If you’ve given this blogging thing even a few weeks, then you probably know there’s so much to do.

We have to find time to create amazing content, but also reply to comments and emails, network with other bloggers, check out stats, format our blog posts, add images, take care of our social media accounts, writing additional content that we can sell (e-books, courses, etc.), writing guest posts…

If you try to do it all, blogging soon feels like more than just a full-time job.

And yet, we should not let blog take up all our time. Sure, if we’re passionate about blogging, we want to do it as much as possible … but wouldn’t it be better if we knew on what we should focus? Because, truth be told, this is the only way we can become truly effective and productive.

By sticking to the basics.

What does it mean to “stick to the basics?”

Your time is limited. So is mine. 24 hours a day. And we can’t possibly do all that we can do with our blogs during that time frame. It’s just not possible, because the possibilities are truly endless.

And, believe it or not, when there’s so much to be done, we tend to do nothing at all.

We waste an awful lot of time trying to decide what to do next.

If you do not know what is important, it feels as if everything is equally important.

So, you should limit what you do, force yourself to make choices, and to choose only the essential. Choose to do only the things that are going to propel you forward. The things that are necessary for you to grow as a blogger.

The most essential blogging tasks

What are the most essential blogging tasks?

There’s no right or wrong answer, and I believe we should all experiment in order to figure out what we enjoy doing most. For instance, a lot of my clients do not enjoy networking as much as they enjoy writing content. Figure out what you’re good at, and do more of that. This is my favorite idea of what being productive means.

So, what are the most essential tasks?

1. Writing brilliant content

This should always be your top priority. All the rest is extra compared to this. You need to create a reason for people to come to your site — well-written, concise, useful posts.

When I first started blogging, I’d focus more on networking, and even though I’d get a ton of traffic, most folks didn’t find any reasons to subscribe to my blog.

Focus on consistently producing quality content. After all, if you do not blog, you’re not a blogger.

2. Interact with your readers.

Don’t you hate it when you read a certain blog post and leave a thoughtful (and quite lengthy) comment, and the blogger doesn’t even reply a one line to show they’ve read it?

Yeah, we all do.

Responding to comments or emails is never a waste of time. Why? Because by interacting with readers, you are developing a relationship with them.

And, to be honest, if we take out the human element (and the interactions) from blogging, it soon makes us feel like robots.

3. Guest blogging

Sharing great useful content as a guest post on another blog is one of the best ways to promote your blog and attract new readers.

4. Networking with other bloggers

Do not think of other bloggers as competition, but rather as friends. If you read other blogs and comment, you will develop relationships with those bloggers. And those relationships will (sooner or later) start to pay off.

5. Learn.

Here’s the thing. If you want more, you have to become more. It’s as simple as that.

And if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

There’s no way around it.

If you want more success as a blogger, you have to be willing to invest time and energy into becoming a better blogger.

Are there other important blogging tasks? Of course there are.

That’s why I’d like you to tell me what are your most essential blogging tasks…