Anyone else recently kind of put their blog on the back burner? Or maybe you’ve had the idea to start one for a while but haven’t made the leap. This post is for you – keep reading! (If you don’t even know where to begin on blogging, read my post on that here).
I admit I’ve been slacking a little lately. I find that when I drop the ball on planning and organizing, I drop the ball on staying consistent with my blog. Motivation can be tough, but I’ve found a few ways to get back on track.
Blogging is work. People may think you sit back and watch the cash roll in, but that’s far from the truth. Bloggers are constantly working on their theme, changing pictures, writing new posts, doing research, networking…the list goes on.
So how can you really start prioritizing your blog for 2019? Let me help you with my list! Here you’ll see 3 very simple ways to get your head back into blogging and organize your ideas so that your blog can be your priority again.
1. Set specific and achievable goals
It’s been proven time and again that setting real, tangible, and achievable goals is the one of the keys to success. Figure out where you want your blog to go for the next year. Maybe you want to grow your email list. Or maybe you want to make more money. Or maybe you simply just want to be more consistent with writing posts. Whatever your goals are, write them down – and make them specific! Writing goals WILL motivate you, excite you, and get you back into or started with blogging.
My goals for 2019 are:
Increase my subscribers
Launch my Pinterest e-course (want to know when that’s coming out? Make sure to subscribe down below!)
2. Use a paper planner
I love using my phone for reminders but I always use a paper planner to plan out my week. I color code my tasks, use mini sticky notes, use pretty stickers, and check it multiple times a day. I highly recommend using a physical planner when it comes to making a blog schedule. It’s a more tangible way to track your progress, stay accountable, and it feels SO good to check off those little boxes!
Seeing your written goals, plans, and progress is a huge motivator. Opening up that planner and seeing what needs to get done is an easy way to stay on track and help yourself feel like you’re accomplishing something (and you are!)
Here’s a picture of my planner – yellow highlight is for blogging and my travel agent business and orange is for working out. I also have a purple highlight for general things to do, pink for events, and blue for my son, Liam (doc appointments, etc). I only just started this week so there’s not much, yet. But it gets pretty full! Every Sunday I write out the next week’s tasks. Of course, I add tasks as needed throughout the week, but it helps to give myself an idea of how the week is going to go.
3. Plan your content ahead of time
Nothing is worse than sitting down to write your post and coming up blank. Set some days aside to really work on your blog posts. Or maybe you’ll do better doing it all in one day. Whatever works for you. But if you plan it ahead of time, you’re more likely to get excited about your ideas and stay motivated.
I personally work on my blog a little bit each day, but that’s definitely not everyone’s style. You can pick a day or two to work hard, or you can work a little each day like me.
It’s also helpful if you’re a little more specific when planning content and writing in your planner. I have a word document of all my post ideas and I put dates next to them for when I plan on publishing them. This doesn’t always go as planned but it’s a real motivator to see a date written down - I love meeting deadlines so I try very hard to meet them.
Also, If you look at the picture of my planner above, you’ll see that I plan to re-make pins, schedule pins, brainstorm post ideas, write new blog posts, etc. I’m specific in my planning so that when I sit down to work, I have an idea of what I’m doing that night. It’s much easier than sitting down, realizing you could do a million things and then doing nothing because you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
It all comes down to accountability – when you record it somewhere, you’re making yourself accountable. And planning your content ahead of time will not only save you time but it will help you be more productive and make more quality content.
There are 3 ways that should help you get motivated, stay motivated, and get back into blogging for 2019. If you’re struggling to keep up with it, scared to start, or somewhere in between, I hope this gave you some ideas on how to get back to work!
But wait! I do have TWO more ways to you can prioritize your blog and get your motivation back! But the only way to get them is to subscribe! I’ll never spam you, you’ll get your motivation back, and you’ll get random updates when I make a new post. Everyone wins!
And to sweeten the deal, I’m throwing in a sample blogging calendar to use as inspiration, as well as a blank one so you can practice writing out your weeks and goals! You’ll see on the sample calendar that you’re really working on your blog almost every day! Sometimes it only takes 10 minutes, but sometimes it might be an evenings worth of work. Also, since the calendar is just an example, the schedule isn’t as specific as I think it needs to be; it’s just to help you get an idea of the kind of schedule you can make and the kind of things you should plan to do.