If you haven’t blogged as much as you would have liked this year, or simply want to start afresh, getting organised is the key to a whole new blogging you. Whether you’re a fan of spontaneity or prefer the tried and tested method, organising your blog and future posts can help to maximise your writing potential and leave you with extra downtime to get inspired all over again.
So now that Christmas is over, why not spend some time getting back to your blogging best before the new year strikes with these simple tips.
Inspiration is at the heart of any creative venture but it can sometimes be difficult to get motivated and come up with fresh ideas when you are feeling out of sync or overrun. It’s important to give yourself time to think so try to find a moment in the day when you can collect your thoughts and clear your mind. This might be in the morning (with the 5am challenge!) or late at night (when relaxing with adult colouring!). Keep a notepad and pencil on you at all times so that you can jot down ideas whenever and wherever. Perhaps you’ll get struck by an idea on the morning commute or when waltzing down the supermarket aisle. You never know!
ORGANISE YOUR DESK
An organised mind = an organised life and an organised desk = an organised mind! Whether you use a proper study desk to blog and write at or you simply settle down at the kitchen table, make sure you always have everything to hand so that you don’t have to get up mid-sentence to reach for your diary / notepad / phone / Greek coffee. Get yourself a funky desk organiser and never misplace your favourite pen again!
FOLLOW A SCHEDULE
Whether you post on a whim or follow a strict routine, having a blogging schedule can really help to engage your readers. Setting aside time for your blog each day can be tough, especially when life, work and children take priority, but simply having 15-30 minutes each day to check emails, maybe reblog or retweet the odd post or write up a few paragraphs, can keep everything ticking over. I post twice a week, check emails and social media everyday and take photographs at weekends or in the evenings after Pip has gone to bed. Blogging is my hobby and is increasingly becoming a career path BUT it is NOT my whole life and a schedule helps me to prioritise.
Let’s face it – social media can be a real pain. Gone are the days when you could just post something on Facebook. Now you have to put it on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and all that jazz. Save yourself time and hassle by linking your social media accounts together – that way you can click ‘publish’ once and the post will appear on all your networking platforms. Find out how to link your social media sites here. Simples!
GET AHEAD OF THE GAME
Kill two birds with one stone by sticking to your blogging schedule and drafting up posts in advance. You may find that some days you have a bit of spare time on your hands so can write to your hearts content. Other days you won’t have a single minute to yourself so by getting ahead and writing up the odd future post when you can, you won’t feel pressured to bash out something quickly when you realise it’s your posting day and you haven’t got anything to blog about. It also takes time to capture and edit photographs so if you’ve already got a few of these to hand you’ve done half the work already.
I know that some career bloggers post every single day but for me this simply doesn’t work. Even if blogging was my full time job I still wouldn’t post everyday and especially not on weekends unless it was to coincide with a specific event. Not only do you need time in the real world with your family and friends but having a break to recharge your batteries keeps your mind fresh. It can be hard to keep up the momentum if you are a frequent blogger so make sure that you still get some downtime to sit back, relax and feel the love.
SET A GOAL
What do you want from your blog? More followers? Freelance work? Collaborations? I’m constantly working towards something and always have a list to hand of all the posts and ideas I’m working on. I love the satisfaction of ticking off my ‘To Do’ list. December has seen me wrapping up all my posts for the year and setting out a rough plan for posts and possible projects in 2016. Having goals and aspirations is key to keeping yourself motivated and even if you don’t know where your blog is going, the fact that you are thinking about it is a positive start!
So how are you getting your blog organised for the new year? Does anyone have any top tips? Feel free to share!