It’s a brand new year and after all the festivities and relaxing done in the last few weeks, we’re all slowly but surely starting to get the ol’ wheels going. You can just hear the creaking of the wheels as they start to turn, can’t you? I know some people have made it their new year resolution to blog more consistently or maybe you’re still figuring out how you can juggle your day job, your life and your blog.
Well, here’s a peek into how I do it which may or may not work for you, but will give you an idea on where to start. If you have some sort of schedule or routine you keep to, do share – will love to know how everyone juggles their job, life and blogs! All niches welcome
1. Have an Editorial Calendar
Whether you use a plugin like this one on WordPress or Google Calendar or just a plain notebook an editorial calendar is very helpful. I only really got the hang of it last year and it really made my blogging life so much easier! I don’t know why I never did it before
I tried the Editorial Calendar plugin but didn’t like it so I use Google Calendar. I plan ahead for about a week or two and plug in the topics I intend to blog about, and it makes it easier for me to know just what I need to photograph and when I can do it. I have an idea of what sort of material I need for my upcoming posts and I can then source them.
An editorial calendar also helps give you an overview of what your blogging schedule looks like so you can see at a glance if it’s something manageable or too heavy, and adjust it accordingly. It’s invaluable to have one so try to work around one. Use a notebook or paper diary if you prefer but have some sort of plan
2. Photography on weekends or when you have the time
Because I already know from my Editorial Calendar what I plan to blog about in the coming week, I can do all my photography in one go. I usually do mine on a Sunday afternoon. I pick out the different items I need photographed and do them all in one sitting. This way, I’m done for the week! It is also done more efficiently and I’m done more quickly than I expect. These days, I limit myself to a maximum of 10 shots per product which forces me to be more economical in my photo taking and also more precise. Taking and editing photos always takes the most time so getting that out of the way paves a smoother path.
If you’d rather not do it on a weekend, then find a little time to take your photos. I use the weekend because that’s when I can make use of the lovely natural sunlight instead of having to depend on artificial lighting and there’s the luxury of time. On week days, I’m usually at the office in the day so if I were to take my photos and then write my post, I might have to contend with colours I may not be happy with.
As for FOTD or face shots, whenever I have those, I take those in the mornings just before I go off to work so what you see is pretty much what I have on at work Having the editorial calendar helps me work out what I need to take, and when I can do it and I’m not pressed for time
3. Writing on weekdays or in the evenings
For me, writing is the easy part of blogging. If I could have my photos sorted for me I’d be happy to blog 3 times a day haha! Ok I kid. Maybe twice a day I used to do my writing on a weekend as well so I basically churn out a week’s worth of posts and take and edit all my photos on the weekends. But I don’t do this anymore.
I take and edit some photos till I get bored, but I am happy to write on a week day, a day or two before my post is due to be published. This gives me time to edit it before I publish. I like taking a little time over lunch or after work while waiting for traffic to ease up before going home, to churn out a blog post and then mull over it for a day or two. Again, the editorial calendar helps me work out what needs to be written, when and then I get down to it. It just makes me more efficient and consistent because there’s a routine :) Writing is quick for me so this is actually the least of my worries, and I don’t blog in the evenings either. My evenings are my non-digital winding down time
4. Be more efficient with your time
We all have full lives to lead and quite often it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon, stop for a day or two thinking you’ll climb back on and blog again but then the one day stretches into a week and then into a month… so unless you are literally doing it on an ad hoc basis and intend for your blog to remain that, then some discipline is necessary as well as being a little more efficient with your time. Set aside that hour or half hour you need, to get what you need done for your blog, then go on with your life. I don’t feel guilty for not blogging, and I don’t feel guilty while I’m out having fun. That’s how I do it
I’m not saying of course that this is the best or most efficient way to juggle your life and your passion for blogging. Each of us will handle it differently but if you’re looking for a place to start, this might help you towards a more consistent blogging schedule this year Baby steps!
Do you use an editorial calendar for your blog? Do you have some sort of routine you follow?
Remember, blogging consistently does not mean blogging daily. Few of us manage to blog daily and sooner or later it takes its toll so while it’s tempting to go all out, guns blazing, remember burn out can happen so be like the tortoise not like the hare. You want to be in this for the long run not just as a flash in the pan. How do you manage your time?
Simple Blogging Tips are some simple tips I have for fellow bloggers, based on my own experiences. I’m no ‘guru’ but I hope they will help you. You may read up on previous Simple Blogging Tips here or please feel free to ask your question in the comment box or in email.