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).
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
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.
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.
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 …
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!…