I must be honest here, being organised with my blog is something that took a while to achieve, it didn’t happen over night that I knew exactly what to do with my little space on the internet and it definitely isn’t easy work either. Blogging takes time, (a lot) of effort and planning and only now, after three years, do I feel that I am comfortable with how its working for me. Now, you have probably seen a ton of similar posts on ‘how to’s’ for blogging, but this post isn’t one of them, it’s purely how I do it and how I keep up with everything. I work full time and my job does takes priority over my blog because it pays my bills. My blog is my hobby, something that I enjoy doing and if I do make it my full time job in the future, then hooray, but if not, it’s not a massive concern for me because I do enjoy what I’m currently doing in my full time role. Enough of the ramble for now (I have a tendency to do that a lot!), I’ll get on with the main part of the subject…..
Plan content ahead – I always, always, always plan my content at the end of each month for the following month. I write down the five days of each week that I plan to blog and jot down the post title next to it. This helps me plan the pictures, the content and the social around each post.
Working out a schedule – I aim to post five times a week and have two days off to do admin and reply to comments. Not only does this keep me on track, but it also gives me the down time I need for relaxation. Blogging can get stressful at times, especially when you have deadlines, so it’s best for me to have a good schedule to work with.
Prioritise – If I have certain posts that needs submitting or completing by a certain date, I will always put them first. So I will organise to have them drafted up, pictures taken and edited and sent off to be checked before working on other posts. This helps me to keep up a good relationship with brands and will quite often bring more work my way which is always a good thing.
Take pictures in bulk – Apart from the posts that need prioritising, I always take my pictures in bulk, so they’re ready for the month. I take one (or two) saturdays in the month to do them all and slowly edit them as the weeks go by. This not only allows me to stay organised but also helps with the ‘when you get something and you’re itching to try it, but can’t till you’ve taken a picture‘ situations, yeah, you know that one.
Social media tools – Finally, having a full time job means I can’t be as active on social media as I would like to be, so scheduling tools are my best friend. I currently use Hootsuite and it’s honestly my life saver. You can have all your feeds in one place, so keeping track is super easy. If you haven’t tried it yet, I’d highly recommend giving it a go.
Do you have a blog? If yes, how do you stay organised? If you don’t and you’re planning on starting one, I hope this post has given you some insight in to how it runs behind the scenes.