The number one question I’ve been asked since I started blogging is “how do you create a consistent blogging schedule”.
Many factors come into play when you’re running a blog and trying to build a social presence on other platforms. Things can get hectic quickly!
It took trial and error to find a blogging schedule that worked best for my lifestyle and helped me stay consistent.
In this post, I’m sharing tips and resources that help me keep my website running smoothly and write consistent, valuable content for my readers.
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How to Stay Consistent
Brainstorm Content Ideas
The first thing you should do is brainstorm content ideas. You can’t expect to jump right into it and write a random post offhand.
If you want to post valuable content for your readers, then brainstorming and planning your content is key.
When I think of a new idea, I immediately write it down in an app called Notion. Notion is an all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, and documents. It’s similar to Asana, however, this one is more user-friendly.
When you’re coming up with content ideas, think about the questions that your audience has asked you. This is an easy way to create valuable content because you already know people are looking for solutions!
Another way to find ideas is through a Pinterest search. If you’re having writer’s block, you can scroll through your feed for inspiration.
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Batch Content Creation
Batching your content is a great way to stay consistent with your blogging schedule and on other platforms.
When you batch your content, you choose one or two days out of the week to focus solely on creating your ideas. I usually do this on the weekend or at the beginning of the week.
This has helped me save a lot of time and I’m able to focus on other parts of my business when I have plenty of content to schedule in advance.
Repurpose Old Content
Repurposing content means you focus on one piece of valuable content and reuse it somewhere else. Not only does this save you time, but it also helps you get more work done with less effort.
For example, let’s say you wrote a blog post on how to start a money-making blog. The next piece of content you can make is an infographic to share with your Pinterest audience. This can be another way to promote your content and lead them to more in-depth information.
You can also turn the blog post into a carousel for Instagram, an informational Youtube video, or a thread on Twitter.
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Create a Realistic Schedule
You want to create a realistic blogging schedule that you can follow.
Although some people may post on their blog multiple times per week, that doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Everyone’s lifestyle is different and you have to figure out what would work best and what your goals are.
There’s no perfect number for you to post each week or month, however, you don’t want to put too much on your plate and then end up not posting at all.
Think about how many posts you’ll be able to commit to even with everything else you have going on.
If you have drafts typed up and plenty of content to post, stretch it out and post it later on! It’s best to have content to fall back on, especially during the times you don’t feel like creating.
Use Pinterest and Tailwind
Pinterest and Tailwind have been a lifesaver for me during my blogging journey. Even if you’re not posting a new blog post every week, there’s still an easy way to bring consistent traffic to your website.
Think about all of the old content you have on your blog. You still want people to find it and read the information you took the time to put together. That’s where Pinterest and Tailwind come in.
If you’re not on Pinterest as a blogger, you need to sign up as soon as possible! Most of my traffic comes from this platform and it helps me consistently promote my blog content.
Tailwind is a Pinterest-approved scheduling tool that will help you manage your presence without having to be on the app 24/7.
Here’s the strategy I follow to promote my content:
- Use Canva to create pin graphics for each blog post
- Upload my pins to Tailwind
- Write my title and description, and choose a board it’ll upload to
- Schedule it through Tailwind during a time my audience is active
These platforms can bring more readers and potential subscribers to your website and make sure all of your content receives the attention it deserves.
It’s easy to get distracted once you know it’s time to work.
If you want to stay motivated on your batch creation days, remove all distractions and focus on getting as much content done as possible.
One thing that I can’t stand is having clutter in my area when I’m about to work. Keeping your space clean can help you become more productive.
Here are some other things that I do before writing my blog posts:
- Put my phone on DND. It’s tempting to pick up your phone in the middle of your work and get stuck scrolling on social media or responding to messages
- Turn on “full-screen mode” while typing. You won’t have to worry about looking at other tabs or seeing notifications from social media/emails
- Light a candle in my area and turn on music at a low volume. This has helped me feel more relaxed while working
It’s also beneficial to schedule break times. I usually take 15-30 minutes after working for a certain amount of time and then come back to finish my tasks.
It takes time to find a good flow that will help you create a consistent blogging schedule. Take the time to create a routine and find what works best for you.
Whether you decide to post once a week or more often, your readers will know when to expect valuable content as you continue to show up.