Throughout February I was in a pretty bad blogging slump, it was on and off and very annoying, but luckily I’d got some post prepared, but tbh, the effort just seemed too much. I set myself a goal to get it sorted, I know how much I love blogging and I was mad at myself for not being bothered. So I planned, but I changed it up and started afresh, now the way I feel about blogging is back to how it used to be, but easier and so much more fun. Since these 4 things worked for me, I thought it’d be a good idea to share them with you too.
The most important bit of blog planning is brainstorming, whenever I tried to plan out my blog posts straight away it ended up messed up and all over the place, so I always had to rearrange everything, come up with posts the day before it’s due to go live and sometimes run upstairs to take my photo’s half an hour before it’s scheduled because I’d not had the right post prepared, and that’s all because I didn’t brainstorm, I didn’t think about what was really a good idea and whether I’ll actually do it or not. Now though, each month, I’ll have a massive brainstorming session, I’ll got through my list of blog post ideas, I’ll have a nosey on Pinterest and jot everything down that comes into my head, even if it’s not that much of a good idea, it usually turns in to something.
After all the brainstorming, I go back to my calendar. I set up my own calendar in my notebook with just the days that I post so that I can see each day clearly with no other notes in the way and I add each post idea to the dates when I plan to upload them. I work it out so that I know I’ll be able to get them done on time without rushing and I can easily refer back to it all on one page whenever I need too. I make sure to give myself enough time, I think about other things I have planned and I set my self a sort of goal to get them done.
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had posts in my drafts all ready to be published and not been able to because I didn’t have a photo ready, honestly, I find the photo’s the hardest part because of so many different things, but I’ve managed to make it a lot easier by taking loads of stock photo’s. I created a stock photo’s folder on my laptop, filled it with stock photo’s so that I’ve always got something to use and it’s made such a difference. You can use that photo over and over again too, to whichever post it suites too. While I’m planning, I’ll also jot down the photos I’ll need to take for specific posts and take them all in one go, making sure to tick them off my list so I know that Iv got them, I’ll then edit them all and upload them on to my computer on specific folders all ready to be used.
Another thing that has made everything a lot easier is creating drafts. Once I’ve planned out my posts for the month and taken my photo’s, I’ll log on to WordPress and create a draft for each post. I’ll add the title and a little reminder to myself about each post and hit save. I have my drafts page saved to my bookmarks bar too so whenever I’m on my laptop I quickly open it and can see all the posts that are due to go up that month. This helps me not forget about anything and it means I can easily edit it here and there whenever I want. Then I go back to whichever draft that’s due to go up soon and start writing without stressing about photos not been taken or thinking about other posts that might need to be done because I know that I already have a draft created for me to nip on to and edit. It’s made such a difference doing everything like this and I am back to loving blogging, so much more than before.