Monday, 22 October 2018

How I Plan Blog Posts

If you follow me on Twitter then you've heard a lot lately about how organised I've been with my blog. I'm so surprised that my organisation has lasted this long. However, I made a promise to myself that my blog wouldn't suffer for university and vice versa so a lot of planning and prepping was needed to make sure that could happen. So Aunty Katie has some tips that might just be able to help you get planned ahead on your blog and stay organised!


➸ Brainstorm some ideas 
The first thing I like to do when I''m planning a post is to brainstorm my ideas. This is always a quick way for me to get whatever ideas are in my head down on paper before I forget them.Blogger's brain is a real thing. Sometimes these are huge mindmaps with loads of ideas and other times they are smaller mindmaps that I use just to give myself an idea of what I want to write.

➸ Write the post up - categorise it appropriately
Next, I like to write the post up properly. This is definitely my favourite part of the process because I absolutely love writing. Seeing something come together in a blog post is such an amazing feeling. I try to bulk write posts in order to stay ahead so I usually pick a day where I have the time to bust out a few posts without burning out. Also, it's a good idea to tag/categorise your post at this point so you don't forget to like I always do. I try not to have more than one post with the same tag consecutively, I like to mix it up a little myself but choose whatever is right for you.

➸ Take and edit photos for the post 
If you're someone (like me) who really has no clue when it comes to photography and how to layout photos then this is probably going to be the most useful step for you! I take an hour or two out of a day where I can plan, take and edit post photos for the posts I have going live soon. This way I have them ready to be added to the post and I don't have to stress so much about my post being let down by rushed and unedited pictures. Just take some time out to plan what photos you think would go well with a post, for example, for a makeup review, it might be a good idea to take a photo in which you have the product on and then another where the product and it's packaging are laid out looking cute.

➸ Schedule the post for the day you'd like it to go live on
I've only started scheduling blog posts properly as of this year and I've found it so so helpful. Before doing this I would be rushing to write a post on the same day I wanted it to go live. Some people work well under this pressure, however, I was just putting out utter crap. Scheduling for me is important because it allows me to add some structure to my blogging life and it allows me to also balance my blogging with my studying. It's also peace of mind that you know that on Tuesday at 4:30pm your posts are ready to go live.

➸ Proofread the post to make sure there are no typos
I hate to say I'm a part of the grammar patrol and there's no one that I'm harder on with this than myself. For me, good grammar, punctuation and writing is important and it's what keeps me going back to read someone's blog. So I always ensure that my posts are well-written. A good tool to use is Grammarly because it lets you edit your text online.

➸ Once it's live, promote it on social media
Promote, promote, promote. I used to always feel so annoying when promoting my posts on social media but I kind of got over it. Most other bloggers do it too so I'm pretty sure they don't mind. Find a nice balance where you promote it enough but not so much that all people see on your feed is blog post after blog post. Moderation is everything.



Thank you so much for reading! I really hope these tips can be of some use to you. If you have any tips for me, I'd love to hear them. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful. 
"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan" - Eleanor Roosevelt.
Lots of loves, 

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