My blogging process

I tweet about blogging a lot. Blogging is my main source of income, the thing I spend the most of my life doing and the thing that makes up the majority of my thoughts on any given day. So I think it’s pretty standard that I’m going to talk about it a lottttttt. A little while ago, I mentioned that I had over 30 posts scheduled for the coming months on my blog and that tweet got one hell of a response from praise, awe and just general disbelief. Not tooting my own horn here whatsoever but as I said, blogging is my main “thing”, it’s not just a here-and-there hobby to me any more, I take it extremely seriously so I don’t think it should be that much of a surprise that I’m so organised with my blog.

And I totally get that we’re all blogging for different reasons and I’m not saying I feel like I’m better than anyone else because I’m a literal Monica Gellar and cannot function unless I’m 4 months ahead of schedule. Not saying that at all. But I know from the responses of that tweet that some bloggers do want to get more organised and blog a bit more regularly. I know having hundreds of posts scheduled certainly isn’t for everyone and some people enjoy just writing as and when and posting as and when but for me, personally, it helps me stay focused and organised and takes a whole lot of pressure off when I know I haven’t got to whack out a post on the quick because hey presto! They’re already scheduled. 

So on that tweet, I got a reply asking about my blogging process and I thought I’d share a bit of it today which may help someone who wants to get a bit more organised with their blog and maybe start planning and scheduling content in advance! I’m not saying my way is the right way (no way is the “right” way when it comes to blogging) but this is just what I do and what works for me! If it helps you too, brill! If it doesn’t, well just ignore this post and move on. 

Blogging schedule

I never used to have a blogging schedule but I’ve established a nice little one which has been working really well for me at the moment. I always schedule 3 posts a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then leave Tuesday and Thursday open for any last minute sponsored content or product reviews which might come in. I also always try and leave weekends free so I have a little bit of a break from the constant promotion etc!

Since writing this post, I’ve actually had a revamp of my blogging scheduled and from September on-wards I’ll be posting twice a week, Monday’s and Thursday’s instead, with days spare for sponsored content etc. I know this will work better for me and allow me more time to promote the posts I write, rather than just churning out content for the sake of it. Quality over quantity! But it’s another important point to remember that it’s okay to change things up if it’s not working for you!

Coming up with ideas

I simply use a note on my iPhone to keep track of my blog post ideas. I split it into months – just in case there’s a certain post which might bode better for a certain time of the year (e.g a Valentine’s themed post going up in February) and this is a simple but effective way to keep track of your ideas and an accessible way to note them down on the go – because we’re always in the strangest places when we come up with the best ideas.

Related posts:

Practical tips for coming up with blog post ideas
Bookish blog post ideas
Spring and Summer blog post ideas
Winter and Christmas blog post ideas
Autumn blog post ideas 

Journal

At the beginning of the year, I created a “bullet journal” which turned into a glorified blogging notebook basically. I’ve drawn up each month and write down when my posts are going up. But here’s the fun bit… I COLOUR CODE them, yes that’s right, I’ve reached peak Monica Gellar status. No seriously, I colour code them by topic so I can see how varied my content is in each given week and can make sure I don’t have too much of one thing (this obviously doesn’t apply to you if you only blog about books or make-up or whatever!)

Writing

I tend to do the writing part before I add the photos because that’s the part I enjoy the most and taking photos can take soooo long and requires so much effort. So yes, I always focus on the writing before anything else. When I have the time, I’ll usually sit down and write out 2 or 3 blog posts from the list on my phone. Add in all the tags, links, categorize it – all that “extra” stuff and then save it as a draft for the time being.

Photos

Then the next day (or whenever I have time / can be bothered) is when I’ll take my photo/s for the posts, edit them, add them to the post itself and get it scheduled. I use aboard with some white wooden-style sticky back on as the background for my blog photos then use a load of random stuff including notebooks, fairy-lights, fake flowers, candles, confetti, pens, quotes and whatever else I can find and arrange them to make a semi-decent photo. My photos are a far cry from the incredible photography we so often see but I’m trying my best! I take my photos with my Nikon Coolpix camera, edit them on the VSCO app on my phone then add my ‘Jenny in Neverland watermark using Canva.

