I haven’t been doing this all that long, but it hasn’t taken me much time to realise that running a blog is hard work. Don’t get me wrong, being a blogger is such a rewarding experience and the positives far outweigh the negatives. But it seems in order to keep up with the digital world you need a heck of a lot of motivation, patience, ideas and most importantly, time.
However, I have found that just a little forward planning and organisation can make things so much easier, leaving you free to focus on the fun side of blogging – creating, connecting and er, Twitter chats.
Here are my 6 easy ways to organise your blogging life:
Planning to me is essential. I think it is the most important thing to do when trying to juggle work, studies, blogging and everything else. A good planner is quite easy to get hold of and can help you stay on top of all your commitments. Each week, I sit down, divide my time and note all the tasks I would like to achieve. I like to make my plans detailed and specific so I know everything has been covered. This is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety as it’s all on paper and not swimming around in your head. And ticking something off your to-do list is quite therapeutic.
I brought my planner from Hobby Craft – you can check out their latest range here.
Keeping notes and ideas in a special blogging book works well for me. I jot down everything and anything – future blog posts, twitter chat reminders, things to remember, stats, brands to e-mail, blogs I love reading, anything! Like the planner, having everything on paper means that I can return to any idea at a later date. I don’t need to feel stressed thinking that if I don’t blog this soon I’ll forget it forever. I keep my notebook within easy reach and when inspiration arises I quickly note it down before it disappears.
Create Your Space
When blogging and brainstorming, having a nice clean clutter free space is a good idea. I feel like a tidy space can change everything and allow your thoughts to flow clearly and coherently. It doesn’t take too long to organise either, a few changes here and there can make all the difference. Add a bit of your own unique style too – I brought myself a sushi mouse mat the other day to brighten up my desk. Look around you, can you hide away anything distracting and replace it with inspiration.
The awesome sushi mouse mat from Etsy.
Sometimes you can be out and about without a planner, notepad or even a pen. Then what? Well, when ever I stumble across something interesting on my phone, I grab a screenshot. It could be a stunning photograph, stylish flat-lay, a tweet or tip you have read in a blog – anything can be inspirational. That means when you get home you can find that screenshot and add the information to your planner or blog notebook. Simple. You never have to forget an idea ever again.
Be Camera Ready
Following on from the last suggestion: always have your camera ready. Whether that is your phone camera or your fancy blogging camera, wherever you go, take snaps. Even if you don’t know exactly what you will photograph, just having it in your bag means you will never miss that perfect photo opportunity. You never know, a few months later you could be writing a blog post and suddenly have a use for that Starbucks coffee cup you took with the blurry background from one of your days out. It’s amazing, one photograph can spark an idea for an entire blog post.
Don’t Overthink it
Finally, you could be the most organised of bloggers but if your stressing about content then that’s no fun at all. The best blogging ideas are the ones that arise naturally without too much thought. Sometimes you just need to take a step back from your virtual life and go read a book or have a walk and just let the real world inspire you.