In this post I want to talk about one of the more sexy topics in blogging, organisation… It’s one of those things that isn’t usually top of the list when we think about how to improve our blog, but it’s a very important thing to master. If you’re organised with what you’re doing and stick to a plan, you can produce more content, better content, and grow your blog much more efficiently. So in this post I’m going to give you 5 ways you can be more organised with your blog…
1 – Decide how often you want to blog, and stick to it
Posting consistently is not only important to keep the momentum of your blog going and to keep readers interested. But it’s also important, as it makes blogging part of your routine, meaning that naturally you’ll take it more seriously and keep up posting. The most important thing for your blog is finding a level that you’re comfortable with in how often you’ll post, and sticking to it.
Often people aim far too high and then can’t sustain posting at this level so stop. Realistically, unless you have lots of time on your hands, it’s going to be hard to post every single day. So even if it’s just posting once a week, then that’s completely fine. The important thing in this, is keeping your blog going and not letting it fall by the wayside. If you have a set amount of posts you’ll upload each week that’s manageable, you’re much more likely to stick to it and keep blogging as a result, which is the main goal here.
2 – Make time for blogging
In our busy lives it can be easy to forget about our blogs. For example, at the moment, I’m working full time and am super busy in my personal life as well as other projects I’ve started like my podcast (linked here if you want to check it out). This means I can’t focus on my blog as much as I would like. Luckily however, I know how often I want to blog, and I’m used to blogging at a certain time. So even when it’s busy I can make time for blogging.
If you make blogging a part of your routine and have a set time for it, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it. Obviously this can be flexible. For example, I blog after work in the evenings, and knowing in advance when I’ll be busy with other things, this means I can plan accordingly which evenings work best for blogging, so it fits in nicely with my routine.
3 – Create a list of post ideas
As someone who can’t contain lots of information in their head without forgetting it, I tend to write a lot of things down. So I made a document of ideas for future blog posts. This has been SO valuable to me and my blog, because it means you save all the brainstorming time when you sit down to write, and can just pick a post to write that suits how you feel at the time.
If like me also, your brain is always buzzing with ideas, then note them down on your phone and add them to this list. For me, it always feels like I’m stressing out when I try to remember things, so by noting all your good ideas down and getting them out of your brain and on paper, firstly you won’t forget, and secondly you’ll have a big list of ideas you can pick and choose from at will, saving time and hassle.
4 – Set aside time every week to do the other important things to your blog that aren’t just writing
Although content is extremely important, the other stuff is important too. By this I mean, sharing your content, engaging with other bloggers, learning how you can improve your blog, working on other long term things that will help your blog, such as a newsletter, theme refresh, new social media channel, or ebook.
When you’re starting out, it’s really important to engage with other people and get out there in the online world that isn’t your blog. Contribute to forums, find new bloggers to follow and interact with, and contribute to the community. By doing this, this will get you noticed and people will check out your site and maybe follow you. A simple way of doing this is setting aside a small amount of time after you post, to go and find other bloggers that have been writing about similar topics. Find some content you like, comment and add to the debate on their blogs, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of people who will visit your site and even follow your blog in return.
5 – Look at your stats to see what’s working and what isn’t
A lot of the time when we’re blogging, we can just plough on doing what we’re doing and never take a step out and look at the bigger picture of what’s happening with our blogs. What posts are working and what posts aren’t? What are the most popular areas of my blog? What are successful bloggers doing that I’m not?
It’s really important to look at your blog and analyse what is working and what isn’t. Then you can learn and improve consistently. A lot of blogging is trial and error. We write content hoping people will enjoy it and read it, but as most of us aren’t professional writers, we don’t know what people will like and what people won’t. So it’s important to try different things and reflect on your blog to see what works. Then we can do more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff.
So there it is, my 5 tips on being more organised with your blog. It’s not the most exciting topic, but it can make a huge difference to your overall success and how likely you are to keep blogging going. The less organised it is and the more it seems like a stressful mess, the more likely you’ll get fed up with it. Whereas, if you find a way and system of blogging that works for you, you’ll likely enjoy the process much more!
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