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From the very beginning when I decided to launch my blog, I have everything that I have to do in my bullet journal. Start from choosing my blog name, hosting my blog, my brand, what content I should write, figure out my blogging schedule, and how to promote my blog.
It’s a BIG DEAL to start my own blog.
I figure out what I should do, where should I start, listing affiliate programs, color patterns, branding, anything related to blogging.
My weekly and even daily blogging schedule is always changing. There was no real rhyme to my blogging strategies at the beginning. I don’t always follow the pattern. I have my top priority what I will do, what I focus on, and how I accomplish my blogging goals.
This past week of blogging has taught me a lot and the growth that I have gone through is pretty much well.
And I am finally here to share some helpful tips on how to keep your blog on schedule.
Monthly Blogging Schedule
My monthly blogging schedule isn’t always perfect. Life happens. I try my best to stick with my tasks. The tip I can share is don’t force yourself. Blogging life takes a lot of work and it’s not easy.
Keeping your tasks on track is good but, when you start to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, drained, frustrated, it’s REALLY okay to take a break. Going out and getting fresh air – self-care is really important!
Create A Blogging Schedule
Starting this year, I have my bullet journal to keep me scheduling every single thing I have to do. I used to forget things (it’s not good, really), and listing them in the bullet journal is really helpful for my blogging and working schedule.
Read more here how to prioritize your to-do list.
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- Create your blog vision on your note or planner, map put what contents you need to publish, and by which day. You don’t need to follow through with it – its rough vision. As I experienced for two weeks, blogging is about self-disciplined.
Map out when you will research, write, edit, create graphics for each post. When to publish and also promoting for the post are all part of creating your blogging schedule. Figure out what days work best for you. Trial and error will be your friend but you know, we aren’t perfect, so don’t stress if you have a few missteps.
- Write every day. You should try to make time to work on your blog or at least write every single day. Whether it’s outlining new content ideas, writing down keywords ideas, even for a few minutes, is an important part of getting a good ahead.
- Set goals. I love setting monthly or weekly goals for my blog. I know my blogging tips or lifestyle tips get a good response so creating fresh ideas with high quality is part of my goals. This allows me to schedule how and when to share my blog post.
- Take a rest. Don’t suffer yourself because you write and do something blog related every day. I know that I do that every day. But on the weekend, I try my best to rest and create new fresh pins and engage on my social media.
You can still be productive on your rest days. You can be consistent and productive on blogging breaks by scheduling your tasks ahead.
Pinterest Analytic Overview
If you have been following me for a while here, I have mentioned that Pinterest is one of the best ways to grow your blog traffic! I’m not going to lie with you. I created my Pinterest account in May and just started working seriously on my Pinterest in June (basically just setting up my Pinterest boards and saving pins). I start uploading my pins creation on June 22nd and look at my journey here!
It’s such an amazing result for me! I do not even have artistic skill and art soul but I just follow my intuition to create my pins and VOILA! The result of hard-working won’t sleep on you!
At the end of the month, I like to see how my pins performed and it helps me decide on what content I should focus on the following month. I checked what pins performed well and which boards were the most engaged.
FYI, Pinterest views go up and down all the time so don’t be panic if you find that you have a big decrease.
Google Analytic Overview
I also regularly check (in-depth overview) of my google analytics at the end of (every) month. As part of my monthly blogging schedule, I check which content performed the best, which platforms were my top referrers, my bounce rate, and where my audience is from.
You need to study your analytics in order to increase your blog traffic. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one. Knowing what content is performed well can help create your content in the future. You need to know what your audience loves about your blog so they can keep coming back for more.
Note: Don’t check the analytic daily as it will cause a lot of stress and make you compare yourself with other bloggers. Instead, check your stats monthly and compare it to previous months to see what you need to do to improve.
You also can keep a notebook or digital planner with details on what you did each month to drive traffic, so you can compare the previous month to the current month. This will help you to see what strategies are lacking and what strategies might be working.
Organizing E-mail List
I have mentioned organizing the e-mail list before. But here, is your e-mail list management. If you already have a large email list, you definitely need to list them up, which means you need to go through and clean up your email list once a month.
Why should I clean the list? If someone hasn’t opened up your emails in a month or more, you can consider them to be uninterested. The same goes with when you unsubscribe, it means that you don’t want to get an email from them and fill your inbox.
By having email list management, you can see how many have opened your email but never clicked through. Getting rid of your subscribers who aren’t actively reading your emails can help you build and grow a more engaged email list.
Social Media Goals
Same with google and Pinterest analytics, I like to create monthly social media goals for myself. Then, at the end of the month, I check my growth. I checked which content performed the best, which hashtag drove more traffic and create my goals for the following month.
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This one is really important (I don’t know many times I said this on my blog post). The blogging schedule I do once a month is to figure out what brands or affiliates I want to pitch for my quality content. I have a month’s worth of content in front of me so I will think which affiliate I like and could help me with some of my blog posts.
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Weekly Blogging Schedule
Create A New Blog Post
For now, I scheduled to publish two times a week. This is one that is totally up to you. Every blogger is different, and that includes how often they post and schedule those posts.
Sometimes if I’m feeling inspired and a lot of ideas running in my head, I might write more than that! This usually allows me to have a head start on the following week. I always try to finish one blog post per day if I have more time or when I get random inspiration.
I try my best to stick to my blogging schedule with my blog content but life happens – I need a break or something just comes up.
You need to have a solid content marketing strategy and consistently showing up on your social media platform, so your audience won’t go anywhere.
Create and Schedule Pin
I have been testing out to post 3-6 new pins daily and so far it seems to be doing pretty well.
You NEED photos for your blog, especially your blog post. My weekly blogging schedule also includes bulk photography. Either you get free stock photos (if you’re not on friendly terms with photography things) or create your own photos with a camera or phone.
Check your blog planner and see what photos you might need that week for your content. You can pick a day once a week to take all the photos you need.
Daily Blogging Schedule
This one is going to be different from many bloggers. What I usually do is check my bullet journal and see what daily to-do list I have to get done. I prioritize my list from the most important to least important.
As I am also a translator, I finish my job first then focus on my blogging tasks. I don’t stick with a time blocking strategy but I try my best to set a reasonable time to complete the task. I have tried to work with time blocking and it’s not really the best strategy for me. I can do multiple tasks at one time. Checking email, designing my pins, and watching at the same time.
Sometimes it’s really easy for me to get caught up on one task but at the end of the day, I could still finish my daily to-do list, as I always check them during my break.
Here some of my daily MUST blogging tasks:
- Blog check (update plugin, check comments, anything related to my blog)
- Checking email (sort it out, delete if not important)
- Creating new Pinterest pin designs
- Brainstorming or planning blog content
- Checking, editing, updating old blog content
- Creating blog draft (decide title, keyword, outline)
- Engaging on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)
- SEO Audit to improve google rank on search engines
Those above are basically what I need to get done daily. I also check my e-mail list, making freebies, checking Pinterest, affiliate programs. BUT, it depends on the situation. Not every day is the same. You have to prioritize what you need to do.
Setting your deadlines and sticking to it is tough, as for me I can’t always follow my blogging schedule, but it makes a big difference. By the end of the day, you will know what is lacking and what you should improve.
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Set goals that will create balance, push you but also achievable at the same time so you don’t burn yourself out. Setting goals will help a lot to figure out an actionable blogging schedule and make you stay organized and reach your goals.
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Let me know below how you manage your blogging schedule? And are there any tips for sticking to it?
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