How To Stay Organised With Blogging And Social Media

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!

Stationery

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.

Taking Photos

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.

Scheduling Tweets

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!

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  1. October 11, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    This is so helpful Ellie! I feel like I really need to schedule posts as that’s what I fail to do all the time 😫 Xx

    • ellieedx
      October 11, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Yay I’m you glad you think so! Honestly drafting and scheduling posts is the most helpful thing ever! It means you don’t have to worry if you’re too busy one week to get anything written! It’s made it so much easier for me xx

  2. October 11, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I have loads of planners and love making to-do lists but still seem to be terrible at staying organised 🙈 some of the tips in this post will hopefully help!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • ellieedx
      October 11, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Oh no! I love making lists but I love ticking things off the lists when I’ve completed the tasks more! I hope this manages to help! xx

  3. October 11, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I definitely agree with the notepads and also scheduling! Scheduling tweets has helped me so much and freed up a lot of time! Great post! 🙂 xx

    http://Www.jessicagrimshaw.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      October 11, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Scheduling tweets is one of the best things I started doing! It makes everything so much better and easier doesn’t it! Thank you lovely xx

  4. October 11, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    This is such a handy post! I loved how you also gave us an insight into your blogging routine, but also included some tips too. Thanks for sharing the RT accounts for Twitter promotion. I always struggle to find new accounts that will share posts, so this has been a massive help. Fab post xx

    Lauren / itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  5. October 11, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    There’s nothing worse than scheduling tweets haha. I definitely agree with all your tips especially talking bulk photos x

    • ellieedx
      October 11, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Definitely! But it helps so much and makes life easier in the long run doesn’t it! Ah I’m so glad you agree, I hope they manage to help people! x

  6. luxblush
    October 11, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I definitely agree with all of these! I hate scheduling tweets, it’s such a pain, but so useful! I need to invest in a better diary!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

      It’s literally the most boring thing ever but it really is so useful! Diary’s are always good for keeping track of things, I think they’re motivational as well actually haha! xx

  7. October 11, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I couldn’t believe the change in my blog traffic when I started scheduling tweets! It actually baffled me just how much it changed, I’ve also recently started trying to have 3 posts written and photographed ahead rather than rushing on post day to get it done, takes so much stress off and if I’m running a bit behind it doesn’t matter!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Me too, it’s crazy! I honestly love twitter so much more now too. Yeah that’s such a good thing to do. I just love having posts ready in my drafts incase things get too busy or I’m really uninspired with no ideas all of a sudden! xx

  8. October 11, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I love a good bulk photo session! I always schedule at the weekend for the week ahead now, it’s so much better for me with Ed able to have the kids whilst I work leaving my weekdays free for them. I still haven’t got round to scheduling tweets in advance though! x

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:54 am

      Bulk photo sessions and planning ahead just make life so much easier don’t they! You should definitely give scheduling tweets a go, it will do your traffic so much good and it makes life easier too. x

  9. October 11, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I keep threatening to buy a planner for my blog but never seem to get around to it, also scheduling tweets is something I need to get into. Sometimes I’m on a roll with tweeting and others I’m like, ummm nothing to say!

    I’ve been taking photos in bulk for Instagram recently so that I can edit them in my own time, then set them up as drafts ready to go. With my blog posts, when I think of an idea I write a quick title into a draft and save it. That way I have a list of titles waiting for me to add the content when I have time.

    You’re right though, finding a balance is key.

    Fab post Ellie!

    Samantha x
    http://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Blog planners can make life easier as it just keeps you on track of everything! And you have to try scheduling tweets for blog promo, it’s honestly crazy how much good it will for you traffic! I know what you mean though, other than promo tweets I do struggle with what to say sometimes.
      Yes! I love having photos ready and edited in my instagram drafts, it’s soooo much easier. I can’t bare it when I don’t have something ready to post and add my hashtags too!
      Yeah I do that sometimes too, It motivates me to find the time to write the post so it turns in to a completed draft!
      Ah thank you Samantha! x

      • October 13, 2017 / 12:06 pm

        I’m going to look at schedules tweets, I do retweet my blog prom tweets every hour or so but if I can schedule the retweet’s that will save me the bother. For my insta posts I write the caption and add the #tags so the drafts are all done ready to go. I know what you mean though! X

        • ellieedx
          October 13, 2017 / 12:17 pm

          I think doing separate tweets for each blog promo really helps though as you can add in different RT accounts each time who will retweet it again to reach a bigger audience! With Instagram I always add my caption on the day as I never know which photo I’m going to post on each day and then I add my hashtags in a comment but I have them saved in my notes on my phone and I just change them slightly usually which makes it a little easier! x

  10. October 12, 2017 / 9:19 am

    I’m going to get a planner to see if I can stay more organized, that way I can organize better my blog posts and everything xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Planners can be so useful, even just to keep you on track of what drafts you have and everything! xx

  11. October 12, 2017 / 9:56 am

    I really need to get into the habit of bulk taking photos! Great post.x

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 11:59 am

      It’s so useful, especially for instagram so you always have some ready in your drafts! x

