Tricks for Blogging More Efficiently

Wow.  I think back to where I was one year ago with Variety by Vashti (then named sculptsavvy.com) and how far I’ve we’ve come.  You have been along for the ride and so much has changed.  In a nutshell, I went from being a hobby blogger to becoming a full time PAID blogger.  This has allowed me to stay home with Quinn, continue doing what I love, and earn some extra money and products I love on the side.

I figured it was a good time to share how I stay efficient at blogging since this is my job, but I work it around our family.  I don’t blog 9-5 but more like 12 pm-1 pm and 8:30 pm-11:30 pm.  I don’t have much time to get everything done so I have to work as efficiently as possible!

Here are some sneak peeks from my office (in progress) and tricks on how I stay focused.

how to blog effiently

Every day I make a quick list of what needs to happen with my blog, Jamberry, Beachbody and our home.  These are my MUST get done today items.  If I get it all done I can move on to other things on my list like the hanging  daily/monthly checklists from Regina.  I printed and laminated them so I can use them over and over.

blog dry erase to do list

As a blogger, you will have a billion and six passwords so I keep them organized on this sheet.  I also love Abby’s blog stat sheet since you will need to update these often for your media kit and campaign opportunities.  Both are here for you to download and print.  (P.S. I have a media kit tutorial if you haven’t made yours yet!)

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When I am selected for new campaigns or have any type of promotional work, I like to make a note page for that project/post.  I include the date I plan on posting, details about the promotion, my action steps and social media quick links.  I keep these in chronological order by post date and right in front of my face.  This saves me so much time since I don’t have to dig it up in my inbox.

blog campaigns

I prefer to do a big brain dump of the hundreds of posts in my head and then for the next few weeks I have some sort of post plan.  I use color coded sticky notes so I can easily move the posts around.  This is my FREE version of an editorial calendar.

blog calendar

I also keep files for reciepts (blogging is EXPENSIVE and you do have to file taxes) and other things I need to keep handy.  Regina’s #3DayCreate ebook is safely tucked away in there.

blog filing

Sometimes I only have a few minutes to take pictures so having blog props handy really helps.  Hungry husband or break-things baby always seem to intervene.

blog prop area

I also use a few apps on my phone

Bufferapp – scheduling posts to social media

Analytics Tiles – to check my blog stats very quickly

Wordswag – Quick text overlays

Finally, I can’t say enough about working with Katy Widrick.  She offers Google Helpouts for those moments when you aren’t sure what you need to do to grow your blog, need help with code, or just need some direction.  She is amazingly talented and this chart proves that with your hustle and her knowledge, you can grow your blog! (Oct 13 compared to Oct 14 is HUGE!)

growth

Is there anything I am missing that you would like to know more about?  Just leave me a comment and I can share more in another post or add more to this one!  In the meantime, you might like a few other posts I have done about my attempts to blog better.

What area do you feel the least organized right now?

Do you use an editorial calendar like Co-schedule, WordPress, etc?

Any awesome tricks you have found to work for your blog?

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