Blog admin tasks to do when you don’t feel like writing
June 18, 2018
If you blog, then you’ll know there are lots of time-consuming admin tasks that come with the whole blogging process but don’t actually involve writing posts. You’ll also know that sometimes you just don’t feel like writing but still want to work on your blog.
When you’re having one of those days when you don’t want to write. there are plenty of other things you can do so you’re not wasting precious blogging time.
Use the time wisely by working on some of these blog admin tasks when you don’t feel like writing…
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Update old posts
If you’ve been blogging for a while, chances are you’ll have some older posts that you haven’t looked at in a long time. We’re sure you’ve learnt a lot since you started your blog, so it’s worth going back and having a read through those old posts.
Start by fixing any spelling or grammatical errors you may have missed the first time around. If grammar isn’t your thing, you can use a plugin like Grammarly to help you easily correct any errors. Grammarly is free to install onto your browser and it picks up any spelling or grammatical errors in blog posts, emails and on social media as you type. Try it for free now.
If your first posts were on the shorter side, you may want to add a bit more content to make them more useful to your visitors. The optimum length for a blog post is over 700 words.
There might also be internal links to newer blog posts that you can add in where relevant to keep your readers on your site. Remember that links, both internal and external, help with SEO so always try to include a few in each post.
On the subject of SEO, why not use this time to check your Yoast setting for each post and make any necessary changes if those green lights aren’t showing. If you don’t have the Yoast plugin on your blog go and install it now!
Have you started to monetise your blog? If so, you’ll probably need to go back and insert affiliate links or ads into some of those early blog posts.
These articles might give you a helping hand to know where to start with updating in your older content:
Create social media graphics
As well as updating the content of your older posts, you might want to refresh some of the graphics you share on social media. If your followers keep seeing the same imagery over and over they’re unlikely to click on your tweets or pins so try to vary the options.
Use some of your time to create new graphics, you can even do this from your phone if you use Canva.
If you know what your next few posts are going to be about you can start sourcing your imagery for those posts and editing them as necessary. PicMonkey is a good tool for photo editing and offers a free trial.
You might not have created Pinterest pins for your first posts so do those now and go back and add the early content to your boards.
Fill up your social media scheduler
Go through your older posts and schedule any seasonal or evergreen content that you haven’t shared for a while. You’ll have new followers who maybe haven’t seen these posts before so don’t worry if you have shared them previously.
Schedule other people’s content as well so you’re not always promoting yourself. Share memes, videos and photos as well as blog posts so your followers see a variety of content.
Pinterest likes you to share other people’s content so get pinning to your boards, or scheduling pins in Tailwind.
Fill your social media schedules and you can then sit back and relax and (hopefully) watch the likes roll in!
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Visit other blogs
Reading other blogs can be a great way to get some inspiration to start writing again and get your blogging mojo back!
Visit your favourite blogs as well as some new ones. Read content from niches other than your own, you may come up with ideas for content that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Spend some time commenting on the posts you’ve enjoyed reading. This is a great way to build your blogging connections, get more traffic to your own site, and also help to increase your blog’s domain authority.
Reply to comments
It’s polite to respond to people who have taken the time to comment on your blog posts. Go through your comments and thank your visitors for commenting and reply to any questions or suggestions they’ve left for you.
Do the same on social media if you haven’t already done so. Thank people for their retweets and like their comments on your Facebook and Instagram posts.
Make a plan
Hopefully, you already have a blogging schedule, but if you don’t then spend some of your blogging time putting together a plan. Having a schedule for your blog will help to keep you organised and reduce some of the stress that comes with blogging.
Write down all the things you need to do, work out how long each will take, and put time into your calendar to get them done.
This should be enough to keep you busy for a while! Once you’ve done some blogging admin, you will probably feel motivated to get back to writing more awesome content.