Let’s start by saying, we all slip up sometimes and things get hard. I have a full time job, a long distance boyfriend, a puppy and my blog to think about as well as social media. I’m not organised 100% of the time but most of the time I try to be. I just wanted to share a few ways which you can keep on top of your blog too. They may be obvious to some but I hope I can help even if it’s just a gentle reminder!
Having stationery even if it’s just a notebook or whether you’ve gone that little bit further with buying a planner, or a blog post calendar or anything, it helps. Have a notebook with you as much as possible so you can jot down any ideas that come into your head before you forget. I recently bought a blog post planner and a weekly post planner both of which have 50 sheets in a sort of A4 pad style where you can tear of the sheets or flip them over when you’re done with the one on the top. I also bought a couple of new notebooks just for a little inspiration and they’re super pretty and will look great in photos anyway. You can pick up cute notebooks from anywhere from Poundland, TK Maxx, Wilkos, Paperchase, Primark and so on. They don’t have to be expensive. I also picked up my blog post planner pads from PaperChicCo which is an online store and they were half price in the sale as they’re being discontinued (cries). If you forget your notebook, use the Notes app in your phone! I do this on a regular basis.
There is nothing better than bulk taking your photos even if it’s just for Instagram. I post on Instagram every day and usually in the morning if it’s a week day so if I don’t have a photo to just quickly upload and add my hashtags to there becomes a problem. I don’t have time to take photos before I go to work. It always depends on the lighting for taking photos and how much inspiration you have but I tend to just grab loads of my makeup and start trying to think of something (and creating a mess usually too). It’s definitely been a lot easier through the summer with the days being longer meaning there’s been more light hours in the day so even if I didn’t bulk take my photos at the weekend I could do it one night when I get home from work but now the weather has changed it’s definitely going to be a little more difficult. I think it’s harder to bulk take blog photos unless you have a few posts lined up so you know what you need to take photos of but I always focus on my posts before my photos so that’s okay. Another thing is having a schedule for when you post on instagram, like I said mine is usually every morning unless I have a post going live later in the day. This just makes it easier to keep track of posting so you don’t forget and so you know it’s one thing ticked off for the day.
Drafting and Scheduling Posts
That takes us straight into my next point, drafting and scheduling posts. Again this depends on your inspiration levels but if they’re at a high then write, write write! This has been working so much for me lately where at the weekends I just start drafting all the posts I’ve been thinking about and jotting down ideas for throughout the week. I find the best time of day to start doing this is the mornings. If I start typing up posts in the mornings it makes me feel so much more productive and inspired compared to if I lay in bed for a few more hours feeling more and more lazy and like I can’t be bothered at all. Then before you know it, half the day has gone! I do love a good lie-in but just lately I’ve loved doing this much more. Don’t get me wrong I don’t wake up at 8am and start writing. I wake up at whatever time I naturally wake up and then depending on how I’m feeling drift of a couple more times, then check all my social medias and catch up, get a drink and maybe some breakfast, then get comfy and off I go! The more posts I have in my drafts the better, it takes the pressure off and especially helps if you suddenly have writers block and no inspiration and ideas. Trust me on this one.
The one thing we all hate right? Or maybe you haven’t tried it yet? But if you haven’t then let me tell you, you gotta try it! Honestly I haven’t been doing this for that long but since I started, twitter is my main source of traffic to my blog and I really notice the drop in views now if I don’t have any tweets scheduled. For those of you who don’t already know, scheduling tweets means promoting your blog posts on twitter but in advance. I usually schedule tweets a couple of days at a time and I usually do this on a night time or if I’ve forgotten I’ll do it in the morning after breakfast. If I do it in the morning I usually just schedule for the day ahead because I don’t have enough time to do more than that. I usually schedule about 6-7 tweets per day. I like to leave a couple of hours in-between each one so it’s not too spammy but then if I seem to be tweeting more than usual throughout the day I might post some of them early and add a couple more in too. Don’t forget the RT accounts and hashtags! There are so many accounts on twitter now which are there to help you so don’t feel bad for tagging/hashtagging them in your tweets for an RT, that’s what they’re there for and that’s what they want you to do! It gets your tweets reaching a much bigger audience and you’ll even find you’ll get some new followers too as well as more readers to your blog. A few I use regularly that always RT are #bloggerstribe #bloggerssparkle #GRLPOWR #GWBchat #BeeChat #BloggerBabesRT #BlossBlogs @BFblogrt_ @BBlogRT @PLBChat @BlogChatClub @BLOGGERSCIRCLE_ @allthoseblogs @sotonbloggers @influencer_rt @chicbloggers they RT 95% of the time and I just switch up which I use throughout the day. I use the app Hootsuite to schedule mine but I know there are other apps such as Buffer and TweetDeck too. (don’t forget to schedule social media promo tweets too as well as blog post promos!)
So this turned out to be longer than expected but I hope it helped and I hope you managed to get to the end! Let me know if you have any extra tips for keeping on top and staying organised with you blogs and social medias!