Are you addicted to blogging? Do you spend your day reading RSS feeds, commenting on posts, and responding to your readers? If so, what are you going to do when exam time rolls around in a few weeks? As one reader asked, “Any suggestions on curbing the blogging addiction so my grades don’t suffer?” Here you go:
Set time limits – In the run up to exam time, set (and stick to) firm time limits on your blog reading and ‘riting. For example, give yourself 30 minutes every day to do nothing but blog. However, the rest of the time, you can’t blog at all (or read blogs). You could adjust this time to suit your needs, or break it up into 2 or 3 periods per day. You get the drift.
Catch up on feedback – An important part of blogging is responding to reader feedback. Thus, you want to make sure you are completely caught up with your readers shortly before exams begin. Clear the comment moderation queue, delete your comment spam, respond to feedback, etc. This will make it easy to stay caught up through exam time, and also make it forgivable if you fall a little behind.
Write ahead of time – If you are worried about being able to keep up posting during exams, you can pre-write some articles. With most blog platforms, you can even put the posts in your database and set them to appear on a certain date. Thus, you could write a few posts and set them to appear the day before each exam (or every couple of days). Then your readers will see fresh content even while you’re locked in the library studying.
So these tips aren’t groundbreaking, but maybe they’re at least helpful reminders. All you need is a little self-discipline and preparation, and you’ll breeze through exams. Just remember, your blog will still be there when exams are over; you can blog your heart out during Christmas break.
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