Friday, December 18, 2015

Blogger 101: How to Simplify Your Blogging Life

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Most bloggers like myself have started off this venture as a hobby - something to do on your free time. Eventually, as you get more readers and more opportunities come knocking at your door, it requires a serious commitment of time and effort. Even when you are doing blogging as a part-time venture, your schedule can be pretty hectic fairly quickly. Blogging looks a lot like this:

* Outfit planning
* Taking photos of your outfit
* Writing the post
* Promoting the post (across all social media channels)
* Networking and blog commenting
* Publishing posts to your social network sites
* Checking and responding to your emails, etc.

Suddenly, what would normally take up an hour or so in your day-to-day routine will look like a full time job of its own. Not so easy, right? It's hard to fathom that these tasks are only scratching the surface as far as your long-term blogging goals are concerned. You have to make editorial planning, brand negotiations, handling affiliate and partnership programs, and many more. There is so much to do!

With so many tasks to accomplish (on top of a regular day job), you could easily get burned. Poor habits and procrastination won't help either. Here are a few tricks that I've used to simplify my blogging life and get more done (in less time):

Batch Your Tasks


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I do this a lot. And it has worked wonders. When you have so much to do at once, you could easily neglect a few duties that you need to take care of. To avoid that, I do my post scheduling, photo shoots, and blog writing at once. This will help me accomplish more in less time, especially when I get some free time. This will allow continued posting on your blog and social media even when a few unexpected things arise in your schedule.

Scheduling

As I mentioned above, scheduling posts is one of the best things to happen to blogging (and social media). There are a lot of websites or apps that allow you to schedule your social media posts in your preferred time and dates so you do not have to be on your Twitter or Facebook all the time!

Figure Out When You're Most Productive

Some bloggers are more productive in the morning while others prefer working at night. Figure out which time of the day you are most efficient. In some cases, you have no choice because you have to depend on what is available in your schedule, but get as much as you can get done when you are in the mood.

Plan!

I admit - I am a little obsessive compulsive. I plan my activities at least a week in advance because I hate cramming! I do keep a little spreadsheet wherein I create a schedule of my post for the next week or two. That way, I don't end up scrambling for post ideas and I can brainstorm without worrying about not having anything to publish today or tomorrow.

Got more tips to simplify your blogging routine? I'd love to hear them!


 

15 comments:

  1. I usually do all of those especially scheduling. Of course school will always be my top priority that's why I have my schedule for the posts and all to keep my blog in order.

    Have a beautiful day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  2. Great tips!!Lately
    i've been having so much work but I've also procrastinated more than ever. Funny how things work!
    x,Abril

    The Color Palette

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing these tips! I am only just learning about networking and trying to promote my blog. I've been at it for almost 2 years now, but I'm just starting to see a little bit of growth. If you have any tips to share on that front, I'd love to hear them! Btw, your office is insanely beautiful! Think I'll have to pin that photo for office inspiration :)

    www.thislovelylifeblog.com

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  4. Always love seeing these posts not for the tips (although they are great!) but to see how I am not the only one out there feeling like there are soo many tasks just to keep up our blogging lives!! Thanks for sharing and your tips are definitely spot on.

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  5. best tips, I tend to procastinate a lot and have to admit it's no good.

    lu | coco and louis

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  6. These are great tips! I didn't realize just how much work goes into blogging. It gets exhausting!

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  7. Great tips!! It does take up more time than I thought it would!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  8. These are some seriously wonderful tips on how to simplify your blogging life. I couldn't rave more about doing things in batches & bulks. Makes life easier! :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  9. Hi Abby! GREAT post. I like to write multiple posts on my free day. That helps me schedule them throughout the week. What apps do you use to post on social media? I'd love to hear from you!!

    Debra
    Stylewise by Debra

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  10. These are great tips! Scheduling is super important for me personally. It helps me post regularly and stay on track.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. Glad you've found a way to manage your blogging! :)

    My blog is definitely still just a hobby for me - I fit it in when I can around baby! think it's easier for me as I share what I actually wear so I just need a minute or two to stop for a photo before I leave for the day and I'm done, and I have a few posts scheduled in advance in case baby doesn't nap as much as usual, so I'm not worried about getting something posted!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  12. I plan everything out for my blog in advance too, if I don't pre plan my time i just feel like everything is a little too chaotic for me! I usually keep a running little check list in my blog planner for each post, so I can keep track of which have been written, which still need photos and which need to be promoted on different platforms etc- I find doing this really helpful :)

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  13. Amazing tips! I really don't have anything to add, this is exactly what I do. Scheduling posts and social media is a lifesaver to be honest!

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  14. These are such great tips for people who are starting out. I think planning is so important - otherwise it gets so overwhelming!
    xo
    Siffat
    https://icingandglitter.wordpress.com

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