When I first started blogging, I did not have a schedule. Looking back now, I cringe at how badly I was running my blog. I would post when I had content, which if you are trying to grow your audience, is not the way to go about it.
Having a blogging schedule means that you will be consistently sharing content, which will help to grow your blog traffic and increase your DA score.
Before we delve into tips to help you stay consistent with your blogging schedule, you need to create a kick-ass schedule for your blog. You will need to decide on how frequent you wish to pot in a week with a designated day(s) and time(s). Posting regularly, at the times you decide, can help you develop a loyal audience. It can also help you to be much more organised and productive when working on your blog.
It’s all well and good that you have created your blogging schedule, but then the hard work begins when you have to work and stick to that blogging schedule.
Here are 5 tips to help you with staying consistent with your blogging schedule:
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best reasons for using a blogging schedule is to have the opportunity to work in advance. Creating a content plan will help you to make the best use of your schedule. When you have blog post ideas and titles, you can write them down. In that way, you can take the pressure off when it comes to creating content.
I always feel far less overwhelmed about the blogging tasks I need to complete if I know my blog content is already planned out and scheduled for the days I need them.
2. Do Not Take On Too Much
It is important to make sure that your blogging schedule is realistic and achievable, or you will be setting yourself up for failure. If you have a full time career, or a busy home life (or both!), creating a blogging schedule, where you post twice a week may be too hard to keep up with. You do not want your blog to feel like a chore, or you will become demotivated. Starting small is best; maybe one new blog post per week at first is sufficient. The key is to build consistency. You can always alter our blogging schedule if your circumstances change.
It is vital you keep that same principle when it comes to taking on sponsored or gifted campaigns. Yu must ensure that you have the time and the resources to create some amazing content because remember that you are representing your brand and your name.
3. Use To Do Lists
To do lists can help you to complete your blogging tasks to help you stay organised and consistent with your blogging schedule. Make sure that you prioritise your tasks and then you can work your way down the to-do list, so you do not miss any of your deadlines.
Using lists can help you be the most productive with your time and then you do not have to rush the day before your post is due to go live.
4. Batch Tasks To Blog Faster
Blogging is not a quick task! It takes effort and A LOT of time! But there are ways to make it go a little bit faster by batching similar tasks together.
Darting from writing a blog post to searching for images for keyword research in one block of time is far less efficient than creating a month’s worth of blog posts in an afternoon. Batching works well because it keeps your mind focused on one type of task. So when you’re able to blog faster, you’re more likely to stick to a posting schedule.
5. Make It A Habit
Build blogging into a habit that you work at regularly. By doing this, you do not leave creating a blog post to the night before. You do not want to end up resenting your blog. Allocating time to get blogging tasks done can be a great way to stay on top of everything. You could allocate a block of time every morning or an entire day once a month. You can do whatever works best for you. Taking these small steps can help you progress your blog and not become overwhelmed.
If you have tried these tips and others and you are finding it hard or you are not committing to your blogging schedule, then maybe it is time to evaluate your schedule.
Blogging consistently does not mean you have to blog all the time. Blogging once a month is consistent. So is blogging three times a week. You are never going to be able to stick to a schedule that is unrealistic for your lifestyle.
Reminding yourself about your outside commitments whether it’s family, a full time job or other things that you need to consider is crucial. You will then get a clearer understanding of how much time you really have and what you can allocate to your blog. Really think about how often you want to blog and how often you actually enjoy creating content. These are all aspects you need to consider.
There is nothing to say you cannot blog more certain times or seasons. Just as long as you stick to the schedule, which is right for you and your business.