If you’ve seen my tweets and Insta posts recently, you’ll have read that I’ve been trying hard to create my blog plan. Yes, that’s right… an actual, real-life blogging plan! It’s taken me two years to realise that my blog means more to me than just a hobby. But, it’s nowhere near big enough to become my full-time job, and I’m not sure I’d want that tbh! So, I thought I’d write a post to let you guys know what my plan involves and how I’m planning to be able to stick to it.
To have a plan, you’ve got to have a goal or target that you’re aiming for right?! So, my overall goal is to create content that other bloggers look forward to reading. I also want to continue enjoying to write. And this is how I’m hoping to do that…
Ok, let me start by saying that I know there are probably hundreds of free printable planners out there. But, because I’m a slight loser and control freak (lol), I’ve created my own spreadsheet on Excel. That way, I can have whatever info I choose on there, and adapt it as and when I want to. So, on my spreadsheet I have tabs for blog planning and social media planning for each month. On the blog tab I’ll plan things like when to publish new posts, when to take pictures for it, etc. I’ll also be using the blog tab to schedule in times for checking SEO and readability on my posts. I actually started updating old posts for SEO recently, and I actually quite enjoyed it! On the social media tab, I have a calendar layout for scheduling posts on Twitter, Insta and Pinterest. I’ll also use that page for researching hashtags, photos to post, and things like that.
I’m also going to try and create images in Canva in advance. So far, I’ve only created images when a post is ready to be promoted. I’ve only really used it for images on the blog post itself and Pinterest. But, I’m going to use it for all of my social media to promote it and try and get a more uniform look to my feeds, especially Insta. I’ve very recently started to create a different look to my Instagram account by adding filters and frames to my posts. So hopefully using similar images to promote my blog posts will tie it all together nicely.
Anything I’ve missed?
So, that is my plan so far. It’s obviously a very basic plan for my blog posts and social media accounts but it’s a start! I’ve literally never planned anything to do with my blog! I’ve just written posts as and when I’ve felt like it! But, I really hope that with this bit of planning I’ll start getting some regular traffic and slowly start to build up my followers. If you’re new to the blogging world, have a read of my previous post about some things I wish I’d known before I started. If I’ve missed anything major, please let me know in the comments!
Until next time, Steff xx