Why do I love blogging so much? Why do I spend hours each day, writing, reading, optimizing, organizing, planning, dreaming, designing, scheming, and otherwise thinking about this little blog?
I think I know why.
Blogging is a perfectly balanced mixture of left brain and right brain mentalities…and I think I am too. Okay, I’m definitely not “perfectly balanced,” but I do feel like I am most comfortable standing in that crossroads where the left brain and right brain converge.
For example, as a choreographer I have to be artistic in my pairing together of body movement and music, but I also take pleasure in the mathematics of formations and the logistics of handling 40+ people on the stage at one time. The work that I create has to be emotionally moving, aesthetically pleasing, and logistically seamless.
Similarly, blogging has the creative side (writing posts, taking and editing photos, brainstorming collaborative projects, not to mention the creativity some bloggers put into the DIY/fashion/etc projects they write about), and it has the logistic side (organizing, designing/optimizing your site, testing monetization methods, coding, and all the “backend” stuff).
I just love it. From brainstorming a clever way to showcase a product in a sponsored post to aligning all the widgets in my sidebar, it is easily my passion, and I look forward to powering up my laptop each day, ready to learn, improve, and create.
Today I thought I’d share with you my daily blogging routine and some of the organization I have done.
Now, as far as writing posts and everything that goes along with that process, I do not have a regular schedule. I often write posts late at night after the kids are asleep (cough cough it’s currently 2am cough cough). I have a rough schedule of the posts I want to write in the near future, but little is set in stone.
However, there are certain things that I want to make sure I do each day, so I created a “Daily” folder in my bookmarks bar, which has just a handful of sites in it that I want to access each day.
Here is what is in my “Daily” folder:
1. Google Analytics
I’m not an obsessive stats checker, but I do like to take at least a brief look each day to see where I’m at, which posts are popular, and what trends I’m seeing in my stats.
2. Google AdSense
This did not used to be a daily visit for me, but since I’ve recently been focusing on my efforts with ad networks, I check-in each day to see what my AdSense earnings are, and which ads are performing well.
I have a Google document with sample tweets ready to copy-and-paste, for publishing immediately or scheduling out. These are mostly affiliate/referral links and popular posts to which I want to drive traffic. It’s super helpful to have those tweets already written; it saves a lot of time.
4. Triberr Stream
If you are not on Triberr yet, get yourself signed up. This is an awesome way to quickly and easily share your fellow bloggers’ posts and get shared in return. You get to support other bloggers, have them support you, and keep your Twitter feed active all day with a few simple clicks. Need a tribe to join? Ask me about mine!
5. Blogging Besties
A little while back, I started a Facebook group for all my blogging besties. It is my “blogging tribe,” and we have an awesome time supporting one another and having fun. I was part of several groups that had strict rules about what you could post and what you had to do in order for other people to share your posts, etc. I wanted to create a place where nobody had to stress about whether or not they were allowed to post something and where support is reciprocated because people actually care. The group is kept small on purpose, and we share posts, ask questions, offer advice, do blog critiques, share personal successes, etc, etc, etc. I post and comment in that group several times each day, but sometimes I want to visit at the end of the day, to make sure I’ve seen all of the most recent posts and done whatever I could to support my blogging besties! Want to join? We’d love to have you!
6, 7, 8… Blog Opportunities
Lastly in my “Daily” folder, I bookmarked a few sites that list campaigns/opportunities for bloggers, and I like to check in on those every few days or so (often enough to keep them on my daily list). Some companies email their opportunities regularly, and some just post them on their sites, so I try to check in regularly to see if anything is a good fit for me.
So that is how I organize my daily blogging tasks. All the links I need are right there, easily accessible, in one folder. Super easy to speed through the list at the end of the day and do whatever needs to be done.
Now that you’ve got your Daily Blog Tasks figured out, it’s time to plan your Weekly Blog Tasks!
Now tell me your secrets. How do you organize your blogging life? What are your “must-do” daily blogging tasks?