Without trying to sound too big-headed, I am really proud of how organised I have been lately when it comes to blogging. I have changed my planning process and worked out what works best for me, especially when juggling a full time job in the mix. Little changes have really upped the game for me and my blogging-mojo has sky-rocketed. I’m really feeling like I’m on a roll right now and ready to blog my way into the new year. If you are lacking in blog organisation and want to change your methods in time to tackle 2019, here’s 3 simple steps that make a big difference.
I am that person who hoards pretty notebooks and doesn’t really use them. I just can’t turn down a good slogan or a marble cover, but what I noticed was that eventually those books get tatty and they don’t tend to encourage me to keep writing. After completing Hayley Hall’s “Be A Blogging Superstar” E-course I realised that I needed to plan electronically. I have a mini-iPad perfect for travel but I never really used it to it’s full potential. I also have Word, Excel and all that good stuff downloaded so I thought I should make use of it. I made a plan of all my post ideas in Excel which gave me a clear idea of when I’m posting and what category of post would be live each day. Now I know exactly what I’m posting and when until early 2019. It’s been so motivating and it’s so easy to refer to when I’m feeling a little lost or underwhelmed. I also link all my work to OneDrive so I can see my written posts and plan from all my devices, such as my phone and PC. Why didn’t I do this sooner?
Be realistic With Your Schedule
I have struggled with this for well over a year, mainly because I was eager to post every day. This was totally ambitious considering I still work full time and my weekends aren’t always free. I finally realised that I just couldn’t keep up and my motivation was wrecked. Why? Because it was forced and I put too much pressure on myself. I love blogging and I didn’t want to get to a point where maintaining my blog was a chore, so I changed my schedule. Instead of posting everyday I now post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, which is a lot easier to keep on top of. Having a realistic schedule also means the content I write is more exciting to me and probably a lot more interesting to my readers.
Be realistic when you plan. If you push yourself too hard, it will be harder to write about something you love. Work out when you have free-time and how much you are willing to commit. Your readers will know when to expect new content and in turn your audience will grow. A realistic schedule means more consistency.
Get Ahead Of The Game
During the time a took a break from blogging, I didn’t just walk away and stop typing. I made a balance between “me time” and writing content because I wanted to get ahead. Now I write posts at least a week ahead of schedule which means on the odd day I have plans, I don’t have to feel guilty for missing a post. There’s no more late night writing sessions and no more moment’s of “crap I have no ideas”.
Something to keep in mind though is to not take too much time out, otherwise you will be right back to square one. Stay ahead and keep writing when you have the motivation to. Imagine how great it would feel to be organised a month ahead of time?
There’s so many things you can do to make blogging work for you and if the first thing doesn’t work, try something else. For me these 3 steps are the jackpot and I hope they work for you too.