Blogging 101: Prepping and Planning

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I’m back with another Blogging 101! Hopefully these have been of some help – see the past two posts here and here.

Prepping and planning posts is a huge deal – I think it really helps better your content. Keeping track of everything is integral to most activities – and blogging is no different! Read on to find some general tips in make sure your organization skills are solidified…

Make a practical post schedule / Making a schedule helps to make your blog a priority in your life, and it gives your readers consistency. If you don’t have a schedule, your blog can easily fall on the back burner! Over the summer I didn’t have a schedule, but I posted very frequently because I didn’t have to worry about school work or extra-curriculars. Now that I’m back in school, I have a lot going on and I follow my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule to ensure that I’m always posting! Of course, I have run into those days where I’m really not sure what I’m going to post, but inspiration always strikes, even if it is at the last minute. Make sure to create a schedule that is practical for you. If only posting once a week is within reach, then make it consistent – your readers will appreciate this, as it gives them something to look forward to.

Keep a list of post ideas / This is important because then you’ll always have something to post about! Plus, if you keep this list somewhere you will see it everyday (ex. your desk), it’ll motivate you to post – kind of like a passive aggressive reminder not to let your readers down! Keeping a list also helps to reaffirm your own passion and originality in all that you do.

Create a blog calendar / I’ve been doing this lately and it really motivates me to get things done sooner rather than later. Download a printout of the month, and use fun colors to write down what you’ll be posting when. By mapping out the whole month, you’ll begin to brainstorm ideas way earlier than you normally would. Plus, you can take note of when holidays are and decide if you want to do posts relevant to those days. Once you’ve completed a post, you can make a check mark on the day on the calendar so you know that post is 100% ready to go.

Write in advance, then schedule / WordPress has an awesome feature where you can schedule your posts to go up in advance. If your blog platform has this too, I encourage you to take advantage of it! I’ve been using this feature all the time so that I can write and finalize a post to my liking, then simply input the date and time when I want it to go up, and not have to touch it again.

Make a folder on your computer / I have a “The Fashion Newcomer” folder on my computer where I can put photos, post drafts, and more. This is so helpful -when I need to throw in a graphic or  reference something I did once before, it is all located in one place. This makes planning/executing posts so much easier, since I won’t have to scavenge around my whole computer to find what I need.

What are your prepping and planning tips?

xoxo, Jamie

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2 Responses to Blogging 101: Prepping and Planning

  1. Alexandria says:

    Love these tips and totally agree with them all! I’m even considering buying a notebook/calander specifically for my blog!

    • The Fashion Newcomer says:

      Ooh that’s such a good idea – and a great excuse to buy another notebook. I’ll have to look into doing that too!

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