I scanned my 100 plus eBooks a few moments ago.
This one came up:
Neatly enough, I snagged a time-saving tip from my email scanning a few moments ago. Use words economically. Most bloggers reply with 2-3 sentences and some with 3-4 paragraphs.
Years of wasted time can be dissolved by responding to bloggers, readers, and fans in 2-3 words. Why? Why not? Being clear allows you to respect your time and to respect the time of readers.
Even better? Feel better. Nobody enjoys feeling like they are under the blogging gun. I do honestly feel a little bit like this is the case today. Late start. But I was in and out of email lightning fast. Why? I responded with 3-5 words and moved on.
Think; if you spend 4 seconds responding to an email versus 14 minutes, you saved 14 minutes for leisure time or for writing and publishing this guest post. I never need to find time to do stuff. Nor do I need to make time to do stuff.
I just cut back on how I spend time in some areas to add time to other areas. Simple. But alas, as uncomfortable as swallowing a colony of fire ants chased with lighter fluid and lime. Yeah; that rough.
Fear arises the split second you use fewer words. Do people believe you to be rude, nasty, blunt or not too polite? Maybe. But their fear-projection-judgment has nothing to do with your busy-ness. Observe my guest posts; most span 600-700 words.
I have 100 plus eBooks to promote. I need to write a few words as possible to help you, to promote me and to move on to the next guest post. Time-saving blogging is about clarity and making a maximum impact in as few words as possible.
Guaranteed, adding time to some blogging tasks – or to offline leisure time – does in fact get easier if you subtract time from other blogging tasks.
This strategy works well. But subtracting time from blogging tasks sometimes feels scary because you fear loss, criticism or failure, the moment you give much less time to one blogging task, in order to give more time to other activities.
Be with the fear. Move on. Welcome to becoming a professional blogger.
Time-saving through emails – or time-subtracting – is one interaction type, for using words with the economy. Consider social media interactions, blog posts, hell, all you do online and use fewer and fewer words. Of course, we want to publish at least 600 words for blog posts.
People love some value; few bloggers have clarity and confidence enough to slay it, in under 600 words. But from there, feel free to move on to the next guest post, to share the wealth, to expand your presence and to skillfully use both words and time with the greatest economy.
How Does it Make You Feel?
Be super honest guys. How does it make you feel to use fewer words? How about using 1-2 words, when you prior used 2-3 sentences or even paragraphs, using polite words, trying to make sure people know you say things in a friendly, sweet fashion?
Darn uncomfortable, is how you will feel. Part of the blogging ride. No way around that one. Either feel the fear, release and use fewer words, or avoid feeling the fear, use way too many words, waste time, and question where all blogging time went, as you desperately search for the 25th hour.
You choose how to use words to convey your point. Get clear. Respect your time. I have zero luxury to send 3 sentence long emails, let alone, 3 paragraph long emails.
Really wise folks – Einstein – said how if you cannot explain something to a small child in a few words, you do not understand the concept, yourself.
Freeing though, eh?