When it comes to blogging, one of my goals for 2016 was to be more organized. Since the beginning of the year I got into more of a scheduling and planning mode (trying to stick with the good resolutions here). Being organized and having a good and well planed schedule has helped me so much on a day to day basis, but it also improved the overall look and quality of my blog. Today I want to share with you some tips that are really helpful to me, and hopefully will make things a little bit easier for you.
1.Use a Blog planner. It is the one thing that I can not stress enough, get yourself a planner. Blogging is much more easier when you have your content planned out. I use mine every day, it is where I keep my daily work and personal to-do lists, important dates and deadlines, and my blog post schedule.
2. Use a note book. Blogging inspiration can strike at any time… when you’re at work, at the grocery store, shopping at your favorite boutique or just laying in bed at night. If you’re old school like me note books are really useful! I’m not really into typing things up on my phone, or any digital devices because I’m that kind of person who creates a note about something and then forget about it. I prefer to have something to write down notes and knowing that everything is attached together and all in one place. I carry around a small notepad with me that I use to jot down blog, ok picture ideas when they come to me.
3. Prepare your posts. I usually write my posts the day before I publish it. It takes a lot of the stress of having to come up with a post the very day of. If your blog is run by WordPress you have the option to schedule your posts ahead of time (I don’t know about Blogger because I don’t personally use it but I’m pretty sure you can pre-schedule too). What’s cool about preparing your post ahead of time is that it allows you to sit on your post and think about if you what to add or change anything, check your spelling, and just make sure that everything is ready to be publish.
4. Keep backup blog post. When I’m just feeling like writing (most of the times it is personal stuff, or opinions) and don’t have anything planned, I just put my thoughts together, write a little blog post, and save it my blog account under my drafts. Those types of post comes in handy when I’m a little bit behind schedule, or I don’t have a lot of time to plan something.
5. Scheduled your social media. Social media management is a large part of being a blogger, because social media contributes to your branding and helps drive traffic to your blog. However, no one can be online 24/7 (for example, if you have a full time job its hard to tweet all day about your newest blog post!). The good news is that there are several free programs out there that allow you to manage your social media and schedule posts in advance. I personally use Publish witch is an app that help you schedule on Twitter and Instagram ( the 2 platform that I use the most) but I heard a lot of good things on Hootsuite if you need to schedule on more than those 2 platform.
This how I do things and it has working really well for me I hope that these tips work for you as well. If you have writer’s block here’s something that might help. And keep in mind that if you forget a blog post it is not that big of a deal as long as you were doing something productive in the meantime.
Let me know how you managed and balance you blogging life with your real life. If you have any other tips I would love to read them in the comments section down below!
Love, Helene Xx