5 Tips to Organize Your Blog Biz Now
STOP what you are doing (besides taking notes on this) and start thinking about how you want to organize your blog NOW.
The internet is a mod-podge full of tips, tricks, and ideas to grow your blog business. You can find a masterclass on just about anything, these days. If you want to know how to get 10k plus page views via Pinterest in 3 months, there is a class for that. If you want to learn how to grow your engagement on Instagram, there is a class for that as well. However, what do you do with all of the information that you learn? Are you taking notes? Keeping a running list? Or do you jump into the process and move onto the next thing that you can learn? This is why you need to take the necessary steps in order to organize your blog.
Much with anything else in life, things run a lot more smoothly when there is organization. You buy pretty planners, make mood boards, and “to-do” lists and promise yourself that you are going to stick with it. You ARE going to write everything down, do everything according to plan, and succeed. Halfway through the month, you give up, you lose track of time, and you neglect all of your organization plans. You kind of just throw caution to the wind and hope that something new you try will work. While your blog may or may not already be successful, it can get difficult to keep up with all of the things you need to do in order to make it successful.
This is wrong. Work smarter, not harder!
In order to continuously grow your blog, you need to treat it as if it were your business. That begins with a plan, and organization. Here are 5 tips that you need to know now, in order to organize your blog biz.
Conduct An Audit
Don’t you just hate audits? When I think of audits, I think of money, and taxes, and accounting, and things that just bore me. However, and audit simply means, (noun) an official inspection of an individual’s or organization’s accounts, typically by an independent body (merriam-webster).
When you conduct an audit, you will be able to take a look at not only your social media accounts and their performance, but your website performance as well. Once you have a clear outlook on what is working, what isn’t working, and what you need to do to rectify it, then you will be well on your way to organizing your blog.
Create Files to Organize Your Blog
You need to have a filing system in place to organize everything that has to do with your blog. For me, I keep a spreadsheet of my social media account information, my website login information, programs I am a part of, and even a folder for all of my stock photos. This way, whenever I need something, I do not have to spend so much time looking for it. What’s even better is that it’s nicely packaged with my planner, to keep me motivated and on track. Which takes me to number 3.
Keep a Planner
Correct me if I am wrong, but I have yet to find a planner that is tailored specifically to blogging. Blogging is a serious business, and the planner industry is also a serious business. So why are there no pretty planners for me to go out and buy? I am a very hands-on person. If I do not write something down, it does not exist. My mom brain will not acknowledge it if it is not written down. It’s that simple.
To remedy that, I created a gorgeous, print-ready blog planner that has everything in it I need to stay organized when running my blog.
You can download it here.
Make it Cohesive
If you do not have a mood board, you are already behind. Working at an advertising agency has taught me that the very first step to creating a new creative campaign, branding for a client, or just brainstorming, is to create a mood board. Once you have that mood board set, then you can begin defining the typography, colors, and aesthetic of your blog and social media feed. A clear and cohesive blog can make a big difference when brands come looking to work with you.
Create a Time Management System
This goes hand in hand with keeping a planner. As a full time advertising woman, a mom, and everything else under the sun, it can get difficult to make time for a personal blog. I make the time, however, because I want to. And the big part of it all? I hardly ever have to stay up all night to get a blog post done. Why? Because I have specific times set aside to get things done. As a mom, of course those times are not concrete. But, I do my best to stick with them. In conjunction with my planner, it is my fail-proof way to stay on top of things.
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Some people either are not savvy to this valuable information, or it is difficult for them to manage. Because of that, they go out and hire blog coaches to teach them, or do some of the work for them. While this is a great option for those that can afford it (not me), it is not the right option for everyone else.
So what do you do?
The key things that have helped me juggle mom life, work life, and blog life, is having a support system. My support system consists of my family, friends, and most importantly, other bloggers.
To gain access to multiple templates and worksheets that will help you boss up in the new year, head on over to my facebook group where I will be dropping new freebies weekly, along with advice on how to monetize your blog, turn it into a business, and connect with brands!