One of the main challenges bloggers face is publishing great content regularly without burning out or falling into a blogging slump.
I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now, and it took me a long time to figure out how to manage college and real life with my blog. Once I started really looking at other blogs, noticing how their content is better than mine and started working more on my posts, I found it hard to blog consistently.
Writing and publishing a great blog post involves many steps, and sometimes it is hard to keep up when trying to post often.
After a while of experimenting, reading multiple blogs about advice and tips, I finally managed to blog consistently for a long time. After several months of doing it, I decided to concentrate more on my academics and stopped giving as much priority to blogging consistently.
Recently, I’ve been slowly working at getting back to it and I’ve found it easier to get back now that I know what works.
Today, I’m here to share my notes and to-do lists which help me stay on top of my blogging while managing college, hobbies and other facets of life. I’m breaking down these tips into 2 parts in order to keep the post shorter.
Note: this post is part of my blogmas 2019 posts where I publish a blog post every day from 1st to 25th December. Make sure to follow me to not miss any of my posts! You can also catch up on the posts I’ve published so far.
This is the one piece of advice EVERY seasoned blogger will give you. Planning always helps, because you set some goals for yourself and you make a roadmap to achieving it.
And plan as much as possible. Varying degrees of planning works for different people. Experiment and find out what works best for you, with the way you blog.
If you blog a whole post in one sitting, plan a set time for it days beforehand so you don’t make any other plans. Take that time out specifically for blogging.
If you blog in iterations or steps, plan out what you’re going to do when. It will be helpful to know when to put little bits of effort such that you get your post published the day you want it to be up.
MAINTAIN AN IDEAS JOURNAL
Ideas come to us all the time, and we don’t have the time to draft blog posts for them immediately. And every idea counts. A small idea can turn into a really great blog post. This is why maintaining an ideas journal/notebook/list helps. You can record every idea, hence they’ll never get lost.
Another plus point to this is always having a bunch of ideas on hand. You may sit down to type up a post, and not have an idea then. You can just pull up your list of ideas and pick one to work on.
TAKE PHOTOS IN BULK
Blog posts look much better with graphics, especially if they are color coordinated and match the post’s theme. But the problem with images is finding the time to take them, because we require ample time, good lighting and set-ups.
Hence, taking photos in bulk in advance will be very helpful. If you plan out your upcoming blog posts, you will know what posts you need images for. Take out a day, let’s say every Sunday, and spend an hour or so stocking up on images.
A related tip would be to edit them all at the same time, if you want to edit. Doing the same tasks in bulk saves a lot of time.
SET ASIDE TIME REGULARLY
Blogging consistently requires time spent on blogging regularly. Set aside time at least every few days to do a task related to blogging. Be it planning, finding out ideas, blog hopping, taking pictures, or typing.
Scheduling in time for blogging in your routine effectively inserts the hobby into your days. After a while, your mind will adapt and you will begin to get into “the blogging zone” during those times.
The problem with having a creative hobby is getting into the zone and formulating ideas. Incorporating your hobby into your routine, and making sure that you don’t lose touch from it, helps a long way.
BREAK DOWN A BLOG POST INTO MULTIPLE STEPS
This ties in with the points that I mentioned above. Breaking down blog posts into multiple steps helps spreading out a post into multiple days.
This means that you can take small amounts of time every day or few days and do small tasks, leading up to a whole blog post.
For example, maintaining a routine like this:
- Jot down ideas all the time.
- Plan which blog posts you want to write.
- Plan when those blog posts should be published.
- Take images for those posts.
- Type the blog post.
- Hit publish (or schedule)!
Doing the blog posts in steps also gives a sense of satisfaction, since you are being productive and getting things done.
MAKE THE BEST USE OF WEEKENDS
Weekends are the only times we have control over our free time. Especially the mornings on weekends. I have noticed that most people are at their best productive levels in the mornings. I call myself a night person, and I do get work done in late nights, but once I started having a morning routine for blogging I noticed my productivity going up.
Wake up early during weekends, make a drink for yourself, and settle down on your laptop or desktop. Even one day every weekend is enough. I used to blog for three hours on Sunday mornings and managed to post thrice a week for several months. If there was time during the week, I would take advantage of that and blog for further ahead. At a point, I was scheduling blog posts a month away. That was my peak consistency level.
Making efficient use of weekends helps a ton, and you will definitely see the difference in your blogging.
One way is to keep the tasks that take longer for weekends. Such as actually writing a complete post, or taking photos in bulk in the right time for good sunlight. Whatever takes you the longest, do it over weekends.
Summarizing the points:
- Plan ahead.
- Make an ideas journal.
- Take photos in bulk.
- Set aside time regularly for blogging.
- Break down blog posts.
- Make the best use of weekends/
All the points I mentioned above consolidate into one routine. But the simple use of each, even if you’re trying out only one of them, will make a difference themselves.
The above points help in not burning out because it makes sure that you’re working on different parts of blogging every few days. You plan one day, take images another day, and write another day. As you won’t be doing the same thing all the time, or everything at once, you will not be pushing yourself to tire out.
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Do you already follow any of the points I mentioned in your routine? Are there any tips I missed which are super useful? Let me know in the comments!