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
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
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
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
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?