Friday, June 16, 2006

Tips for managing a blog

parent hacks: Parent Hacks admin: The backlog

I found this relatively short article from ParentHacks to be a really interesting description on how they manage their blog.

There are useful suggestions for how to get your readers excited about their content being posted as well as some other tidbits.

What I found most useful was the concept of scheduling posts. It would be interesting to try the following experiment. Write up a handful of blog entries when I have time, and save them as drafts. When I have a really busy day, and don't have time to post, I can log in and publish one of those draft enabled posts.

Naturally, this doesn't make sense for time sensitive postings. But in general, this could help avoid the times when I'd love to post, but just don't have time.

I also found it intersting that one of the stated goals of the ParentHacks website is to not post too often. This helps to avoid burn out.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Hi Ben -- you know -- I think it's fascinating that you linked to this. I had no idea my "process" was interesting, but I'm glad you found it helpful.

    If it weren't for the ability to schedule posts ahead of time, I don't think I could do Parent Hacks. My "real" life (the one with two young kids and all that entails) doesn't fit into regular work hours, so I can't count on daily blogging time. (I'm not the only person in this situation, I know.) This way, when I happen on a couple of hours, I can do a bunch of work on Parent Hacks. It's a great "job" for an at-home parent.