Let’s face it – sometimes blogging can be hard work. Actually, who am I kidding? Blogging is always hard work!
I take my blog pretty seriously, posting 5-7 times a week, always trying to keep fresh content coming and making sure I have something to post. Keeping that momentum going is no easy task, especially since I have a life outside my blog that demands my attention too.
Today I hope to share with you a couple of key habits and ideas to help make your blogging life easier. There is no magic recipe to make blogging a breeze forever, but with a few tweaks, blogging can get easier with time and practice.
1. Create Set Times to Blog (and read blogs)
I treat my blog like a job. I know when I’m going to have time to blog, and I have a set time of day to read blogs every day. Making the decision to carve out time for my blog has not only made it so blogging is not longer taking over my life, it’s also been the difference from being unknown to successful for me.
When I fail to commit to reading blogs every day, my traffic dies off. When I fail to set times during the week to blog, I’m scrambling for posts on days when I don’t have time to write.
Just because you set a time to blog and read (and I highly recommend doing both) does not mean that it has to be a ton of time, though. I give myself anywhere from a few hours to 30 minutes to blog each day. I also give myself an hour a day to read blogs when I can.
Everyone’s schedule will look different. But once it’s on your schedule, you’re much more likely to stick to it, and also know what to expect your blog life to look like.
2. Schedule Posts in Advance
Scheduling posts in advance is just about my favorite thing ever. I know not everyone can get on board with it, though. However, I will tell you that it’s the best feeling in the world to wake up on a busy day that I’ve got to head out the door to realize that my blog is running all by itself.
I schedule many of my posts in advance, and the more I can, the better I feel. But again, I know some people are a little more impromptu than that and that’s okay. Sometimes I just know what I’m going to post on certain days. I draft up the post, but then maybe add something like what I had for breakfast that actual day and just add photos and a description before I post it. So about half the work is done in advance.
You can’t actually see it, but the arrow is pointing to today’s post – scheduled in advance
There’s a lot of ways you can make scheduling posts work for you. If you’re short on time, working a lot, or have kids, it’s such a lifesaver to schedule a bunch of posts for the week and know your blog is taken care of. That way, you can spend your time during the week replying to comments or dealing with social media.
3. Keep a Stash for Rainy Days
Sometimes I get a little crazy with posting things in advance, though. I come up with great topics and I want to publish them soon! I’ve learned that it doesn’t hurt to wait, though.
It’s really helpful to me to keep a few posts buffered up for a rainy day. No ideas today? Post a smoothie recipe that I saved. No time to blog? Awesome, just publish that post I’ve got chillin’ there in my drafts.
Even if you only have one at all times, and even if you never use them for “rainy days,” it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan.
4. Schedule Social Media
One of the biggest complaints I hear from bloggers is that social media takes up all their time. With social media being ever-present and always available, it’s very easy for it to consume your life – but it doesn’t have to!
Scheduling social media in advance offers an effective way for you to manage one avenue of your blog so much easier than if you don’t. There are many ways to schedule social media in advance. I personally like using Hootsuite for Twitter. I schedule Facebook posts in advance through Facebook (I like their features better than Hootsuite’s). And that’s honestly the only social media I really schedule in advance.
If you’re writing your posts in advance as mentioned above, this should be a snap. Add a photo, a caption, and the link to your post, set it to post on the day your post is scheduled – and you’re done. One less thing you have to do!
Heed with caution on this one, though. When scheduling in advance, make sure your posts are spaced out far enough and make sure you’re scheduling different types of posts to give variety to your social media accounts.
5. Keep a List of Topics on Hand
I always, always, always have a list of blog topics on hand. In fact, sometimes I have multiple lists floating around my desk because my brain seems to always produce what I think are must-be-blogged-about topics or titles at any given moment in time.
The most helpful way to keep a list of topics is on my computer with a sticky note. And just to show you that I really do this, here’s my current list, getting longer every week.
It’s also a good way that I can release myself from “blogger mind.” Aka: I have so many ideas in my head to blog about that I can’t sleep at night and my mind might explode!
6. Release Yourself
With that being said, blogging is not everything. Sometimes I get very caught up in my blog, what I desire for it, what needs to be done, etc. It’s good to have this mindset when I’m actively working on the blog, but not when I need to be living my life. At the end of the day, sometimes I’ve just got to relax and let it all go.
No more emails. No checking social media. Pretending that I don’t want to take pictures of everything I’m eating that day. You know – that kind of release
I know we all pride ourselves on what’s going on with our blogs, but just sitting back, living life, and not working on your blog? I think that’s the most important thing of all.
I hope you found these tips helpful!
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