Since starting this blog just under a year ago, I’ve learned so much about planning and scheduling posts, joining linkys, overcoming writer’s block and other things which have helped me along my blogging journey. I’ve gone from posting intermittently to posting daily, and have become much more organised about blogging as a result. Here are some of my tips for helping become more organised as a blogger:
1) Use a blogging diary or calendar
I now plan ahead with my blog and use both a paper diary and the editorial calendar plugin in WordPress to help me plan my posts. Whilst the diary is useful for keeping track of regular features and guest posts, plus linkys that I join up with, I love being able to drop draft posts into the editorial calendar and move them about.
2) Schedule posts
I try to write posts a little ahead of time and schedule them – one advantage of this is that it gives me the chance to look over them again before they post and just quickly review them – I often miss spelling or grammatical errors when I first read through a post because I read what I think I’ve written rather than what I actually have written. Allowing time to walk away and look at it again with fresh eyes helps me see things more clearly.
Scheduling posts also means that if I have an off day and need to go offline for a bit, my blog doesn’t necessarily have to grind to a halt. This often works well at the weekends – I try and schedule the weekend posts ahead of time so I can focus on time with my family instead.
3) Using linkys to help with planning posts
I often will schedule my posts to fit in with specific linkys if there is one that they fit well with. I also find sometimes that linkys can help give me prompts on what to write about when I am struggling with writer’s block.
4) Having regular features
Having regular features helps to give my blog structure as well as helping provide me with a regular writing prompt. I have a post about something my children have said each Monday as part of my ‘From the mouths of babes’ linky and on Fridays, I sum up my week in my ‘Friday Focus’ and share five of my favourite reads in my ‘Friday Fabulous Five’.
5) Making a note of post ideas
I use the notebook app on my phone to quickly jot down post ideas and if I have time, I will also briefly write down some notes. I have a folder on my computer with various draft post ideas – this is another thing that is very handy for overcoming writer’s block – having a half-finished draft post as a starting point is a lot easier to work with than staring at a blank computer screen.
Do you have any tips which have helped you become more organised as a blogger?