Blogging can be very time-consuming. Between writing the actual posts, taking pictures for your posts, coming up with ideas for your post, sharing all your posts on social media, replying to comments and going through your blog feed to comment yourself, you can very well easily spend hours a week or even a day on blogging. Blogging used to take up so much of my time because I’ve never really been much of a planner. I can’t seem to be able to write and schedule posts in advance (you see my posts as soon as I finish writing them) and I don’t really like schedules. But having two blogs, I was in desperate need to make a few changes that have made the entire process of blogging so much easier and faster for me and I’d like to share them with you guys. Because blogging doesn’t have to take up so much of your time!
I write anywhere from 4-6 blog posts a week on this blog and 3-4 blog posts a week on my book blog, I was getting a little bit overwhelmed and burned out by it. My blogging process before was simply, wake up and think about what I felt like blogging that day. Sometimes an idea came to me or I remembered something I wanted to write a post on, but more likely than not I would come up with nothing but blanks and I would end up posting only a few times a week. I do believe that consistent posting (not every day, just consistent) is an important part in blog success (you don’t want people to forget about your blog if they see you every once in a while at random) so making sure I had an idea for blog posts was a huge part in making blogging easier and more fun. Remember, that blogging should be fun…or else, what’s the point?
5 Ways to Make Blogging Easier:
I may not be a scheduler or a person who schedules blog posts in advanced, but I found out that I am in need of planning to simplify my blogging process. I always have notebooks or notepads with me at all times with all of the random blog posts ideas I get (mostly in the shower). I started going through my ideas and narrowing down on 4-5 choices that I want to write posts on. For example, my fitness post last week had been on my list for a few months, but I wasn’t actually inspired to write it until last week. I try to pick at least one lifestyle or style post a week to switch things up a bit and I assign dates for them. Now, at the end of the week, I make sure I pick my topics and have them all ready for the following week. I no longer have to sit and wonder ‘what should I blog about today???’
I feel like this should go without saying but keeping notes of all your ideas is so important! I always have a notepad with me so that I can write things down because I tend to forget them very quickly if I don’t. I know I can use apps on my phone, but for me there is nothing better than physically being able to cross something off your list. I even keep a mini notepad in my purse for when inspiration strikes and I’m out and about. Once it comes time to pick my posts for the week, I simply look through my notebooks and whatever pops out at me at the time.
Take photos in batches:
This may not apply to everyone, but I prefer to take my blog photos for the week all at once. When I have my posts for the week all picked out, I gather all my supplies needed for those posts and take the pictures I need. I save the editing for later when it’s time to actually put my posts together. I even like to take a few ‘bonus’ and random pictures that are basically just items layout out nicely together so that I can use on posts like the ‘Things that made me happy’ posts I do on weekends. Taking all my blog photos at once really gets me in a productive mode, especially since I know what I want to photograph and the whole process of taking photos for a weeks worth of posts takes me about 30-40 minutes. Then I don’t have to worry about it again for the rest of the week or wait for certain times when the light is good.
Write posts the night before:
I don’t schedule blog posts but I do like to write them the night before I go to bed and publish them right away. I notice that my page views and comments are almost always higher when I post my blog posts at night as to that same day. I guess a lot of us are night owls and like to catch up on posts late at night. This way I don’t have to worry about having to set up my blog posts and I can do other stuff I have to do instead. I’m also not in a hurry to have my posts up so the quality probably turns out better.
Keep up with your feed:
I am a firm believer that commenting and replying to comments is a part of blogging. I happen to love interacting with bloggers and getting to know them through comments, but I will be the first to admit that it gets very time-consuming to keep up with your feed. A tip I’ve been really liking lately is to check my Bloglovin app daily and catch up on posts on my phone. If there is something I like, I can save it for later or mark it as ‘unread’ for when I actually have time to comment on my computer. This way, I don’t have to go through all the blog posts on my feed to weed out the ones I want to comment on. Before doing this, I would check my feed once every week or so, sometimes longer. Now I can easily keep up with posts and comments 3-4 times a week.
What are some tips that help make blogging easier for you?