Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How To: Keep Blogging in Busy Times

One of the biggest things I didn't realize when I started blogging was the time commitment. I thought oh you just throw a post together and then bam, you publish it! Well a few months later, I certainly know that isn't the case! You have to write the post, take pictures, edit the pictures, schedule the post, Instagram, tweet a link, and then pin the pictures onto Pinterest (follow me here!). Don't take this as I don't love blogging (I do! A lot!) but I just didn't realize this going into it!

A few weeks ago, I was with one of my friends and she asked how I got all of my posts up every weekday. Because not only do I blog, I have homework to do, I hang out with my friends, I sleep, and I manage to get everything done most of the time. What's my secret? Well that's what I am about to tell y'all!

Plan Ahead
I always make sure to have one to two weeks of posts planned. That way if I'm having a super crazy week, I don't have to stress over writing a post. I use Google Calendar and color code it (blue- published, green- draft, pink- idea) to determine what I need to work on! I also just started planning my blog posts in my new Day Designer planner that I got at Target!

Make Lists of Post Ideas
I keep an Google Doc full of post ideas that I add to whenever I come up with new ideas! When I start to write posts as I'm pre-planning, I look through my post ideas list! Perfect for when you have a bit of a writer's block but want to get new content onto the blog!

Schedule Time Each Week to Blog
After working every weekday in my last few weeks of summer break, I learned the importance of this one! I would write my posts for the week during the weekend and when I got home each night, I would look and comment on some of my favorite blogs! This worked out great because it helped me to focus on blogging!


How do you keep blogging in busy times? Let me know in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. Today is my first day to back to college and I am seriously going to be needing to schedule things out! I am hoping to keep up well with new site! I love these tips and will definitely be using them! Thank you so much for sharing them Katie!

    Morgan
    timelesstasteblog.com (my new site!)

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    1. Ah good luck on your first day Morgan! I will definitely be using these as well this year! Congrats on the new site!

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  2. Those are some great tips! I'm learning now how much work it takes. A lot of late nights have happened already!
    LettieLane.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I think as a blog reader, you definitely underestimate the time commitment needed!

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  3. Great tips!
    Prior to consistently blogging, I thought it would be a breeze to get everything done.
    Truth is it definitely takes a lot more time than people think especially if you have other duties to tend to.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I totally agree with you!

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  4. Thank you! I thought the same thing too when I started blogging, but it's like WOAH. It's all worth it though! And great idea about Google Calendar, I just might start using that.

    ♥, Brooke
    www.livethepreplife.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! Blogging is a lot of work but definitely worth it! Love Google Calendar!

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  5. Keeping on top of blog posts is so important but also very difficult- especially with school starting up! Thanks for the post and I love your blog!
    Taylor
    tayetc.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, yes it is, which I am definitely realizing now that school is back in session! Aww thank you Taylor, I'm glad you like it!

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  6. I recently started college, and fitting in time for my blog has been super difficult. I'm certainly gonna take your advice. Thanks for this post.
    Desinee Nicole | thegirlinsequins.com

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    1. Good luck in college! Thank you Desinee, glad I can help!

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