I started my first blog in the beginning of 2009 and since then I’ve exchanged my student job for a full time community manager position, a job I landed because of my blog, and added one more blog to my resume. These days, I am starting a third blog, so I need to keep a tight and precise schedule, if I want to succeed.
I am 27, I live in Copenhagen with my boyfriend, I don’t have any children and I bike everywhere I need to go – I am telling you this as it does have an impact of how much time I have for blogging.
My week in blogging
My blogging week actually starts on a Sunday. Sunday is the day where I prepare the blogs for the upcoming week. On Saturday I take somewhat of a blogging break – meaning I don’t post a new post on Saturdays, however I do do some preparation for Sunday’s blogging marathon.
Each Saturday I make sure to do the chores around the house – cleaning, organizing, grocery shopping – all done in the morning hours – so that my Sunday can be all about relaxing, reading, writing and preparing for the upcoming week.
I devote most of my Sunday to blogging and planning the upcoming week, which helps me not get stressed during the week, as I know my blogs will be updated and this way I’ll enjoy writing new posts, and not rush through them just to have something to post.
I do start the posts during the week, take notes, take pictures, find inspiration, but the posts are finished and made ready on Sundays. It may seem a little much to spend your Sunday working on your blog, but if you’re anything like me, blogging is your passion and something you find relaxing and fun to do.
Even though I spend a lot of time blogging, my week is also filled with a full-time job, going out to dinners, working out, enjoying Copenhagen and cooking healthy food. It might not work for everyone, but this schedule works for me.
Using social media for promotion
Like most of you, I use social media to promote my blogs. I suggest using Hootsuite, as it gathers all your social media pages in one place, making it easy to spread the word about your latest post etc.. However, I do often go directly on Facebook and use TweetDeck for Twitter.
I use Facebook online in order to promote my Facebook page – you can read my tips on how to get more likes on Facebook. TweetDeck is a great way to see what’s going on and to search for people, who are tweeting about a subject that is of interest to you.
I use social media on a daily basis to talk to people who might be interested in my blogs and my topics. I use Pinterest to pin every picture from my blogs and I also use StumbleUpon. I approximately spend one hour a day working on social media and commenting/befriending other bloggers.
Apps to keep you organised
Too many apps, too much hassle, so I stick to two organizational apps that I have on my iPad, which serve two different purposes. abcNotes is an app that I use instead of a calendar for a better overview of the upcoming week in blogging.
It lets me create my own weekly schedule and I create one for each blog. I then write which post is going up which day and it’s so easy to move these around and add notes to them. It’s a fun and effective app.
iScrumboard is the second app that I use and it’s perfect for multi-tasking and working on several projects at the same time. Like I said, I write two blogs full time, I guest post on HowToMakeMyBlog.com on a regular basis and I am in the process of starting a third blog.
I have made a project for all of these blogs and I fill in the ”To do”, ”Work in progress” and ”Done”. The most fulfilling feeling is when you are able to move a post-it to ”Done”! This app gives you the perfect overview over your projects and is more long-term than the abcNotes app.
It doesn’t take long to plan out the week and once you’ve done it all you need to do is stick to the plan and you’ll have plenty of time for both work and play and your favorite hobby; blogging! So all in all the most important thing in my week of blogging is the preparation.
Find a day that suits your best where you can spend 3-4 hours working efficiently on tying all the loose ends, finishing projects and preparing yourself and your blogs for a work week. You’ll be able to fit everything in, you’ll see!