This post was originally published on October 6th, 2015. It was updated on September 25th, 2018.
I’ll admit that when I first started blogging in 2009, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.
I didn’t realize just how much work would soon be added to my plate. Nor did I even consider how big of a time commitment running a blog would truly be.
All I knew was that I was full of passion and excited to enter the blogging world.
And all these years later, I’m still here blogging away.
But how exactly do I keep track of everything? How am I able to complete all of my tasks with as little stress as possible? Well, I’m going to share a few tips that I’ve learned over the years to help me manage my blog.
How I Manage My Blog
So, which tips have helped me to become a more efficient and happy blogger? Here’s what you need to know about how I manage my blog so you can implement these tactics for yourself.
1. I Always Plan Content Ahead of Time
Do I really need to tell you that an editorial calendar is a must-have as a blogger? I know there are some people out there who would disagree with me. But here’s the thing… I want to make sure my content is really working for me.
I want my blog content to…
- provide value to my audience
- position me as an authority in my field
- help me grow my audience online
- and allow me to reach my short-term and long-term business goals.
And guess what? Planning ahead allows me to do just that! Why? Because I’m able to get strategic about what I publish on my blog and when. If I were to post whatever I want, whenever I want, I wouldn’t see the results I want. By being smart about my content, my blog posts are able to handle all the marketing for me. That’s why I’m so passionate about using an editorial calendar to help manage my blog.
2. Each Month Has a Content Theme
But let’s face it… Sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming putting that monthly editorial calendar together. What on earth are you supposed to post? When should you write about that one topic that’s been on your ideas list for ages? And how in the world do you organize your posts in a way that flows?
For me, it’s all about creating content themes. You see, I have a very long list of topics to write about here on the blog. So, it became a daunting task trying to figure out what to post and when. That’s what prompted me to creating monthly content themes.
I figured, if magazines can successfully have themes for each issue, why can’t I as a blogger? And ultimately, it’s made planning my content so much easier for me. Instead of struggling to come up with ideas to fill my content calendar, I can do so with no stress at all. I simply choose a theme and a goal for the month, then choose blog post topics that fit the theme and will help me reach my goal.
3. I Batch Tasks to Increase Efficiency
I’ve previously talked about batching tasks, so you probably don’t want to hear me ramble on about it. But I’m telling you, it’s a game-changer for me. Personally, I love batch writing my blog posts because it’s easier to just keep writing once you get into that groove. It may seem like a lot of writing in one day, but it WORKS!
In fact, I even theme my days so that I’m able to easily batch my tasks throughout the week. For example, Friday is my content creation day. (You can read more about that in my weekly workflow post.) I’m able to sit down and write as many blog posts as I can to get them done and out of the way.
4. Store Ideas All in One Place
The fastest way to get disorganized is to have your ideas for your blog stored all over the place. You might have ideas jotted down in a notebook, some saved on your phone, others on your laptop… It’s kind of chaotic. And you’ll likely wind up losing some pretty good ideas because you weren’t organized.
I highly recommend having one place where you store all of your ideas for your blog and business. It can be a notebook or a digital tool. That doesn’t really matter because it’s your personal preference. Just have one spot where you know you can turn for all those genius ideas of yours.
5. Build an Arsenal of Tools to Help You Do the Job
I use a variety of tools to help me manage my blog. I’d kind of be lost without them. One of my favorites is Evernote, but you might be wondering how it helps me out with blogging. And guess what? I actually have an entire blog post all about how I use Evernote. It’s a tool that I’ve been using since 2009 and I can easily say that it’s crucial in keeping me organized.
Evernote is something I rely on daily for storing ideas, planning, and even drafting my blog posts. But that’s not the only tool I love to use and rely on within my business. I created a free PDF with a round-up of all my favorite must-have tools. You can grab that here: