Managing A Blog 101


As much as I would love to give you a set plan on how manage your blog amazingly there is honestly no rhyme or reason when it comes to blog managment! I feel like you pretty much just find your own way of doing things as your blog grows, you'll find your own routine and what works best for you and it's perfectly fine if you manage it completely differently to someone else. However, when I first started my blog I definitely felt like I was just thrown into the deep end with it a bit, especially once I'd decided a schedule of posting every other day and I had to go back to university which meant doing assignments alongside writing blog posts - it got a little bit mad! But establishing a proper plan and finding a way of effectively managing all the aspects of my blog really helped me to find my feet and feel a little bit more organised! (...organisation is my life, haha!) So I thought today I would share some of my blog managment tips, for all of you out there who are thinking of starting a blog, have just started your blog or even if you've been blogging for years and would love some extra help with how to manage your blog - maybe you'll prefer my way of doing things! Also, feel free to let me know of your own methods in the comments - I am always on the lookout for new tips and tricks to manage my blog better and sharing is caring, right?! 

CARRY PEN AND PAPER AT ALL TIMES! // Okay, you don't have to carry a pen and paper at all times, but be sure to have something you can write things down on; your phone, a diary, your hand, anything - because you never know when an idea might pop into your head! I always find this is the case though by the way, you're on a train, or walking somewhere and you randomly get really inspired and come up with loads of blog post ideas, or ideas on how to take your blog photos for a certain post and you have nowhere to write it down. And of course by the time you find a pen you've forgotten it - so be sure to have somewhere to write down these amazing ideas! It's also a really good idea to carry your camera around with you as often as possible too, I can't tell you the amount of times I've said 'I really wish I'd brought my camera!' when I've gone for a walk or on a day out! I'm not saying to drag your huge DSLR everywhere you go, but if you have a sneaky feeling that you might see something good where ever you're going, I highly recommend it - just in case!

BE PREPARED // I must admit, this is something that I need to do more of! In fact.. this post is a prime example, since I'm literally sat here writing it the night before, oops! But honestly though, being prepared by writing posts in bulk is such a good tip to follow and it's really helped me out in the past (when I've stopped slacking, haha!) I always find that having a day or two in my week where I try and get blog posts written is the perfect way for me to be organised - that way I'm not worrying the night before a blog post is due to go up because I have yet to write anything... This definitely doesn't mean that I don't leave some posts to the last minute, in fact some last minute blog posts turn out even better than the ones I write well in advance for some reason! But I find writing in a bulk to be a great way for me to feel organised - even if I don't end up writing an entire post I can just write a brief plan and that'll help me when I actually come to writing the whole thing! This goes for photos too, I normally take my blog photos in bulk but I don't really have a set day that I like to do this on - normally I just base this day on when I'm feeling inspired or when the lighting is particularly good!  

A POST SCHEDULE SPREADSHEET // This is kind of the nitty gritty but I couldn't recommend it more, especially if you're just starting out with you blog! As you start to establish a post schedule, you'll quickly learn that you need a bit of a strategy to organise all these posts and make sure that everything is running smoothly. When I first started out, I literally just used the calendar on my phone to track what post was going up when - but it wasn't really the best option for me. So, I moved on over to excel and there I've made a spreadsheet that really simply shows what post needs to go up when, whether I've taken a photo for it or not, whether I've written it or not and any other notes I want to include - I find this such an easy way to see exactly what needs to be done and when for, in fact I've been using it since February 2016 so it must be good! 

MAKE A NOTE OF YOUR HTML // Blog layouts are fairly easy to salvage if you press the wrong button and it all goes wrong! But it's so important to keep your HTML for things like your blog button and other little widgets safe in a document somewhere - this is especially important if you're deciding to change your blog layout because you don't want to loose that widget that you spent hours doing the HTML for and trying to perfect! I can't tell you how many times I've had to re-do my blog button because I've lost the HTML for it - so annoying! I definitely recommend storing all of this information clearly in a spreadsheet, in fact I have mine on a separate sheet in the same document as my post schedule so it's all there neatly together and safe!

SCHEDULING AND PROMOTING // I pretty much owe Twitter to most of my blog views, I'm constantly promoting all the different posts on my blog and it's where I get most of my views to be honest! It's funny because when I started out blogging I genuinely used to sit there and tweet every hour in order to get my blog posts out there and seen - but there's a much easier way of doing that, with tweet scheduling apps! I normally use Hootsuite when it comes to scheduling my tweets, I just find it the easiest to get along with - you can schedule your tweets for whenever you want them to go live although I recommend not spamming your followers, haha! 

8 comments :

  1. Loved this post! I've only been blogging for a few months, so I love finding tips and tricks for making things go smoothly! Thank you for the tips.
    Chloe xx

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  2. I always keep notes on my phone for blog ideas and then I use a notebook to write down what posts are going up when. I have been thinking about making a spreadsheet though, it might be good to track views etc as well. Loved this post. xx
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  3. Love these tips! Thank you so much for sharing :) I definitely need to be a bit more organised with my blog!

    Rachael xx.
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  4. Spreadsheets are lifesavers for me. I spend so much time on my laptop, and it's so easy to open up Excel and pop an idea down - it's my version of pen and paper hehe. These tips are fab!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

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  5. This is a great post! So helpful and informative! I do quite a lot of these steady but I never considered using Excel before, thank you x
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  6. Carry pen and paper is probably my go to at the moment. You'll be surprised where an idea will spring to mind x

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  7. I loved this post, it was really helpful! I always carry a pen and paper because ideas can strike at any time! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  8. Great ideas! I really need to establish a posting schedule, because at the moment I just write as it comes to me! Thanks for the recommendations :)

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