Blogging is such a fun hobby, but for me, it’s just a hobby. I also have a job (you know, that actually pays the bills), a family, friends, and a really busy life. Oh and I like to run and go to Pure Barre…a LOT. So it takes a lot of balancing for me to not drive myself crazy. I thought I’d share how I stay organized as a blogger.
- Use some sort of editorial calendar. This is my number one tip. Looking at a chunk of time and seeing what you’ve blogged about, what you are thinking about blogging about and when you are thinking about blogging about various ideas helps so much in the quest to stay organized. You can use a regular paper calendar, an online calendar (like a Google calendar) or (my favorite) something like CoSchedule (affiliate link). What I love about CoSchedule is not only can I plan my blog posts, I can also plan and schedule my social media posts. I find this SO helpful (although, when I first tried CoSchedule you could schedule to Pinterest and that was amazing. Unfortunately, that can’t be done anymore, but it still is a HUGE timesaver).
- Get a system. I’ve started dedicating time each weekend to catching up on blog posts and committed to drafting at least the first couple of posts for the week. It makes it SO much less stressful for me when I’m not writing blog posts the night before they go live. Sometimes you just can’t avoid it, but if you can dedicate an hour or two to just drafting posts, it makes everything so much smoother.
- Consider doing some type of series. Thanks to my Friday Five linkup that I co-host with two other DC area bloggers, I know that every Friday (really Thursday night because our linkup goes live at 10pm Thursday), I’ll have a themed post. This takes off some of the pressure and makes it easier for me to plan the rest of my week. I also do a blog stats and income post each month and so that is another thing that I can automatically schedule because I already know (roughly) what I’ll be writing. Think about something you might be able to make into a series and then go ahead and schedule those posts.
- Write down everything! Even though I use an editorial calendar, I sometimes find myself out and about and with an idea for the blog. I’ll make a note and then email it to myself. When I’m back to my computer, I’ll start drafting a post (even if I just have a title). Then I’ll save that draft on a particular date on my CoSchedule calendar. I may end up changing the date or even the title, but I find it SO much easier to get started when I already have an inkling of an idea.
What are your tips on how you stay organized as a blogger? Do you use CoSchedule? [Tweet “a few tips on how to stay organized as a blogger – share your tips too!”]