How to run a blog ~ getting things done

Running a blog can be a challenge.

As any blogger can tell you, there are many different aspects to blogging and all that comes with it.

To that end, I thought I would give you a little insight into how to run a blog.  More precisely, how I run my blog (as a person obsessed with being organised and getting things done).

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In this little series, I will cover:

  • My daily tick sheet
  • Taking part in linkys (blog hops/blog parties – call them what you like)
  • Blog promotion
  • Social media
  • Ad hoc tasks

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Let’s start with my daily tick sheet.  Without it, my blog diary gets overwhelmed!  By having a separate tick sheet, I can see at a glance where I’m at, what needs doing and what I’ve done.

This really helps because I can timebox more effectively and it gives me that sense of production and achievement, without wading through lots of to-do lists each day, which can be demoralising.

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On my tick sheet, I have tasks broken down into days (as ‘Daily Tick Sheet’ suggests!) and a blank box for the tick if it’s a task for the given day.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Check comments

As you can see, (sort of!) I check my comments every day but if the task was ‘write content’ some of the boxes under the days would be blanked out.

There are occasions when I don’t complete all my tasks that day and if they’re important for that particular week, I simply highlight the box in orange and start my blog work a little earlier the following day.

What I find really helpful is at the end of the day, I cross off ones for the next day that don’t need doing that week.  For example, I run a few blog linkys and if I don’t need to write content that week, I simply cross the box through the day before.

It’s similar to ticking the task off as you go but better for the soul!

To a non-blogger, this tick sheet may sound over the top, a little obsessive even…  I would have seen your point in my pre-blogging days.

But now, it keeps my blog diary free for ad-hoc daily tasks.  And perhaps the best thing is that I can print a fresh sheet out weekly for the regular tasks without having to physically write them in my diary each week.

This also gives me a clean sheet for the start of each new week – even better for the soul!

I’ve never been one to colour code my diary with coloured dots or washi tape.  Although I do love a pretty, functional planner.  The more compartments for slipping in pieces of paper and pretty paper clips, the better!

When it comes to ‘blog-min’, I love my highlighters, my daily tick sheet, my retractable pencil, my staples and my jumbo paper clips to bookmark my week in my blog diary.

How about you?  What do you do to keep ‘blog organised’?  I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

Thanks 🙂

Next time I’ll be covering taking part in blog linkys/parties, which there are lots of and if I didn’t organise myself like I do, I’d have one BIG blog party hangover!…

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20 Comments
  1. There was a time when I wanted to be this into blogging – I was posting maybe five times a week or more sometimes. Then I considered monetisation and I guess if you go down that path you really need to be super organised if you have review deadlines etc, but for me, right now, I’m taking the chilled out attitude to blogging. I blog if I have something to say – no need for a chart! I’m sure for those who blog for different reasons these ideas will be really handy though and who doesn’t love the excuse to make the most of some glorious little bits and bobs of stationery! Thanks for linking to #thetruthabout Xx
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    • Thanks Sam. I’m such an organised freak, it’s freakish really! I decided to dive head first back into blogging after my 3 month break following our ‘little’ rollercoaster ride. I approached it head-on and love that it’s all mine 🙂

  2. I have to get a bit better at time management. I’ve found one of the best things I can do is log off all emails and social media. Simply helps ot be focussed. #truthabout

    • I haven’t got email on my phone and no apps either… *shock* You probably wouldn’t think it from reading this post! I find that with things pinging frequently, it totally gets in the way of my organisation and more importantly the inspiration.

  3. When I started blogging I was sort of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants blogger. Things got a lot less stressful when I started calendaring my posts and figured out a weekly list of things to do (one day I schedule my FB posts for the week, another day I visit the blogs I read, MWF are set aside for writing a new post, etc.) Thanks for the insight into what you do!
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  4. I don’t have as rigid a routine, simply because no two days are alike with work and family commitments. A day when I’m working at home is completely different to one where I’m overseas with work, for instance.

    But I do organise myself around that, though. I have one big spreadsheet that I run my blogging life from: which posts I link up to which linkies, organising my podcast team and so on.

    I also conduct a regular audit of what I do to keep focussed on my priorities. It’s so easy to add a new task here or a new social platform there and before you know it you’re overwhelmed. I’ve got a pretty clear plan for what I’m trying to achieve with my blog, and anything that ranks as a ‘nice to do’ gets jettisoned. #thetruthabout

  5. What a great way of keeping organised and on track of ‘blogmin’ I use a to-do list with recurring tasks to help me keep on top of mine although there are days when I let it all slide and then end up having to do a big catch-up with it all which makes me realise how much easier it is if I stick to the original plan!

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