In several Facebook groups I am a member of, I have on several occasions answered members’ queries on how I stayed organized and stay on schedule for my blog.
I like to think of myself as an organized person, but not a hyper-organized person. I’m more OCD-ADD; meaning I like to be organized and have everything in its place, but it doesn’t have to last very long.
The way I plan and organize for my blog is fairly simple:
- I batch write my pieces. Because I work better if I hand write my pieces, I usually write out 3-4 pieces at a time. This leaves me with ample extra pieces available for when I decide to post.
- Not limiting myself topic-wise. There are many blogs that are topic and theme specific, but I prefer to blog about many different topics: cooking/baking, finances & money, getting organized, planners & organizers, book reviews, journals, homesteading, and musings in my head.
- I have a chart in my blogging planner as well as an Excel spreadsheet where, at a glance, I can see what’s been posted, and what’s upcoming. I highlight anything that has been posted on the paper chart, and fill in the Excel chart when I have a all blog pieces on a piece of paper marked off. My columns are: Title, Written, Typed Up, Need Pix, YouTube vid?, Compiled, and Date Posted.
These are my top 3 tips on running a blog. I hope you’ve gotten a tip or trick or two.
P.S. You may be wondering why I keep the information in two places. I only like to keep W.I.P. things in my planner. Anything completed, and I want to keep, gets digitized. (If I didn’t do that, I’d become a hoarder.)
W.I.P. = work(s) in process
© Cori Large April 5, 2015