More Consistent Blogging

This week is my fifth week of consistently blogging five days a week.  Prior to five weeks ago, I’d blog one to three times a week.  I was a go with the flow kind of blogger, only blogging when an idea immediately came to mind.  I didn’t really think about planning ahead, and I published my posts the moment that I finished writing them, regardless of what time of day it was.

The problem with that blogging pattern is that I was getting very little interaction with other bloggers on my blog.  Sure, I was interacting with many bloggers on social media, but I wasn’t writing consistently, and therefore, readers didn’t know when they could expect to read something that I’d written.  This resulted in some posts having very low readership.

What tools/tips have I learned that have helped me to not only blog more consistently but connect more frequently with other bloggers?

1.  Use a calendar to schedule out blog posts

calendar

This is the number one tip that has helped me in becoming a more consistent blogger.  My calendar of choice is Google Calendar.  One of the things I love about Google Calendar is the ease of which I can click and drag events, or in my case blog topics, around from one date to another.  This is especially useful when a topic comes up that I want to write about immediately and I need to move a previously scheduled topic to another day.

2.  Schedule a set time for all posts to publish

schedule

By having all of my posts set to post at the same time each day, readers can come to know when my posts will be available to read.  I’ve been playing around with a couple of different times, but over the past week or so have found that scheduling my posts to publish at 6am Eastern Time best allows for those who do their blog reading before work to find my posts easily accessible.

3.  Find a blog reader through which to not only publish your posts but also to read your favorite blogs

bloglovin

Not only has my own blog reading been much easier since I discovered and started using Bloglovin’, but I’ve noticed that adding my blog to Bloglovin’ has also led to an increase in blog views.  If you don’t use a blog reader, I highly recommend finding one that fits your needs and interests, as it simplifies the blog reading process.  Prior to using Bloglovin’, I relied on links on social media or e-mail subscriptions in order to be alerted of new posts from my favorite blogs.  As my blog reading list has grown, this has become an inefficient method for keeping up with my favorite blogs.  I’m confident that I’m not the only person who prefers keeping up with blogs via a blog reader, and the number of views of my blog posts since I joined Bloglovin’ confirms that.

4.  Use a social media scheduler to schedule tweets and Facebook posts to promote your blog posts

hootsuite

After I finish writing each blog post, I immediately schedule via HootSuite multiple tweets to go out throughout the day promoting my blog post, and an evening Facebook post about what I’ve written.  That way, I don’t have to try and find the time during the day or have to remember to post online about what I’ve written.

QOTD: What tips/tools do you utilize in order to blog consistently?

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22 Responses to More Consistent Blogging

  1. I usually start writing some posts ahead of time on the weekend. Also when I have a blog post idea I may save it in drafts to start fleshing out later. I use Buffer and TweetDeck to post tweets for me on twitter.

    Congratulations on posting more frequently ;)

  2. Kristin says:

    You’ve provided great tips!!! I usually think of ideas ahead of time and try to brainstorm what I’d like to write about!!

  3. Chaitali says:

    These are great tips, thanks! I haven’t looked into a calendar tool to keep track of blog posts yet but I think that’s the next blog-related thing I’m going to work on. And I love bloglovin’! I used to use Google Reader before it went away, but I think bloglovin’ is even better.

  4. Great tips! I love bloglovin’! I schedule all of my posts. I try to write some on the weekend but most days I write them the day before they are scheduled to post. I really need to put it all down on a calendar! I use buffer to tweet out my post throughout the day.

  5. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing. I often wondered what Bloglovin was all about. I will definitely be checking out those sites you’ve mentioned. Blogging is kind of exhausting at times don’t ya think?

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the tips! I will have to look into HootSuite. Work has been busy so catching up a bit, hope you are feeling better!!

  7. Great tips! There are weeks where I’m really good about blogging consistently, then others when I just struggle to post once a week. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  8. These are some great tips! I really struggle with this. There are weeks when I easily squeeze out 2 or 3 posts in a week, and others where I’m lucky to get one! I always say I should put it on my calendar just as I would any other writing assignment…will definitely be trying it next week! :)

  9. These are all great tips, Kathryn! Another thing we’ve been trying to do is link our posts to a pin on pinterest. We’ll definitely be implementing some of these tricks on our blog since we’re still learning the ropes!

    -Lauren

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  11. HIIT Mom says:

    Thanks for sharing these tools! I also publish the posts as I finish them… I need to get a little bit more organized. And I absolutely love HootSuite, I didn’t know about it. Must include it in my blogging tools asap!

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