Blogging is tough. I can say that for other bloggers and from the experiences I have blogging.
There are times where you don’t have time to create at least one post for the week (or even a month).
Then there are other times where you don’t feel like writing.
I’ve experienced writer’s blocks many times and it’s like the world has fallen apart.. at least to me it does.
These have happened before, and I now came to a vision where there is a technique to make blogging life easier.
It’s by using a blogging schedule.
What’s a blogging schedule that you are talking about? (You may ask.)
To answer your question, it’s a routine for bloggers where they use 7 or more sets of scheduling bulks, to create and finalise their post.
These are the seven blogging schedules:
1. Brain Dumping Ideas (Blog Topics)
3. Writing It
5. Designing the Graphics
6. Keyword and SEO research
7. Scheduling It!
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
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1. Brain Dumping Ideas (Blog Topics)
Hey! How are you supposed to write a blog post when you don’t even know what you’re writing about? This is the first step in our process.
What you are doing here is putting a list of topics or keywords down on a certain topic you want to write about.
For example, this post is about Blog Scheduling. So I write down a random topic that includes this keyword like “how to keep a perfect blogging schedule?” down into my Trello list to save for later.
You don’t have to write it down digitally (but that way is much easier).
You can also write it down in your journal or a notepad you have nearby. Somewhere where you can get easy access to it when it comes to your blogging time.
I use Trello for this stuff because Trello makes life easier for creating lists and sharing those lists with others.
Other ways to get blog topic ideas is making a Mind Map. A mind map is a creative idea tool in which you focus on a topic and then expand it from there. I use this tool in my VCD and Art class, which is helpful for expanding outside the box.
Or, you could use other helpful sites and tools to get your ideas from.
- Pinterest (I always use Pinterest to get these ideas)
- We Heart It
- Facebook Blogging Groups
- Google Keyword Planner (now known as Google Adwords).
Once you got down your blog topic, it’s time for the crucial step of all…
If you’re writing on your personal life, then you don’t have to do any factual research.
However, this is pretty helpful in order to collab all the information and ideas down into a list.
So you don’t have to get stuck during your writing phrase.
And, for topics like self-wellness or blogging, I need to do some informational research to back up my statements and help you guys in the long run.
For example, if I search “waking up at 5am makes you more productive“, then I would have to search up on Google “does waking up at 5am make you productive?” and then back it up with the evidence from my research.
Another is to back up your point by personal experience.
Personal experience? What I mean is, based on your own try and what you are passionate about.
Like, if I did this and it worked, then I would write an honest experience and maybe have a screenshot of it.
For example, if I gained over 1000 repins from using Tailwind, then I would definitely have to screenshot and save my Tailwind analytics to show that I am being honest.
Once you finally concluded your research, it’s time to…
3. Write It
It isn’t a blog unless you write it up right? Depending on the blog that is.
When you’re doing the first draft, write everything down first but don’t go back and correct it. This way you can put down everything without getting interrupted.
The first draft won’t stop there so feel free to put everything down that you could think of.
I learned this writing technique way back in my public high school in reading class. My teacher would give us a timer and we would just write down a random story without correcting it. We then get the last few minutes to edit it once we’re done jotting down the story.
To make it easier for me, I use Microsoft Notes for research and writing my drafts.
Here is the real BTS (no I’m not talking about the Kpop band) on how I create and write up this post.
By using split screens, I’m able to have one side open to my “research” tab while I have another tab open for my “writing” tab.
See why I told you in Step 3 to write everything down? This is the most crucial step when it comes to posting your post in public. Always edit it at least 2-4 times.
A helpful way that I’ve recently started incorporating into my editing is reading it out loud. If something doesn’t make sense out loud, then I can easily mix, match and fix it.
As a student with bad English (and bad focus on past and present tense),
I can say the best app that helped me with blogging and typing my essays is Grammarly.
I have been using this tool since the first 6 months I’ve been blogging and now I’m living for this app.
Julian from Digital Decluttered wrote a post called “How to write a blog post – from brilliant idea to publish (and everything in between)” where she shared a free tool (that I’ve recently been using) called Hemmingway Editor.
Now, where has this tool been all my life since I started Highschool?
5. Designing the Graphics
We live in a world filled with visuals and it’s no acceptation when your blog doesn’t a single graphic in one of your posts.
Two reasons on why visual graphics help you with your traffic:
1. It makes your blog more stay-able and
2. How will they share it on Pinterest when you have no graphics?
You can check out my helpful posts on how to find free stock images and Pinterest graphics below.
Don’t know what tools to make them? The top free design tools to create my graphics is Canva and PicMonkey.
Pretty much easier to create these graphics rather than using a lot of time spent on Adobe Photoshop (from experience).
6. Keywords and SEO Research
This is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you need to consider before scheduling or posting.
You need to do some deep research by looking up keywords that relate to your blog topic.
I’m not going to get a lot in this post but my advice of gaining Google traffic in 2018 is to use long-tail-keywords.
How I search for keywords is to write down the topic of the post. For example, I write a post on ‘music to listen to in 2018’. So I write this up and look at the relative topics and add them to my tags.
You can also use the keywords from the bold links from other search results and incorporate it into Yoast SEO.
7. Scheduling It!
Phew! You’re finally at the end! You know what this means… scheduling it on your posting days!
This is why a calendar comes in handy. Schedule your posts on the days where you usually post (for me, it’s usually Monday and Friday at 8PM (AEDT) UTC +11).
Schedule your posts at least 2-3 times a week.
That way, you’re not overwhelming your readers, you’re being consistent (which improves your search engine results) and you’re not running ideas.
Let’s summarise; you gotta brain dump your ideas, research your topic/post, writing everything down, editing your writing until you can’t edit anymore, designing your graphics, searching for SEO keyword tags and finally scheduling them on your calendar.
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