Blogging Tutorials - Organization
Monday, April 6, 2015
One of the hardest parts of blogging is staying organized and not having a blog that feels like work or homework. I have been book blogging for a little over a year and have learned a few tips to keep me organized (and sane) while I am blogging! Here are some programs and tips I use to help my blog stay active and a hobby I enjoy!
The first item on my list is a good ole paper day planner. I barely use paper anymore, but I found that it was a lot easier to have my day planner next to me when I am scheduling posts. I like to schedule all my weekly memes (Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday) ahead of time, then add in reviews as I do them. I only post “real-time” on Sundays for my weekly re-cap. I don’t have to feel worried if one day is busier than the next and that I miss a post if I don’t have time. I write down my post schedule and then know what days still need posts. Also, on the monthly part of the planner, I post blog tours and reviews with due dates so I can quickly glance at what is coming up soon.
I use Evernote to save my posts before putting onto Goodreads or my blog. I like to sit down and write a few posts up at a time, or write them on my lunch break or free time, so I don’t always post them directly to my blog. I write the post and then save the review in https://evernote.com/Evernote so that it is ready for publishing on my blog. I love that I can access Evernote on both my computer and phone so that I can type on whatever device I have next to me. I can just copy paste the review out of Evernote and format it into my blog with ease.
I just started to use Wunderlist. Like Evernote, Wunderlist allows you to make lists on either your computer or phone. I like to make lists of upcoming reviews, blog tours, reviews scheduled with publishers and even blog post idea
A handy notebook is always with me in my purse. I write down writing ideas, blog post ideas, how I am doing on my goals for the year and my favorite quotes. It is easy to reference when I get to my computer and then I can put the idea down on either a blog post or my Wunderlist / Evernote for later.
Sounds like a lot, but I have gotten used to it and it keeps me organized and anxiety-free! I like to be on top of things and not have a book I need to review for a blog tour forgotten or a great post idea to go straight in one ear and out the other (I can be a bit scatterbrained sometimes)!
Dropbox is one of my best friends. If you do not use it, you NEED to! I save books, images and my blog template on Dropbox so I can have them at my fingertips whenever and wherever I am. I have also found that a lot of blog tour hosts are using them to send material for the posts. I totally recommend using Dropbox on your phone and having all your photos uploaded with the "camera upload" function so that you never lose a photo on your phone and they are easily put right into Dropbox on your computer without any hassle!
What are your organization tips and tricks for blogging?
Posted by Missie at 8:00 AM
Labels: blogging tips, blogging tutorials, dropbox, evernote, organization, scheduling posts, wunderlist