Blogging Tips and Check List
This past year, really the past 4 months, my blogger learning curve has skyrocketed. Meeting some truly incredible bloggers who are willing to share their tips and tricks for streamlining the process of social media and web interaction is part of my key to success.
The other part of that key is to know that just because it works for someone else does not mean it will work for you.
Lets start with my blogging tips and end with a printable shall we.
My top 5 Blogging tips
- Always say thank you and/or return the favor. If someone is sharing your material/posts at the very least go to their page/site and see if they are someone you should follow or if they have something on their page or blog that you might like to share. You do not have to share every day or follow them but they do deserve some recognition. This works for baby/newbie bloggers because more interaction equals more engagement which equals more followers and shares.
- Get to know other bloggers. As I wrote above, thanks to some great blogger friends, I know have a functioning, beautiful, and marketable blog not a project journal. Bloggers tend to be insular, because we work from within ourselves and a large time period is spent alone writing or creating. It is nice to be able to communicate with other people who understand your thought process and lifestyle.
- Take a break. Being a blogger is a 24/7/365 job. You can be swallowed up by the constant need and desire to “DO”. I make everything into a blog post. If I cook dinner I think can this recipe go on the blog. I decorate my door… can it go on the blog. I read other people’s blogs and comment on their posts, then there is Social Media. Schedule time out that has nothing to do with you blog. Get an Idea, write it down and put it away for later. The real world around you is just as important. Schedule time with no electronics (phone included unless you are calling a loved one.) Take a breath.
- You might think it’s crap but it’s not. Okay maybe sometimes it is crap, but usually it’s not. As bloggers we tend to be over critical of ourselves and overprotective of our writing. Stop! You are the only person with your voice and if even one person likes it you’re good. An exceptional Blogger named Brandyn wrote a great post about this and you should read it click here.
- Always be you. Never try to be that cool blogger you follow/stalk. They are a cool awesome blogger because they are who they are. You be who you are and let that shine through. People can detect fakery from miles away and they may find you amusing at first, but the interest will fall away when you can’t keep up the show. You are awesome and interesting all on your own so find your voice and run with it.
Time for that printable.
I tried everything from downloading popular blogger checklists (eg. fool-proof/dummies… way to schedule social media to 10 – 15 – 20 things you must always do to your blog posts.)
They all had a little something but never exactly what I needed. Being the list person and scheduler that I am, I started making daily lists and after a month I culled through the lists and found valuable patterns and details. I then started writing down times to evaluate how long and how often I completed each task.
The result is a spread sheet check list broken down into Blog and social media categories. Each category is then broken down in to actionable steps to take each day.
I tend to break the categories down even more on my calendar as I work through out the day.
You May also like my New Years post with January’s printable To Do List
What do you do to schedule your blog to do lists? What are the hardest and easiest parts of your blogging journey?