Thursday, 17 March 2016

5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier

5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier - Sweetaholic Beauty

One think you all probably know by now - bloggin' ain't easy. For the most of us, blogging is a hobby that we usually explore in our free time. Many of us have full time jobs, families to take care of and a social life that can get in the way of being a successful blogger that produces awesome new content every single day. I won't lie - I would love to give up my day job and work exclusively on my blog and Bloggers United AU. But it can be pretty tough to actually get your blog on a steady path to success.

Now, I'm not a professional blogger by any means. But, I have seen my blog and social media following grow significantly thanks to some of the tips I'm about to share. These tips have made blogging easier and more fun for me.


5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier - Sweetaholic Beauty

Write Everything Down

Inspiration can strike at any time, so it always helps to be prepared. Carry around a notepad and pen, or have a notepad app on your phone ready at hand. Try to keep something beside your bed at night, too. I find that my inspiration usually hits at the most inopportune times - such as the shower, the workplace or the middle of the night. Before I was writing everything down, I was losing awesome ideas almost as quickly as they came to me. Now, even if I write down just vague ideas, I still have more to go on when I actually sit down to create new content.

Product Content In Bulk (When You Can)
I try to blog four days a week, Monday through to Thursday. I usually write all my posts in bulk on Sunday afternoon and then schedule them throughout the week. Before that, I was skipping days, uploading at random times, producing sub par content or tiring myself out trying to produce good content. So now, even if I don't get time to write up all the posts, I at least take photographs and note down what I want to write, to make my life a lot easier. It's not about having 100 blog posts scheduled - it's about cutting down as much work you have to do on a daily basis.

Have a Content Calendar

This will work hand in hand with producing content in bulk. It makes it really difficult to write up your posts in advance if you have no idea what you actually plan on publishing next week. Having a content calender lets you plan your blog posts ahead of time, so you have a clear schedule. You don't have to follow it religiously, you can alter things if you want to, but it helps to create a bit of structure and helps you get more work done in a shorter space of time. It also helps you see the flow of content you're publishing so you aren't posting content that are too similar too close together.

Set Aside Dedicated Time

There's nothing worse than being on a roll and having to stop because you have to cook dinner or go to work. If you can, set aside a dedicated time to work on your blog each week. Even if it is just an hour, make sure you have no distractions. I can't even begin to tell you how much time I would waste when I tried to write for my blog on a day to day basis - I would look at social media, watch TV and chat with my partner all while trying to product content. Before I knew it, the night was gone and I still hadn't hit that publish button. Focus on one thing and you'll get so much more work done. Once you are on a roll, producing great content will come more naturally and it will be a more enjoyable experience.

Schedule Whenever You Can

Scheduling has been a bit of a theme throughout the tips but it is the most important one in my opinion. Scheduling makes your life easier and means that you can make last minute plans without worrying about having to publish that post. I like my posts to be published at the same time every day - this gives my blog consistency and my readers know what to expect. However being on a rotating shift and y'know, having a life, means that this is impossible to do manually. You can also schedule tweets and Facebook updates too, and there are an array of apps to help you with other social media platforms as well. Do your research and find out when your readers are most active, and schedule whatever you can during those times - even if it's while you're sleeping or working.

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These tips have helped me immensely in keeping my blog active, particularly during times when I know I won't get to be on the computer a lot. I'm still trying to get into the swing of following my own advice every week, but so far I'd say I'm doing well.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful as well. Do you have any tips to make blogging easier?

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22 comments

  1. These area all great tips!!! I've been trying to get organised with blogging but it's just so impossible with work :/ but i've definitely been dedicating time aside during after work hours and at least 1 day per weekend :)

    Lily not Louise

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  2. Hear hear! I'm going to have to cut down until July, but I fully intend to get back into the swing of things after that!

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  3. Brainstorming and having a post plan helps so much in blogging especially when you aren't a professional! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  4. Great tips - I used to just show up, write and hit publish but this year have started planning out posts in a diary which has been super useful, I can see what days I need to have something ready for, make notes of what I need (photos, check product names etc) and what's all ready to go. I've also fallen into a bit of a routine; beauty on Monday, Posh Picks on Wednesday and fashion/life/general on Friday.

