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Monday, February 08, 2016

5 Ways to Make Blogging Easier

5 Ways to Make Blogging Easier

For one reason or other (at least three bouts of Tonsillitis - grim) falling back into a tight and regular blogging schedule, since the festive season has not been easy. I have been blogging for close to five years (April 2016 is my fifth year - seriously), as such I have been around long enough to know what to do to keep on top of things. I guess, sometimes when you are under the weather and struggling to keep awake, that all goes out the window. I am however annoyed at myself and such have given myself a firm shake, if you are in a similar position here is what I typically do to get sh!t done...

5 Ways to Make Blogging Easier

1, As simple and obvious as it may be, either grab a piece of paper or your phone and make a list of all the things you need to do. I typically work on a week-to-week basis but urge you to find a pace that best suits your needs, and of course free time. On such scrap of paper, I make three separate lists: the posts I want to do in the coming days, any new post ideas and what photos need to be snapped. I then underline or highlight anything that I deem a priority and then decide what needs tackling when. Basically I break everything into daily, bite sized chunks to ensure I don't become overwhelmed and to ensure I actually have the time to do everything. If you can get your hands on one, a weekly list/notepad/deskpad planner, like this - snap it up, it is one of my favourite blogging tools ever.

2, Take photos in batches; admittedly this won't apply to lifestyle bloggers but for outfits, beauty and perhaps even cookery blogs. I'm all for blogging in the moment but let's face it sometimes that is not possible (particularly in the Winter), if you have photos ready-to-go you may just find that you are more productive - I know I do. P.S if you are struggling with the lack of good natural light, I find that currently just around 12pm/1pm is the best source of light.

3, Use your phone/iPad/Tablet when on the go; I often type up posts and ideas and then email them to myself. It saves relying on my memory and of course makes the most of a boring train or bus journey. I personally use the Blogsy, Evernote and Dropbox apps frequently but would recommend scouring the app stores as there is constantly new and free apps being added. I've also heard the WordPress app is great too.

4, Okay, scheduling isn't for everyone and that is okay but if you do like to schedule posts make sure you use Hootsuite to share your post/s on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - it seriously is one of the best blogging tools I have ever used. I should also add that this is also available in app form.

5, Let it go - no I'm not turning into a Disney character but has worrying ever really truly solved anything? I truly find that when I worry, I am far less productive and as such worry more - it becomes a viscous circle. I can't stress enough how much planning has helped me - even if it is just a scrap piece of paper to dump my ideas on, I find it frees up my mind and allows me to re-focus my attentions. I understand that jotting down ideas and to-do lists is not for everyone, if you have the time (and gumption) perhaps go for a walk and allow yourself to breathe. If all else fails take a break from blogging, even just a day or two and I'm sure you will find it a lot easier to punch in a paragraph or two.

Now if you'll excuse me, it is time I put some of my own advice into good practise ha!
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29 comments:

  1. I am so for this. I don't get much time off work but when I do, I write a day to day list with no more than 10 items to stop me from becoming overwhelmed. I then do a separate list just for my blogging tasks. I find it does just stop me from worrying and I find it so much easier when I can see everything laid out in front of me, I don't have to constantly fret about reminding myself and forgetting something!


    Victoria | dearvictoria.co.uk

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  2. These are tips I already follow! :) x

    beautyblahblahblah.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I'm literally starting to come out the other end of a blogging melt down where I got completely overwhelmed with everything I wanted to do, needed to do, had no time to do and ended up spending more time worrying about what I had to do rather than actually doing it! Thankfully, stationary has helped and when I write things down in a lovely notebook, it helps me calm my brain a bit. I'm feeling behind on bloggy stuff, real life stuff and know it's just a phase that I'll come out of but it's nice to hear a fellow blogging veteran like yourself goes through the same things. So thanks for the motivation and inspiration lady!

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  4. It happens to all bloggers to be stuck from time to time! And you're right, we shouldn't worry about it too much, that doesn't help. I should do like you and take all my photos at the same time, etc. to make it easier to write afterwards. Generally I write posts here and there depending on when I have time during the week, and for now it works well, but we're never too organised, are we? :P

    Julia xx
    Last post: A Retro OOTD | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/02/ootd-everyday-retro-style.html

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  5. I always make lists! It really helps to keep me focused.

    Ella xx
    truthfullyella.co.uk

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  7. These are great tips! Taking my pictures in batches have really helped because it usually takes me around 30 minutes to write a post but 30 hours to take and edit the pictures in my post! There is so much that I want to write about but sometimes I just really don't have the time to take the pictures which I want to go with my posts. I definitely need to manage my blogging time better and make the most out of the free time I have :) xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

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  8. Great tips! I need to abide by these, working full time and blogging is crazy busy! xx

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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  10. Great suggestions. I usually find it difficult to shoot before-hand and then schedule it all up. Need some practice I guess :)

    http://www.myhappynook.com

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  11. I really find taking photos in batches the best way to stay on top of things, it's always good to write, write, write when you're inspired too so you have a backlog of posts!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  12. Good Tips. I find keeping organized and taking photos ahead of time suits me best. So far anyway! ;)

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  13. Great tips! I love me some lists, I'm always so much more productive when I have a plan :D

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  14. Thanks for the awesome tips!

    xo
    Emily
    Simply-Emily.net

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  15. Thank you so much. This helps me a lot .

    xoxo

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  16. These are all really good tips. I try to take my images in batches and usually have a couple of spare draft posts saved incase i suddenly do come down with something or am too busy to find time to write one week.

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  17. Woop I love posts like this! I do this at the moment, but even though I do DO this I sometimes still don't have time when I get home to get stuff done after a day at work. It does really suck when life gets in the way. :(

    https://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

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  18. I've found just taking a deep breath and accepting I am not up to schedule is enough. See what I can work with and go from there. Housework however is a whole other ball game I can never keep on top of lol

    ps. ive only just discovered Hootsuite... seriously I must have been hiding under a rock all this time!

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  19. Love this post :) some really good advice!

    Emily / The Mini Mermaid

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  20. I definitely find talking bulk photos works a dream! X

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  21. These are great tips. Thank you for sharing some wisdom.

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  22. These are great tips. Thank you for sharing some wisdom.

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  23. I hope you are getting better lovely? 3 bouts of tonsillitis sounds hard-core... I hope you've been indulging in lots of grapes and chocolate ;)

    www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk

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  24. Batch photography is my lifee.

    Sophie x

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  25. I always take photos in batches as it makes it so much easier incase i need a back up post!
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  26. Awesome post!! I'm big on lists!! I would be lost if I didn't write everything down!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  27. Emailing yourself posts is such a great idea. Thanks for these organisational tips if they are good enough for you they're good enough for me!

    Abigail Alice x

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