Blogging can be all consuming if you are really serious about making a go of it. You need to be able to organise your time as there is always so much to think about:
- writing regular posts,
- working social media,
- running a linky,
- reading and commenting on other blogs,
- pitching to brands,
- reviewing products,
- taking photographs,
Here’s how I fit it all in:
How I Organise A Standard Working Day
- Blog between 06:00 – 07:00
- If I’m home during the day, I will use Sophie’s naptimes to read and reply to emails as well as to organise and do any blog maintenance that I have scheduled (such as updating plugins / deleting spammy comments).
- I make sure that I have finished all of my chores etc by the time that Sophie goes to bed (around 18:30) so that I can crack on with work during the evening.
- Write a post every evening. Having experimented with different blogging schedules, I’ve found that posting daily is what works best for me.
- Organise all of my tweets by scheduling them using Social Oomph. I also share my posts on all of my social media platforms.
- As a new blogger I think I still get most of my work through pitching to brands so I will pitch to a minimum of two brands every evening.
- Edit any photographs that I have taken during the day using PicMonkey.
- Upload a second photograph to Instagram.
- Read and comment on at least ten blog posts a day from my linky #fortheloveofBLOG
- Read and comment on at least five posts from any linky that I have joined that day. The more love you give the more you receive!
If you want to monetise your blog then there is a lot of work involved and it really helps to be organised. I use a few different tools to automate and make my life a bit easier and more organised.
Tools I Use To Organise My Week
- Social Oomph and Twuffer to organise and schedule all of my tweets. I promote and share each blog post ten times on Twitter, with an 8 hour gap between each post.
- Excel spreadsheets. I have a spreadsheet for all of the paid jobs that I am working on so I can organise all of my commitments and monitor how much tax I will need to pay at the end of the year. I also use a Linky spreadsheet to help me keep track of who has linked up to #fortheloveofBLOG each week.
- WordPress Editorial Calendar. To be honest I have only recently started using this as my WordPress scheduler just would not work. The Editorial Calendar is great as you organise all of your posts planned across the month. Seeing them all laid out like that makes me feel way more organised than I actually am!
- Bullet Journal and notebook. I use the bullet journal to record all of the jobs that I know I need to do the following day. I carry the notebook everywhere and when inspiration for a post strikes, I will just pull it out and jot the idea down.
- Daily Print list with all the recurring jobs that I need to do. I just stick this to my bullet journal so I can check it off each day.
- Instagram – I upload twice a day. That strategy is working really well for me right now. I use around 30 hashtags for each picture so to save time I have a list of them sat in my notebook on my phone. I can then copy and paste them quickly into each picture.
So that’s how I am currently organising my working week. I hope it has helped some of you if you are wondering how to fit it all in. If you have any great time-saving tips then why not let me know in the comment box below.
Until next time