When it comes to planning and scheduling it is important to look at what times work best for your readers and also your blog. Every blog is different and it is important to understand your demographics, especially because if you understand your demographics, you will be able to plan better and schedule your posts so your stats go through the roof!
So why is planning and organising so important? Well it is important because you’re it is your own blog calendars of work that you have created! I know sometimes people might think that your blog post content should be spontaneous and honestly some of my blog posts are, but sometimes you need to have a backlog of posts that you can turn to when you don’t feel like posting.
So what are my top tips?
1. Make the most of your inspiration
I know that sounds so simple, however, you know when you get those moments where you just want to write and write, well this is the moments when I get so much of my blog planning done.
What I have learned with blogging is you will have periods where you don’t have a lot of inspiration and blog posts might come few and far between, so it is important to make sure that you have a variety of blog posts ideas in the bank when you need them the most.
When you’re in the zone and the inspiration strikes you need to make sure that you have planned as much as you physically can. The top things I would suggest you planning are:
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That way you’re ready when you need it the most.
2. Carry notepads or places to take notes everywhere
I cannot describe how important this step is to me, if you don’t have room for a notepad in your bag, use the memo app on your phone. When you’re out and about, sometimes you can be inspired by the smallest of things, I know I’ve been inspired by drinking a good cuppa, or just walking down the street. Either way we all get inspired at different times so it is important to be prepared for any moment.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably going to forget it if you say to yourself, don’t forget “insert idea here” and by the time that you get home you will have forgotten it.
When it comes to photographing, if you see something that would match one of your blog post ideas and it would work well for a blog photo, snap right away! I mean honestly you can’t beat some good lighting and a beautiful photo opportunity!
3. Know Your Readers
This has to be one of the most important points, because when you’re planning a post, you need to know your busiest times, and when your readers will have the most time to read your posts. Also by knowing your readers you will know what your readers also enjoy reading, for example what are your most popular posts, what do your readers love the most! However it is important that your blog consists of things that you enjoy writing about, don’t force yourself to write about something you don’t want to.
4. Don’t Plan Too Much
I know that sounds silly, however if you plan too much you end up overthinking everything, you end up being completely overwhelmed by it all, and you end up spending a lot of time procrastinating. I know for sure when I am in the middle of a serious planning session, I end up doing other things like singing along to music or reading blogs. So try to take regular breaks, don’t say you’re going to plan for too long because there is such a thing as too much!
5. Have A Streamlined Planning System
When you are trying to plan, you want to make sure that it is easy to keep up with and to understand, because the last thing you want is to go back to it, have a look at your ideas and have no idea what you were on about. So make sure that your planning system is streamlined, it’s easy and simple to follow, that way you avoid all the difficulty of trying to figure out what the hell you’ve written is trying to tell you!
6. Don’t Forget To Promote Your Posts
It can be so difficult to remind yourself to promote yourself when you have such a busy life, however, there are so many different ways to beat those worries and to make sure what you remember to promote your gorgeous posts! If you forget to promote your blog posts then very few people will be able to appreciate your wonderful writing! When it comes to scheduling you can use tweets to help you out, I personally use Tweet Deck because I find that is the easiest to use and it has helped me so much.
Most importantly don’t forget to enjoy blogging, it should come across in your writing and the way you promote your posts. Be proud of everything you’re creating and achieving!
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