Wednesday, 15 October 2014

5 tips for everyday blogging


So, you want to be an everyday blogger do you? I've tried this a few times, mostly for the odd monthly challenge (which is a great way to try out/ease yourself into the possibility of becoming an everyday blogger!). Although I failed to complete the challenge in September, by only a few days, I did learn a few great tips and tricks along the way to ensure I had a post polished and ready to go every day! If you’re looking to write and publish a blog post every day, or even just more often than you currently do now, read on!

 
Plan

Even if you know exactly what you want to write, plan like you don’t. I usually have a few ideas but every so often my mind draws a complete blank. I carry with me a little blogging journal that I use to not only keep track of my posting schedule (more on that in a minute), but to store my ideas too. I plan all my posts in as far advance as possible – sometimes up to a month or more depending on the season and what’s coming up. This way, I know exactly what to write and when it needs to be finished by. It's also a great excuse to buy a really pretty planner!


Posting schedule

Daily blogging or set day blogging, whatever your goal might be, develop a posting schedule and stick to it. Not only will it help you write and update consistently, but it’ll show your audience that you’re consistent and they’ll know when to expect an update from you. Not everyone uses bloglovin, so you want your posting to be consistent, think of it like your favourite tv show, you know exactly when to change the channel and tune in. If it makes it easier, develop themes for certain days, for example, beauty posts go up every Monday, and cookery posts go up on a Friday, that way, if people are more interested in one than the other, they’ll know when to pop on over to your blog.


Write in advance

I write about 99% of my posts in advance, usually up to a week but sometimes more depending on how productive I’m feeling and how much time I’ve got to blog. I generally set aside one day a week, usually a Sunday, to do nothing but work on the blog. Be it writing posts, replying to comments and emails, or catching up with my favourite blogs. I get that not everyone can do this, hell even I can’t manage it every week, but I try. I usually write 3 – 6 posts, and then work on the images as taking and editing them takes a lot more time than writing the posts (but that could just be me!).

Schedule your posts

Once you’ve got a whole bunch of finished blog posts, schedule them. This feature is an absolute lifesaver for me! It means my blog can update consistently without me having to be near the computer. I also don’t have to worry about posts not going up because I’m working or busy. I go through my blogging planner and schedule, check which day the post is due and schedule accordingly then tick it off the list (yes, I’m one of those people!). It also means I have more free time to promote the post, my blog, catch up on other things, or if I’m feeling really productive, work on future posts.

 
Schedule your social media

You need to get your blog out there. What’s the point in putting all that hard work into creating wonderful content if people can’t find your blog in the first place? This is where the likes of HootSuite comes into play. HootSuite allows you to schedule social media updates in advance, much like you would schedule a blog post. When I’m scheduling blog posts, I try and schedule a couple of twitter updates to go out to coincide with a new post going live. I can’t always be near a computer, and I can’t always get on twitter, especially when I’m in work. Scheduling it all in advance means I can, theoretically, be in two places at once!

 
As you can see, I pretty much do as much as possible in advance. That’s what works for me. Some people like to be a bit more spontaneous and that’s great too. I find structure and consistency work best for me. There is no right or wrong way to blog, but try out a few of the above tips and let me know how they work out for you, you might just find one that works!

Do you blog every day? Got any tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

6 comments:

  1. Life has been so good after learning to use HooteSuite! I was thinking of doing a month challenge in December but we shall see, I will use these tips if I do! :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. If you attempt the challenge let me know! They're hard work, I won't lie, but there also great fun!

      Sarah :)

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  2. Wow, you're organised - I'm probably one of the least organised with mine. I do have a running draft email with post ideas but that's about it.

    But I do like these tips and maybe I should schedule more things in advance :)

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    1. Would it be weird if I said I wish I was MORE organised?? I still feel like there's more I could do lol!

      Sarah :)

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  3. Scheduling ahead of time is definitely the key to blogging every day! I remember when I first started in May I would write a post then publish... I never hit that publish button anymore. It's always SCHEDULE! :P

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Hehe scheduling really does become your best friend in the blogging world!

      Sarah :)

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