This is the kind of blog post I am always searching for, so,etching with practice tips and tricks got running a successful blog. And my blog is in no way up there with the best, but I do know a few things, and why not share those with you. A few people have asked me some ‘how to’ blog questions and I would like to answer them all individually but that will take a while so I thought I’d break it down into sections, that way I can elaborate on each one.
So this one is about organizing your time effectively, if that means you have a ‘day job’ and you blog in your free time or you’re at school or you are lucky enough to blog full time. If you have a blog or want to start one, organizing and scheduling your time is what you’ll have to do. If you’re wanting to post regularly you’ll have to schedule time to take pictures, plan, edit, write and be creative.
I have a day job so I blog in my spare time, that means evenings and weekends, and even public holidays. I can really only speak to what I know and hope it helps you. And here it is:
Get a diary! Most people believe that you just think of a blog post, write it, post it and then it’s done. It’s really not as simple as that, you have to plan days to take pictures, whether you have a fashion, lifestyle, food, beauty or DIY blog it will need good pictures. I find that having a diary and regularly writing in it helps to keep to keep me on track. Not everything is set in stone, I edit it often and sometimes just get plain lazy and have to shuffle things around. I jot down the days I will be taking pictures and days that are just for writing, and something that is very important, but most people forget to mention it, have creative/idea days.
Stick to your plans! I say this knowing that there are days I cannot string together a normal sentence let alone anything pithy or entertaining. But I do try to stick to the plans that I have written in my diary, because if I miss something it just means there’s more to do the next day and then it gets a bit overwhelming. So don’t beat yourself up about switching things up if you really feel like taking pictures or you’re in a writing mode, go ahead and do it, that’s probably when you’ll do the best. But do try to keep yourself on track.
Schedule your blog posts! Because working under pressure can sometimes be good. This may not be true for everyone but it is true for me. I work well when I know I’ve scheduled a post for 9am and it’s 8:45 and I need to bang a good post out in 15 minutes. Am I alone in this? I like to set up the rough framework for the posts for each week, schedule them and then go back in later to fill in the detail.
Plan yo ass off! Why? Because it pays off, yes I just did that, don’t judge me, it’s 10pm and I’m crazy tired! This is a more broad plan, for blog posts for the week, two weeks or month. I call it my outline, like when you were a kid and you wanted your work to be the best, even though it was just a colouring in page, you would do an outline of colour so that you wouldn’t draw outside of the lines. Just me? Okay! Well this is me not allowing my blog to get messy. I do a rough idea of different posts I could do in that month, remembering special events or holidays that I may want to feature something cool and then pencil in the post for each week. There are gaps though because I need to leave room, for an impromptu purchase or a spark of creativity.
So those are four, very simple tips that most people struggle with, but if you get those right I think you’ll be on the right path. Half the effort of blogging is planning and being organized, but that’s not the part that people really talk about.
I hope that this has been somewhat helpful, if it has, pop me a message/comment down below. Or if you have any questions about other blog tips you would like or things you would like me to explain, let me know. Hit me up!