Schedule

Once my post is finished, I’ll schedule it for 8:30am on the morning of whichever day I want to have it up. I’ve always preferred posting in the morning but obviously you don’t have to. If you’re wanting to start scheduling posts in advance, the way I’ve done it before it have a little break from blogging first and during that break, work on your ideas and schedule for the following month. Then as you’re working on new content, you always have content going up!

So there we are, that’s more or less my blogging schedule and everything from thinking up the ideas to hitting “schedule” on the post! If there’s anything else you’d like to know, e.g how I promote my posts or where I share my posts, do leave me a comment and let me know! I hope you found this post helpful!

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101 thoughts on “My blogging process

  1. I love this post! I’ve been struggling with sticking to a posting schedule so it’s great to read what helps other bloggers. Have definitely been inspired by your process – thanks!! x

  2. This is such a great post, Jenny!
    I love reading about how other people blog, and I guess we blog in a similar way. I used to schedule my posts a month ahead as well and it’s such a nice feeling to know your blog won’t be “dead” because you don’t have anything published! Unfortunately, this didn’t really work for me in the past couple of months. Now I just work on a few things at a time and that works better for me!

    It’s interesting to see how everyone blogs differently. ☺️

    1. Glad to hear that you found something else that works for you! Strange how something that works so well suddenly doesn’t isn’t it? I’ve been a bit like that with my 3x a week, suddenly I was like AH NO I DON’T LIKE THIS ANYMORE 😂 xx

  3. Beautiful post, Jenny. It brings back memories 😂
    When I first started blogging, I tried publishing a post every day. God, it was so stressful. Then I tried doing three posts every week – it was still tiring. Now, I publish one post every week and even though it’s not easy (after the stress I get from school and the part-time jobs I’m doing), at least I’m working on being consistent.

    I have a post that’s quite similar to yours. I hope you check it out. ❤

    https://myshardsofbards.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/my-blogging-process/

    1. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you! Even though I write all mine in advance, it’s the constant promotion of different posts every single day that’s doing my head in right now 😂 xx

    1. Thank you 🙂 Expanding a blog in what sort of way? Expanding your audience, I’d suggest being active on social media (especially different ply forms) really works. Getting involved in comment swaps, twitter chats, joining Pinterest sharing boards – that sort of thing.

  4. This is really helpful. I’m just new to the whole blogging game and currently posting when I want but when I go back to school I’ll have to plan in advance. This is so, so useful and helpful thank you!
    Meg | chatswithmegs.wordpress.com

  5. This is fab. It’s exactly what i’m trying to do now; get more organised with everything. I have notebooks everywhere right now so that wherever I am, I can write down my ideas plus of course my phone. I definitely want to start a schedule though, because at the moment I just publish whenever I’ve completed a post, so could be any random day to be honest. I think I’m going to take a week or two out of actually publishing, so I can get all my thoughts together, get a few posts drafted & then come up with my schedule. It’s amazing once you get going, how many other ideas pop into your head!

    Thanks Jenny 🙂

  6. This is such a helpful post! Especially the tip about using your notes on your iPhone as I end up usually just writing them down in random notebooks and forgetting about them! It’s also good to know you focus on the writing instead of photos as I always put off writing posts because I don’t have any photos that will go with it!

    Emily | puttheworldtowrites.co.uk

  7. Do you have a post about how you monetize your blog? I only blog casually, but I would love to do it for supplemental income, but just haven’t been able to get that off the ground. Great post, thanks for sharing.

    1. I have a post about sponsored content (if you type in sponsored content into the search bar it’ll come up) but to be honest, I only started making a proper income when blogging became my full time thing.

