In my experience, success as a blogger is achieved by two things:
The more organised you are, the more content you can create, the more consistent you are, the more your following can rely on you. This I know first-hand.
Now don’t get me wrong…. I am not perfect at this. I still stumble from time to time, it’s never as glamorous as you might think so I fall down at each point – but the most important part is that I pick myself up.
Blogging is incredible fun and a great outlet for your interest(s) but to take it seriously demands a lot of work and can be time consuming. Not only do you hope to write an engaging post and create content, you need to take and edit pictures, manage, build and engage with your social media platforms, have a network of bloggers and PR, think of blog posts, interact with other bloggers/vloggers…the list can feel endless!!
Needless to say, there’s so much more this which is why organisation is key.
Working out the best use of your time so you can remain effective is the best understanding can gain. Using your time effectively means you can plan for the day, the week or month and have a clear vision of what is needed for your blog or platform. My key discoveries so far are to:
Have a Goal
I know how many posts I want to post, who I’d like to work with, what I want my post to look like/be about and why I’m posting. I know what number of followers I want to reach on every platform. I know how many posts I want up every week, for every platform.
Personally, goals like this motivate me BUT I am not perfect and when I don’t hit my targets, I can sometimes… make myself feel bad about it.
Firstly, it’s a terrible habit I am breaking and ultimately, this is meant to be an enjoyable experience. Yes, sometimes life and commitments take priority but it’s imperative you never make yourself feel bad for anything…, ever. Restore integrity with yourself and others, reset your goals and simply – move on.
Have a list of blog ideas or titles
You know what, you might never use them but having titles already written down can be incredibly useful. It limits the feeling of “urrghh I’m not inspired”. You can simply pull up your list and pull from there.
Write and schedule your blog posts
Oh my goodness, it’s such a time-saver in the long run. By having some blog posts already scheduled, you don’t have the pressure of when/what should I write? If you’ve already written a post and if it’s scheduled – you don’t even have to think about it. Just make sure you continue to top up.
Take pictures all the time, take pictures of anything and everything that might move or inspire you.
Now of course, you might be working with a product, so of course you’ll keep things product specific / have flat lays etc. But aside from that, your images attached to your posts can be whatever you want. You also might be in a position without a camera or really bad lighting and having pre saved pictures solves all of that!
Interact with other bloggers/vloggers
I never realised how important this was until I started to do it myself. People who read your blog as often bloggers themselves, so if some inspires you, makes you laugh – let us/them know. Remember we want to hear from you – whoever you are. A lot of this is about sharing, support and building a community so don’t ever be afraid to say “Hi” or “This post is ace because…”
Do you have other tips or structures that you follow? What are they?
Don’t forget to share below!