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.
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?