BalanceFirst off… Please retweet this :)

So there’s this utopian ideal in the blogosphere of starting your own network of blogs. You start one blog and it’s successful and then you start another and IT is successful, and you keep going until you’re a bazillionaire professional blogger.

Or maybe you just manage multiple blogs because you like blogging!

Whatever your reasons for managing multiple blogs, it’s something a lot of us do. Whether it’s a good idea or not is another question.

Below are two infographics relating to managing multiple blogs, along with my own experiences and feelings about being a polyblogger.

I’ve also included a picture of what my infographics look like when I first conceive them and before they get turned into pretty pictures.

Should you have multiple blogs?

In a word… no.

I think that ideally, you should only have one blog and focus your attention 100% on that one blog. At least, *I* think that’s what you should do.

Of course I don’t follow that myself. I’ve got a few blogs. I can’t help it; I love blogging, and blogging because I enjoy it is the #1 reason. If I were blogging solely for money, I’d only focus 100% on one blog.

So, having said that disclaimer and without any further ado or time-wasting, let me present…

Multiple blogs

Can you relate?

Now let’s move on to the star of the show, HOW you’re supposed to manage multiple blogs:

Multiple Blog Tips

Make sense?

Notes on some of these 12 blog management tips

The middle tip on the right side says, “Automate as many things as possible.” Let me expound on that a little bit.

I just found out about Twitterfeed (yes, I know, I only just now found out about it!) from Dino Dogan (he interviewed my yesterday, btw, so look for that on his blog toward the end of the first week in January). This allows you to automatically tweet your  blog posts. Not only that, but you can automatically tweet other bloggers’ new posts hint, hint :)

Another way to automate is to subscribe via feed a feed reader like Google Reader. Do this so that you don’t have to keep physically returning back to the blogs that you read most often.

There are probably more things that bloggers can automate, but I can’t think of any right now! Let me know in the comments.

A note on prioritization. I mention that it’s important to make sure your most important blog(s) get updated first. This implies a hierarchy of your blogs. I think this is really important! Don’t treat them all equally. Another aspect of this is to prioritize within a blog. So make sure you write your content before you spend hours tweaking your footer.

Regarding quickly reading and digesting information… Learn how to read fast! Learn to skim and get the main idea of something without having to read it word-for-word.

If you’ve got questions about any of these or the other tips, let me know in the comments.

A note on infographic creation…

I thought it might be interesting to show you what my infographic sketches look like before I make them all nice and pretty in Adobe Illustrator. Below is the hand-drawn version of the first infographic

Hand drawn infographic

The hand drawn infographic sketch before I made it on the computer.

As you can see, I just start writing and draw lines connecting things. When I have the idea in my head, I just want to get it on paper as soon as possible; hence the horrific handwriting. You can also see that I don’t have all of the information there that I ultimately have on the finished product. I almost always come up with new data to add to the infographic while I’m working on it.

Over to you!

SO. My questions now to you are…

  • Do you have multiple blogs now? If so, why, and how many? If not, why not?
  • If you do have multiple blogs, what tips and tricks have you found helpful?
  • Does knowing that a blogger has multiple blogs affect you at all as a reader?
  • What else can you automate as a blogger?

And again, I’d like to give you a friendly reminder to retweet this post and share it any other way you like :) Traffic (and retweets and comments) has been slow over the holiday weekend and I want to get it back up. If I don’t get enough comments and retweets, there won’t be a post on Friday :D