Friday, 16 January 2015

Let's Talk: Blogging and Organisation

To be perfectly honest, I've never been the most organised person - anyone could tell you that. But when it comes to blogging, I do find that being more organised definitely helps when it comes to productivity. Over the last year or so, I've built up a little bit of a routine, and decided to share it with you all today. This is definitely a lazy girl's guide to blogging and  organisation!

1. Keep everything in one place
Sure, you could fiddle around with digital spreadsheets and physical notebooks and write everything on scraps of paper, or you could keep everything in one notebook. I love this bright red Moleskine one*, from Viking Direct, because it has an envelope in the back, where you can store any extra notes and letters and things. Everything in one tidy book, and the perfect size to take travelling with you - what more could you want?

2. Lists are your BFFs.
Lists are great - I'm definitely one of those (kind of sad) people who love listing everything, and have to make lists of tasks in order to be in any way productive. When it comes to blogging, I make checklists where I scribble down post titles or ideas, then tick whether I've taken photos for the post, written it up, and finally, if it's been published. It's super satisfying and makes you feel really productive! Plus you can easily keep track of what you need to do for each post - they really come in handy when taking photos in bulk.

3. Write, write, write
Every little idea that pops into my head goes into my notebook, no matter how ridiculous or unfeasible they may seem. It's important to keep track of your ideas - you'll regret not doing so when you've forgotten everything! For beauty bloggers, I'd advise scribbling down some notes just after you've used a product, for the sake of remembering your first impressions. Before I type up a product review, I take loads of mini notes and important points in my notebook first, so I can plan what I'm going to write. I generally do this over time; it's really handy to have all your notes on a particular product on one page when you go to write an indepth review. Just write everything down - you'll thank me later!

4. As for scheduling...
Scheduling is great, if you've got a little time and patience. I do schedule some tweets after I've published a post, so they'll post automatically at peak times. To do so, I use Hootsuite, which has an accompanying app. When it comes to scheduling Facebook posts, I'd use Facebook itself, or the Pages Manager app, as Facebook is more likely to share your post with more people if you've posted it through Facebook only. Don't ask why, they're quite fussy... You can also schedule actual blog posts through Blogger (not so sure about WordPress), but I don't really tend to do this. I'm not quite so organised that I schedule particular posts for a particular day, I'm a little more off the cuff than that!

So whether you're a blogging newbie, or simply looking for some tips, I hope this post has been somewhat helpful! I know I don't go to the lengths that others do, with scheduling and spreadsheets (fair play to those who do, it baffles me sometimes), but at the end of the day, this is just a hobby for me!

*This is not a sponsored post. The product starred within this post, however, was sent to me for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

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