I used to be the most disorganised person, however University and work schedules allowed me to experiment with different ideas and work out what worked for me in terms of becoming more organised.
Blogging involves a lot of work. People who don't blog don't always see this. Blogging is not simply writing a post anymore, it is so much more than that. Blogging now entails taking photography, running different social media accounts, engaging with other bloggers, promotion, scheduling content and more. When I started blogging I didn't realise how much work was needed to be put in, in order for a successful blog.
I find planning really important when it comes to blog work. Having a plan can be a good idea because you know what is coming and you can have things organised in advance. Having a plan can also help when you get the dreaded writers block and don't have any content to work with. It is also good for general peace of mind. I feel a lot more relaxed knowing that I have things planned and scheduled in advance for the days where I really want a break or cannot create content.
Having a plan can help with covering all the content you wish to be focused on with your blog. I personally write so much variety of content relating to different topics. I like to keep it mixed up, try not to have three relationship posts in a row or a few lifestyle posts too near each other and not a beauty post in ages. I'm working harder on maintaining this.
Planning can also make it easier to come up with new content ideas further ahead of time.
How to plan
When I plan, like I said earlier, I try to think about what area topics I have or have not written about recently as I like to mix up my content. Looking back is as good as looking ahead when it comes to planning blog content. I also get inspiration sometimes by reading back on older content.
Blogging isn't always about the numbers, but you need to work out what content works best for the engagement you receive and use this to your advantage. Personally a lot of posts that get the most traffic for me is my posts about blogging, university and relationships. You need to know which content has your readers the most engaged but also you still need to write about things that you enjoy to write about. Which posts are the most fun for you to write?
Asking questions is the structure that I give myself to start planning future content.
Getting things down
I am a very visual person. I know that a lot of people might not be but getting things down the moment you think of an idea is really important and so useful. Whether this is done in a technological format or written, getting stuff down when you most need to is vital incase it is forgotten ten minutes later.
You may have seen me go on and on about bullet journalling on social media recently, because I am obsessed with it. I am a very visual person and seeing things written down is really helpful for someone like me. AmandaRachLee has some amazing videos (that you can check out here) that really gave me some inspiration and ideas for pages.
At first I didn't really know what I was doing with bullet journalling and I created pages that I directly copied from page set ups that I saw on Pinterest. I realised quickly that this didn't work for me. To become more organised with blogging you need to create pages that will work for you.
For example at the beginning of bullet journalling I created weekly spreads that had my to-do list and blogging lists mixed together. After a couple of weeks I decided to separate these things. I currently have a weekly spread for blogging and this includes a to-do list, my blogging schedule (what posts are going live on what day), what twitter chats are happening and my blog stats for the week. I keep my everyday tasks seperate.
Getting it on a calendar
Organising an editorial calendar is useful. Technological or written are examples of ways to keep a calendar. I personally prefer writing down my calendar and keep it all in my journal. Technological calendars might be easier for some in terms of editing and taking things out and adding new things in. Whatever works best. The key is find out what works best for you and your style of work in order to keep on top of it.
Similar to the bullet journalling point, I keep all of my brain dumps and notes in written form so it is easy to look back on. Whenever I get a moment where something pops into my mind I like to note it down even if I don't use it or the thing doesn't work out.
Planning as often as possible
I work on my blog daily. That might sound over the top but I don't spend my time working on my blog from 9AM-5PM. However, some days I will work on it more than others.
Planning content is all well and good but it is important to organise your time well enough that you don't fall behind or you can plan your days or weeks to maximise productivity. This helps me tonnes.
You've got to think realistically about how much time a day you have to work on your blog and what things you need to have done each day or week.
I find to-do lists super helpful and this will include all of the tasks that I need to complete for the week, or days -if more work needs to be done.
Keep everything in designated folders
With my university work I used to have all kinds of documents spread in whatever folders with no organisation. Now that I am no longer at University I went through all of my folders to transfer it all on a hardrive so I had more space on my laptop. This gave me the opportunity to clear out all unwanted and useless documents and photos I had saved.
I now have designated folder space for my blog work. I have folders for my posts (then folders in this folder labelled for designated themes), photos (put in themed folders depending on the type of photography) inspiration (for when I lack creativity and need to see a few photos to spark anything. I have also saved some of my favourite posts to read for inspiration.)
It can get overwhelming when your work space is cluttered. Go through, declutter and organise all of your folders so it is easier to maintain and work with.
Create a plan and schedule that works for you
If you cannot regularly publish a new post 5 days a week then do not try. Pick one or two days maybe even three. Some weeks you may not be able to publish content. Quality is more important when it comes to blogging and posting valuable content once a week will be a lot more brilliant rather than posting too much 'meh' content frequently.
Make sure you factor in time for all of your tasks that need to be taken into consideration. If you only have a set few hours a week then you need to think of a realistic timetable to complete all your necessary tasks.
What things do you do to stay organised with blogging?