Organising your blogging schedule | Quirks & Queries


If you run your own blog, you'll know how easy it is to feel swamped by it. From trying to create compelling content, promoting it, web design, reaching out to companies, networking all on a regular, consistent basis. (Wow, I just managed to make blogging sound boring). When we get it right though, our little corner of the web can make us feel really good. Below are a list of ways to organise your blogging schedule based around common blogging problems people may face; they also act as a list of things I need to do to be more organised myself.

1) Equip yourself with a journal, an organiser or a planner. 

  • I personally use a Weekly Desk Planner with tear of sheets, I think it was 99p from Home Bargains, but I find just jotting down what you've got to do or where you've got to be each day of the week helps to then formulate the week ahead a bit more. I personally find knowing what I'm going to be doing and jotting everything down for the week ahead of me on a Sunday evening, helps me to not only feel less apprehensive if I'm doing something a little bit out of my comfort zone, but also to feel more productive and positive about what I'm doing; I can just get on with it a bit easier.

2) Keep a separate journal or notebook for ideas.

  • Linking slightly with point one, I'd also recommend keeping a separate journal that you keep with you to jot down any inspiration or ideas for another blog post. It's much easier planning your ideas out (in whatever way works for you; mind maps, bullet points, colour coding) rather than trying to write directly onto a draft.

3) Schedule your social media.

  • Using a third-party post scheduler like Buffer or Hootsuite, is such an easy way to organise your weekly promotion posts. I use buffer myself, and despite there being a limit on the number of posts you can schedule on the free plan, I'm finding it works great cross-platform and, if need be, I'll pay for a larger scheduling plan when the time comes. But, an easy way around this is to schedule your Facebook posts on the platform, and save the free scheduling for platforms which don't allow scheduled posts. This can free up a lot of time & effort.

4) Have a back log of blog posts.

  • Keep some rainy day posts drafted up: if you're having a good day and you can think of all the ideas under the sun; write them up and save them for a day when you're not feeling up to writing. This is something I really need to do, it'll not only keep my blog continuous, but it'll also alleviate some of the pressure I put on myself to get one published.

5) Create a media pack.

  • Media packs are a well-known PR tool to enable you to communicate what your blog is about to prospective brand collaborations, agencies & companies. I might cover how to do one in the near future as I had to scour the web for how-to blog posts before I felt comfortable to start it. But give it a go, it'll take away time spent on lengthy email pitches, and will also help those who spot your blog's potential to know what you're about in one document. I found this blog post by Melyssa Griffin quite helpful.
If you've got any tips or helpful ways in which you keep your blog organised, pop them in the comments section.

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