Tech Tuesday: Six Ways to Organize Your Blogging in 2014

by Fawn Rechkemmer on January 7, 2014

2014 happy new year2013 was my fifth year as a blogger, but it was also a year full of life changes that threw me out of my blogging groove. For 2014, organization is going to be key in making sure that I continue to build my blog.  Here are the six things I’ll be doing to get back in control.

  1. Set 3-5 main goals.  Make these goals realistic ways that you can improve your blog. If you’re only posting once a month right now, don’t set a goal to start posting every day (maybe aim for once per week instead).  Some examples:
  • I will post ___ per week/month.
  • I will write ___ guest posts this year.
  • I will increase my monthly page views by ___%
  • I will attend a blog conference.
  • I will focus my writing on these three main topics:  _____, ______, and ______.
  1. Make a plan of action to meet these goals.  These actions will depend on what your goals are.  Try googling “How to (insert goal here)” to get ideas.  Pinterest can be a great place to find resources as well.  Four online blogging resources that I really like are:
  1. Plan out posts.  Identify post themes or memes that you can schedule to write on a regular basis. Look at your existing blog content for inspiration. I use the Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin to create an editorial calendar, along with a paper planner.  If you like the idea of writing things down, you can download a free blog planner.  Check my Pinterest board with links to 20+ different free blog planners with all sorts of different features.
  2. Designate time in your schedule for blogging and blog-related activities.  Whether you make time each day, once per week, or every third Saturday, schedule those hours into your routine.  Make sure that family and friends who will be affected by your blogging time are aware and are on board to support you.
  3. Create a budget.  Blogging can be relatively inexpensive, or it can cost a lot.  Maybe one of your goals is to make money from your blog this year.  No matter what, you need to create a budget that will help you meet your blogging goals.  Here are a couple resources:
  1. Create a file system.  Whether this is a portable file box, a drawer in the family office, or even a folder set on your computer, create folders as follows to keep information organized and handy:
  • One folder for each month of the year – Fill these with to-dos, post ideas, and bills and correspondence that need to be followed up on during that month.
  • Income – file check stubs and records of goods/services received
  • Expenses – keep receipts, plus mileage records for any travel you do related to blogging
  • Goals – Keep a list of those goals you set for the year, plus any resources or ideas that can help you achieve those goals

I hope that these six steps will help you have a successful year of blogging in 2014, no matter what your goals are!

FawnFawn Rechkemmer writes about motherhood, being green, health and fitness, travel, and other things that make her go, “hmm…” on her blog, Instead of the Dishes.  Fawn is a member of Missouri Women Bloggers and helped create the original Arkansas Women Bloggers network.  She lives in Ozark, MO with her husband and two children.

 

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Shana Norris January 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Great tips, Fawn.

I’m getting back on track this month too. I got derailed in November and never really got back in the swing of things with the holidays as a huge distraction.

I just made up the bulk of my January editorial calendar, leaving a little wiggle room at the end of the month. I’ll re-evaluate mid month and re-arrange things if I need to.

Off to check out your Pinterest board now.

Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes January 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Shana! The new year is one of my favorite holidays, simply because it serves as a giant “reset” button for me.

Yes, I hardly ever stick to my editorial calendar, but it’s so nice to have it as a guide. I love all your posts with lists and summaries (appeals to my type-a tendancies). Do you have a favorite type of post to write?

Nancy@ThereIsGrace January 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Great tips! Thanks!

Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes January 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Nancy, although I have the feeling you are already way more organized than I will ever be.

Sarah @ Beauty School dropout January 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Wow — you are way more organized than me! I did actually get out a calendar and try to plan my January posts, but mostly I end up just using the WP calendar plugin — I love how I can move posts around so easily using it!

Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes January 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Well now, these are my organizational goals, not my organizational reality. Not yet, anyway. (For example, I just started working on my One Community post today!)

Talya Tate Boerner January 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I have spent several hours/days since Jan 1 getting organized for 2014. I’m attempting for the first time to plan out my blogging schedule one quarter of the year at a time rather than fly by the seat of my pants. So far, so good. I even worked on taxes today! Great tips!

Fawn @ Instead of the Dishes January 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Thanks Talya, and thanks for wandering up to visit us MO gals! A Quarterly editorial calendar!? Wow! Now that is organized!

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