Blogging Tasks to Tackle in 10 Minutes

Blogging is so much more than simply writing content and often takes up way more time than people expect. And if your blog isn’t the job that pays your bills, it can be hard to prioritize blogging tasks. Thinking of content, writing, formatting posts in your CMS, publishing, and promoting your work requires real effort. It can be easy to think of all of the things you need to get done on your blog and get stuck doing none of them because you never have enough time. However, if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare today, check out the list below for some quick tasks to take care of right now.

Blogging Tasks to do in 10 minutes:

  • Make your blogging to-do list for the week. If you have an editorial calendar, fill it in.
  • Read and reply to as many blog comments as you can in the time you have.
  • Send or reply to that one blogging-related email you keep putting off.
  • Declutter your favorite blogging spot and make sure it’s cozy enough for your upcoming blogging sessions.
  • Find an old post to update and add it to your to do list. Consider adding a Pinterest-worthy image or inserting to click-to-tweets.
  • Write tweets for upcoming posts or to re-publicize a few older posts.
  • Follow five new Twitter or Instagram accounts in your niche.
  • Look for inspiration! Browse Pinterest, open a magazine, read blogs, and/or check the news.
  • Snap a behind-the-scenes photo and share on Instagram or Twitter.
  • Step away from your computer and read something. Make it for fun or for learning something. Whatever you choose, it’ll refresh your brain for more blogging later (and might inspire a few post ideas). F

Have more than 10 minutes? Or are you a new blogger wondering about tasks to help you start your new blog off on the right foot? Check out Five Easy Must Do Tasks for the New Blogger.

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Five Easy Must Do Tasks for the New Blogger

When you’re a new blogger, it can be tricky to figure out where to start and what’s most important. It’s really easy to get stuck on details and not do the most important thing: share your content! Find a way to ignore the urge to tweak your site forever, instead of posting. You can change your blog anytime you want. What you start with on day one almost certainly won’t be what you have on day 100, and that’s not only okay, it’s great.

Whether you’re a new blogger or not, consider the five following suggestions to help your blog level up.

Register a Custom Domain

Instead of using a free site address with wordpress.com, blogspot.com, or similar in the URL, register your own custom domain name. It’s easier to start off with your longterm, custom URL, instead of switching later (and having your links change too).

Domains are a small investment and a great first step. (And you can even still host your site at WordPress.com if you want.) The key is: no matter where you host your site, or how you create it (with WordPress, Squarespace, Blogger, etc.) your readers will always be able to find you because they’ll access your site using your custom domain name, not an address specific to your host.

If you’ve got a Google account, I like registering domains with them from here: domains.google.com. (They’re affordable, easy to control, and include privacy — a must have!)

Edit Your Permalink Structure

If your site runs on a self-hosted WordPress install, your permalinks will start out like this: yourdomain.com/?p=123. It works, but it’s not great for describing your post to readers at-a-glance or your SEO. Instead, consider changing your permalinks to: yourdomain.com/post-title. Or if your content is time-specific, you could include the date: yourdomain.com/date/post-title.

To change your permalinks in your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks, then choose a new structure or create your own (just make sure it ends with /%postname%/).

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