I’m going to start off by saying that starting up Bella Inizio has without a doubt been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It has allowed me to have a hobby for the first time ever. It has granted me a creative outlet, that in all honesty I didn’t even know I needed. I feel I can be my truest self, where there is no topic off limits and my opinions matter. Now that little disclaimer is out there, I’m also going to state it’s also one of the biggest commitments I’ve ever experienced. And without a doubt, the most time consuming. So staying organised is a necessity.
Along with the majority of the population, I don’t actually blog full time *insert cry emoji*. I do in fact, by some miracle have a grown up full time job. It’s nothing ground breaking, however it does mean that I am out my door at 8am and don’t return until 6pm. I’m also in a long term relationship, meaning that the weekends are of course dedicated to spending the maximum amount of quality time with him as possible. So my only real blogging time is before and after work Monday – Friday. And quite honestly, it really does seem like a second job.
With time constraints like these, there is absolutely no way I could just ‘wing it’ and hope for the best. S**t would not get done. And so, I’m going to go through how I stay organised and hopefully give you some inspiration.
Set your numbers and days
This is without a doubt one of the best pieces of advise I can give. Have set days when you post your content. If you want to post everyday, that’s brilliant – but personally that is completely unachievable. So I picked apart my average weekly schedule and came to the conclusion that 3 blog posts a week is something I could do. I then picked the set days these posts would come out every week. So I post on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – for a bit of diversity and to have quite even cover throughout the week.
Plan your week
I do this every Sunday evening, I sit down with my notepad and pen and decide what topics I would like to cover that week. For example; I may know that on Tuesday I would like to post my ‘Monthly Birchbox Unveiling’ – and so on and so forth. I also write down what my stats are like at the end of each week, so I write my followers on all platforms and the visitors etc, just so I can see what the weekly growth is like. It’s a nice way to tracking progress and identifying trends as well. And you can do this as far in advance as you fancy!
This may or may not be because I cannot function without lists, however I find it’s a great way to reminding yourself of anything important. If ever I get an idea pop into my mind about a potential post, I add it to my ‘blog post inspo’ list. So if times and hard and the creative river is running a little dry, I can revert back and viola.
Take photos in bulk
As you’ve already planned out what you’re going to be writing for the week/ coming weeks. You know what snaps you’ll need to be taking. So whilst the light is good, try and take as many photos for your different posts as possible. As it’s a major tick in the organisation column. Change up your props and layout, and no one will ever know they’ve been taken at the same time. I personally need to take my own advise with this. All too often I have to set my alarm an hour early to take the photos for that days post.
Don’t beat yourself up
I think this is the biggest thing for me. That it is okay to be human, sometimes things come up that interfere with your schedule and that’s fine. Not too long ago I missed my first ever scheduled day, I felt so bad. However, it’s okay to have a life outside of the bloggersphere – you’re entitled to that. No one is going to slap you for posts being late or delayed. It’s YOUR blog, so surely you make the rules. Remember that.
And there we have it, how I attempt to keep my blog afloat whilst I dream about being a full time blogger. Let me know if you have any tips on how to stay organised or if these little titbits helped you in any way – I would love to know!
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