I’ve been asked recently, “How do you stay organised with your blog?” and honestly, staying organised as a blogger can mean different things to different people. I stay organised because if I don’t have structure in my life, I feel very uncomfortable and as though I’m falling behind on my work. I use so many things to help me with keeping my blog in check, as well as having a life outside the blogging world (she says as she writes this at 2:30am on a Monday). So here are a few ideas on how you can stay organised as a blogger.
Keep a diary planner.
Keeping a diary or a planner may sound completely obvious, but trust me, it works. I pre-plan my blog posts in my diary every week, and if plans change or if creating content I wanted to on a certain day is no longer possible, then no biggie. I can just check what’s coming next and move things around. By having a diary and keeping note of what blog post is coming next, I stay motivated to get the post up and ready for you guys a day or so before it’s due to come out. This is so handy when you’re planning for the week ahead. You can just go back, have a quick check and make sure you’ve got everything you need for the posts you’ll be writing. You can see when you’re free to do some research, interviewing or attend any events that would suit you and your blog. The diary / planner keeps you focused and organised in the most simple way possible. It helps you manage your time and keeps your work consistently coming out on time. Some bloggers prefer to get a separate planner or diary for their blog, but I personally pop everything in one place. Again, if I don’t have structure, I’ll freak out. And chances are, I’ll forget to check the blog planner if I had two.
Evernote is one of the easiest tools I’ve ever come across since starting my blogging journey. I’ve started using it for personal projects, reminders for vet appointments, minutes for meetings I’ve attended as well as checklists. If you want your work and research in one place then Evernote is most definitely the place I’d recommend going to. If you had an article online that you found, liked and wanted to respond to, you can save it easily and make additional notes around it, ready for when you sit down and write that reaction post. One of the main things I use Evernote for is checklists. You can easily set up checklists and goals on Evernote and tick them off one by one once you’ve completed your tasks. And the best thing about it? You can use it as an app on your phone! Not only does this keep you motivated, but you can literally check things off as you go about your day-to-day life.
You may have noticed from the previous point that I really love a good checklist. Your checklist can be as simple as how you control your social media, what you do on publishing days and so on. I use checklists to promote content, to keep my voice on social media heard and to keep my content relevant and interesting for you guys. Some of the best examples of checklists that bloggers have created for beginners are mostly found on Pinterest. One list that got me into this habit went a bit like this:
- Put at least 1 Tweet out today.
- Reply to comments and on social media.
- Check emails.
- Share latest post on;
- Come up with at least 1-2 new blog post ideas to potentially use next week.
Can I put at least 1 Tweet out in a day? Of course! I’m a Twitter queen! I’m constantly scrolling through my feed and checking out blog posts and stories from my followers and the people I follow.
Do I respond to comments and on social media? Yes! I do! I’ll always reply to any Tweet, Facebook message or comment, and Instagram DM or comment as soon as I see I have one. For my blog, I have to authorise comments, and if I authorise a comment, chances are I’ve also replied. There are of course, rare occasions where I haven’t been able to respond straight away, but it’s always on my to-do list until it’s officially been ticked off.
Can I check my emails on a regular basis? I can do. Again, sometimes it’s not always possible, but I try my best to sit down and make time to sort out any emails from followers, readers or anyone that wants to work alongside me.
Am I capable of sharing my latest blog post on my social media? Well… yes, yes I am.
Coming up with 1-2 new blog post ideas to potentially use in the following week is more of a challenge for me. I’m always complaining that I can’t think of what to write next, so by setting myself this goal I’ll hopefully stop myself from getting into the habit of ‘not having anything to write’ and start being more productive.
Checklists are so simple and efficient to use, and are most definitely some of the best ways to stay organised with your blog!
Always have a backup plan!
I’ve been invited to an event recently, and the date has changed about 3-4 times already. So on the day I had originally planned to post a review of the event, I managed to post something else in its place. Mainly because I was prepared and had a backup plan just in case this event was cancelled again. Things like this do happen, events get cancelled, plans change, things become difficult to achieve on the days you hoped they’d be ready. But why let that put you off from doing what you love doing and putting some great content on your blog? Just keep calm, relax and have your backup ready. It can be as simple as starting a conversation with your followers/ readers by asking them to ask you anything! This involves your audience and gives them a cheeky inside look into what you’ve got planned for you blog in the future. Overall, it’s up to you what your backup plan is, and you can keep to a similar post each time, for example, an update on your life, a review of something you’ve tried or experienced recently, or maybe even a quick and easy recipe that you love. Or you can spice it up each time. The main point is, be prepared as things can always fall through last-minute. The last thing you want to do is be stuck for creating content or be put off from writing something great for your audience.
These are just four super simple ideas on how you can stay organised as a blogger. If you’re like me and need structure in your life, then these things are worth having even if you’re not a blogger. Diaries/ planners, Evernote, checklists and backup plans all help reduce stress, help you stay focused and organised and keep you on-top of anything you decide to take on in life. I hope these are helpful to anyone that wants to stay a bit more organised with their blog, or just with their lives in general! If you’ve got any other ideas on how to stay organised as a blogger then please do share in the comments below! I’d really love to hear from you guys. Until next time, have an awfully big adventure for me.