Having been blogging on and off for nearly five years now – not just this website but a number of others too – I’ve worked out something of a routine for myself in order to ensure that posts go up regularly and on time, to make sure that photos are taken and edited and words are written and generally make my blogging life that bit easier.
Now, I don’t consider myself an expert in this field whatsoever, in fact there are a lot of bloggers out there who are way more experienced in this area than I am, but it struck me that it might be worth sharing the few tips that I’ve picked up along the way in case anyone out there is thinking of starting a blog or is having trouble keeping up with the running of theirs – particularly those bloggers out there who, like me, are balancing their blog alongside a full-time job.
Allow me to introduce The Busy Bee’s Guide to Blogging:
- Be realistic about the number of posts that you will be able to do a week – for example, I usually have one day when I’m not working that I use to take all of my photos for the week, edit the photos and generally get myself in order for the week ahead. I slowly built up to posting seven times a week and it works for me at the moment. But if it doesn’t, that’s ok! Think about what works best for you and your schedule
- Quality over quantity – if you decide that you only have the time for one really great post a week or three posts a month, that’s fine. In my opinion it’s better to create a few brilliant posts than hundreds of below-average ones that you aren’t quite happy with
- Embrace to-do lists – I have ’em for everything, and I mean everything. Pictures to take, posts to write – I even have a point on my to-do list telling me to write my to-do list for next week. Oh yes. I’m not sure you need to be quite that organised but some kind of tick list can be great to ensure that you’ve done everything you’ve gotta do
- Don’t rush – there are so many blogs out there that sometimes it can feel like you’re racing against all the others to review that product first or ensure you have an idea before anyone else and it can be a bit fluster-making. Keep calm. If your review of a new product comes out a day later than others because you wanted to test that product a bit more or wait until you had time to really write about it properly, don’t worry. It’s your voice and your opinions that people want to see, it’s not about the first person to get their post up
- Enjoy it – blogging should be a joy not a hassle or an added source of stress. If you need to wake up an hour earlier to post before work or go to bed a bit later so you can stay up and edit photos, you want to be enjoying it at the same time! Don’t be afraid to take a step back and re-jig a few things if you’re not totally happy. There’s no harm in having a breather, particularly if it means you wind up enjoying yourself much more afterwards
And now ladies and gents, it’s over to you – what advice have you guys got for other bloggers out there?