogging

Clutter has a negative effect.   You may not realize it but some of your clutter may be negatively effecting your blogging. 

Here are some places to deal with clutter:

  • Email 
  • Facebook  
  • Blogging space. 

As bloggers we deal with emails on a regular basis.  Over time we can begin to let things slide and end up having a bigger mountain than we desire to deal with.  If you use Facebook the clutter there can hinder your productivity and suck precious time with parasitic time wasters.  Your "Blogging Space" is an important space whether it's a desk in a separate room, a table in the family dining room, a spot on the living room couch or even a little corner closet.  As you organize your thoughts for the post(s) you're writing it's highly beneficial that you have some organization to your space too.

Spring Clean your Email
Over the years of blogging you have probably subscribed to a number of sites that you no longer pay attention to.  Take some time to revisit the newsletters and posts evaluating their value to you at this time.  Purge anything that is just taking up space.  

Remember all those sites,

for example, Staples, Books A Million, Office Depot, etc... (enter yours in the _____).  How many unread emails do you have sitting in your emails?  I just purged unopened emails from companies like that from 2014 !  Yikes! Even if you have an account like one from Google and they're not taking up "space" you have to pay for, get rid of them!

If your email system allows you to employ a filtering system, do so.  Take the time to make a filter that shunts mail from all your junk mail sources straight into your trash folder.  From here you can set your trash folder to delete everything once it is 30 days old.  This gives you time, if you're concerned about accidentally deleting something that wasn't actually junk.

Spring Clean your Facebook
Unfriend/un-follow/block/mute - you pick!  There are people, pages, games and groups that are time and creativity parasites.  It's time to deal with them.  Facebook gives the ability to unfriend, un-follow and block.  They also give you the ability to make lists to group people and pages together so you don't have to wade through your news feed to find what you want to see.  Use it! 

If you're in a group and don't want to leave but can't handle the influx of posts in your news feed, or notifications for them then adjust your notifications to only see highlights, only your friends posts or turn notifications off.
And take the time to Hide All Posts from _________ (fill in the blank) when you come across nuisance posts or notifications.  You can always go back and un-hide them later if you so decide.  Taking the time to do so when it first arrives in your feed or notifications will reduce frustration and distraction now that you will immediately begin to benefit from.

 Spring Clean Your Blogging Space
Wherever you blog from it helps to reduce the distractions.  Move the mail, the catalogs, the menus, bills, and the kids school work.  Give yourself a space of reduced distraction and maximized creativity.  Whether you're at a desk, the kitchen table or the couch, organize any physical inspiration you are using for your writing to be within easy reach.  Unless you love to work with sticky notes, take notes for other ideas for posts that come up in the moment with a program like Microsoft's OneNote.  You can always just refer back to your OneNote notes and see your inspiration at a later time while not cluttering your space.  (I did that just a few minutes ago - an idea hit me for another post and I picked up a sticky note and wrote it down.  As I write this I'm having to search my desk for that sticky from personal experience, do this!  oh! found it!  It's going in OneNote....brb.......)

...and this is what it looks like !!!  Easy !!!

So what other ways can you think of to spring clean 
to help your blogging?  I'd love to hear them !

4 awesome comments:

  1. First of all I want to say superb blog! I had a quick question in which I'd like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Appreciate it! login

  2. Thank you Werner!
    I will always have an answer!

    (I apologize for being so late in answering you, I have been recovering from surgery I had in November.)

    For starters, I do not blog/write on a schedule. Many bloggers do and it's okay but for just doesn't work. I see my blog as a ministry blog and as such I sit down to write for it as something moves or stirs me. This allows me to be very passionate about what I'm writing from the very beginning.

    Secondly, I do not pressure myself to write from start to finish and then publish. Many times I'll sit and write while the passion is moving me, going back to the beginning and reading and rereading, adding and editing till there is nothing else coming out. Then I save and set aside if I'm still not satisfied enough to publish yet.

    And lastly, I take the pressure off of myself by reminding myself that whatever I put down isn't the final product till I publish so it doesn't have to be just right until I'm ready for others to read it.

    For me this allows my thoughts to tumble out (mostly unhindered) and onto the computer but if I need an extra little push I put headphones in and play some music (according to my mood) that helps me think. Hope this helps!

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