3 Tips to Make Blogging Easier

If you’re a blogger or a writer–whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for a while, I bet you’re looking for tips, tricks and hacks to make blogging easier. Don’t feel bad about that; the way life is today–any time we can find a way to make things easier, it’s good!

So I sat down and made a quick list of the top 3 things that have helped me the most with my blogging. I hope you find them useful!

3 tips to make blogging easier

 

1. Editorial Calendar

Whether you prefer a paper calendar, an app or even a widget on your blog, an editorial calendar gives you the opportunity to plan ahead. It can even give you inspiration when writer’s block comes along (who knew there was a World Nutella Day??)

I’ve bought editorial calendars and blog planners in the past and found that some were good (like this or this) and some were a waste of paper. What seems to work best for me is to purchase a downloadable file (or several, as I did this year) and then pick and choose the pages I need.

Some of the types of pages I use include:

  • weekly and monthly calendars
  • income and expense sheets
  • lined paper for notes, doodling and brainstorming
  • spreadsheet for tracking stats
  • contact list for people you’ve met, worked with or want to stay in touch with
  • goals worksheet

Of course, the best calendar is the one that you use. So if you’re not sure what you need, a spiral-bound notebook is a great place to start.

2. Tickler File

3 tips to make blogging easier
Maybe you call this something else; but I couldn’t keep blogging without this. To be quite honest, my tickler file looks more like something you’d find wadded up at the bottom of a book bag or purse. My tickler file is a collection of notes, notebooks, post-its and index cards, along with Evernote, Pinterest, and my Reminders and Notes apps on my IPhone.

Whenever I come across an idea, person, place or thing that really piques my interest, I make note of it. When I have time later, I will take all these notes and enter them into my file for future blog post ideas.

3. Take lots of Photos

I have always love taking photos; but it never really occurred to me that I should digitize them until I started blogging. So I went out and bought a digital camera (after talking to a lot of other bloggers) and started snapping away. I also take a lot of photos with my IPhone.

There isn’t always a method to my photo-taking madness. If I see something that I like, I start snapping. I always upload everything to my Dropbox, so its accessible from almost anywhere.

Most of the pictures I take don’t go anywhere, not to the blog or Instagram or even my printer. But sometimes I’ll be looking through my library of photos and find inspiration for a post like this, or I’ll share them to Instagram, like this; so I think saving those thousands of photos that I have stored is a really great blogging tool.

Your Turn

Sure, there are dozens more tips that will make blogging easier, faster and better; but these are the top 3 on my list. What about you? Let me know your top 3 tips in the comments below.

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your tips Ann. I have been wanting to focus more on my blog, which tends to get neglected. I think with better planning I will be able to juggle my committments better! Sadly, I don’t have tips to share just yet – I’m working on it.

  2. Planning (regularly!) definitely has helped me! Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Love these tips, Ann! 3 that come to mind for me, are: Take advantage of link ups to get your work out there while making connections with many other bloggers, Even if you think you don’t like it, learn Twitter & Finally, don’t forget to LIVE & stay active & interested in things, anything, so you never run out of inspiration to blog, blog to live!

    • I need to get into the link-up thing–haven’t really had time yet. I do agree about Twitter too–it’s my favorite Social Media right now; and being out in the world is so important too! Thanks for stopping by

  4. Love all your tips Ann! I have file folders for each month and when ever I get an idea, in the folder it goes. Hmmm, my three tips 1) find some great blogging friends aka a tribe to bounce ideas off of and collaborate 2) go to a blog conference to learn from the experts – they have great tips and 3) be yourself and make your own niche.

  5. I don’t have any tips to make blogging easier at the moment, instead, I’m actually looking for some! I keep saying I will start an editorial calendar and just haven’t. I really need to do that. I think if I better organized my ideas, they would turn into posts more often!

  6. Organization is my most difficult task! Thank you for the breakdown…I don’t use an editorial calendar at all. That will be my first step!

  7. Thanks for all the tips! At the moment I write whenever I can, so I’m not keeping a calendar or anything like that. But in the past using Hootsuite really helped me be super organized and schedule sharing in social media, which is a whole art (and time consuming too). As for other tips, I’d definitely add being part of communities in social media specific to your theme. Google plus has been incredibly useful to me in that sense. Hope these help 😉

  8. Great tips Ann! I have never used an editorial calendar and I appreciate that tip. I also loved the tip about keeping folders for ideas! I will be putting both of these ideas into practice as soon as possible!

  9. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Ann,
    Thanks for coming to my site this week. We are neighbors, I guess, in SoCal. I take almost all my photos with my Iphone. Gets a great photo, and I can easily Email it to myself, load it onto my desktop, for use with my blog.
    Thanks again for coming over to Reflections this week.
    Janice

  10. I usually end up using my IPhone too; but then when I get the Canon out, I just want to kick myself because they are sooo much better; that’s why I figure keeping a big library of great photos is both a good inspiration and a good way to create pin-able images for posts too!

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