9 ways to keep your blog organised
June 11, 2018
Blogging involves more work than anyone could possibly envisage until they start blogging themselves. It’s not just about writing posts, you also need to be an editor, photographer and social media manager to name a few of the jobs involved. It also very important to keep your blog organised.
Like most jobs, if you aren’t organised then you can create a lot of stress for yourself which will take all the fun out of blogging. Being organised will make you more productive, efficient and help to reduce the stress.
So how do you run your blog? Are you mega organised with a schedule and a plan, or do you live on the edge and not know what you’re going to write about from one minute to the next?
If it’s the latter, we’ve put together some tips to help you get organised and reduce some of the stress that inevitably comes with being a blogger.
Read on for 9 ways to keep your blog organised…
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#1 Plan ahead
We’ve said it before and no doubt we will say it again – you need to have a plan. It doesn’t matter whether you go old school and have a planner that you write in, work with an online to-do list, or create your own Excel spreadsheet, as long as you create a plan.
Plan your blog posts, plan when you’re going to take photos, plan your social media, plan everything. If you know what you’re doing for the rest of the week it will reduce the stress and save you lots of time.
Don’t overplan though, you need to allow a bit of flexibility should something unexpected arise, or a blog post takes longer than expected.
#2 Have a blogging routine
It doesn’t matter whether you blog once a week or every, day as long as you have a set routine. Publishing your posts on the same day and time each week allows you to plan ahead and not worry about your posts at the last minute.
Schedule time into your weekly routine to write the posts, take photos and share on social media without any other distractions.
Publishing blog posts on the same day each week also allows your readers to know when to expect new content from you.
#3 Set goals
Setting yourself goals helps you to stay focused and set your plans. Keep your goals realistic and fairly easy to reach.
You might want to hit a certain amount of page views or social media followers. Or you might want to create an ebook or an online course.
Whatever your goals are, write them down and think about what you need to do to smash them.
Have a brainstorming session every so often where you can think of titles and topics for your posts for the next month or two.
Write everything down and make as many notes as possible. This way, when you come to write your posts you already have titles, ideas and bullet points to get you started.
#5 Organise your workspace
If you sit down to work at a cluttered desk you’re going to get distracted very quickly. Have a clear desk and put away anything you don’t need. Make sure you have enough space to work comfortably, and everything you need is within reach.
When you’ve finished working, tidy up after yourself so that your workspace is nice and clean next time you come and sit down.
#6 Invest in a social media scheduler
Posting your content to social media is so time-consuming. Even if you have the time to post manually, you won’t always be around at the optimum times for your audience.
A social media management tool will allow you to schedule your posts multiple times and at the right times for your followers.
We use Hootsuite to schedule posts for Twitter and Facebook, and Tailwind to schedule our pins and Instagram posts. Both also have great reporting tools so you can see how your content is performing across the various channels.
If you want to try Tailwind for free you can with this link. give it a trial for a week or 2 and see how much extra traffic you receive.
#7 Use your free time effectively
If you commute or wait around for the kids, what do you do when you’re sat on the train or in the car? If you’re not using this time for blogging then you’re missing out!
Install apps on your phone that will help you to take notes, record ideas, and manage your blog. It’s so easy to respond to blog comments and tweets from your phone, and do some manual pinning to your Pinterest boards even when you’re not infront of your computer.
We swear by the following apps to keep us organised when we’re on the move:
- WordPress – if you use WordPress to blog, make sure you have the app on your phone. You can write and edit posts, and approve and repsond to comments.
- Trello – this is a great app for setting up to-do lists, logging post ideas and setting deadlines. Also syncs with the online version.
- Google Analytics – it’s really useful to be able to do some research into what posts are getting the most page views and where they’re coming from.
- Canva – an amazing tool to create graphics for your blog and social media posts, and with the app you can make the graphics on your phone to save time.
- Dropbox – sync your Dropbox folders to both your phone and your laptop and you can access your files from anywhere.
Take a look at our list of 10 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers for more great tools to save you time.
#8 Have a checklist
Whenever you write a blog post you need to make sure you’ve completed certain tasks both before and after you hit publish.
You can either create your own checklist or use ones that have already been created. We have created 3 free blogging checklists that you can download and print here.
If you want to create your own checklists but you’re not sure what to put on it, take a look at these posts for some inspiration:
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#9 Know when to take a break
As important as it is to use your free time to blog, it’s also very important to take a break and avoid burnout.
If you’re suffering from writer’s block then it may be a good idea to take some time away from blogging and think about something else. When you come back you will feel refreshed and hopefully full of ideas again.
Put your phone away to stop you from checking your stats and to allow yourself to have a proper break from your blog.
If you feel like you could do with a break but are worried about neglecting your blog, have a read of our post 5 reasons to take a blogging break and how to do it.
Do you think these tips will help you to keep your blog organised and reduce some of your blogging stress? If you’re already an organised blogger, do you have any of your own tips to share?