13 sleeps until santa!
Recently I have seen quite a few organisation and photography tips blog posts flying around our little space of interweb and have decided to share a post on my blogging organisation. I’ve been really bad with this since I’ve started my blog and I’ve even overlooked some PR samples that I’ve been sent (I am getting to them – I’m sorry!). Now that I am increasing my search in looking for a full time job and won’t have the daily freedom of being unemployed, my organisation has had to step up dramatically. So, eventually, when the time comes for me to change my PJs for suitable office clothes, I’ll be ready for the hectic days and will (hopefully) still be able to step up to my blogging schedule. This happens to be Monday so I better learn fast!
I have a couple of journals/notebooks that I use for different aspects of my blog. The first is for my blog posts; It can be hard to keep a track of what posts I’m going to publish when. This will keep me on top of sponsored post deadlines as well which unfortunately as I said before, I haven’t been too great with lately. It’s also helping me massively with Blogmas, which I thought I would struggle massively with when I first thought of doing it. I’ve written most of my Blogmas posts towards the end of November and keeping track of when I will be posting each post in my journal is making planning so much easier.
The second journal is a generalised journal; I use it for keeping a hold on my stats, emails of my bloggy chums, PR contacts and blog post ideas whenever I get them. I find that this notebook is so helpful to keep track of who I’m advertising for and when to send them things such as my blog button, blog blurb and my links. I would really recommend getting a little notebook / section of a notebook for this as I find it such a big help! It can be so easy to forget who needs to be sent what when! I also like to keep track of my daily page views in this notebook, I know that many analytic sites do this for you, but this is a way for me to keep my daily stats and to check them and monitor them for future reference.
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Lastly, I use a calendar to keep a track of payment dates for advertising and for guest post deadlines. Keeping track of when I paid for advertising packages is really useful to me as it reminds me when I need to send them certain things (blog button, blurb etc). I also like to have my guest posts emailed to me twice before I publish them, a draft and then the final deadline, I find keeping track of when I need to email people reminders and when other bloggers need to email me their posts is a lot easier than just trying to remember who is who and who is posting when. Currently I am using the calendar on my iPad but hope to get a larger wall calendar towards the end of the year – Yes, I’m hoping McFly bring one out soonish!
What are your blog organisation tips?
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