Monday, 31 October 2016

How i stay organised as a blogger

Right now you could ask me what posts i'm going to be uploading in the last week of December and i would be able to tell you, but i haven't always been like this; i used to be a serial photographer,writer and uploading on the same day-er.
I wanted to share with my fellow bloggers a few of the things i do to stay on top of things as a blogger, i'm by no means the most organised out there, these are just methods that work for me that might work for you if you're looking to get organised!

First off, how i stay organised with writing and uploading posts:

I split all of my blogging into two notebooks; the first notebook is the overall planner, in this notebook i keep weekly overviews, monthly overviews, spider diagrams of ideas, lists of topics and drafts. This might sound a little bit confusing so i'm going to break it down into an example, kinda like the order i do everything to come out with final ideas:
  1. When i begin planning blog posts i create a spider diagram of initial ideas.
  2. From the spider diagram i made a list of title name drafts.
  3. I then draw out a calendar for the month and in the example below each week is colour coded as we get closer to christmas. From then i start to fill in my post titles into each date they will be uploaded, this helps because i can clearly see posting days and the spaces in between uploads. 


The second notebook is a page to a day diary, so each day in the week has a whole page dedicated to it. In this notebook i fill in when i'll be uploading a post and when i'll be writing/photographing others. I use this basically as a to do list for each day so things like uploading a post, writing another and photographing things are all written and ticked off as i go. 

Although i do pre plan ideas i always make sure i make a note of ideas on my phone if one comes to mind randomly, also even if you do set aside a time to write your posts but feel inspiration to write at another time then do it! Don't feel restricted to time schedules, often i find myself writing blog posts before I've planned to because i feel the inspiration to do so and thats when they turn out best.

I pre plan everything, that way if something comes up and i don't have the time to write the post i was supposed to, it means i won't fall behind and i can fit it in at another time.

Also having the ideas all written in my notebook means i don't really run out of ideas, because i work in advance if i can't think of an idea while I'm planning i've got enough time to think of ideas during the following weeks.

How i stay organised with promoting posts on social media:


 Tweets:
I noticed a huge change in traffic once i started promoting my posts on twitter but its hard to remember to actually tweet your links if you're doing it manually, i schedule my tweets so everything is done automatically.

I use the "buffer" app to schedule tweets promoting this week and last weeks posts, usually i schedule 6 tweets a day and tag in blogger retweet accounts in the hope my post will reach a larger audience. 
With buffer i don't really schedule tweets in advance, usually i do it in the evening because its a quick process of picking the tweet you've previously sent from the app and hitting "rebuffer".

This is really helpful if you're going away for a few days but don't want your traffic to die, especially if you're actually posting in that time but don't get the chance to tell anyone about your posts on social media.

Instagram:

I also use the app "Later" this is also a scheduling app but i use it because it allows you to see how a picture will look when in your instagram feed; i find this so helpful because sometimes you might not realise a photo has different lighting to your other posts until you see them along side each other. This stops me uploading something and then realising it doesn't look right on my feed.

Hopefully you've got some organisation inspiration if you were in need of it, keeping organised allows me to be as dedicated to creating posts as i want to be! - Maria x

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  1. As a fellow organised blogger, this was really interesting to read.

    As always, I love your blog :)

    EL xx
    www.owlsandstags.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! Us organised bloggers are on top of things! - Maria xx

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, Im going to try out doing a spider diagram too.

    ZEKALIN

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    1. no problem! glad it was helpful - Maria x

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  3. How I hadn't heard of Buffer I do not know - what a life saver, such a good post!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. It really is a lifesaver! You'll notice a huge difference in traffic once you start using it! - Maria x

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  4. Thanks for the tips - really appreciate this post!

    Alison - starspree.net

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  5. This is such a helpful post! I'm not really an organised person so I love reading these types of posts. They always make me get out all of my planners :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Thank you! Its great to get a bit of motivation to be organised! - Maria x

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing all these tips, very helpful indeed. Definitely had a hard time trying to stay organized with blogging, but your post inspired me!!

    - Sabrina | StudentsToolbox.com

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  7. as a new blogger this is such a good read for me, so thank you Maria!
    It'd be great if you could check out my blog and give me a pointer in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it as I love reading your blogs www.philippasstory.wordpress.com

    Philippa x

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    1. No problem, i'm glad its helpful! Feel free to message me any time if you need any specific help! - Maria x

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  8. Aw thank you, that's so kind of you!

    Philippa x

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  9. Great post - really helpful :)

    www.rebeccasophie.co.uk

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  10. Wow! you are so organised - i must admit i am rubbish so these are great tips for me - thanks for sharing! xXx

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    1. aha thank you! it pays to stay organised!! - Maria x

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  11. Wow! You are so organised. I tend to be more spontaneous when creating posts. I just go with whatever pops into my head at the current time.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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    1. thank you!! yeah sometimes i'm like that also, you can't help it when you get creative motivation! - Maria x

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  12. Some brilliant tips! I have to say after nearly three years I still find it hard to stay organised with my blog when I have other commitments but one way that works for me is to dedicate a whole day out of my week just for blogging! x

    http://www.thechinadolldiaries.com/

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    1. its always hard to keep on top of things, yeah thats how i used to do it as well! its all about working out a method that works for you! - Maria x

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  13. Loved this post, it has definitely inspired me to be more organized on my blog going to try some of this tips.

    love your blog, it is one of my favs.
    http://imhayley.com/

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    1. aw thank you so much for reading, its great to feel motivated and inspired at the start of the year! - Maria x

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  14. I've recently started my own blog so I found this soooo useful! I'm loving your 'blogger help' category at the moment! Xx

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  15. Just downloaded buffer! Hopefully this will keep me more organised! Thank you!
    Love Chloe-Rose xx

    Find me here:http://theawakenedindigo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You'll find it a great help, trust me! I'd be lost without buffer. - Maria x

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  16. I have a TON of journals and they're all empty (besides my bullet journal). I definitely think it's time to put them to use! The spider diagram is genius by the way! And I use two different apps kind of like later: Unum and Planoly. Check them out, they're pretty cool too :)

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