I jumped into blogging without really having any idea of what I was doing. And over time I started to gradually learn some tricks of the trade through other bloggers & awesome resources online like the alt channel.
The best thing I did was to start an editorial calendar, which seems so simple but I think a lot of new bloggers don’t start out using it.
So here are the basics:
An editorial calendar is simply your schedule of posts. Keeping a calendar with lists of ideas, possible future posts, & the actual dates of when you do post something allows you to make your blog more cohesive.
Jotting down ideas in an editorial calendar not only makes you brainstorm but you can go back to that idea list when you’re feeling less than creative.
Writing out when possible posts could happen gives you the broader view of your blog. You can organize possible series or make sure you’re not posting a bunch of similar topics right in a row.
Simply put, its a way to organize your blog. At first I would figure out my post for the following day the night before, which sometimes meant it was rushed or uncreative. This way I can set some time to plot out possible topics & get ahead of the posts if I have a busy week.
Very easy & basic, but not something brand new bloggers always think about doing!
And naturally you need a cute organizer, right?
I’ve been using Martha Stewart for Staples for all my blogging stuff. I have a pocket in front for blogging related business cards, my actual calendar, and tabs for ideas & blogging tips I want to remember. I’ve felt a lot more organized & think my blog is much better because of it!
Any type of calendar system would work, I’m just loving the Martha Stewart one because its so functional and yet really cute. Plus its on the smaller side so I can slip it in my purse.
So there’s my first tip for bloggers: plan it out!
Any other tips you’d suggest? Or questions you may want covered in a future post?