Blog Tips Tuesday 12: Daily blogging checklist (with free printable!)
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Bloggers are pretty much jacks (and jills) of all trades. As well as writing blog posts, we have to be able to cook, take photos, design websites, liaise with brands and other bloggers, and about a million other things that non-bloggers probably never even think about. It’s a lot of work, and sometimes it’s tricky to remember all the tasks that need doing. So, here’s a little printable checklist to make your lives easier!
This is an intermediate blogging tip, for those who already have a blog set up.
What should you be doing every day for your blog?
Cooking and photographing a recipe, and then publishing a blog post is barely half of the work that goes into running a blog. There’s a lot of other work that runs alongside the actual blogging, and it’s these secondary tasks that a lot of bloggers (i.e. me) sometimes forget about.
The key thing to remember is that as well as your usual blogging, you should consistently be doing four things:
- promoting your own new blog posts
- promoting old blog posts (otherwise they’ll get lost and never be seen again!)
- connecting with other bloggers
- sharing other bloggers’ content (what goes around comes around!)
So, I’ve produced a daily blogging checklist to help you (and me) to remember those little daily tasks that all contribute to building a successful blog. Here it is (click the image to download the printable version):
It may seem like a lot of jobs, but don’t get overwhelmed – it doesn’t really matter if you don’t do every single one of the items on this checklist every single day (I certainly don’t), but if you try to get most of them checked off most days, you’ll be on the right track. These small tasks will help you to grow you blog traffic, build a community of loyal supporters, and make friendships with other bloggers. Especially with things like StumbleUpon, you get out what you put in – if you’re not very active, and only ever submit your own content, it’s unlikely you’ll gain much traffic. However if you just put in a few minutes each day, you could start to see some great traffic.
Where should you start?
I start by sharing my own content – if I’ve posted a new blog post, I’ll share that on each social media – otherwise I’ll choose an old blog post to promote. There’s no point letting old posts be forgotten!
Then, I move on to other bloggers’ content.
If you don’t already use Bloglovin or a similar service to read blogs you’re interested in, I hugely recommend it (and follow me here while you’re at it… and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, obviously!). Instead of checking multiple blogs every day to see who’s updated, all of the blogs I follow (all 734 of them… yes, it’s an issue I have) are curated into one long list, so I can easily scan down the page to find the posts that catch my eye.
This is where I start each day – I choose some posts that interest me (I’ve written 15 on the checklist, but sometimes I choose more or less), and make the effort to leave each blogger a genuine comment on their post. Comments that just say ‘yum!’ or ‘delicious!’ are pretty useless – they’re not helpful, and they don’t show that you’ve even read the post. Instead, I try to leave comments that are at least a couple of sentences, which show that I’ve actually paid attention, and that I’m actually trying to make a connection with the other blogger – something more like ‘This looks great! I find it so interesting that you use x in this recipe because I’ve always used y, but your way looks much easier! I’ll definitely try this way soon!’ (okay, that comment was totally lame, but you get my point).
Then, I share each blog post in at least one place. I might share it on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Pinterest, or anywhere else I feel it fits.
Are there any restrictions on where I can share content?
There are a few things to consider when sharing blog posts, whether they’re yours or someone else’s.
- Think carefully about where you’re sharing and how often you’re sharing there. It’s fine to tweet multiple times each day, but if you post to Facebook too often, you risk annoying your followers. Try not to post to Facebook more than about 2-3 times a day max.
- Make sure you give credit where credit is due – if possible, tag the owner of the blog post (this mostly applies to Twitter and Facebook).
- Don’t share other people’s content in places where it might be assumed you’re taking credit for their work. For example, I wouldn’t share someone else’s photo on FoodGawker – it just feels wrong somehow, and they’ve probably shared it there themselves anyway.
- Don’t post everything all at once – if you’re planning on tweeting ten times in one day, for example, spread your tweets out through the day. Not only is there less chance of you annoying someone by flooding their feed, you’re also more likely to be seen by more people. If you’re not online all day long, you can use a service such as Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule posts to go out at various intervals throughout the day.
That’s all there is to it. As I said, don’t get overwhelmed – it seems like a lot of work, but by spending just half an hour or so every day on sharing content, you’ll get so many benefits!
To download your own printable daily blogging checklist, just click the image above (or click here if you’re feeling too lazy to scroll). I’d recommend printing the checklist out daily (you can do two to a page or print double sided if you’re worried about paper usage) and ticking each task off as you complete it.
Hope that was helpful! What else do you try to do every day to help your blog?
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