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  5. Thanks Beth! It makes life so much easier doesn't it, and the dedication will usually shine through in your content too! xx

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  6. Absolutely right. Most professionals will have plenty of time, or even paid staff members to help them create content! xx

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  7. Thank you xx

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  8. Thanks for sharing your tips! I'm definitely trying* to blog more regularly. I have spurs of motivation so blogging in bulk to schedule sounds like a go!

    chloé⎪ status.chlo

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  9. Woohoo! xx

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  10. Thanks so much! I was feeling soooo overwhelmed a little while ago, and yeah majority of that feeling came down to my day job sadly! But dedicating some time out really does make a difference :) xx

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  11. At the beginning of this year I FINALLY decided to write everything on a calendar. It's been helping me schedule so much better. I now have posts ready usually for almost a month in advance, so good! Gives heaps of leeway to rotate posts around or move them back if something else pops up. I also bought one of those cute to do lists from Typo which I keep near my computer so I'm always writing down new post ideas or something x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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  12. Great tips. Organising is so important.

    I think my biggest tip is only hit publish if you're happy with it. If you're not happy with your photos or words, then give it a day extra to post rather than put out something that isn't quite right.

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  13. Thank you so much for these tips Jasmine! I have been struggling a lot lately to blog due to factors you mentioned such as work and personal life, and also silly pressures I've put on myself like keeping up to date with products which the bank can't always support haha, planning and brainstorming posts definitely helps a lot!!

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  14. I'm a bit the same, my inspiration comes and goes so I try and bulk schedule when I'm feeling inspired haha xx

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  15. It makes such a huge difference!! I love having things all ready to go and scheduled! I love those to-do lists from Typo, what a goo idea - I might grab one hehe xx

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  16. Totally agree with you on that one! Worst thing is looking at your post a week later and go "ew what was I thinking" haha xx

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  17. You are more than welcome, I hope they help out! The pressures are such a pain aren't they - I always feel like I need to have the latest releases even though I can't really afford them haha! xx

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  18. The Made Up Maiden24 March 2016 at 17:14

    Such good tips, I really need to get more organised with my blogging!

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  19. Such great tips! Since starting work again full time my blogging has slipped a bit, which is frustrating! I hate not having time to read my favourite blogs as well. I am thinking I need to schedule in time once a week to have one bulk read :)

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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  20. Jasmine Huston6 April 2016 at 16:34

    Thanks lovely! It definitely helps haha xx

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  21. Jasmine Huston6 April 2016 at 16:34

    Thanks gorgeous. I find full time work to be the bloggers greatest enemy haha. xx

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier

5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier - Sweetaholic Beauty

One think you all probably know by now - bloggin' ain't easy. For the most of us, blogging is a hobby that we usually explore in our free time. Many of us have full time jobs, families to take care of and a social life that can get in the way of being a successful blogger that produces awesome new content every single day. I won't lie - I would love to give up my day job and work exclusively on my blog and Bloggers United AU. But it can be pretty tough to actually get your blog on a steady path to success.

Now, I'm not a professional blogger by any means. But, I have seen my blog and social media following grow significantly thanks to some of the tips I'm about to share. These tips have made blogging easier and more fun for me.


5 Tips To Help Make Blogging Easier - Sweetaholic Beauty

Write Everything Down

Inspiration can strike at any time, so it always helps to be prepared. Carry around a notepad and pen, or have a notepad app on your phone ready at hand. Try to keep something beside your bed at night, too. I find that my inspiration usually hits at the most inopportune times - such as the shower, the workplace or the middle of the night. Before I was writing everything down, I was losing awesome ideas almost as quickly as they came to me. Now, even if I write down just vague ideas, I still have more to go on when I actually sit down to create new content.

Product Content In Bulk (When You Can)
I try to blog four days a week, Monday through to Thursday. I usually write all my posts in bulk on Sunday afternoon and then schedule them throughout the week. Before that, I was skipping days, uploading at random times, producing sub par content or tiring myself out trying to produce good content. So now, even if I don't get time to write up all the posts, I at least take photographs and note down what I want to write, to make my life a lot easier. It's not about having 100 blog posts scheduled - it's about cutting down as much work you have to do on a daily basis.

Have a Content Calendar

This will work hand in hand with producing content in bulk. It makes it really difficult to write up your posts in advance if you have no idea what you actually plan on publishing next week. Having a content calender lets you plan your blog posts ahead of time, so you have a clear schedule. You don't have to follow it religiously, you can alter things if you want to, but it helps to create a bit of structure and helps you get more work done in a shorter space of time. It also helps you see the flow of content you're publishing so you aren't posting content that are too similar too close together.

