5 WAYS TO BE A BETTER BLOGGER

5 Ways to be a better blogger, the blogging hints & tips you really need to know

When I first started blogging I just wrote a blog post as and when an idea came to me, there was no structure or planning involved at all. Now my audience is growing and I am writing product reviews and sponsored posts I really need to take a more professional approach and make Gym Bunny Mummy the best blog I can, so here’s my 5 ways to be a better blogger.

1. GET ORGANISED

This is in all aspects of my blogging, I really need to get organised & focussed, it leads onto all the other tips. Being organised is absolutely key to being a better blogger.

For example, I spot a linky on Twitter and think I wish I had of finished writing that post in my drafts as it would’ve been perfect for this linky or great for that one. From now on I’m going to start thinking about which of my planned posts would fit with each of my favourite linky’s and make sure it is ready to publish on the right day! I’ve even created a Linkies I Love with all my favourites and the days they go live.

2. USE EDITORIALS CALENDERS

Since I discovered the WordPress Editorial Calender widget it’s been a life saver. It’s so easy to drag & drop draft posts into days of the week/month so you can visually see which posts are going live and when, especially when I want to plan which linkies I’ll be linking up to. It also really helps me to space out review posts etc so that I don’t have too many close together.

I have key content each week, such as recipes & cakes/cake decorating tutorials which I try to have ready at least a week in advance and am a little ad hoc with my other posts; but, I want to continue the structure and have other content written in advance so I’m not constantly chasing my tail.

3. PLAN YOUR PHOTOS

…and take as many as you can on a bright day! There’s been so many times when I’ve finished the content on a post but I haven’t got the photography and as it’s such a dull day I can’t take any decent photo’s. I’m now going to plan what photos I need for each post and take as many in one go as I can, so I have a stock of imagery ready for when I have finished writing.

5 Ways to be a better blogger, the blogging hints & tips you really need to know

4. BE SOCIAL

I love social media, especially Twitter but I don’t always have the time to use it properly. I hate just link dumping without actually interacting with people. I’m now scheduling a large number of tweets throughout the week then when I do have the time to go on Twitter I can just interact with people, so I’m getting a good balance between promotion & actually talking to people!

5. ENJOY IT!!!

I started getting a bit stressed out thinking about stats, trying to get new blog posts out every day, joining in linkies every day and doing a huge amount of commenting. This is just too much and started to take the love out of blogging. I’m now getting more organised and only posting good content that I would like to read myself. Instead of churning out half arsed posts just to keep my stats up I’m getting back the enjoyment and passion for blogging and really start to enjoy it again.

This will help me be a better blogger, use my time in the best way possible and hopefully keep increasing my stats each month.

Do you agree? What are your top tips?

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69 Comments

  1. May 12, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    I agree with every tip you have written!
    Also, be honest and just be yourself!
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  2. May 12, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    This is a fab post, I’m going to pop and have a look at your linky link and check out the editorial app, although I’m fairly new to this so not sure it’s for me just yet, but you never know!

    Lupin Girl x

    #TwinklyTuesday
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  3. May 13, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Thank you for this post it has been a great help. I’ve inly been blogging for a few months and feel that everything I do is a bit random and badly timed.
    This has prompted me to get more organised to get the most out of my blogging X
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  4. May 13, 2015 / 10:32 am

    These are such great tips. I’m on blogger & there isn’t an editorial calendar. I’ve been thinking of switching to wordpress. If you have any advice on wordpress/or what it’s like please let me know! 🙂

    Chloe
    x
    #wineandboobs

    • May 13, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Self hosted on wordpress is AMAZING there’s so many incredible widgets that help with blogging and give the reader a better experience. I personally feel it gives the blog more professional feel. I might write a post on this as I used to blog on Blogger many years ago before I started again as a mummy blogger x
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  5. May 13, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Great post, really good points. I need to plan my photos out like you suggest. There are so many considerations! The social media side takes up so much time, then there are the kids to look after lol Thanks for sharing this with me xx
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    • May 13, 2015 / 2:14 pm