  8. Very helpful tips! I’m usually very organised but haven’t quite gotten there with my blog yet. I think I need to get into scheduling and stuff before the new uni term starts and I get swept up in everything else, because I definitely don’t want to lose one of the things I enjoy most right now.
    Megan | https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

  9. I love your blogging posts, Jenny, they are always sooooo helpful. I think we are the opposite, I tend to take my photos first and then write my posts, which is probably why I’m a last minute kinda gal – although it would be my dream to be as organised as you! I do find keeping a running schedule of content in my BuJo has helped hugely this year, and I like the idea of writing posts in draft, that’s a great idea, one to try and start implementing next month 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  10. We’re similar in a lot of ways. I don’t like to plan my content too far in advance because I never like the post by the time they’re due to go up. But at the same time I plan way in advance too. I start every month with my own blogging bullet journal, do I list of posts that I want to do. Then I have extras which are either backups or for the following month. Then I draw out a calendar and schedule when I want them all to go up. It’s all colour coded too 😂 x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  11. This is so helpful! I always think about blog posts based on how you see them in finished form- with pictures and formatted. I think it makes more sense to first write it out, and then take the pictures once you know where the written part is going. Thanks for your insight!

  12. I work in a similar way though I have a notebook for ideas and a planner for my blogging schedule. I currently have 31 planned in posts and that is pretty decent for me. I haven’t had a true blogging day in a while so I only get an hour here or there so that is stopping me from really getting ahead of my schedule.

  13. Lately I’ve had a lot of outfit pictures so I’ve been scheduling my posts throughout the week, but never so far ahead. I like the idea of having a notebook with ideas, especially because being a fashion blogger has a lot to do with personal style, so I try and get the best pictures I can and write about them or something similar. Thanks for this posts, its super helpful x

  14. I do think I’m pretty organised but you are much better than me! I wish I was that organised, I need to get myself a good journal to plan a bit more and sort out what days I post! This is a great post x

  15. This is really interesting to read Jenny! Thanks for sharing your tips. I always take photos first then write afterwards (usually the day before it’s posted!). I’d love to be more organised and ahead of schedule. I’m the same and currently post 3x a week and I’m also thinking of cutting this down to twice a week in October once my studies start again. Also, yay for colour coding, a pretty planner is always so motivating 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  16. I liked reading about your blogging schedule, thanks for sharing it with us. I’m definitely getting more into prepping posts in advance and panning when I am going to post them.

  17. Such a helpful post! I definitely agree that the writing process is much more enjoyable, I love taking photos as well but the writing for me is less stress. That is so awesome how you have everything planned way ahead of schedule, I aspire to be organized like that. Do you have any promotional tips?

  18. Such a nifty idea! I tried bullet journaling and note booking but I just can’t stick to anything I’m so bad! Plus my schedule at the moment is just bonkers! I will get a grip though as soon as the paid work comes in!

  19. Great post! I definitely have issues with sticking to a blogging schedule so this definitely motivates me to get back on track

  20. I didn’t really plan my posts that much before but with uni and work and other life stuff coming up next month I probably have to, thanks for writing this post, very handy!

  21. I stick with a schedule too! But, I don’t rely on sponsor material (as I am a music blog). But I try to write a post on Sunday and then on Wednesday.

  22. Love this post! Maybe it’s odd but I always find it fascinating how other people work on things like this! My own blogging scheduale uses a few of these tricks and while I am normally a little bit ahead I am not nearly as far ahead as you are! Great job.

  23. Great post. Love how you break it down into categories. I think I will be applying this kind of process to my own blogging to make it more fluid and organized instead of the chaotic mess that it is now.

  24. Really helpful! I’m on a ‘thirty-posts-in-thirty-days’ crunch, just to see if I can, but I mainly use stock photos, and alternate articles with philosophy quotes, so I have to tip my proverbial hat to you; you really go all-out! Scheduling has indeed been really helpful, but I had been thinking about changing my schedule after my thirty days are up. Your suggestions seem like just the ticket!

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