The 1st March, 2015 marked a full year of consecutive daily blogging on this blog.
That’s not even including the 3-4 posts I publish on my fitness blog.
It’s not always easy finding time to publish daily. But after a year, I feel like I’ve made it into a habit.
A habit that I can’t break.
I’m pretty sure the world would end if I missed a day.
And no, I’m not a full time blogger. I’m a normal human with a full time job. I work 9 hour shifts, five days a week and I spend 2 hours a day in my car thanks to the commute. Sad face.
I also workout daily, leave comments daily and manage all my own social media accounts. Some better than others. CoughpinterestCough.
You’ve probably figured out by now that this means I don’t have time for much else. I don’t have kids and I don’t watch TV often.
If I’m not at work, I’m either working out, on the computer, or asleep.
Not that I’m complaining. I mean, nobody put a gun to my head and forced me to daily blog. It’s just something that happened naturally.
I was posting every other day, but one day, after reviewing my editorial calendar and seeing every spot for the next 8 weeks full, I decided it was time to blog daily.
And I’ve never looked back.
Truth is, I’m really anal about it. I’m stubborn, I’m proud. And the only thing that’s going to stop me, well, probably death. I’ve already asked one of my friends to pay my hosting fees if I die, so my blog will live forever.
LONG LIVE THE BLOG.
Here are some things that help me keep on top of everything…
Plan plan plan your content.
Use an editorial calendar to plan your week.
When I used Blogger, I used the calendar app on my computer. All I did was write the title or blog post description in each day. This lets you plan whats due to be published. It’s also really easy to drag posts in to different days if you need to get a post up earlier or later than expected.
Now I’m on WordPress, I use the Calendar plugin which is very similar, but you physically put the blog posts in. You can quickly add a new post, edit it, schedule it and move it around your calendar. I love it.
Bulk your photos.
To save time, I’ll take all my photos in bulk. I probably do one photo session every 2 weeks.
I sometimes photograph the odd thing on it’s own if it’s something I want to get up straight away. But mostly, I’ll get it all done at once.
After I’ve taken the photos, I’ll upload them to my MacBook. I don’t usually edit them right away, but at some point I’ll get all the photos edited and put them into the draft post in my calendar so I’ll I need to do is write the post itself.
Most photos are done about two weeks before they’ll go live.
Have a deadline for your week ahead.
I’m really strict about scheduling my posts in advance. By Sunday of every week, I’ll have every post for the next 7 days complete.
This doesn’t mean I write every single post on a Sunday, I try and write a few here and there during the week when I have time. But most Sundays, I have to write about four.
It’s not actually that time consuming as I already know what I’m writing about and the photos are already in place.
If I have a post that I need to publish within the next seven days, but can’t write it for some reason (e.g, if a brand wants me to post something by Saturday but it’s not come in the post yet, or my GlossyBox comes and I want to get it out ASAP) then I’ll write a different post and schedule it.
This means I still have enough content so if I don’t have time, or it falls through. My blog still runs as normal and I don’t have to plan another post.
If I don’t need the post, I’ll move the post into the following week.
Then I only have 6 blog posts to worry about!
I use Buffer to schedule my social media. It’s a handy tool that lets you post to multiple websites.
Every morning, I’ll pop on Buffer and schedule my Tweets for the next 24 hours or so. I send out a scheduled Tweet about every 2-4 hours.
The analytics in Buffer let me see how many times people click, comment, favourite and reTweet. So this really gives me a feel about what type of posts to promote.
I will promote some posts for more days than others if they get a good response.
I generally share different posts throughout the day, with my most recent post being shared 2-3 times.
I also have Bloglovin set up to add my post to Twitter when it goes live and I have my WordPress settings configured to share the post on Facebook and Google+.
While I’d love to spend more time commenting on other peoples blogs, I don’t think I do too bad.
I have a process I follow every day. There have been times when I haven’t been able to do this daily, but only about once every two months. And I always catch up the next day. Like I said, I’m strict and anal.
Here’s my process for commenting on blogs:
- Read the comments from yesterdays blog post.
- Visit the blog of each person who commented.
- Read their latest post and leave a comment.
I find this keeps my engagement up and also I’ve build relationships with some of these bloggers that comment on my post on a regular basis.
If I have more time, I’ll comment on some new blogs but this isn’t always easy – I’d much rather continue to build relationships with my regular readers and friends than find new sporadic readers.
The other stuff.
As I work shifts, I’ll plan my workouts around my schedule each week. I either work out before or after work. Some workouts are longer than others and I will have at least one day a week when I do a short 30 minute yoga session, so don’t worry, I don’t hardcore workout every day!
If I have plans over the weekend, I ensure I leave enough time to schedule the content beforehand.
When I went to Florida last May, I had a post scheduled for every day of my two week holiday. I also took my laptop with me so I could still manage e-mails, social media and I commented on blogs with a beer in my hand in the evening.
I even went to some of the Sunday Twitter chats while I was around the pool one day!
I take my laptop to work and I’m sometimes able to do some comments during my breaks, though this doesn’t happen often as I usually prefer to spend any time I have on my break talking to colleagues in the canteen.
I will reply to blog e-mails on my break fairly often though.
As with all hobbies, you usually have to cut some things out to fit new activities in. You make time for those things that are important to you.
It might seem like I put a lot of time and effort into blogging, especially as it’s not my main income, but blogging and fitness are what’s important to me, so I’ll put it about most other things.
Here are somethings that I’ve had to cut out, or do less of!
I used to read books quite a lot. I’d read before going to bed and when I lived in France, I read around 30 books! Now I still read, but I read blogs and news about SEO, blogging and related subjects.
I remember I used to spend full days laying in bed binge watching TV. It was fun, but was kind of lazy. I don’t watch many TV shows now and if I do, I usually have my laptop on my knee at the same time.
The thing with blogging is that you can always do more! I do find it hard to switch off and just relax, which is probably something I should address but… I don’t want to talk about it.
I think I wasted a whole summer building an amazing castle on Minecraft one year. I also used to drink beer and play Call Of Duty every night.
I completed most of the Assassins Creed series and sunk about 100 hours of my life into Syrim.
Now my xBox is dusty and only gets played on occasion. Which is probably for the best as I was spending a lot of money on video games!
In short, blogging can be a massive, time consuming, life consuming hobby if you want to commit to something like daily posts.
But no matter what your blogging schedule may look like – whether you post once a week, every day, or just whenever you feel like it, I hope you find this post helpful.
How do you blawg?