I have been struggling with consistency on my blog, well ever since I started it basically, but for the past two or three months I have been really good with keeping to a schedule and I tought I would share the routine that helped me keep on track.
As a bit of background I am in my last year of university, so when I am not in class I am either studying or working on projects and then I work on my blog. I usually post three times a week but this month I have been doing it daily. So for any of you who have a busy schedule and struggle with keeping up with your blog what really helped me is getting down a routine.
First of all I always keep with me a little ideas notepad that way if I ever get an ideas for a post I can quickly jot it down (you can also do this on your phone but as you will see throughout this post I am old-school and like using pen and paper). I also try to sit down once a week and brainstorm post ideas as well.
Monday mornings are my planning days, I have made this print out to organize my posts . I like working a week at a time that way I am not working on too many things at a time. I also find that getting to tick off things on the list helps motivate me.
My work load differs depending on the week so I usually like to be at least a week ahead with posts, that way if I have a crazy hectic and busy week I still have posts going up. I know it sound obvious but the best advice I can give you for keeping consistent on your blog is scheduling ahead your posts. If I am getting low on pre-scheduled posts I will sacrifice a weekend and just stay in and work on the blog , or on the weeks that I have more free time I will work as much as I can to get ahead.
Once I have my posts for the week down in my planner, if you look in my schedule print out in the boxes, that is the order I like to work in. Firstly I shoot the photos that I need for the posts or I gather them online depending on the post.For shooting I like to do it all at once, so for every post I have just scheduled I will shoot all the photos at once. I do this because shoots do get very messy, also it takes a while to set up lighting and a background so shooting a few posts at once is more productiveI then move on to editing the photos I work on a PC so I do my editing in a program called Picasa, I have tried Photoshop but I still find it very complicated and everything takes me at least double the time to edit, but one day I will conquer it.
Next I like to type out my text, do all the admin like adding links, category, tags, schedule tweet and before I actually schedule the date and time I want the post going up I will do a last read through to check everything looks go.
Every night I try to write down in my daily planner what I want to get done the next day. Some days I manage to get through my to do list other days I don`t , but I have learnt not to beat myself up if I don`t finish or if I miss a post. I remind myself this is a hobby that I enjoy doing and if it ever gets more stressful than fun I like taking a step back.
That is an overview of my routine for blogging , if you have any other questions for me , like what camera I use or how I edit the photos etc. leave me a comment and I will either answer them there or I also want to do another posts with all your questions next week. Thanks so much and I will talk to you again tomorrow!!!!