What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Time to Write Content?

It’s inevitable. When you least expect it or want it to, Life happens.

What Do You Do When You Don't Have Time to Write Content?

Unfortunately, part of the downside of being a business owner is that sometimes we can’t devote all our time to it. We all have other priorities, such as:

  • Family obligations
  • Another job, especially if your business is a side hustle
  • Health or Medical issues
  • Other Social Media and Networking commitments

What I’m getting at is, sometimes we are busy with so many other responsibilities, that we just can’t find the time to write content.

What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Time to Write Content?

I found myself in this very predicament recently. I had so many other responsibilities that needed to be handled that I simply didn’t have time to write-up a blog post, create the images, and push it out to all of my loyal readers.

I apologize.

However, I still found time to keep my online presence via scheduling content on social media and popping online whenever I had a free moment.

Despite me not being able to publish a valuable post and share with you, I managed to connect with so many of you on social media and your blogs.

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1.  Life is going to happen. Have a backup plan.

If you ever find yourself with Blog Fog or no time to write a 500-700 word blog post, you can always turn to social media networks. Chances are, your loyal readers are on Twitter, Facebook, or another network and you can connect with them in short increments.

My good friend Lisa from Inspire to Thrive seem to catch up more on Twitter than anything. Whether it’s sharing content or just chit-chatting about the weather, it’s a great way to stay in touch outside of my blog.

My friend, Ravi from Blogging Love, do the same thing. I used to be really good at commenting on his blog, but of course, life gets in the way. But I like to keep in touch so a tweet here and there can help us keep connected, especially with the time difference.

These little tweet sessions could go on over a period of hours or days but it’s still networking with comrades.

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Of course, you have Facebook Messenger, which since I put it on my smartphone has been a Godsend for keeping in touch with friends and clients. There are many different ways to keep in touch without the stressors of having to produce blog content.

 

However, I don’t recommend this instead of blogging.

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2.  Take a break and notify your readers

If you feel you’re going to be gone for quite some time, including social media, it would be a good idea to generate a blog post or a quick note through your newsletter to let your readers and/or clients know that you are going to be away for a certain period of time. That way, if your clients are trying to reach you and you don’t respond, that could leave a very bad impression and we don’t want to lose business, do we?

If you feel you don’t have time to publish a post, maybe you have a blogging buddy that you trust enough with your website? They could draft and publish your leave on your behalf.

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Either way, letting your readers and clients know what is going on, not into great detail, could save you some heartache in the long run. You will find that many are compassionate to a blog sabbatical and have been there themselves.

In closing, don’t forget about your audience

The worst thing you could ever do is to abandon your blog and social media altogether.

Now, I do understand that emergencies happen and you may not think of it, however, I would hope within one week, you would be able to reach out and say something to at least one member of your Community. They can pass along the message of your absence if you would like.

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I know several of my blogging buddies have taken sudden breaks and were able to keep their readers in the know. But I’d love to hear from you. If you had an emergency that took you away from your blog and your business, how did you handle it?

20 Comments on What Do You Do When You Don’t Have Time to Write Content?

  1. Adrian Jock
    March 19, 2017 at 2:58 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Bren,

    Blogging: I do whatever I want whenever I want. Therefore it doesn’t make sense to let anyone know that I have an emergency. What should I say? Something like,

    “Unlike the previous week when I had nothing valuable to say, this week I’m sick. Or dead 🙂 So you won’t get anything from me again. But this time you know why!”

    Business:

    services: On top of any page that includes a payment button I post a message that lets the visitors know that I’m out of office and informs them what happens should they place an order and when I expect to provide the service.
    ebooks: I don’t alter the salesletter, but I post a message on the customer support page – just in case something goes wrong with the download page or they need me for something.

    Adrian

    P.S. Came here from Triberr. Your article isn’t complete there. The 4-bullet list from the very beginning isn’t there. And maybe more is missing, I didn’t check it. Anyway, you shouldn’t let Triberr post your articles on their site. Usually their version sucks and anyway you want people to come to your blog 😉

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Adrian. Let me just say first, I love having you visit my blog! 😉

      I can totally understand that with your personal and like how you work your business.

      Believe it or not, when I don’t see certain people online for more than a week, I start asking questions and getting up with that person. I know life happens but I also want to make sure they are alright. I’ve seen too many just up and disappear without any notification and til this day, I wonder what happened.

      Anywho, when you mentioned Triberr, I ran right over to see what I had done. Ugh, when did I select “let Triberr do it”? Oy vey…thanks for the heads up. I’ve changed it. I don’t want people to run away because of a silly fluke like that.

