Blogging is hard!
Between the long, tedious hours, stressful deadlines, and always trying to find something new and innovative to write about, if you’re not careful, blogging can quickly go from being one of your favorite hobbies to a huge time suck!
After launching and maintaining 7 websites and developing a little over 20 more, I have found that the only way I can stay Inspired and maintain a level of quality that each site deserves is to stay Hyper Organized!
Without some intense organization and deliberate planning, I, and my beloved sites would truly fall apart, and as the internet would so lovingly say, “Ain’t Nobody Got Time for that!”
Here are my Ultimate tips to getting yourself and your blog organized once and for all.
♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty As Pie Team
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The Ultimate Time-Saving Guide for Bloggers
Put Pen to Paper – Okay, so have you ever had an amazing idea for a blog post that was just going to knock your readers socks off, but when you tried to remember it a few days later, you forgot what it was and why it was so cool in the first place? Write that stuff down! I have lost so many great ideas to blogger brain that I now carry a small notebook around in my bag. Instead of spending a large amount of time trying to remember what you wanted to write, keep a notebook of ideas at hand, and actually spend that extra time writing the article and knocking it out of the park.
Do the Robot– Take a quick moment to think about all of the tasks that you do during the average day. Boss lady alert, it’s a ton! How many of those boring tasks and chores are repetitive things that can and should be done by a machine? Chances are that from social media management to email sorting, you can have your computer save you some time with an automated solution that already exists.
Get in line – Truth time, this is my biggest problem as a blogger! I consistently purchase images, open files from my guest bloggers, and download zipped folders from my graphic designer that I just assume I will remember the name of the next time I go looking for it, then I can’t find it 3 days later when I need to use it again. This is a fairly common quandary, and while it may not feel like it takes a huge amount of time to go through the search process, if you keep track over the course of a week, you will be amazed by how much of your time is spent just looking for the things you need to write your articles. Taking a little time to organize your resources now will save you a ton of time in the long run.
Back that thing up – If you are lucky enough that you have never experienced major site-breaking technical issues, then you have never felt the sheer rage of realizing that the last 2 weeks of writing and development has just gone to the big hard drive in the sky. Re-doing that much work is enough to make anyone want to give up blogging and take up the peaceful life of a Tibetan monk. Make regular backups, even while writing articles, and be sure to keep your security up to date. It takes a small amount of time to do, but it will save your site, your sanity, and possibly future as a blogger if it is ever needed.
Out of “Site” Out of line – What would you tell a kid that wants to watch tv before doing their homework? So, why is it any different when you browse the internet for hours before writing your post? I used to lose more time just floating about on the web per day than I did doing any other activity! How do I stop this now? Easy, I have implemented one simple rule in my life to get the most out of my work time: Out of Site, Out of Line, meaning that I am not allowed to visit any other site, social media network, news outlet, or blog until I get my own work done on my own sites! I specifically block off chunks of your time for working on each site, and if I get done early, I get to use that extra time doing something fun and special just for me!