How To Stay On Top Of Planning & Publishing Weekly Blog Posts

Start a blog they said, it’ll be fun, they said.

No, I’m kidding! blogging is beyond my favorite hobby and I wouldn’t be without it but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get overwhelming from time to time. It isn’t just about writing a few paragraphs here and there, then clicking publish. It takes time, preparation and a whole load of dedication.

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Here Are My Most Successful Blog Writing Tips:

I’ve decided to put together a few of my most successful blog writing tips that I’ve learned over the past 3 years. Don’t get me wrong my blog is far from perfect and I’m still improving each and every single day.

The best thing about my blog, however, is that I pride myself in being genuine. I do not claim to know everything there ever was to know about running a successful blog.

My grammar could improve by 150% and It still wouldn’t be the best but what I can do is provide you with some genuine support and advice. I understand how hard it can be and if there’s anyway I can help make it a little bit more simple for you then I will.

Categories Your Blog Posts

This is something I’ve only recently decided to do but oh my! I am so glad I did. I was constantly reading online about how your blog needs to have a specific niche to be successful. This started to really stress me out because I write about a lot of different topics. I started questioning myself and wondering if my blog was good enough?

However, I came up with a fantastic solution! I decided to plan and prep a different topic for each day in which I post. That way my audience will know exactly when I will be posting each category and if they aren’t interested in one, they simply don’t have to read that day. It’s great because not only is it easier for my audience to follow but also helps me stay on top of planning my posts.

This is what my typical weekly schedule looks like since the change:

Monday = Relationships 

Wednesday = Blog Advice

Friday = Lifestyle

Sunday = Travel

Bullet Point Your Ideas:

I can’t stress enough how handy it is to have a notepad! or even if you aren’t someone who likes to write, make sure to take full advantage of the notes tab on your phone. I am forever jotting down ideas here, there and everywhere so I don’t forget them by the time I get to my laptop in the evenings.

This is also a great technic for filling out a blog post when you don’t have much time to spare. I quite often draft my posts with heading titles and then fill out the missing pieces when I sit down in the evenings.

Change Your Surroundings:

I tell you what, working from home isn’t always what it seems. It sounds fantastic right? getting to work on your own schedule, not having to wait for your boss to say when you can have lunch but, it’s not always the best.

Personally, I really struggle to concentrate and make full use of my time when working from home. However, there are many things you can do to overcome this issue and make sure your blog is updated on time.

I definitely reccomend heading out to one of your local coffee shops or cafes for a change of scenery. I could literally spend hours upon hours cosied up in a corner somewhere with my laptop and a good coffee. If you’re not a fan of caffeine, you can also head over to your local library as they always have a quiet corner where you can relax and get the job done. Surprisingly I find these two settings very motivating places to work.

Make Full Use Of A Planner:

This is something I am still getting used to but when I am able to it helps me prepare so much more. Not only does it make my life easier and less stressful but also helps me stay on top of my blogging game.

You’ve probably heard of the ‘bullet journal’ right? well, that’s not what we are discussing today. Quite frankly, this really didn’t work for me. I got so caught up at the fact mine didn’t look as good as the designs on Pinterest and simply gave up.

You don’t have to go all out with the bullet journal as long as you have some sort of diary with 365 days. I use my diary to plan and prep which posts I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks. This is great as it allows you to plan your posts around holidays. For example; with Valentine’s day coming up I made sure to schedule posts and have had 3 go up on time ready for the big day.

You can check out these posts by clicking the following links here: 

6 Reasons Why You Should Stay Indoors This Valentines

8 Reasons Why Being In Love Is The Best Feeling In The World

Use Scheduling Sites To Help With Your Social Media:

preparation don’t want to be glued to your phone all day long. Jumping between Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest every 5 minutes is not healthy for anyone. But, as someone who blogs, I understand how important social media can be when trying to get your work noticed.

That is where scheduling sites come in handy. I don’t know if ‘scheduling sites’ is actually the correct term but let me just explain. There are sites out there in which help you plan ahead and schedule your latest upload to be posted at a later date. This way you don’t have to be constantly sat at your laptop screen waiting to share your latest link.

