Thursday, 18 May 2017

My Blogging Routine

I've been blogging for just over 3 years now, how mental is that? It doesn't feel like that at all, so in that time, especially for the last 6 months or so, I've got myself into a really good routine with it all. I'm sure most bloggers know the amount of work that can go into this but I think there are a lot of other people who think it's just a simple as writing up a post and there you go, done for the day, no! There is much more to it than that and I'm always online doing something for my blog throughout the day so I thought I'd show you my routine Monday to Friday.

Check Social Media

 The first thing I do when I get up is check social media, as I'm sure most people do. I check my latest instagram post as I find overnight I'll get a few likes, comments and followers. I'll then check my Buffer app to make sure my scheduled tweets have gone up that morning and that I have others set for the rest of the day.

Emails 

 As soon as my laptop is on, I go straight to Gmail. I don't get a load of emails each day, in fact some days absolutely none but I always check. If there are any I need to respond to I'll do that first, I'll then send any I need to and I'll also go through and put any into folders that I need to. So I have a folder for all my paypal payments, I like those all in one place, I also have a folder for finished blogging assignments that way I don't get confused with whats finished and what isn't! I have a few others too but they're the main ones I like to sort through.

Reply To Comments 

I get an email each time I get a blog comment so when I check emails I see then if there are any I need to go and comment back on. I always try to comment back to people as I love that interaction with other bloggers! A comment on any post always makes me happy, it's nice to know someone has read and enjoyed your post so I always like to comment back.

Check That Days Post

I post Monday to Friday on my blog so for those 5 days, each morning I'll read through the post I have planned. I tend to have quite a few posts planned and ready to go but I always give it a read or two before posting, making sure all photos are okay and links are included etc. I'll then post and promote on my social media.

Planning and Writing New Posts 

I try to write at least a blog post a day, with posting 5 times a week I need to always have some planned and ready to go. Some days I write one, other days I have proper bloggers block and just have no motivation to write, other days I can come up with 4 or 5 blog posts and get them written within a few hours. It really just depends on my mood and what I have planned but I always like to get at least a few done each week just so I'm always prepared.

Updating Old Posts 

This is something I started doing a few months ago and it has been the bane of my life! Stupidly when I started my blog I did 100 happy days so when I went back to edit I had a load of those to go through and add links in too! I also did a few other blogging challenges each day for a month so they were also a headache to edit. My writing wasn't the best when I first started so it's important for me I go back and at least try and make them a little bit better, and also add in my social media and make my photos the size they are now, just to be a bit more consistent. I'm trying to edit a few posts a day at the moment as there are so many.

Schedule Tweets and Interacting 

Before finishing with my blog for the day I make sure I have tweets scheduled for the next day. I try to schedule at least 4 tweets a day and I find a lot of my views come from that so it's important I'm always on top of it. There are days I completely forget but at the moment I'm in quite a good routine with making sure to check my app each afternoon or evening. I also check Instagram and I try to post daily so I'll do that then interact with other bloggers, checking the pods I'm part of and liking and commenting on others photos. Lastly if there is a twitter chat going on that I'm in time for I'll take part. Twitter chats are great ways to get you out there and gain new followers. I don't take part in nearly enough but I'm really trying to remember when they're all on so I can take part and interact with other bloggers! If a chat isn't on, I'll try to take part in a comment thread. I like to take part in at least a few of either of these a week.

So thats the things I do each day for my blog. To some it might seem like a lot and to others it still may seem like I don't do much with my days. I've found since the beginning of this year especially all of this stuff has really helped me meet new bloggers, slowly grow my social media and bring some new people to my blog. Have you got a blogging routine or do you just wing it? Not every day is as organised for me as this but when it is I feel like I am winning at life!

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