How to be an organized blogger
Blogging can honestly make you a little bit crazy. I find myself with a collection of trinket dishes, lists all of the house, and so many ideas that I can’t even think. Since the beginning of this year, I have made it a mission to become an organized blogger. Not only has it allowed me to create better content for my blog, but it has also made my life a lot easier as well!
Notebooks are a blogger’s best friend!
If there is anything that I seem to have a ton of, it is notebooks. I keep them to jot down my regular thoughts in, but they have become serious tools for blogging. Because I have so many, I have them separated into different categories! I keep one journal that is just full of content ideas. It is something that I can refer back to at anytime, and I usually have quite a long list. When I work on a blog post, I typically create an outline to start with. This is mainly because it is how I learned to write back in the day, but also to keep my thoughts organized. There is a third notebook for random blog related things as well. If I have a color code I like, webinar notes, or little reminders, it goes in there.
Personally, I like to find notebooks that can double as blog props too! My absolute favorite place to find notebooks is TJ Maxx or HomeGoods! Not only are they cuter than a standard notebook, but they are also at great prices! Majority of the notebooks in any of my photos are from either of those places. My last notebook has essentially turned into a blog planner! I list the category and title. Then I list the expected date, and a little check box to make sure that the photos and SEO are all done for the post. I created a blog planner that you can download to help get you started!
Creating a schedule is key!
My first few years of blogging, I had no rhyme or reason to the blog. I was insanely inconsistent, never knew what I was blogging about, and really wasn’t making any progress towards growing. Now….I’m not saying that you need to be posting a beauty review every Thursday, or a blog post three times a week. What I am saying is that find a schedule that works for you. In the month of October, I’ve been blogging every single day. Usually, I blog every other day. I do this because it works with my personal schedule, but it is still at consistent. When you subscribe to my blog, you know there will be at least three or four posts a week!
Additionally, because I know how often I post, I write like a madwoman! It is pretty standard for me to have at least eight blog posts ready to go, with photos edited and everything! The best thing that I ever did was use the scheduling option on WordPress. It gives me a great piece of mind to know that my post is going to go up no matter what I am doing! Scheduling has really helped me become an organized blogger, and it is my biggest tip for you! If you are currently using a planner, this is a great tool! Just add your blog posts to your daily tasks! Scheduling could also be a great introduction into creating goals for your blog!
The nitty gritty
I don’t really think that any of us like dealing with financial or legal paperwork, but if you work for yourself, you know the importance! Anytime I do sponsored content, I keep my W9, contract, or any other legal document I might need for tax season in a filing box. I picked one up for 15 bucks at Target, and it has been one of the best things I have ever done! I use it to organize literally everything in my life. I keep folders inside that are specific to a topic. I’m pretty old fashioned when it comes to things like this, and I like to have physical copies. You can also create a folder on your computer for a digital copy as well. I’m just terrified of technology failing! Not only will this make you an organized blogger, but it will make your life so much easier during tax season! Seriously!
Keep your social media organized too!
I love social media, but it can get messy. I’m not talking about drama, but when it comes to scheduling. Buffer has been something that I’ve used for literally YEARS, and I don’t see myself ever not using it. I have social media standards that I use for new blog posts, and that has made the whole marketing process incredibly easy! I’ll upload to my personal Facebook page, and then any groups that I am in as well. Next, I’ll head over to Buffer and create a social media post with a graphic to share with my feed. Next, it is time to share on Instagram. Finally, I’ll create three graphics for Pinterest, and upload all of those to the designated boards, and then just schedule and add to tribes on Tailwind!
It honestly seems like a lot when I write it out, but it is pretty much second nature to me now. I do it for every blog post, even if I’m traveling. The blog has been steadily growing, so fo now, it is definitely working! I do want to say that you should take your audience into consideration the relationship you have with your readers on your platforms. Do what works best for you! Another tip is to keep a record of your social media stats from month to month to see if you’re strategies are working!
Are you an organized blogger? What are your tips?