  12. Amber
    October 12, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Having new stationary always makes me feel motivated to be organised! Bulk photo taking is always a good way to get posts on their way… Make the most out of your productive bursts for sure!
    http://www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      Me too! I love a pretty new notebook. Yes definitely, I find they help so much with Instagram too though, having drafts ready to go each day is so much easier! x

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Oh no, you’ll have to get back into it! I feel like it makes life so much easier x

  13. October 12, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    What helpful advice Ellie! I try to do all of these because it’s so hard when you’re working all the time to keep up! Bulk taking photos is a must but I’m a bit of a pain for scheduling tweets! I’m gonna try hootsuite as I’ve been using buffer! Clare xxx | Clayaa.com

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you Clare I’m so glad people are finding it helpful! It really is, especially when you get home and you just want to chill and go sleep from being so tired! I love bulk taking photos even if they’re just for instagram I find it helps so much to have a few drafts ready. Yes, you have to schedule tweets more, honestly it helps with your traffic so much! I love Twitter now haha, even though I often have nothing to say! xxx

  14. October 12, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    This was such a helpful post, especially to those who have just started blogging or those who are struggling with engagement. I know how hard it can be at times to juggle everything, but keeping on top makes things so much easier. I really need to get better at scheduling tweets Xx

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Aw thank you, that’s just what I wanted it to be! It really does make life easier being organised with everything, I know it’s not always possible but at least if you have photos in your drafts ready on instagram, full drafted or scheduled posts on your blog and some promo tweets if anything happens and you’re too busy or you’re feeling uninspired at least you can have some time out without it effecting your blog and socials! Scheduling tweets is sooooo good for traffic! xx

  15. October 12, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I bought one of those weekly planners recently, it’s great for organising not just my blog/social, but the rest of my life too!
    Totally agree on the drafting posts, especially when I’m feeling inspired, I just write everything down in a notebook or in my phone.
    I recently downloaded Buffer to schedule tweets but I haven’t quite worked that in to my routine yet!

    Loved the post, super helpful advice!

    xo, Nai
    http://www.ohsixeleven.blogspot.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      Yes they’re so helpful aren’t they! Having posts ready in your drafts is so helpful for if you’re too busy one week or feeling uninspired, at least you have things ready in advance to give you a chance to get back into things! Definitely try scheduling some tweets, it does wonders for your blog traffic even though it’s super boring and annoying to do! Oh thank you, I’m so glad you found it helpful! xx

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Aw thank you Taylor! Scheduling tweets is such a god send even though it’s so boring! xx

  16. October 12, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    I love posts like this, lovely read! Also I have those exact same glasses haha!

    • ellieedx
      October 13, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Aw thank you I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Omg really? Haha what a coincidence! I never see anyone with them! x

  17. October 13, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    I definitely need to get back on track with my blogging, i’ve had so much on I’ve basically taken the month off! But scheduling posts definitely helps! Xx

    http://www.xosophhh.com

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      It’s hard sometimes but it has to take a step back if you need it! Yeah scheduling tweets is so good! xx

  18. October 13, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Some great tips! My blog became so much more productive when I started my bullet journal. I was able to start using it to create a schedule and plan out ideas in advance. I’ve been much more consistent with posting as a result. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed them! That sounds so good, I definitely need to get back into planning properly, I’m not very good at deciding when to post what to make my content vary xx

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post xx

  19. October 15, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    This post is so helpful and your pictures are beautiful! My worst habit is not drafting up blog posts, I really need to get myself into drafting them so I have more time to plan other posts. X

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Aw thank you so much! Drafting posts makes life so much easier when you’re a little busier one week or out of ideas and you already have some posts ready to use! x

  20. October 19, 2017 / 3:38 am

    I always love posts like this!! I completely agree of bulk photo taking and scheduling things ahead of time. I usually like to spend a weekend afternoon sorting through my photos and bulk editing them in VSCO on my phone so I have a whole archive of photos to sift through during the week and choose from.

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:29 pm

      Aw thank you I’m glad you enjoyed the post! It makes life so much easier isn’t it! I usually edit my photos in bulk after taking them all xx

  21. October 19, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    These are all great tips Ellie – thanks for sharing! I thought about scheduling tweets, but then I’m absolutely clueless and have no idea how to do it.. Call me stupid but I didn’t even know that you needed to download an external app?! I’ll have to give this a go and see how I get on 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Yes it’s a bit of a faff getting round the app at first but once you’ve figured it out it’s so easy and makes life easier too, it’s so good for traffic to your blog! xx

  22. October 19, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    This is such a helpful post!! I actually really needed this right now because I’m seriously struggling to keep up with blogging and uni! X

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:31 pm

      Aw thank you Amy! It gets so difficult sometimes doesn’t it! I’ve found it a littler harder just lately but luckily I had some posts ready in my drafts to help me out! x

    • ellieedx
      October 24, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Aw thank you I’m glad! It’s hard to stay organised sometimes but makes life so much easier when you manage to! x

  23. November 4, 2017 / 9:45 am

    These are great tips! I definitely find that I get so much more traffic after I’ve scheduled my tweets for the day. The one thing I need to take from this post is to bulk take my photos. I usually slack on Instagram because I don’t have enough photos taken and some days I’m just so busy to take new photos.

    Lots of love,
    Agnese | http://www.agnesehadebe.com

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