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Chat soon!

      Bren

      Reply
  2. Ravi Chahar
    March 19, 2017 at 3:01 am (10 months ago)

    Hey Bren,

    It’s really hard to manage the time along with your family. I always try my best to remain as much active I can. You always show your presence through social media. Especially Twitter which is a great source to connect.

    Thanks for your support.
    Have an amazing day.
    ~Ravi

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Ravi!

      You said it, my friend. Life happens all the time around our virtual realm. How we manage that is either going to make or break us. Sometimes, we also need to just hide out for a bit. 🙂 I’m glad you noticed me on the interweb. I try to keep my appearance up as much as possible. Twitter is fabulous, like you said, to connect. Facebook is my #2 go to.

      Hope you’re having a fabulous (evening) now. 🙂 Enjoy your night!

      Bren

      Reply
  3. Harleena Singh
    March 19, 2017 at 10:19 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Bren,

    Wonderful topic of discussion 🙂

    I guess I can say this because I can so well relate to it myself!! Sometimes life DOES come in the way and we cannot blog consistently, and as you mentioned, that’s the time to catch up with friends and family on social media. Yes, our regular readers would always understand and they are always by our side, supporting us, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t worry – we can ALL relate 🙂

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 19, 2017 at 3:02 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Harleena!

      Hey, where have you been? 😉 I know you have a lot going on in your life as well. I used to see you a lot on Facebook but not quite as much anymore. Could be Facebook messing with our feeds again too. Bleh….

      So happy to hear others can relate. I try not to beat myself up when I can’t write content and publish a post. I would hate to just throw some random nonsense up on my blog just to have a post, you know?

      Glad to see you here! We need to catch up!

      Bren

      Reply
  4. Lisa Sicard
    March 19, 2017 at 11:18 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Bren, I just found this via Triberr before email. That’s my other way of catching up besides Twitter. Thanks for the mentiion.
    I don’t have a consistent blog schedule except I like to publish oncell or twice per month.
    Between my offline life, love of travel and day job taking up more of my time it can be challenging for sure.
    I don’t think you need to let readers know about your breaks unless it’s for months.
    Happy Sunday GF!

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Lisa,

      Seriously? You got it before the email? Whoa! That’s funny because I thought Triberr was super slow at syncing our accounts.

      Oh, no thanks needed. You are my fav one to catch up with on Twitter. I know we can respond quickly at times and others, hours or so but we usually do keep engagement going there. I know you are much busier now in life. I remember how I envied how you published content so often, back in the day. Now that you’re more active, you finally get it. 🙂 It can get a bit hairy at times for sure!

      I hope you’re having a great weekend and not snowed in! Chat soon!

      Bren

      Reply
  5. Cori Ramos
    March 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm (10 months ago)

    Hey Bren,

    Girl, you know me and my crazy life. There is always something pulling me away from my blog and the business part of it. I just adjust my schedule and to-do list. I work at night and most weekends.

    I like the suggestions you shared to keep engaging with our fans and followers when we’re not posting content. I need to remind myself to do that more often.

    Great post as always gf. Hope you had a great day!

    Cori

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Cori,

      Yes, I do know how crazy your schedule can be especially when it’s non-work related. I admire you working nights and weekends to get your content written.

      I, unfortunately, can’t justify working late and missing what little time I have with my family. Of course, you know my day hours are spent at my “other” job and most of the time I can’t get a post written during my breaks.

      It’s one of those things. You need to find a way to do it but when Life itself gets in the way, in order to not totally stress yourself out, you just need to let the blog writing go.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It’s almost the weekend!

      Bren

      Reply
  6. Nataly Auger
    March 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm (10 months ago)

    Hey Bren,

    It’s not always easy to find the time to blog, with all the things that happen in our lives. That’s why I decided a while ago to cut down to twice a month instead of each week. This way, I still am present on my blog and have time to work, rest and take care of my family. I’m not as present as before on social media, but I try to share my online friends’ posts and others that I find interesting and engage with followers as much as I can.

    You gave very good tips about blogging schedule, engaging with readers and keeping them in the know when taking a blogging break. Just like you said, we shouldn’t forget about our audience! That’s what I try to do. I always write a little something on my blog when I take a break longer than a month. We owe our readers that much!

    Awesome post, gf! Hope you’re having a great week!

    ~Nataly

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Nataly,

      How is that twice a month publishing going for you? Have you seen a decrease in traffic and/or engagement on your blog?

