One of my goals this year was to have less gaps in my blogging schedule. When I first started out I had a lot more time to blog because I didn't have a time-intensive job. My circumstances have changed and so have my standards. My current job requires a lot of my time and taking outfit posts on the go just aren't good enough for me. I need to plan my posts ahead of time in order to do my job well and also put out quality posts. These two things sometimes butt heads but I've been coming up with better methods to stay on track and make sure you guys who do take the time to read my blog have something to read. For those of you in the same boat, here are some tips that have worked for me:
- Have a generic schedule in place: I find that having a generic schedule of some sort helps make planning easier. For example, I reserve Mondays and Wednesdays for 'outfit of the day' posts while Tuesdays are for book reviews and movie reviews (first and last of the month) and any other random posts I'm feeling would be appropriate for the week, etc. This helps to keep the posts I do decide to write more organized and at the very least I'll know what subject to write about on a particular day.
- Write a to-do list every day: I'm a nut about to-do lists and I couldn't live without them! They really help me with time management and helps me to organize tasks that must be completed. I have a separate list of to-dos for blog-related activities which includes making sure a post is written and to do social-media promotion for them at a certain time of the day when traffic will be high. Consider keeping a list to track these kinds of activities.
- Take pictures in bulk: I spend my Saturday and Sunday mornings to take all of the photos that will be featured on my blog for the week. This has been especially helpful in the winter when it gets dark so early. When you take pictures in a few days rather than the day before, you have more time to play around with the quality and re-do pictures that didn't quite turn out the way you envisioned in your head. And on that note...
- Write posts in bulk as well: I keep a notebook in Evernote specifically for outfit-related posts. I don't always write a title or a body paragraph but a lot of them only contain what pieces I plan on featuring for the day. I usually write the posts on Saturdays and Sundays. Doing this has cut the time I spent touching things up during the week leaving me free to focus on my job!
So now I'd like to hear from you guys - those amazing bloggers who work full time and also manage to create regular content! What's your secret to staying on schedule! Let me know in the comments!