Blogging Advice | Getting Organised

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Photo taken from Weheartit. 


Hi Ladies! After the success of my previous blogging advice posts, I thought I would share with you all some of my tips for becoming an organised blogger. I don't think that non-bloggers truly understand the effort and time it takes to maintain a blog alongside a full time job, Uni, School and a social life but there are ways to make it easier, and beat that pesky writers block!


1. Buy a diary. 

This may sound simple but it really does help to keep you organised. I find that writing things down helps me to remember them and a diary is a great way of planning which posts you want to post and when, and keeping track of any event invites. I use an A5 Filofax and find that this works really well for me, as it has space to keep any business cards I get given, a notepad for jotting down ideas and space to write down any invites, appointments and my post schedule. 

2. Make use of your drafts. 

I have tonnes of posts saved in my drafts all with just titles or just pictures, waiting for me when I feel like I know enough about the product to review it. If I get an idea for a post I write it down as a new post then save it to my drafts. This is also useful for when you run out of ideas, as there will always be something in there waiting for you. I also write down any post ideas on the sticky notes app on my computer so I remember to write them and remember to take the pictures for them when I have time. 

3. Take pictures in bulk. 

I find that taking pictures for blog posts takes so much longer than writing the actual post itself so taking them in bulk is always a good idea. When you have good lighting or an hour spare, take all of the photos for posts you have planned then they will be ready for you whenever your ready to write the post. One thing I do to make sure that I get all of my photos taken, is put everything I want to blog about into a box then on Saturday morning it's all there waiting for me to take pictures of, this also means that I make sure I don't use the product before taking the picture and dirty up the product. 

4. Make use of any spare time, like your lunch hour. 

I often find that when I come home from work, life just gets in the way. After I've done everything that I need to do, it's about time to get to sleep and ready for the next day so making use of any spare time like your lunch hour or waiting for a train, etc is a great idea to keep on top of your blog. If you've got a smartphone I'd really recommend downloading the Blogger app. It's not brilliant but it will let you draft out a post, so then you can go and edit it later on when your at home. 

5. Give yourself a break. 

Lastly, it's really important to give yourself a break every now and then. For me, blogging is a hobby and something that I enjoy so I like to give myself a break or a weekend off every now and then, so that it doesn't become a chore or too stressful. It's so easy to get caught up in a posting schedule and worry that if you miss a weekend then it will all crumble, but nobody is going to hate you for taking time off, everyone needs it once in a while. 



17 comments:

  1. I think your last tip is SO important. Even if it means scheduling a weeks worth of posts and taking that week to chill out - it's always lovely to have a break from blogging :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  2. This post is so helpful. I use my diary constantly to draft out ideas for posts and to remind me when to take photos. And scheduling posts is an absolute lifesaver. If there is a post I really want to write that day and know I won't have time then I'll just do it the night before and schedule it! Perfect :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  3. Lovely tips, i think i'm on that phase where i have to post things everyday but i'm glad i have the time and ideas for it! I also agree that we need some time off now and then so i'll use it whenever i can't write something good enough! :) xx

    http://marybloomy.blogspot.pt

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  4. I really love this blog post - it has been really helpful! I've taken a bit of a break from blogging at the moment just because I've had other important commitments and it's nice to know I shouldn't have to worry about it!

    Genevieveslifeblog.blogspot.com

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  5. This post is so helpful. I have a planner for my blog which helps to keep it organised and I also write a lot of draft posts then just work on them when I feel like it x

    daisy-drops

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  6. Your idea of buying a diary is definitely and essential! Also i love the little container you have above your keyboard, very nice way of organising everything xx

    CallMeChlo | Beauty and Life

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  7. Love your blog!
    Really helpful tips!

    Could you check out my blog and follow it on bloglovin? I follow back immediately!
    I have a new post every day!

    Stay fancy!
    xxx Kelly-Louise

    fancysince1992.blogspot.de

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  8. Great tips!
    I use all my lunch hour all the time to do bloggy sort of things.
    Lovely post! :)
    TarteTanya

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  9. This post is really useful. I keep a list of posts I want to do and products I want to try on my notes app on my phone, so I can add to it whenever I get an idea xx

    kizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. This is such a great advice. Staying organized is one habit i need to get used to so thank you.
    New follower and love your blog! xo.

    http://www.ellieferrer.com

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  11. Thank you so much for these tips! They are really useful! Love your blog btw.
    http://www.smartglam.blogspot.com

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  12. Great tips for a new blogger. I really want a filofax for organising my stupidly busy life.

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  13. This is some excellent advise. Last night I started to put together my blogging binder which I'm hoping will help this scatterbrain. I'm bad at when I get an inspiration at work I usually I will immediately jot it down in an email and send it to myself. Shh, let's not tell my employer, although I'm sure if they track my emails they'll figure it out. LOL. Great piece and I'm thrilled I just found you.

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  14. I think number 5 is one of the most important pieces of advice.I'm one of those people who stresses over blog posts , It effects my train of thoughts and distracts me from everything but I have learned that it all shows in your writing.Your better off to have a wee break every now and then ;) x
    Cait || http://copycattt.blogspot.ie/

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  15. Thanks for this :) great post! I definitely think taking time away is good so it doesn't become a chore xx

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