Two of the most frequent questions I am asked on a daily basis are; what do you do as a blogger? and how do I plan my blog posts three months in advance? So I wanted to make a blog post explaining my top tips for blog planning and organisation. I really hope some of these tips are helpful to some of you who are bloggers or who are thinking of becoming bloggers.
- Get a blog planner // life planner.
I started a bullet journal in June 2016 and I have never looked back. I can't believe how helpful it has been to me! I really recommend everyone at least trying one; blogger or not. I list everything and anything in my journal; my blog check-list, my social media check-list, personal appointments, blog events and meetings, twitter chats, etc. It really has helped me out so much to keep a track of everything and to see everything out in front of me each morning on paper makes my life a whole lot easier.
- Get yourself a monthly-view year calendar.
This is the best tip I could ever share with you! I've put in a picture of this months blog posts but I've left out days which haven't happened yet as I don't want to show you upcoming blog posts and spoil them all but as you can see, I write my blog post idea on a post-it note and put it in the free day I have next, then whenever I am contacted by a brand who wants to work with me I can just move the post-it notes about through-out the month to what works best for my blog and myself, and of course the brand. My calendar is filled up until March so I know what blog post is going up on what day and it's so easy and cheap to do.
- Use a notebook for ideas.
I love notebooks and notepads, I must have about one hundred of them. Write lists and tick them off once done, write blog post idea's, doodle, but most importantly take your notepad everywhere with you! You never know when you're going to get an idea for a blog post.
- Blog somewhere you won't get distracted.
Don't blog when surrounded by friends who aren't bloggers, or whilst you're watching your favourite TV show, or whilst you're cooking etc as you won't get the blog post done because you'll get too distracted by what's going on around you. Dedicate some time away from 'the world' and write your blog posts then, even an hour a day makes a big difference.
- Keep yourself a routine.
Whether you're blogging full-time or part-time, getting yourself into a daily routine is a must. Set days/times aside when you're going to blog; day time, night time, weekends. I personally blog Monday - Thursday from 10am until usually around 5pm most days - but sometimes gone midnight depending on what I'm writing about. Bare in mind I am a full-time blogger, if you're part time then dedicate a full weekend where you just focus on your blog, from 10am until 5pm each day. Keep a routine and stick to your routine! If you don't keep to a routine then you'll end up seeing blogging more as a chore than a fun hobby.
- Set days and times when you're going to upload.
For example; Last year I uploaded every Tuesday and Saturday at 12noon GMT time. I have swapped that up a little for the new year and I now upload every Wednesday and Sunday at 12noon GMT time, although I do throw in the odd Friday blog post. Knowing set days and times your blog post will be going live for the world to read is really important information for you to remember as I've found a lot of bigger brands ask about this when working with them.
- Prepare your posts and schedule them.
Once you've got yourself some blog posts together don't upload one every single day, schedule them with a couple of days so you can promo them on different social media websites which will get more views as more people will be interested in them.
- Schedule your social media promos.
Following the above tip, schedule your social media websites too with promo. I personally use Hootesuite for this as I think it's an awesome social media scheduling platform but there are others out there you can use if you don't like Hootesuite.
- Create regular features.
Creative features which you love and which you get your most feedback from. For example: On the 1st of each month I upload a Monthly Favourites' blog post, I also do regular features like "Our Day Out" where Phil and myself go and explore a wonderful new place.
- Self care is important.
Taking time for yourself is so very important. If you're having a full day of blogging then make sure you take a break now and again; go make a drink and have a snack, sit outside to get some fresh air, call a friend, go for a wall, etc. Just take some time away from electronics for a little bit and you'll feel so much better for it and re-charged when you come back to finishing your blogging.