As a daily blogger I get asked on numerous occasions how I manage to publish blog posts every day as well as keep on top of all my emails and social media accounts. The answer is simple - organisation. Being a parent and a blogger can be tough at times but if you balance these out you can still blog and have time to spend with your family.
Here are my top tips on being an organised blogger hopefully you can get some ideas to help you if you are stuck in a pickle.
1. Schedule posts
I cannot stress this enough, try and draft up as many posts as possible and have some scheduled to go live too. As I type this I have 15 scheduled posts as I am off on holiday next week but usually I only have 1 or 2 at the most. I always have plenty of blank draft posts waiting ready to go with titles to get my mind going when I feel like doing a few posts. It helps me keep track of the posts I want to write that week.
2. Take your photo's in bulk
This is another one that goes without saying. If you've been sent a few items to review to save time snap a few photo's for each item in one day. It will save you a lot of time and will make it easier for you to edit them all in one go then write up each post. I tend to do mine around midday when I have the most natural light in the house and when Amelia is napping so I set aside an hour then to get this done.
3. Jot ideas down
Whether it be on your phone in the notes section or in a notebook jot ideas down when ever you get a chance. You never know when you may think of a new blog post idea and then 5 minutes later it slips your mind. I tend to write mine down in my personal blog planner or sometimes if I'm on the laptop I'll just write them on a draft post so I can go back to look at the quickly.
4. Find the right time to blog
What I mean by this is only you can decide when is the right time for you to sit down and blog. I blog all day but most of my blog work such as posts, ideas etc is done between 9pm-2am after Amelia has gone down to sleep. I also use nap time to write blog posts and then throughout the day I will answer emails and be on social media and maybe finish off a few posts. You will need to find out what works best for you, whether you prefer to get everything done first thing in the morning then have the rest of the day to yourself then so be it but once you've figured it out you will get into a routine.
5. Google drive
I use google drive to manage my blog work. This includes paid for posts, reviews, competitions and advertising banners. I cannot recommend it enough! I recently started diving into the colour coding option and it has made such a difference. I have a separate sheet for each task and then add each new task to it when I receive them. For example I have the review item in one column, the date it arrived on, the date the review went live and the name of the PR to contact. It make it so much each for me to manage and know where I'm up to date with it all. I do this for competitions too as well as sponsored posts.
Do you have any genius organisational tips that I am missing?