      Social media takes up an unbelievable amount of time doesn’t it? I’m trying to use my time in the best ways possible as I run my own business from home as well as having a teenager & an Autistic toddler so time is like gold dust! x
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  6. May 13, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Always wanting to be a better blogger so all tips gratefully received- thank you #wineandboobs

  7. May 13, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    I really agree about enjoying it. I love writing my blog but I think I have fallen into the trap of being stressed about increasing my stats, joining in linkys, commenting and growing my social media following. I had kind of forgotten that I started blogging because I love writing. Yes the odd freebie is nice but I’m never going to make a living from this so I should just slow down and enjoy it. Seeing the MADS button all over the place doesn’t help either!!

    I’m definitely going to download the planning widget though – thanks for the tip #wineandboobs
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    • May 14, 2015 / 2:48 pm

      This is exactly what happened to me, I spent too much time concentrating on ‘building my blog’ that I’d stopped blogging for me. I’m now going to be a better blogger & that doesn’t mean increase my stats that means increase my love for blogging x
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  8. Domesticated Momster
    May 14, 2015 / 5:27 am

    The best advice I have received about blogging tips lately was to keep a file on the computer with links to everything important so all I have to do is open the file and copy and paste it 🙂 it works great for my time utilization! Great tips …thank you 🙂

  9. May 14, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Hello Toni,

    This post is amazing. I believe I took note of every topic you’ve mentioned.
    I’m a little bit lost but trying to organize my blog, so your tips are of a huge help to me.

    Thank you for this amazing post, will follow you everywhere (in the good way – Facebook, Twitter and Bloglovin).

    xx
    Marta
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  10. May 14, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    All brilliant tips. Thanks so much for sharing. My downfall as a professional blogger is not planning enough. My nature is to be more spur of the moment, but as you superbly say, organisation is the key to being more successful and I guess working smarter.

    In terms of content, i couldn’t agree with you more. You’re much better writing less but delivering quality, than you are churning out half hearted posts all the time.

    I guess if I had one tip to share to other bloggers, it would be this: Just do what you can, but do it WELL. So for eg – if you can only write one post a week, make sure it’s a bloody good one! If you only have five mins to spare on social media, spend it connecting with people. It’s impossible to do it all and as a blogger there’s always SO much to do, so do what you can and do it well.

    x

    P.S I’m now off to sort myself out with an editorial calendar. Thank you! x #brilliantblogposts

  11. May 14, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    great tips. I need to get a calendar sorted I think. What do you use to schedule tweets though? I’m so rubbish at this kind of thing, ha x #brilliantblogposts
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  12. May 14, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    I downloaded that calendar ages ago but had no idea it was that fab! Must start using! Blogging definitely needs you to be organised. I organise things for a living but can I organise myself? No!! Thanks for the hints and tis here – it is important not to get bogged down by it all as it needs to remain something we love. Thanks also for including Twinkly Tuesday on your fave linkies page 🙂 🙂 #brillblogposts
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  13. May 14, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Some great advice here – I always promise myself I will get organised, but never seem to actually manage it!
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  14. May 14, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Great post and such good tips. I struggle with the social media side of things, especially Twitter. I really want to be more involved and, well, more social, but between working full time, having time with the kids, household, eating, putting kids to bed, working out and writing the blog, I find I never have enough time to properly engage with people. Definitely something I need to get more organised on. And also the photography. Your point makes complete sense. So many times I’ve written a post and then don’t have a good shot to go with it. Need to think of it more in tandem. x #brilliantblogposts
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  15. May 14, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I agree with all you’ve written. Personally I need to get back into the social side of social media again, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon a bit there, sometimes motivation just lacks and the last thing you want to do is be sociable with people (sad I know).
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    • June 4, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      I get what you mean,. some days I can be a right chatterbox on Twitter & other day I just have nothing I even want to say!
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  16. May 15, 2015 / 11:21 am

