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11.26.2013

Tips for Organizing Your Blog Posts

(alright non-blogging friends, this is one you can skip.  see ya tomorrow for some thanksgiving entertainment.)

as i mentioned in last month's goal recap, i have all my blog posts done for the rest of this year (and i have since the beginning of october), minus the occasional photo from an event that has yet to happen.   which means i had 44 scheduled posts done at once time (it's currently at 20).  crazy, right?  i'm thinking you're pretty jealous right now.  i've had quite a few requests for exactly how i accomplished this.  and there's nothing i love more than sharing how i get organized and getting other people there too.

i decided that posts were going to go up 5 days a week, and they'd go up at the same time the night before.  therefore, the first thing i did was make a 4 week rotating schedule, which works for pretty much every month without much tinkering (due to holidays).  just a general idea of what i'd write about each day, broad enough to keep repeating each month.  you might already do this without realizing - do you link up every friday with whitney or lauren?  do you do a weekend recap?  anything like a pinterest thursday or recipe wednesday?  then you're already doing this.  i'm sure if you go back through my posts for october, you can see what my full schedule is.  but a few examples - the 2nd thursday is a new cocktail cupcake recipe.  the monthly giveaway is the 1st monday.  every tuesday i write my random lists, which probably amuse me more than anyone else and i'm totally fine with that.  (and certain wednesdays are for organizing, which is what brought you here today!)

get the picture?  the point is that i have a category for each day.  trust me when i say this - when you're sitting there thinking 'what do i write about today?!', having the options narrowed down to 'oh, today is my day to write about organizing!' actually makes it easier to focus on getting an idea down than if you could write about any topic under the sun.  everyone can benefit from having a little direction, even if that direction comes from yourself.  and since i decided this was the best route for me, i was able to narrow down the topics of my blog as well as make the pretty organized links you see up top. and every blog post fits in one of those categories.

after that, definitely the hardest part, all i had to do was write.  i didn't want to be slapping together post at the last minute that had nothing to do with the direction of my blog.  and that was a much more daunting task when i didn't have a schedule.  you wouldn't believe the difference in how much more easily the ideas flow when you're not under pressure.  so whenever i'm in the mood, i just type.  knowing i can save it for whenever the category arises but still be able to keep my posts organized.  (and some days i want to write a million things about chicago.  some days, like the day i had it scheduled, i hate this town.  good thing it was already written!)  i want you to know what you're getting when you come here.  and i don't want to go months without mentioning a topic because i just forgot about it.



i think a great product for this 4 week schedule i've got going is the weekdate.  (and this is not a sponsored post)  which is an adorable little planner for $23 and i think it's vastly underrated.  as you can probably tell, the weekdate is ideal for people who have regular schedules - the same book club every month, the same class every week.  write it once and forget about it!  so my blog post schedule goes right in that top 'monthlies' part.  'weeklies' is a great area to write down link ups you're a part of.  and the individual pages are great for checking things off like whether you visited your sponsors.  it's not a ton of room to write, so it's not the planner for very descriptive post ideas, but it's perfect for quick calendar checks, and definitely the most portable option.



some bloggers will hate this scheduled style of posting.  they're just sit down and write whatever they're feeling that day bloggers.  that's not me - that would stress me out!  i'm so organized everywhere else in life, it had to trickle down to my blog as well.  what do you think?  do you blog on a schedule?  do schedules help or hurt your creativity?


don't forget, if you need help organizing your posts or want me to help make a schedule for you, you can always hire me.  also, i write about organizing all the time (well, at least twice a month) so if you have a request just leave it in the comments or e-mail me!

35 comments:

  1. Wow, color me super impressed. I get all giddy if I have one or two scheduled into my drafts. I have certain days where I post about certain things, but otherwise its fly by my pants & get a review do it. haha I love that you have it all scheduled out though, good for you!

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    1. I tried just blogging in the moment but my organized self couldn't handle it! And I feel like I have more time to really edit my draft posts, make them decent!

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  2. I've adapted a part organization & part write what I'm feeling strategy. When I'm in the zone or get an idea for a post I write it, but I don't necessarily have a posting schedule. If I happen to see a link up I want to join or something interesting happens I blog about that, but if there's nothing going on I read through my drafts and publish something from there!

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  3. Very impressive! I can see this schedule working for me. It would also keep me from making EVERY post a list.

    And I think you're right, I'm sure a lot of people have typical posts they write at certain days of the week without realizing it.

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    1. I did that, when I got behind and had to do last minute posts, they were all lists and all very similar! No one ever said they were getting bored, but I was getting bored of them myself, so I had to change my system. The schedule definitely works the best for me.

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  4. So great that you have something that works for you! I don't really post to a schedule - I don't have any days that I post about specific things or anything like that. Sometimes it is a bit stressful when it's like "OH MY what am I going to BLOG about TODAY" but it usually works out in the end for me.

