I’ve been blogging a little over two months now (you can read about the first couple of months here). Trying to keep up to date with writing and sharing new posts alongside my day job, parenting and keeping up with friends and family is a bit of a juggling act. Luckily I like to be organised (I have a degree in Events Management!) but it does take a certain amount of planning and organisation to keep on top of a blog and all that comes with it. I have some of my tips to share with you and also hosted a Twitter chat with Influencer Writes last night to find out about what works for other bloggers and their top tips so thought I would share them with you.
Have a plan
Whether you blog as a hobby or full-time it seems like most bloggers I’ve spoken to like to have a bit of a plan to start with. A lot of people I’ve spoken to see the benefits of having a blog schedule in terms of being consistent for followers, but don’t like to compromise on content by forcing themselves to write a post just because the schedule says so. I completely agree with this, I like to give myself an aim of 2 posts a week but don’t beat myself up if a post is published a day or two later than I had planned because I wasn’t inspired or in love with what I had written.
Going in to my third month of blogging I sat down at the beginning of August and planned out the month with a diary, putting in blog post days, reminders of Twitter chats that I like to join in with, Throwback Thursday posts, articles & guest posts I need to write and a list of goals for the month. This gives me a plan to strive for as I like working this way, but am careful not to get stressed if I don’t manage it all. Remember, you started your blog to enjoy it so be realistic with a plan that enables you to grow your blog the way you would like without it becoming a chore.
Pen & Paper v. Electronic
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll probably have gathered by now that I’m a total stationery addict! I love to plan with paper diaries, something about being able to put pen to paper, scribble things out if necessary and have a notepad to hand just appeals to the way my brain is wired. I was surprised that quite a few of bloggers I spoke to actually use both to organise themselves! Like me they love a bit of stationery but the backup that having all your info on a laptop provides if you forget your diary is also really handy. The other thing that popped up is using a Bullet Journal. This is something I only came across recently but have been researching and keen to try. It’s essentially a completely customisable and unique diary/ notepad/ to-do list and if you’d like to give it a go you can have a peek here.
My top tip here is get to know what’s right for you. Every blogger I asked had a slightly different preference so give things a go, whether that’s a diary, your phone calendar or an app there’ll be a solution in there that you are comfortable with.
Social Media Scheduling
To be honest, this is something I haven’t ventured into yet and hadn’t given it a lot of thought to but after last night’s Twitter chat I’m determined to give it a go. I wasn’t alone in not using it so don’t feel bad if you’re still part of the scheduling newbie club like me! Scheduling is so good for organising promoting your blog posts as it means you can set up posts and in Ruth in Revolt’s experience give yourself more time to use social media to chat and engage with other followers, rather than taking up time writing promo posts. Top tip here from Ruth is remember to alternate between promo and personal posts so your followers don’t feel bombarded with promotional scheduled posts! If you’re interested in giving it a go Buffer came out on top in recommendations but other bloggers use Tailwind, Crowdfire and Hootsuite- I’m off to have a look at how they all work!
Top tips from bloggers
During last night’s chat some brilliant bloggers very kindly shared their top tips with me and they were too good not to be shared so here are a list of top tips and some great bloggers for you to go and follow!
Brooke (Brooke Pearson) gave some Georgia inspired advice that is really important to remember. It’s easy to get swept away in the supposed ‘shoulds’ of blogging but always remember why you blog and why you enjoy it and be yourself!
Megan (Megan Elizabeth Lifestyle Blog) advises to just do it! Planning is great but don’t forget to put your plan into action to see the results!
Both points from Cassie (Single Mom, Strong Traveler) are so important! It’s easy to look around and compare yourself to all the other bloggers you follow but remember that you bring you to the table, that’s something no one else can do and why your followers enjoy reading your blog.
Ruth (Ruth in Revolt) is a little fountain of blog knowledge and has some excellent advice for scheduling to suit you. Be realistic about the time you can set aside so blogging doesn’t become a stressful activity.
I loved this tip from Lucy (Lucy Mary) as I sometimes look at my days and wonder where I’ll fit in my blog! I’m finding sometimes what seems like not enough time still gives me a chance to be productive. I’ve recently started using half an hour on my lunch break to either make notes on a blog, share an Instagram picture or engage with people on social media and it really does make a difference.
Kay (Kay at Home) gave a great tip about participating. I have found that you get back what you put in on social media, if you’re active and engaging with people you will see it come back to you.
Soph (Blogging by Soph) sums up this article beautifully with her tip! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, blogging is meant to be fun and creative and if you stress out about it you won;t get either of those things out of it.