Hi!! So, I’ve officially been blogging for three months. I’m a quarter of the way to my first official blogiversary. Woohoo! I also want to thank everyone who has joined me in this crazy blogging journey! I really appreciate the support, it’s motivated and encouraged me more than you know 🙂
To celebrate, I thought I would do a little behind the scenes post. I’ve been asked (both joking and serious, maybe) about how I’m able to consistently blog every day. Multiple times a day even. I haven’t missed a day, and I’m really proud of that. So, here’s a little post on how I do it. Just as a disclaimer, this is what I do, it may not work for you guys. We’re all different and we know what we’re capable of. What works for someone, may not work for you. That being said, here’s what I do!
Plan and Schedule
From the beginning (not my very first post though), I planned my posts. I wanted to share my travels. My most recent one had been Sydney, so I planned those out and scheduled them over a week. It gave me content for everyday, and by scheduling them at the same time everyday, it meant that a post from me could be expected at a certain time each day (I like routines, I’ve said that right?). I still do this now. During the weekend, I plan the posts for the upcoming week. I don’t always write them all, but I at least plan them and write the majority of them. During the week I sometimes shuffle things around depending on my mood and what I want to post earlier. On the very rare occasion, if I’m really not happy with a post, I will trash it, and put in a different one instead. I may be a bit of a perfectionist with my blog at times. Then the next weekend, the routine starts again.
I currently use a random calendar off Powerpoint for my planning. I would use nice stationary, but I like erasing and changing things a lot, and I would hate to get a nice planner messy.
Here’s my final planner from the last few months.
Now all this is great, but you guys may ask. Angela, how do you come up with a week’s worth of posts, for everyday?
I have a lot of different avenues I come up with to get ideas.
Most inspiration comes from my life. Travel is obviously huge, once I exhausted that though, I thought of what else. Family is huge for me, I write about them often. In fact, I have an upcoming planned post next week in celebration of my brother’s birthday. Growing up is another topic, it gives me lots of ideas to look back on, what I could do different, what I wish I knew, old vacations, you get the idea. Lately, I’ve enjoyed going through my old photos and coming up with a throwback post idea from there. I also like listing favourites, what I get up to, baking, etc. You get the picture. My brain just goes places and I follow it.
Sometimes I do come across a blogger’s block, if you will. That’s when I head over to Pinterest. There are so many ideas on there for blogging! Including challenges, they link you to lots and lots of ideas. I like to go through and see what I might like to write about.
Also, tags and awards are a great way to write more posts, but I personally like doing them once, then combining later nominations, as I like to post a variety. But hey, that’s just me! Also, if someone does a blog post I like, I bookmark it and come back to it later. I will obviously give them credit and a shout out, but it does mean more content, and it also shows appreciation for their amazing idea. This goes for collaborations too.
Series are also a good way to come up with content. As it’s something easier to write about, as there’s already a set outline. I have this at the moment with my A-Z Challenge, Let’s Bake, Weekend Review, Weekly Photo Challenges, TBT, Monthly Favourites…you get the idea.
Now, from all this, my head is buzzing. I’ve planned a week’s worth of posts, and I start writing them out. I always have a ton of drafts. I like to work on one until I hit a block, then I will tackle something else. That’s how I write best. All over the place. Eventually once I’m happy with a post, I add tags, pictures, sometimes a featured image, and schedule it.
This is important, and I sometimes have to remind myself to take them (or Rory will). With this crazy routine I’ve just described, it’s easy to burn out. When I’m really stuck on a few posts, or I’m getting tired/hungry/cranky, I hit save, and then close the window. I give myself a rest, wander around, read and catch up on blogs, colour, go on YouTube. On the rare occasion, I take a nap. Then I get back to it.
I don’t always manage to write all my week’s posts during the weekend, but I do the bulk of it, so I don’t have to worry about writing content too much during the week.
I don’t leave it there of course. Either the night before, or morning of (sometimes both), I will reread my post with a pair of fresh eyes. I will make changes if I think I should, correct spelling, add/change pictures, and then hit that schedule button once more. Then it’s published for you all to see!
Seriously, that’s it. That’s how I manage to keep and stick to this crazy daily schedule of mind. It got to another level last month with the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, but part of the work was already done since I had to follow prompts. I hope this was helpful, or at least gave you a look into how I blog. If you think this isn’t possible for you then fair enough, I have stated how addicted I am to blogging, and that I manage to pull up manic energy out of nowhere to do this XD
See you all on the internet!