If you’ve been blogging for longer than 2 seconds, you’re probably already feeling overwhelmed with all there is to learn.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t know what to look for in terms of building my blog. Now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I’m constantly coming across different resources to help make my blog better and get the results that I want. From creating products and services to working with major companies, there is information galore just waiting to be found all across the web.
If you’re like me and like to know as much as you can about every little aspect of blogging, within a week or two of signing up for various lists, you’ll begin to feel overwhelmed with information that you’ll probably never even use. (It’s happened to the best of us. I still have an unread email course of 20 emails in my inbox from December 2015.)
Information is only useful if we actually use it.
The unread email course that’s sitting in my inbox probably would’ve helped me budget my money better this year, and maybe even earn extra money, but the potential for that is over. At least until I start to actually use the information that was provided.
Before we end the year and start new strategies for our blogs, now is the time to start organizing all the tools, resources and posts we want to eventually use. If we get it done fast enough we’ll be able to use the new information we’ve learned to make a larger impact in the blogging world.
Here are a few tips to prevent information overload and actually use the information you’ve found. Stick around until the end to download a free Blogging Resource Organizer to help you out.
(1) Create a binder or electronic folder for your blog education resources.
This is the starting point for any organizing task – separate everything based on category so you’ll know what you’re working with. It’s hard for me to focus when I have a million tabs open on my computer so I find printing resources and putting them in my blogging binder helps a ton. Because I try to be as eco-friendly as possible, I only print the ones that I feel with help the most. Everything else I organize in Google Drive by putting it in a designated folder by topic.
(2) Choose a day to brush up on your skills.
As much as I hate routines, the only time that I’m as productive as I want to be is when I’m sticking to a schedule. You can extend your scheduling to include days and times to brush up on skills. For example, Sunday is the day that I like to make updates and revisions to my website so I’m often referring to tips I’ve found or saved online.
(3) Take it one day (or topic) at a time.
The most common reason for information overload is that we’re trying to learn a bunch of different stuff all at once. I’m consistently guilty of this one. The best way to take in information is to focus on one topic at a time. Choose an area of blogging (design, monetization, content, etc.) and go through all the information for that area. Use what you’ve learned to revise your efforts as needed and then move on to the next topic.
Hopefully these tips will work for you as well as they’ve worked for me. As an added bonus, download the Blogging Resource Organizer by completing the form below.