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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  1. Good tips again! Found you on reddit. Organization is hard. And I thought I started out organized before I began blogging and had draft posts then get on WordPress and am like what is this thing. Organizing just my site feels like I can spend a day and then it goes bonkers and totally doesn’t do what I want it to

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      1. What are the specific issues your having with the site? If it’s specific things you’re wanting in different places etc, it could be your theme. I had a look at your blog and seems like you’ve made some decent progress and got lots of content on there

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      2. Thanks so much for looking and following up – that’s so nice of you! I am thinking it may be my theme – I have tried a few things out and it hasn’t worked. Essentially I would like to be able to have either a few pages or subpages for my posts that has them all organized by category, especially since some are pretty unrelated to my blog topic such as when I do the daily post challenges (although they get the most views by far). Right now, if I may a second posts page it removes all my posts. If I make subpages, it isn’t that intuitive to figure out how to include posts in them but I only recently looked into that option. And if I want a recent feed on my welcome, it isn’t that easy. Now that I have more on there, I’d probably delete my welcome and have a landing page instead but that takes you to all my posts. And from there would like an option to view posts by category too. I’ve been playing around with it lately and may be able to do that more easily by turning the welcome into my posts page and including a category option with widgets – I think that’s what I did with one of the other themes at the very beginning and switched since I didn’t have much content yet. Now that I do, I would like it more organized. I’ve also had the sidebar just be half way off the screen – skewed towards the top, and ads cover parts of posts. I don’t want to spend a tremendous amount of time formatting since I have content that I just haven’t posted and it takes away from that time. If you have suggestions for more simple themes that are a bit more intuitive in organizing by category and adding sidebars and ads that don’t fight with each other for space (and overlap other things or just go off the screen), that would be helpful. I started out with another theme and had picked categories but switched to this and now would need to get a bit more organized there if I want to have options to view posts by category. I tried switching back to that theme at one point and it changed so much I decided not to. Do themes make a huge difference in being able to organize the site how you want? I assumed I was just doing something wrong or needed to learn more and then the theme would be fine for me. But if they make a big difference, I’d switch. Formatting takes away from spending time on content. And I’m never totally happy with how it’s organized.

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      3. So the main point here is that I think you just need to use the categories in your menu to achieve what you want. Did you know that categories can be added to your main menu and that’s usually the best way for people to navigate to them?

        For example, the way my blog works as is that my main menu on my site is a mixture of ‘categories’ and ‘pages’. I also struggled with organising posts as well and wasn’t sure the best way. So having your categories in your main menu is a good way to organise, this does mean that you’ll need to put each individual post in the right category. But once you’ve done this, when people click on the category on your main menu they’ll just see posts of that type, which sounds like that’s what you’re looking for. To do this go and edit your theme, go to the menu section, then go on the option for your main menu and add the categories on there.

        It’s probably worth playing around with the themes, but from the sounds of it now it’s likely if you organise your categories etc you can have your blog how you want. Themes vary in different ways and have different features but they are all built to work around the WordPress basic functionality. You can filter the different themes if you’re having a look on different functions such as design, and features etc. For example I wanted my theme to have one main column of blog posts with one menu on the side for widgets, the rest was just which design I liked. So themes will vary on things like columns on the homepage, customisation options etc, but the basics should be similar if that makes sense. Different themes will likely result in slightly different ad placements too (for ads you do get basic choices as to how many to feature on the wordads tab too), and also different widget options etc. So there is a handy ‘try before you buy’ type feature to test out your content and play around with a different theme before committing which might help.

        So long story short it sounds like you’re just not aware you can add categories to the main menu, I wasn’t either at the start! It’s not exactly made that clear. If this doesn’t solve the issue or I’ve got the wrong end of the stick let me know 🙂

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      4. Thanks so much for the very detailed and very helpful response! I wish you were posting in the FAQs. This was very helpful. I hope my blog isn’t doing somersaults next time you see it 😳. Admitting I need to implement this still so it may be doing that. But I am really thankful you took the time to provide such detailed and helpful advice. 🤩

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  2. I find creating a list of post ideas, or at least jotting down ideas when they come to me, super helpful. I often have ideas that are somewhat fleeting, or many ideas at once but only time to write one. Writing down the ideas really helps when I eventually end up with a bit of writer’s block and don’t know what to write.

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