How Super Bloggers Blog: Creating A Blog Schedule That Works
Managing a blog is not easy work, especially if you strive to publish quality posts that your readers love while you must also make time to develop other products, run your newsletter and social channels, and possibly even publish a few guest posts.
If you are just getting started with blogging or you have to leave your blog to handle itself for a while, all of that to-do might sound even more daunting.
This post comes to your rescue: whether you are a beginner or a veteran blogger, it will guide you through the basics of blog planning to successfully integrate guest posts and social media marketing into your blog calendar.
Because — let’s be blunt — running a successful blog without careful planning is impossible.
Blog Scheduling Basics
The first step is to get a calendar or a diary (virtual or paper) to lay out your plan.
If you don’t want to spend extra money on this material, there are tons of free apps that you can download to your phone or computer, PHP-based calendars you can install on your self-hosted website or free printable calendars you can print out and fill in by hand.
Once you have the material, you can start planning.
This guide is structured as follows:
- Planning your calendar
- Staying productive
- Staying consistent
- Integrating guest posts into your schedule
- Integrating social media marketing into your schedule
- Troubleshooting (when things don’t go as planned)
After the basics, you’ll read about how to include seasonal posts in your schedule, and scheduling tools that can help you create a plan you feel comfortable with.
Why Is Blog Scheduling So Important?
Ray Addison from RayAddisonLive.com is a new blogger who has been wondering how to get organized and productive with his blog. After looking for blog management advice, he resolved to blog weekly and try to stick to that plan, also using his “daily blogging as inspiration for other writing that I do.”
Addison learned how vital it is to “schedule titles on my blog so I have a deadline to work to and move things around as my inspiration changes. I like the freedom of editing offline and out of sight. I also like the fact that the need to keep posting means I have to move on.”
This is the power of blog scheduling.
YES, the guide you’re reading is all about becoming a super blogger 🙂 Cool, huh?
1. Planning Your Calendar
Grab your calendar and block out all your appointments, time off and other important tasks you have to give priority in your week or month.
The second step is to block out your blogging times, because you’ll have to stick to those as best as you can.
My advice as a blogger with several health issues is to give yourself one soft and one hard deadline:
- A soft deadline is an ideal deadline, a time and day you really want to have your content ready by. If it doesn’t feel comfortable, you can easily move this deadline around.
- A hard deadline is one that you can no longer postpone, because missing it will hinder your entire plan
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