Twitter

Twitter is by far my favourite and most popular social media site. I have nearly 9k followers and I engage with around 8,999 of them. Due to this being such a great way of me getting traffic to my blog I do try to make sure I tweet at least every day. If I know I’ve got a busy day or week ahead I will always make sure to schedule a few quotes, funny tweets or share my blog so they upload automatically. This is good for staying engaged with your audience and making sure your account is always active.

Luckily for us, Twitter actually has their own site which allows you to schedule these at no additional cost. All you have to do is sign up your account to Twitter analytics and you’re ready to go.

Pinterest

Pinterest is something I’ve only recently started using for blog traffic. After hearing so many positive things about the site I just had to jump on the bandwagon.

Of course, with Pinterest, you have to make sure you are consistent otherwise your account is unlikely to succeed. Using apps such as Tailwind really can help you manage your time and make sure you are pinning constantly!

And… Remember Consistency Is Key:

With so many different blog writing tips and tricks out there it’s hard to work out what’s best for you. Understandably, what will work for some people won’t always work for others.

If it wasn’t for the book Blogging Made Easy I would not be where I am today. I can’t stress enough how important it is to research if you want to learn more. You wouldn’t go into an exam expecting to know everything if you haven’t revised beforehand… well, blogging is kind of the same thing.

The book itself was written by 4 top bloggers who have shared their own personal experiences working in this field. If you are interested in taking a look at the book, you can find it over on Amazon by clicking the following link

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Don’t forget to pin this post so you can make sure to find these super duper tips and tricks again. & Of course, if you have any blog writing tips, make sure to share with us in the comment section below!

15 Comments

  1. February 13, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    These are some good tips Ashleigh. You are right, the most important thing is consistency. I often have issues with being consistent to my blog posts and it affects my mood for writing as well. Being consistent is the key I think.

    • February 13, 2019 / 6:07 pm

      Most definitely is key! But we all get like that so don’t worry 😊 if you have a bad moment best thing to do is just jump straight back in and get on track!

  2. February 13, 2019 / 6:23 pm

    Cool tips! I didn’t know about Tailwind, but I’m definitely going to check it out
    Thank you for sharing 😊

    • February 13, 2019 / 6:27 pm

      More than welcome! It’s a very handy app to have for sure 😊

  3. February 13, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    This is really good advice! Having the correct environment is so important to write as well – whilst I love writing at home, I always get so much inspiration in Starbucks at 8am before anyone’s got there. Lovely and peaceful and great music and ambience as well!

    • February 13, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Oh yes! I couldn’t agree more! The right environment is definitely an important aspect of writing 😊 thank you so much for taking the time to read! X

  4. Sarah
    February 13, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    I love these tips! Especially the one with coordinating themes to days; I’ll have to try that. I don’t use Pinterest for blogging yet, but it’s on my to-do list. Great post!

    • February 13, 2019 / 6:57 pm

      It’s definitely worth investing the time! I get quite a bit of traffic from there 😊❤️ but anyhoo, thank you so much for taking the time to read my post!

  5. Kim
    February 13, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    Great post! Keeping to a schedule is definitely something I struggle with when it comes to posts and promoting my blog. I use Buffer for Twitter but constantly forget to schedule my Tweets through it – oops. I think having a set day for each topic is a great idea and something I could easily implementate myself. I need to get myself a blogging planner!

  6. February 13, 2019 / 10:56 pm

    Loved this post! Blogging is so much fun, but can get overwhelming at times. Especially if you’re not planning ahead! These tips are so helpful. I’ve been implementing some of these already, but I’ll definitely start implementing the one’s I’m still missing. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • February 14, 2019 / 8:37 am

      you’re more than welcome! just by changing the tiniest of things you can help make your blogging life so much easier! thanks for taking the time to read my post lovely x

  7. February 14, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Great tips!

    • February 14, 2019 / 8:38 am

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m glad you have found them helpful 🙂

  8. February 20, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Really useful post, thank you! I am going to check out that book!

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      You’re welcome 😊 it’s a good little read for sure! Well worth it for £1.99

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