Scrolling through twitter all I see is other bloggers write about how they struggle with a schedule, struggle to plan their posts and really struggle to maintain regular and consistent uploads. Not to blow my own trumpet, but I’m super organised with my blog. Uploading three times a week can be overwhelming and a lot of work, however plan it correctly and you’ll be away in no time and it’ll help to avoid those late evenings, panic writing a blog post to get it up in time.
So today, I thought I would talk you through how I plan my blog posts, how I stick to my schedule and a few tips on trying to run your blog in the most efficient way. Trust me, it’s not easy so any tip is a good tip, right?
// Notebooks \\
My notebook is my life. Everything and everything blogger related is in here, it’s my blogger bible and without it, I’d be pretty screwed. Yes, that is a spelling mistake trying to be covered up. Basically, this is the holy grail of blog planning… let me talk you through it.
I’ve avoided the whole Bullet Journal hype and stuck to something far more simpler and easier to manage. I basically write out the page as: Blog Title, Photo’s and Written. In the title section, this is more of the planning stage. Any blog post ideas, I just write them down in here and hope they’ll come to fruition. Sometimes, I’ll write them down and a few days later think it’s a bad idea so i’ll just discard it. But most of the time, I always like the ideas to come of a least something. Then once the photo’s are done i’ll tick that off and then in the Written section, once that tick has been done I know the blog post is written, scheduled and ready to go. I really is as simple as that.
// Scheduling \\
Being a blogger with a full time job, then a social life and over life commitments, it can all get a little too much. That’s why some form of a scheduling tool really is your best friend. Firstly you need to pick a schedule and stick with it. Mine for example is uploads on Monday’s, Wednesday & Friday’s at 7:00am. Once you’ve sorted out when you’re uploading, it’s then time to work around that.
I tend to use weekends as my blog post writing time. I like to work a week in advance so that if one weekend I’m away or I’m super busy, I’ve got time on my side to get the blog post’s written in time for upload day.
Then it’s a case of using your scheduling tools. WordPress, Blogger & Youtube all have scheduling tools built into their software, so that’s pretty self explanatory. But it’s not just the uploading of the posts, it’s the promotion on social media. For that, I use Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a social media scheduling app that allows your to type up and format your tweet, Instagram or Facebook post and schedule it advance. That way, you know all your content is scheduled and it’ll get the press & promotion it deserves, all with complete and utter ease.
So in a nutshell, what I’m trying to say is it’s all about organisation. Get yourself ahead of the game, give yourself enough time and make sure whether it be a hard copy or whether it be digitally, whatever ideas you have, get them written down. Once you’ve got in the groove, you’ll soon get used to your blogging pattern and you’ll start to see the results.
To all my blogger friends, I hope this post helps and I hope you can stress a little less about content creating… after all, it’s meant to be fun!
| Harrison |