If you told me 1 year ago that I would be trying to maneuver my way through this world of blogging I would have said you were crazy. I was (and still am to some degree) a self proclaimed "bad" writer. I continuously question what I'm writing, (Is it good enough? Will people enjoy reading it? Does it make sense? How many spelling and grammar mistakes will people find!?) I have a pretty thin skin when it comes to criticism or negativity, and my time is short with being a new mom and wife. So how did I end up here?
I started this blogging adventure in March and I had very little information and knowledge on how I was going to do this. How I was going to fit this whole blogging thing around my already beautifully full life? How was I going to find people to contribute? How could I keep this sustainable?
Fast forward to August and, although I am constantly learning new things, I feel as though I have a firm grasp on how I can sustainably work with, and organize, my blog. In this post I'm going to share 5 ways in which I organize my blog and key points for each item in hopes that I provide you with some ideas on how to traverse this (sometimes) complicated (always) changing world of blogging.
Note: Today I won't be touching on the social media aspect of 'An Organized Life' as that in itself warrants its own blog post for Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook!
1) Draft a Blog Schedule
Draft out how many times you plan on posting on your blog per week. Be incredibly realistic about what you can do and what will fit into your life. I post 3 times per week, however I try to keep my Wednesday post dedicated to a guest blogger. At one point early in my blogging adventures, I attempted to post on an everyday basis. This backfired almost instantly! I have no time to post that often and prepare the social media posts to go along with it! Keep your blog schedule as realistic as you possibly can. If you can only post on your blog once a week, then by all means go for it! In the long run your readers are really looking for consistency and want to know when you will be posting new content to share during your week.
- Be realistic with what you can do
- Consistency is key
2) Prepare a Content Schedule
So, we've created a schedule of when we are going to post! The next step becomes what you're going to post on those days. I made a simple document in Google Docs and wrote down the weeks as headers. Then, under each header I wrote down the days of the week that I planned for a post to go live. Following my posting format, I wrote down what I wanted to post on each of those days. Sometimes I had no post started at all but just an idea, so I wrote that idea down in the date I wanted to post it.
- Identify what days you would like to post content and what content you will be contributing on those days.
- Even if you don't have a concrete post in place for a date, writing down an idea for a post will give you a jumping off point to start with.
3) Get Ahead of Yourself
I can't explain to you how awesome discovering this concept was for me. At first when I heard about getting ahead of yourself (preparing your posts for the next week, or several weeks, ahead of your schedule) I thought it was crazy! "How am I going to get so many posts ready to go!! I don't have that time on my hands!!" But guess what - I did find the time and now I'm two weeks ahead of my schedule. You know what that gives you? Freedom. Incredible peace of mind. No stress. Having my posts ready to go so far in advance allows me to take my time when writing and developing content for my site.
- Start small and try to prepare the upcoming weeks blog posts and the following weeks blog posts. Over time you can challenge yourself to increase the amount of weeks you have prepared!
4) Utilize your Calendar
Whether you use electronic or paper calendars you need to find a way to incorporate your blogging schedule into your daily life. For me, it is incredibly important to view my calendar and see all the posts I have scheduled to go out not only for my blog but also my social media outlets (primarily Facebook, as I use Instagram to post more of in the moment pictures and thoughts.) I use Google Calendar to organize not only 'An Organized Life' but also all aspects of our family, finances and personal calendars as well.
Note: There are blogging planners and binders that you can purchase, and I absolutely see the purpose of them, they just don't fit into my life at the moment. If you're looking for a separate paper planner for your blogging life then I absolutely recommend doing a google search to see all the options!
- Incorporate your blogging life into your everyday life
- Find a calendar system that works for you
5) Give Yourself Some Grace
In reality sometimes we can't get those posts ready to go out. We lose interest in a subject and don't feel like sharing it with the universe, or we just don't have the time to finish a post when it needs to be done. And guess what - that's okay! In the grand scheme of things is it going to matter a huge amount that you didn't publish a blog post when you planned to? No. Will the world literally stop moving and wait on bated breath for you to get that post out? No. So take a step back when you're feeling overwhelmed or uninspired by your blog and give yourself the grace to press pause for a second. Take a step away, maybe look at the schedule you created to see if it was maybe a bit too intense, readjust and realign yourself. Remind yourself why you started this space. I can grantee you didn't start a blog just to be stressed out about it all the time! Take some time to fall back in love with it!
- The world will not stop if you miss posting something.
- It's totally okay to feel overwhelmed. When that happens step back from your online world and reassess, reevaluate and realign your vision.
How do you organize your writing? Comment bellow or on Instagram or Facebook I would LOVE to know!