On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy
Ways to provide interesting, engaging content if you’re too busy to blog
Those of you who blog may identify with the struggle to post consistently. If you blog to promote yourself as a professional as I do however, posting inconsistently and taking a bunch of blogging hiatuses gives the impression that you’re flaky and unreliable. Not maintaining a consistent online presence also means that you may fall off of people’s radar. If you’ve been following this blog since its inception, you know I’m guilty of the above. We bloggers may understand each other’s struggles with consistency. Life happens, which means being super busy sometimes or needing a break to enjoy life without being tethered to technology at other times.
Over the course of my journey as a blogger however, I’ve picked up a few methods for providing content that are less labor intensive. Yes, I’m talking about curating content. By taking this route, you can get away with writing a brief but meaningful introduction or comment about the content you’re featuring and then letting the content do the rest of the talking. In this post, I’ll share a list of methods that go beyond well-known tactics such as reblogging someone else’s post or introducing infographics.
1. Introduce videos relevant to your blog. This is what I’ve done in my post, “My Picks for Top, Informative ‘Future of Work’ Videos” and, as you can see, I didn’t write a whole lot.
2. Create a poll that addresses an issue of interest to you and your readers. In an effort to find out whether people are more concerned about working long hours or rigid schedules, I featured the poll, “This or That? Work-Life Preferences Survey.” Not much writing involved there either!
3. Take advantage of opportunities to showcase information about your blog along with your most popular posts. This helps newcomers become acquainted with interesting content from the past and is what I did in “2014 In Review for Work-Life Strategies & Solutions.”
4. Feature a slideshow. Although I haven’t utilized this method in the past, I’ll include one of my favorite slideshows from www.slideshare.net called “Mentors and Mushrooms” by opeignoir here:
5. Quote others to cut down on your own writing (a copy-and-paste job). Although, I still wrote a bit in the following posts, including a quote (with permission) from someone meant that this was a paragraph or two that I didn’t have to write in “A Looking Busy Coach! Plus, Who Pretends to Work and Why?” Alternatively, I incorporated a quote about lazy, clever people at Quora.com that inspired my post, “Here’s to the lazy ones. The slackers. The flaky. The unconscientious. The bumps on a log. The ones who cut corners. They’re not fond of duty…”
With summer temperatures reaching over 100°F in my region, I may not always find myself hunkering down before a heat-emanating laptop. However, you can be sure that I’ll find a way to share information of substance whenever I encounter it. (And, speaking of information of substance, now that I’m in the stage of wrapping up the Flipside Workspace user experience study, look forward to an upcoming post on how that went!)