This will be my 32nd post on this blog which I started about a year ago. Massive learning curve! As I’ve been doing all the research and reading, the one thing that has eluded me is any kind of a blogging routine. Haphazard, flying by the seat of my pants, hit or miss….all phrases that describe my process – in the beginning.
We all have our passions and strengths. One of my joys in both those arenas is organizing. Nothing makes my heart sing quite as much as a freshly sorted and organized closet. Or a kitchen drawer with all sorts of little item-specific trays to ‘keep it tidy’ and stuff ‘findable’.
There comes a point, when you have to just step away!
This last year has been a roller coaster of more frustration compared to less frustration and interspersed with an occasional “Yahoo It Works!”. Recently, this included one week where I couldn’t even sit down at my desk because an ‘issue’ had come up a couple weeks prior. As fellow bloggers, you know how that can go. Something doesn’t happen the way it should. And you discover that there’s no quick fix without first figuring out something else that you did incorrectly. But how to know what that was! Completely frustrated, unable to figure it out for ages and feeling ‘taxed to the Max’! I needed that week to detox from the stress.
But this morning I was sitting on the couch, just talking to my daughter on the phone. And I said to her, “I feel like I may be stepping into the light at the end of the tunnel with this blog.” I continued by saying, “I’ve published two posts and nothing has gone wrong.” And that is a lovely feeling isn’t it?
Oh, I’m sure something will come along. This plugin or that, will do an update that will screw with some other plugin…. But I’ll bask in the calm while it’s here.
Besides not understanding the ‘lingo of Bloggersville’, I’ve also been trying to figure out what I needed to be doing and how often to do those things and at what point. Now as I’ve gotten to this phase of my blogging career, I think I have a better handle on some of those questions.
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But the result of this and of a great benefit to beginning bloggers is that I have developed an easy to follow, easy to adjust method of keeping yourself on track with a lot of the little jobs that go hand in hand with blogging.
So how does this stellar blogging routine work? As we all know, blogging as a career opportunity has some basic focus’s. Because I’m looking to Pinterest and my Facebook page for the purposes of marketing, my plan incorporates those but you could easily substitute Instagram or Linkedin in place of them.
This blogging routine is easy to understand and so easy to use.
I’ve broken the weekly blogging routine into three main parts. The first part has to do with publishing a post and all the immediate stuff that goes along with that. From checking for a 404 message to pinning my new pins for that post plus anything else related to Pinterest.
The second part contains anything to do with Facebook. Here’s where you could substitute any other social media that you prefer. This will include sharing a new post with any Facebook groups that you’re a member of to making new Facebook posts that pertain to old posts that you want to bring back up in your Facebook feed. As well, it will and should include some time giving back to the Facebook groups that have helped us all out as we’ve embarked on this journey.
And the third section is sort of a catchall of important but disparate jobs that you want to make sure you’re keeping up with. Think Google or Pinterest analytics, starting your next post, responding to comments, etc.
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Specific jobs for specific days and all managed in this blogging routine.
Each day of a week should see you doing specific things. I’ve found that if I have someplace to check off those things as they’re done, not only do I not miss them, but they relieve me of two sources of concern. First, I’m no longer struggling to remember what I need to do next. I just check the list, then I do the next thing in the lineup. Secondly, I’m not worrying anymore, that I’ve forgotten something important. Naturally, this part of the blogging routine document has spaces to check each item off.
My posts usually take about 4 days all told to prepare so I’m only publishing one post a week. So the day that I hit ‘Publish’ on my dashboard, is also the day I start a new page of my Blogging Routine system. And whether you publish on Monday or Wednesday (as I do), start thinking of your publishing day as the first one of your new blogging week.
So how does a blogging routine calendar look? Well, let me tell you…..
Where your normal calendar will show Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc., in that order, my ‘blogging week’ looks a little different. My first day is Wednesday (Publishing day) with the following Tuesday being the last day. This may sound a little strange at first, but it works. You on the other hand, may start your blogging routine schedule on a Monday.
After pushing the ‘Publish’ button, I follow that by going down that days list of jobs. Crossing them off one by one is always satisfying. When I’ve gone through the list, I can relax, confident that the most important basics of my blogging routine are done. Anything that I do after that can be tuned to other things like education, planning new campaigns or whatever is your point of interest at the moment.
Beginning bloggers all have one struggle in common….
In the many hours that I’ve spent chatting with and learning from my numerous blogging friends, I’ve seen many new bloggers who are struggling. Some of them with the same things that I’ve struggled with. One common thing that comes up periodically, is their confusion as to ‘what to do, when’. I think this blogging routine that I’ve finally settled on for myself, is perfect for anyone. New blogger or even more experienced blogger. Organization is key to getting it all done, and this formula is perfect. It makes it easy to stay organized and to get everything done.
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If you’re a blogger who is looking for relief from the anxiety of not knowing what to do and when, then this is the system for you. If you’re a blogger who knows what to do and when, but you want a system that will help you speed through the process without racking your brain over ‘what to do when’, then this is the system for you.
This free printable Blogging Routine Schedule will simplify your blogging day which means it simplifies your life. And don’t we all dream of a ‘simpler way of living’? If you’re interested in helping yourself, then this is for you! So click on the link, download your own copy of this easy to use Blogging Routine that’s sure to make your blogging day easier and then come back and share your thoughts. I love to hear from you.
In the meantime, be safe, be kind and enjoy your day wherever you are!
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