      I always appreciate you sharing my content. You’re always there to help out a friend and I’m forever grateful for that. Speaking of social media, we can’t be all places all the time. Thank goodness for the available content scheduling tools that help me stay in the public’s eye. I would definitely be lost without Buffer, Hootsuite, and dlvr.it.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. The weekend is right around the corner! Hopefully you’ll get some pictures of your new furkids up soon! 🙂

      Bren

      Reply
  7. Ryan Biddulph
    March 25, 2017 at 5:01 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Bren,

    Amazing how a bit of engagement goes a LONG way when you are busy with life.

    I had a forced 2 week fast during a bad/non-existent internet connection (and some sickness) in Myanmar recently. All my engaging over the years, week after week and day after day in most cases, helped the 2 weeks pass without being a big deal. My friends know I am always there. Because I check in regularly. if I disappeared for a month I would get emails – if I did not alert my readers to my internet fast – but really, they will be there and my friends will be there because our engagement and bonds dictate this.

    I’d add; open your blog to guest posting. I have a steady supply of guesties flowing my way since I opened my blog to these opportunities. If I have 10 to 15 minutes I can read, edit and publish a guest post waiting for me on my Google Drive. Awesome way to shout out a fellow blogger and to generate some pretty passive traffic to your blog when you are as busy as Hades.

    Thanks for sharing Bren 🙂

    Ryan

    Reply
    • Bren Pace
      March 25, 2017 at 9:30 am (10 months ago)

      Hi Ryan,

      You got that right! I’m sorry to hear about your internet and illness. I, too, can have sporadic internet which puts a major crimp in my online life. Illness is another one that can’t be planned. However, like you, if we disappear for a bit, many will be reaching out to us to find out what’s up.

      I do like the idea of guest posting. That can help in a crunch. I’ve noticed you’ve been doing that on your blog and like it. I used to have guests/contributors on my old blog and it was nice to have a different tone on the blog as well. I’ve been thinking about doing it here on my business site but still haven’t taken the jump to make it happen.

      I’m always honored to have you bless my site, Ryan. Hugs to Kelli and keep on smiling!

      Bren

      Reply
  8. Amar kumar
    March 25, 2017 at 6:23 am (10 months ago)

    Hey Bren,

    Starting a blog is one of the best ways to get a content marketing program underway, but the actual act of blogging is time-consuming. Social media is boon in busy schedule it helps you to maintain online presence. Eventually, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

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    • Bren Pace
      March 25, 2017 at 9:32 am (10 months ago)

      Hi Amar,

      You said it right there! “The act of blogging is time-consuming”. So many bloggers go into it not knowing the full extent of what is involved. It’s increasingly harder nowadays because so many have taken to blogging. Getting seen is an act of fate in itself! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us. It’s always a pleasure.

      Bren

      Reply
  9. Rob
    March 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm (10 months ago)

    Hey Bren,

    All good points here and like the idea of using social media to keep up with everyone. It just seems that life gets in the way more often than not. I don’t see how some people can publish a blog post every day, I have trouble publishing twice a month.

    I agree 100% that blogging is really time consuming, especially if it is not your full time job. I guess when we are all making millions with our blogs, we can afford to blog every day, or twice a day, or 3 times a day, OMG, I guess I got carried away with that. 🙂 Until then, it is good to have other ways of keeping up with every body.

    Thanks for these tips, Bren and I hope you have a great week!

    –Rob

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    • Bren Pace
      March 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Rob!

      Thank you!

      I am surprised at those who publish daily as well. I often think, “What kind of life do they have?” Maybe I’m just not as good as them because like you, I’m lucky if I post a once a week. Twice a month would be good for me. 🙂 However, I do have two other blogs that get neglected, post-wise, because Life gets in the way. However, like you again, having alternative ways to keep in contact is a major plus! Facebook and Twitter are my go-to’s and my friends and loyal supporters know how to find me, if even by email.

      I hope all is going well with you and your business! Great to see you here!

      Bren

      Reply
  10. kumar
    April 6, 2017 at 10:15 am (10 months ago)

    Hi Bren,
    Nice tips. Some times it is hard manage time for all the things we do.

    Reply
  11. Manoj
    June 25, 2017 at 5:59 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Bren,

    Time is not the matter as long as we have unique contents and automation tools. Traffic will come as it is via search engines. But we should spend some time in order to update the contents with the latest information.

    I use some automation tools like Sprout Social to share contents at frequent intervals. We can’t ignore the importance of social media from traffic generation.

    Take care,

    with best wishes,

    Reply

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