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13/08/2012

Blog Organisation Tips

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Now if you know me in real life you’ll probably be wondering why on earth I’m doing a post about being organised! I’m really the most unorganised person ever when it comes to my non-blogging life, and to be honest up until a few weeks ago I wasn’t a very organised blogger either! Anyway, here’s what I do, now this isn’t gospel and it might not work for you, but for me this system works.
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I’ve been a ‘To do list’ person for years, my problem is I never do the things on the list. Well I didn’t until I bought this little notebook, it’s the perfect size and shape for list making. I write a list on Sundays of all the posts that I’m going to put up that week and a separate list for the pictures that I need to take in order to write the posts. I find that having a weekly list instead of a daily one really helps me to stay focussed throughout the week and makes it easy to glance at when I get a spare minute to see what I should be doing. I cross off the things once I’ve done them and sometimes I have to add things that I’ve forgotten about.
The notebook I use is by Emma Bridgewater and I got it from Waterstones. Here’s a link to an ebay seller selling them.
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I also use some apps on my iPad for my to-do lists but I don’t like them as much as my little book – I would recommend RTM though, if you’re in the market for one. 
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I spent ages and ages looking for a diary that would give an overview of the whole month but I just couldn’t find one that suited my needs. I find it easier to plan the whole month rather than just week by week you see, for some it might be easier just using a normal weekly diary. I then decided I could just print out a monthly calendar for each month so I did some googling and found these super cute ones! I got them from here. I bought a clear project file from Sainsbury's and have slotted each one in it’s own compartment so I can just flick through and see the month at a glance. At the very front of the folder I have printed a title page out with my blog header on it and also a list of aims for my blog, although to be honest I haven’t really focussed on those since I started.
I plan the whole months blog posts at the start of the month, using my list of blog post ideas (which lives at the front of the folder). On the list I have highlighted any posts that are about products that I have been sent to review, this is so that I remember to write about them and also so that I don’t have all of those posts together – I hate it when I read blogs that just have post after post of items they’ve been sent. I try to spread these posts out so that I have about 1 per week. Once I have written the post I cross it off of the list so that I know which posts I’ve got available for the next month. I’ve also printed off a few more sheets of bullet points for my blog post ideas, then whenever I get an idea I can just write it down there and I won’t forget about it.
When scheduling the posts I write them in pencil on the chart so that I can just rub them out if I change what I want to write about on a certain day. The chart is also handy for reminding me of any PR events that I’m going to, I don’t have a normal diary so this is quite useful for me – I forget things all the time!
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I also downloaded this Planner app which is quite useful as it works as a diary/calendar as well as a to-do list, it also syncs to the iPad calendar if you’re more of a technical blogger than I. I find it so much easier using a paper method though.
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I have another folder that is full of all of the things I need to write reviews on, I used to use a notebook for this but I think this way is much easier for me. I have written the name of the product on the top of a piece of lined paper and then given it, it’s own compartment. If the product was sent to me for review purposes I also slip the press release in the pocket so that when I come to write the post I’ve got all the information in one place. Whenever I use one of the products that is in the folder I write my thoughts about it on the piece of paper so that I can write a general summary when the time comes.
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I write the posts at the weekends usually, depending on what I’ve got going on. When I’m at work it’s essential that I get all my posts written before the working week starts as I’m always so tired when I finish work, I can just spend the evenings reading and replying to comments and things then.
I write my posts using Windows Live Writer, if you’re a Windows user it’s a must-have! Makes writing blog posts so much easier than using the Blogger interface (or whatever it’s called…). You can download your theme into the programme so that you can see what your posts will look like as you’re typing them up, using the correct fonts and colours and things. It’s super easy to put pictures into your posts too, and you can resize them and edit them and even watermark them. You can also change the ‘alt’ text for your image for SEO which is handy. The programme also let’s you tag and schedule your posts so you can just upload them straight to your blog. This really speeds up the writing process for me and makes it so much easier. Definitely worth a download if you’re using Windows.
And there we have it! So sorry for the super long post but I hope it was worth it. If you have any questions do let me know, I’ll be happy to answer them.
How do you keep yourself and your blog organised?
Amyxx

32 comments:

  1. That was such a good post, I love the monthly calendar idea! I do that for uni but not for my blog - not sure why! Great post, thank you :)

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  2. This is a really useful post, like you I can't be organised unless I have lists around me! I've recently started to try and plan and organise my blog a bit more using OneNote, I use it for all my uni work and it seems to be helping so far! Thanks for the tip about Windows Live Writer,I didn't know things like that existed! Checking it out as I type haha xx

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  3. Wow this is an amazing post :) I love to organise so this is fab xx

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  4. Such a helpful post! I just write everything in a notebook I always carry with me, so I can write down recommendations and cross out blog posts as I publish them :) xx

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  5. Thanks for sharing your tips :) I love the idea of a personalised blog calender x

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  6. brilliant ideas there and i think i shall be pinching some :-) will have a try if that windows programme too.. im constantly 'previewing' my post to see what it actually looks like xx

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  7. OH MY GOD! You are so organised, in comparison to you i just sit at my laptop and word vomit! I have a list of ideas and a piles of clothes on a chest in my room. I thik i nee dto up my game.
    Great post lovely xxxxx

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  8. Awwww I love this post :)) Thanks for the link to the supercute note book too :))xxxx

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  9. Such a great post, Amy!

    I love seeing how other people get organised, and this is so timely as I'm trying to organise myself and my blog a bit better too!

    xx

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  10. I live my life by to do lists, I don't know how I would remember everything I need to get done otherwise.

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh wow this is super handy! Definitely getting that Windows Live Writer as I absolutely loathe the blogging interface thingo!
    Thanks for the lovely tips :)
    xx

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  12. This is awesome! I'm pretty rubbish when it comes to organising my blog, but I've just got into scheduled posts which is quite nice, meaning I can have posts go up at more regular times! x

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  13. This is a very good and handy post!!!! Really good, specially for those (like me) that are really not that organized!! And the plus is, we can use these tips for other things, like school and such!!!

    xoRosie
    http://teacupsanddresses.blogspot.com/

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  14. Such a fab post, staying organised is definitely important! I'm a total fail at this so might try and steal some of your tips ha-ha!

    Sarah
    http://lifeasalittlewallflower.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  15. Great post I will be using some of the ideas :)

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  16. Great ideas on how to get organised, I need to follow some of them! I haven't tried Windows Live Writer yet but it sounds great!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  17. Thanks for the tip with the Windows Live Writer. I installed it immediately and it works just perfect! Love it!
    Jacky B.

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  18. Thank you for this post, I'm so bad at keeping myself organised! I'll definitely be trying a few of your tips :)
    I hope you're having a lovely week :) xxx

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  19. Those are some great tips! I'll definatley be downloading the monthly planners to print because I normally draw some up when I'm on teaching placements but this will make my life a little easier! Thanks! Xo

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  20. YES to this post, i need to buy some little bits and bobs to start organising my blog and just my life really... ahaha, lovely post with some a-mazing tips :)xo

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  21. what a great post! Thanks for sharing your tips, I downloaded Windows Live Writer straight away! xx

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  22. I'm very much a list person but I don't tend to do much with them. I love your organisation tips and I might just have to pinch a few to help me get more organised :)
    x

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  23. This is such a great post Amy! I definitely need to organise myself more and this post has definitely inspired me :)

    xo

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  24. I would love to be this organised with my blog. Even if it just meant I could have this nice stationary!
    xx

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  25. Wow you are so much more organised than me! I'm looking into that Windows writer program though, it sounds really useful!
    Charlotte

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  26. You are so organised. I feel like I need to start again now hahaha xo

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  27. So much organisation! Thanks for the Live Writer tip, I'm currently downloading it. Maybe this is the push I need to organise my blog and not just throw posts at it whenever I think of them...

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  28. Aww your blog planner is so cute! The only organization thing I do is write a monthly calendar in a draft Blogger post ahah

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  29. What a great idea! I can be so unorganized at times so this will help a great deal. Thanks for the lovely post...your blog planner is cute! :)

    http://vividskies.blogspot.co.uk

    xxxxxx

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  30. See that would never work for me because I'm a very spontaneous person, I can tell you that now. It is a very good idea, but for me it would only make me go out and buy a few extra diaries (I love stationary.) xx

    http://emmas-channel.blogspot.com

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