Set Aside Dedicated Time

There's nothing worse than being on a roll and having to stop because you have to cook dinner or go to work. If you can, set aside a dedicated time to work on your blog each week. Even if it is just an hour, make sure you have no distractions. I can't even begin to tell you how much time I would waste when I tried to write for my blog on a day to day basis - I would look at social media, watch TV and chat with my partner all while trying to product content. Before I knew it, the night was gone and I still hadn't hit that publish button. Focus on one thing and you'll get so much more work done. Once you are on a roll, producing great content will come more naturally and it will be a more enjoyable experience.

Schedule Whenever You Can

Scheduling has been a bit of a theme throughout the tips but it is the most important one in my opinion. Scheduling makes your life easier and means that you can make last minute plans without worrying about having to publish that post. I like my posts to be published at the same time every day - this gives my blog consistency and my readers know what to expect. However being on a rotating shift and y'know, having a life, means that this is impossible to do manually. You can also schedule tweets and Facebook updates too, and there are an array of apps to help you with other social media platforms as well. Do your research and find out when your readers are most active, and schedule whatever you can during those times - even if it's while you're sleeping or working.

--

These tips have helped me immensely in keeping my blog active, particularly during times when I know I won't get to be on the computer a lot. I'm still trying to get into the swing of following my own advice every week, but so far I'd say I'm doing well.

Hopefully you find these tips helpful as well. Do you have any tips to make blogging easier?

-- 


22 comments:

  1. These area all great tips!!! I've been trying to get organised with blogging but it's just so impossible with work :/ but i've definitely been dedicating time aside during after work hours and at least 1 day per weekend :)

    Lily not Louise

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hear hear! I'm going to have to cut down until July, but I fully intend to get back into the swing of things after that!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Brainstorming and having a post plan helps so much in blogging especially when you aren't a professional! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great tips - I used to just show up, write and hit publish but this year have started planning out posts in a diary which has been super useful, I can see what days I need to have something ready for, make notes of what I need (photos, check product names etc) and what's all ready to go. I've also fallen into a bit of a routine; beauty on Monday, Posh Picks on Wednesday and fashion/life/general on Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks Beth! It makes life so much easier doesn't it, and the dedication will usually shine through in your content too! xx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Absolutely right. Most professionals will have plenty of time, or even paid staff members to help them create content! xx

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thank you xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing your tips! I'm definitely trying* to blog more regularly. I have spurs of motivation so blogging in bulk to schedule sounds like a go!

    chloé⎪ status.chlo

    ReplyDelete
  9. Woohoo! xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks so much! I was feeling soooo overwhelmed a little while ago, and yeah majority of that feeling came down to my day job sadly! But dedicating some time out really does make a difference :) xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. At the beginning of this year I FINALLY decided to write everything on a calendar. It's been helping me schedule so much better. I now have posts ready usually for almost a month in advance, so good! Gives heaps of leeway to rotate posts around or move them back if something else pops up. I also bought one of those cute to do lists from Typo which I keep near my computer so I'm always writing down new post ideas or something x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great tips. Organising is so important.

    I think my biggest tip is only hit publish if you're happy with it. If you're not happy with your photos or words, then give it a day extra to post rather than put out something that isn't quite right.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you so much for these tips Jasmine! I have been struggling a lot lately to blog due to factors you mentioned such as work and personal life, and also silly pressures I've put on myself like keeping up to date with products which the bank can't always support haha, planning and brainstorming posts definitely helps a lot!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm a bit the same, my inspiration comes and goes so I try and bulk schedule when I'm feeling inspired haha xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. It makes such a huge difference!! I love having things all ready to go and scheduled! I love those to-do lists from Typo, what a goo idea - I might grab one hehe xx

    ReplyDelete
  16. Totally agree with you on that one! Worst thing is looking at your post a week later and go "ew what was I thinking" haha xx

    ReplyDelete
  17. You are more than welcome, I hope they help out! The pressures are such a pain aren't they - I always feel like I need to have the latest releases even though I can't really afford them haha! xx

    ReplyDelete
  18. The Made Up Maiden24 March 2016 at 17:14

    Such good tips, I really need to get more organised with my blogging!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Such great tips! Since starting work again full time my blogging has slipped a bit, which is frustrating! I hate not having time to read my favourite blogs as well. I am thinking I need to schedule in time once a week to have one bulk read :)

    Kate | themintedblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Jasmine Huston6 April 2016 at 16:34

    Thanks lovely! It definitely helps haha xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. Jasmine Huston6 April 2016 at 16:34

    Thanks gorgeous. I find full time work to be the bloggers greatest enemy haha. xx

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