I thought today I would bring you something new, a few blog tips and bits of advice on blogging and book blogging. While Lost in Literature is still fairly new I have been blogging since about 2005 in some capacity and have learned more than a few things along these lines.
One of the first things I learned was the best way to ensure that you are consistent and regular with your blog posts is by setting aside time and writing them in batches. This means when things invariably pop up you aren’t left without a post or scrambling to write things up.
This leads to the need to be able to track what you have done and what you haven’t done as you back end starts to fill up with drafts. It is easy to assume everything is done when in fact you still need to track down links or fill in the tags. I use two methods Zenkit and my Bullet Journal.
Zenkit Blog Calendar
On the left, you can see all my unscheduled tasks, these here are really just my templates. When working on my schedule I will duplicate a task and add the information required. Then I simply drag and drop the post where I plan it to go.
On the right, you can see each task and int’s own todo list. I used to have more in-depth todo lists for each post but the reality is these are all I need. I just tick off each one as I have finished it. I can quickly scan my calendar and see where each post is at and how many uncompleted tasks they have. Once I have published the blog post I star the item. As you can see here the only published is my Extraordinary Birds review.
This is the first place I schedule things, it’s also is where I put things that go beyond this month. For example, I have just been excepted on a Blog Tour that is happening in December, so in it goes on my calendar. I can then upload the blog tour banner and other items needed to that task and have everything in one place.
The notes feature is great because sometimes(rarely though) I read a book months before it’s out and I want to post closer to release date. I can type up my general thoughts and opinions on the book and come back to it later when writing the post(I’d lose the draft if I wrote it up that early).
Bullet Journal Blog Calendar
I also use a bullet journal spread which is my more regularly updated calendar for that month. It might seem overkill but for me personally have a written down calendar work better for tracking at the moment what is done. Also, I don’t have to worry about logging into Zenkit at work if I am publishing a post from there.
It works the same way as my other calendar but on paper. I find also that if I am just sitting down writing a bunch of posts or doing a bunch of images I don’t want to be flicking back and forth between tabs. That way leads to distraction.
When I am doing the links, in particular, I can have up to 16 tabs open with author social media, purchasing links, etc. I do not want another tab open. The least amount of tabs the saner I get.
In each of these moments, I can easily have my bullet journal open next to me and just tick off the things I have completed. I can quickly check when I am out and about where I am at with each post and perhaps say if I have half an hour to spare I can fire up spark and edit some photos, or add tags to a bunch of posts.
These are both options that work well for me, but there are other options out there that would work as well.
Google Calendar is a good option that many people already have on their phone. With some work, you could easily create events that have tasks within them.
A Diary can be easily picked up for a few dollars from any stationery store and might have all that you need for planning your blog posts.
A Spreadsheet is an option that again could be done through google sheets if you like and thus accessible via your computer or phone. I’m not all that handy with spreadsheets so this is an option I have not explored.
I’m sure there are even more ways you could manage your blog easily. If you want something really robust Designer Blogs have a free downloadable and printable blog planner which can help you manage just about any part of your blog. Personally, it’s a bit more than I need.
How do you track, plan and organize your blog posts?