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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?