Blogging can be a Stressful Gig.
One of the hardest things about blogging is having to find time for our day to day life activities like going to the post office or shopping for a loved one’s birthday (honestly, I’d just love to be able to sit down and read a magazine once in a while ♥…) with our required daily blogging activities like social media management, web development, writing, and S.E.O.
For both Professional and Part-Time Bloggers Chronic Disorganization can effect your posting schedule, your readership, and even sponsorship opportunities, adding undue stress and making the already challenging world of blogging even more difficult!
To help you prevent this unnecessary stress and navigate the waters of blogging with ease, our team decided to put together a list of the 6 easiest and most effective ways to get your blog organized like a pro.
Let me know which one is your favorite in the Comments below!
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6 Easy Ways to Get Your Blog Organized Like a Pro
WordPress Editorial Calendar: One of the best ways to help “keep ya stuff lookin’ right” is to start scheduling things ahead of time. This plugin for WordPress will not only save you time by allowing you to manage all of your content from a single location, but it can also allow you to pre-plan posts, start new drafts, and keep track of new ideas, all from one convenient location. ♥
Buffer: Automation of repetitive tasks is one of the most important aspects of the organization of any project, and when it comes to blogging the most repetitive actions you take will tend to be related to managing your social media profiles. Buffer is an amazingly simple way to automate your Twitter and Facebook posting by letting set a pre-determined schedule for making posts, and then putting new ones into a queue to be published on your set schedule. No more long, unruly lists of pages and quotes to be your next social media post or sudden bursts of activity followed by long periods of silence, just a steady stream of content to help draw in your readers and keep your content looking so fresh and so clean clean.
Massplanner (this is an affiliate link. ♥): When it comes to social media automation, Massplanner is the king of simplifying your life, especially if you have a large backlist of items that need posted across multiple networks. Massplanner can run campaigns across all of the most popular social networks, and it can automatically pull information from your blog’s RSS feeds to create new posts without your intervention. Aside from just posting, Massplanner can handle your liking, following, and unfollowing, and even some of the commenting you need to do, making it like a whole other person who you can have just focused on the normally tedious task of managing your social media. It’s genuinely one of the best social media managers we’ve found, and that’s saying a lot, because we’ve found oh so many over the years.♥
GoogleDrive: If you don’t already use Gdrive, I’m going to need you to promise me you will start, the moment you stop reading this post! It’s free, it’s convenient, it syncs to all of your devices, it’s shareable among teams, and it everything I want to be when I grow up. Aside from coming with a full suite of software capable of just about everything that Microsoft Office is capable of doing and so much freakin’ more, it also allows you to store resource files remotely for safety, a full calendar capable of scheduling for multiple users, and the ability to quickly edit files with your co-bloggers or team.
Evernote: Evernote is a great way to keep all of you data and ideas synced up across multiple workstations and devices, and is an ideal way for the blogger on the go to keep all of their ideas organized in one convenient location. If you find yourself wasting time transferring notes, lists, links, and images from your phone or tablet to your computer, much like Google Drive, Evernote is a great way to save you time and some major anger issues by automatically syncing these items from device to device.(Wow, that’s a real first world problem if I’ve ever heard one lol ♥) As an added bonus, they can shared between users, and even be used in quick presentations between different parties, simplifying collaboration within a team.
CoSchedule: You will notice that many of the items on this list deal with either automation or increased efficiency in collaboration. That’s because as bloggers, we usually have so little time to spare and so little help to assist that maximizing in these two areas are our best chances for survival. CoSchedule is a solution at the intersection of these two weak points, making scheduling and automation of social media posts possible across multiple parties, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Schedule management, posting management, and cooperative editing make CoSchedule a great way to keep yourself and your team organized and on track while boosting your readership like a boss.