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  5. That schedule is military status! I agree that once you have guidelines, it's soooo much easier to pull things to write about. You suddenly remember events/stories that are related to the topic and you want to share. I split my blog topic into 3 categories and know that I want my blog to be 45% brand discussion, 45% lifestyle bits, and 10% travel. I keep a running excel doc on my phone of topic ideas for those 3 categories and this system keeps me in check most of the time -- the biggest thing that puts my off schedule is the photo component of posts. Right now it takes a moderate amt of effort to take, edit, and upload photos... But I love that bit, so I deal :)

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    1. Yeah your photos definitely look like you really put the effort in to them! So it makes sense to take a little more time with the posts. I want to get better about photos now that I have a post schedule. And now that I bought my awesome new camera ;)

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  6. I like the idea of the weekdate. I keep myself organized in a bunch of different ways, but I definitely need to get better at having a backlog of posts to draw from when life throws a curve ball at me. Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes of your process!

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  7. Wow, you seriously have me both impressed and ashamed here this morning!
    When I grow up, I wanna be just like you. Seriously though, it kind of makes me want to get more motivated because ever since I started blogging I've been feeling all.over.the.place!

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  8. girlfran, you need to organize my closet please and my blog posts. i didn't really notice that i blog on schedule but in thinking about it, i'm really digging the Friday Five, my wednesday humpday confessions and starting tomorrow, my "surprise biatch!" feature posts :)

    happy thanksgiving!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  9. I do a little of both, sometimes I pre-schedule and sometimes I post in the moment. I would love to do more pre-scheduling so I don't miss days like I did yesterday. :(

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  10. I have been getting a little better. Not at all where I want to be scheduling wise though.

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  11. wow. I'm super impressed. at one point, I had 15+ posts already written and ready to go but then I'd always end up writing one that I like better than the one I had scheduled... so half of those 15 I still haven't published. bad blogger haha. love this post though; one of my favorite "types" of posts people do is blogging tips and tricks - this definitely fits the bill. :)

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  12. Damn. I'm definitely someone who just sits down and blogs at the moment. You go Glen Coco!

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  13. get down with your organized self! I pretty much just go with the word vomit method when I don't feel like working...

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  14. I've recently figured out my own weekly blog schedule and I like it but not sure I can ever be as organized as you.

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  15. Screw the organization - can't you just write mine for me?!

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  16. I have a few posts that are ready to go, but, I save them for days when I can't think of anything... usually I wake up with an idea out of nowhere. Plus, I write down a journal of every idea that I have that I could write about in the future and that helps a TON! You give some great advice, girl! :)

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  17. Thats so true that we generally always follow some category each day. Makes everything much simpler to realize this. Nicely done my dear.

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  18. I love it! I have been pretty good at that, I still have next week scheduled but after that I have some work to do!

    BTW... Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. I do a mix of planning but also not keeping to a set plan. I usually have general blog ideas and a few draft posts going at once. so I write when I feel inspired and get things scheduled. then I have a paper planner to write down dates of specific things that are coming up. I like being organized and would love to be even more organized too!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  20. you are my Type A queen. I might have a new 2014 goal.

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  21. I schedule mine a week out. I like to work weekly to keep things current. But oh yes a blog is a lot of work!!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  22. I schedule a week to two out. Mondays are the weekend that was, Tuesdays are a recipe/food thing, Wednesday is when I exercise my writing muscles or do something topical, Thursday is for random thoughts, and Friday I have a list of topics for but it's where I throw my beauty and org stuff usually. So I have a loose schedule but like you said I'll move things around for holidays/if something comes up.

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  23. OMG I wish wish wish I was this organised! I think I'm gonna have to study this post a few times and let it sink in.....would be nice to sit back and chill!

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  24. Wow, this made me twitchy. And a little jealous. I wish I could be this organized, you should start teaching a class. Or just teach me. Ha! Happy thanksgiving, Steph!!!

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  25. Great post and much needed advice. I find blogging regularly (4-5x per wk) to be much more manageable when I've got everything planned out weeks in advance. It's like the difference between a road trip with a map and one just winging it.
    Found your blog via Pearls and Curls!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kari! Such a good analogy. You'll still have fun just winging a road trip, but some people just prefer using the map. I'm definitely a map kind of girl!

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  26. These are great tips! I might have to sit down during my winter break and figure it all out for the New Year. I like to write last minute sometimes but I hate not posting enough just because I don't have the time to sit down and get something out

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  27. This is great! I schedule all of my posts ahead of time too, but I never came up with any categories! You are so organized!

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  28. wow, that's really awesome! i've always thought i'd love to start scheduling more posts in advance, but it just hasn't happened! maybe i'll try the categories thing...

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  29. Great tips, thanks for posting! I try to always schedule, but hitting that publish button is always my main challenge as I take forever in editing pictures. Would love to be more organised!

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  30. Holy shit. Envious is right. I have been in such a funk lately. You're WAY more organized that I could ever hope to be. Still, I'm going to try out this 4 week schedule of yours. I think the hardest part for me, other than sticking to it, will be choosing my catergories.

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  31. I never heard of WeekDate. Not I am itching to get my hands on one. Although, I am not to much of a schedule ahead girl. I tried once and that was it. However, I do have topics that I like to write about and holiday that I like to highlight which helps me.

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