Saturday, 11 March 2017

How I Stay Organised As A Blogger



Been a blogger is a bloody hard job. When I first started my blog I thought it would just be a little bit of fun to do every now and again, I had no idea it would be so time consuming and take over my life quite as much as it has, don’t get me wrong through, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

For me what really gets to me is when I am talking to people about my blog, whether it be my family or friends and they just don’t get it. They look at me as if it say “aww that’s cute, Danielle has a little blog”, not realising that it is actually something serious and something that I can make a living from. I guess from the outside people can’t really see the effort that goes into it behind the scenes!

So, in this post I wanted to offer a little helping hand to my fellow bloggers by letting you know how I stay organised. In my 18 months of blogging now I have only missed one post going live and that was because of a family incident and it couldn’t be helped, other than that I have thankfully managed to be consistent and keep posts going up regularly.

So here are my top ways on staying organised as a blogger…


1)          Use a cloud based system

Before I started using Google Drive to manage my blog I saved everything onto my computer. All my content and images were just saved in folders on my desktop, one day it decided just to stop working so I lost everything. Foolish of me when I think back but I was of the opinion that my trusty laptop would never die on me!

I do pay £2.99 a month for my Google Drive because then I have loads of memory because I quickly filled the free 15gb that you get. By using this cloud based system I can log onto any computer anywhere in the world and get access to my content and my images, it is a god send and has made my life so much easier, especially because I switch from using my desktop computer, to laptop and my iPad.

2)             Make a plan of what needs to be done that day

When I started my blog out I never really knew what I would be doing one day to the next. I would just sit in front of my laptop and just get started without actually stopping and thinking about what needed to be done. So it meant that some things were rushed and the quality of my content just wasn’t where I wanted it to be.

Now, when I wake up on a Saturday morning I sit down and think about what I need to get done. I make a list starting out with what needs to be done urgently and then I work my way down. I am very easy to distract and if I don’t have a clear path to work down I will detour!

3)             Use a calendar for your posts

I think I have said it in another post before but I never really had a plan when I started my blog. I just thought it would be a fun side line that I would post on as and when the mood would take me. It soon escalated into something much more because of all the ideas I had. In the end, I just couldn’t keep track on what should be uploaded and when.

So, in the end what I did was wrote a long list of all the posts that I had in my mind. I separated them by makeup reviews, clothing reviews, outfits and lifestyle posts. Then I sat with my list and inputted them into my calendar. I made sure not to have too many makeup reviews clubbed together just so weekly there was something for everybody. Now I know when I look at my calendar what posts are going live that week and what I need to post about on social media.

4)             Create a spreadsheet of your progress

Once I have all of the posts in my calendar that I am going to be posting about over the next few weeks I will make a spreadsheet to chart my progress. I know to the outside it might not look like a lot goes into a post but it really does. It is so time consuming getting a post ready and live on your blog.

So, what I do to keep on track is make a spreadsheet. The columns that I have are as below…

Date of Post
Blog Post Name
Content Written
Images Taken
Post Queued
13/03/2017
How I Stay Organised As A Blogger
Flat Lay
Still to upload

Each post is then listed chronologically with the most recent at the top. Then I work my way across the spreadsheet so it is easy to see exactly where I am and what still needs to be done.

5)             Track your visitors

I always used to say that it doesn’t bother me how many visitors I get on my blog. I was happy just posting away and if I helped one person then I was happy with that. I am still of the same mind and visitors aren’t the be all and end all, but I do think that it is more important than I initially thought.

I have a separate spreadsheet that tracks daily, weekly, monthly and yearly views. From this spreadsheet, I can clearly see when the peaks and troughs are and where I need to work harder to get increased visitors especially when traffic is naturally low. Also by looking at daily views I can see what posts were well received and others that didn’t work out, from this it helps me to plan my feature posts.

6)             Make lists

I make lists for just about everything. I normally pride myself on my memory but sometimes I have that much running around in there that I struggle to remember what I need to. So an easy way to fix this problem is just to make lists.

I always carry notebooks on me but most of my notes I just store on my phone. I use the Google Notes and that way notes that I make on my phone sync to my laptop, iPad and my computer, so when I sit down to work everything is just there straight away. The main reason why I use notes is to remember to look into new products, about things that need to be done urgently, parcels that I should expect, just about everything!

7)             Queue your posts

This one for me is a big one. Queuing my posts is the one thing that has kept my blog consistent and up to date. Without this feature my blog would be on its ass. I work full time so I can’t really long onto my blog throughout the day, so setting my posts to live manually would be pretty hard to do.

I always make sure that I have posts queued and ready for the next two weeks. This way if something happens and I am unable to post I don’t have to worry straight away. If I have posts that can be queued for an even later date I will do that too, but you just have to make sure when queuing posts that you stay relevant.


There you have my top 6 points that help me to stay organised, by sticking to these I make sure that my blog is nice and consistent. As normal please leave me any comments below and let me know what you thought of this post and if you have anything else that you swear by, let me know below!
SHARE:

12 comments

  1. I couldn't agree more, my blog is for a bit of fun but so much organisation goes into it. Sometimes it all gets a bit much and that's when my blog slips because university takes priority.

    Lauren x Huggled

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you mean, my full time job always comes first but I like to stay organised with my blog!

      Danielle xx

      Delete
  2. It's so frustrating when people don't understand that blogging is actually a really good thing to do! My parents just smile like oh nice great and just think it's stupid really. Thanks for the tips, totally needed them as I need to get way more organised.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It gets me so angry, it is no nice to know that other people get that too!

      Danielle xx

      Delete
  3. You're definitely very organised! I couldn't agree more about having a spreadsheet and making lists! Lovely post :)

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, I guess my OCD benefits me in some ways!

      Danielle xx

      Delete
  4. I loved this post! I struggle so hard with keeping organised as a blogger as my life can get so overwhelming at times! I loved your ideas and advice, I'll definitely be saving those when I need it! x

    http://kayleigh-williams.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Kayleigh!

      Danielle xx

      Delete
  5. You sound very organised! I'm more of a pen & paper kind of girl but I do write some notes on my phone and scheduling posts is definitely key! xx

    Beautylymin

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love putting pen to paper, but then kick myself if I forget my place or can't put my finger back on something!

      Danielle xx

      Delete
  6. I had a trouble scheduling my blog. Seeing you posting this makes me motivated more

    www.extraodiary.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aww, I'm glad that I could help your motivation!
      I think it is just one of them things and when you are in a good routine it makes all the difference!

      Danielle xx

      Delete

© Fashion and Beauty Blog

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services - Click here for information.

Blogger Template Created by pipdig