Blogging is such a vast topic, made up of so many different aspects it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to dishing out advice. However, if you’re already a blogger then a little basic blog organisation advice may be just what you’re after.
Today I want to answer your most asked questions regarding this subject, so let’s start from the top shall we?
Q1. Do you think of post ideas in advance?
A1. I can’t schedule posts too far in advance as what I’m writing about needs to be current. However, when I have a good idea I jot it down in my drafts so I don’t forget and often come back to it later, with visuals to fill in the gaps. I think a balance is a really nice idea. For example, on a Thursday I always try to do a ‘Buy this, not that!’ post, but every other weekday I give myself free-reign.
Q2. Should I provide a blog schedule with times for my readers?
A2. Deciding whether or not to create a blog schedule complete with times is a tricky one. When you do it, you kind of need to be dedicated to actually posting at those times, most of the time. Dedication is a great thing to show to readers though, which is why I took the leap and decided to do it. It helps me too, as I know what needs to be done when each week and my readers are more likely to come back!
Q3. What is the best way to layout a blog?
A3. There is, of course, no set rule and I personally love to see things that are different and unique. Nevertheless, when I’m reading a blog I do expect certain things. I like to see a non-static page as the home page, one that allows me to scroll through and see recent posts at the top. There’s a very fine line between a website and a blog and having a static page is pretty much crossing that in my opinion. Must-haves include: about me, contact, social links, categories and archives.
Q4. How do you store all those images!?
A4. Dropbox and VSCO Cam allow me to store and edit my pictures from my desktop or phone. I don’t need that many #OOTD’s hanging around, clogging up my computer!
Q5. How do you keep track of things you need to do?
A5. There’s a long list of ‘things-to-do’ if you want to make a success out of blogging, you’re right. To keep track of everything, I simply use Moleskin notebooks. I like to have a blank page to empty my ideas out on, even when it comes to design, format and tasks. I tick things as I go and make ‘notes-to-self’. I’m a creative, so excel spreadsheets don’t cut it for me, though, I’m certainly not knocking them.
Do you have any questions related to blog organisation you’d like to ask me? Post them below and I’ll be sure to include them in the second half of this series! 🙂