    I am more of a spur of the moment blog when i want to kind of blogger. I rarely plan my posts in advance unless i have a sudden surge of ideas! Good tips though xx
    #brilliantblogposts
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    • June 4, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      That worked well for me to start with but since getting sponsored content & review opportunities I’ve started planning my editorial calender so there’s a good mix of content each week 🙂
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  17. May 15, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Great list! I particularly like the idea of scheduling tweets sharing links etc so that the time you’re actually on social media can be really social! #wineandboobs

  18. May 18, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Great post and you are so right! The biggest time sucker for me is social media though and that alone can leave you feeling a bit burnt out after a while. Thank you for linking up on #wineandboobs
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  19. May 24, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I love posts like this, I find them so inspiring! I had no idea about the wordpress editorial calendar! I’m going to take a look, I think this will really help me. I’m always taking photos when I’m out and about, you never know when you need an extra photo or 2 for a blog post xx #brilliantblogposts
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  20. June 29, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Great tips – thanks! My issue is time – finding the time to interact on twitter, post my links, blog, comment, come up with ideas and so on and so on. I love linkies but I’m nervous it’s all I seem to do. I need to interact more. Thanks for the advice #blogstorm
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    • June 30, 2015 / 4:34 pm

      I started getting a bit like that, feeling like I was only blogging for bloggers but I’ve taken the pressure off & organised myself better

  21. June 29, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Excellent tips . I need to be more organised and better at social. #blogstorm
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  22. June 30, 2015 / 2:23 am

    Great tips! Especially #5! It’s all too easy to get swept up in the day to day business of blogging and forget why you got into it in the first place! So important to take that step back and remember why you started.

    Stopping by from #blogstorm 🙂
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    • June 30, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      So true, you can get so caught up in it all the stats, followers, page views etc, it’s so good just to take a step back & just enjoy writing 🙂
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  23. June 30, 2015 / 7:42 am

    This is an amazing list Toni, I love the calendar and linkies I love list!

    I definitely need to get more organised my plan is to buy a big academic planner to write where and what in it!

    Thanks for linking with #blog storm

    (And I have my Sunday sweets this week we are back on the sweet stuff)xx
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  24. June 30, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    Editorial Calendars and Post Scheduling are my saviors when it comes to blogging! This is a great post! Blogger, at least successful ones, have to be organized. There’s no other way around it. 🙂

    Hi. Elle here from Creative Rebel Designs, you’re newest follower. I love your page! What an awesome post this is. Keep up the great work!

    PS- I write a blog too. It’s called Creative Rebel Designs and its aimed towards solopreneurs and people looking for help to design and market their own stuff. It’s a resource in process. Perhaps you can take a look when you get a chance?

    Anyway, thanks for the great content and I’ll check back soon!
    Rebel Love, Elle

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  25. June 30, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Great post. I pretty much echoed this. Which pleases me. Means I’m not talking complete nonsense lol
    With the photos I do think it’s good to have great pics. Something I’m still working on. #blogstorm
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  26. July 4, 2015 / 12:05 am

    I’d add a couple of technical tips to your good advice, Toni.

    One, appraise how your blog looks, not just how your words read. Is your design easy on the eye? Do you use white space (and pics) well? Is it easy to navigate, subscribe, find social media links etc. Writing is only part of blogging – a critical part, yes, but a poorly presented blog is always going to earn fewer readers than it should.

    Secondly, I would challenge every blogger to apply what I call ‘the 10% test’. Before you hit publish, give your posts a ruthless read-through with the aim of reducing your word count by 10%. It reduces unnecessary prose, removes random tangents that seemed like a good idea at the time and generally tightens things up to speed the reader through from A to B. It means you need to check your ego at the door sometimes, but it makes a huge difference to readability. After all, even the most successful authors constantly rewrite their drafts before publication. Why shouldn’t we?
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  27. December 3, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    That is some great tips! Are you able to provide a link to the editorial calendar at all? I can’t seem to find it in the Plugins?

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