When you’re running a blog/business, if you’re not organized you can get overwhelmed real quick.
If you’ve already started a blog, then you know the struggle. From keeping up with posting high-quality content to finding proven strategies that will continually grow my blog, there’s a lot to do. And if you’re like me and not naturally an organized person, it’s like a million times worse.
Trust me, I know how you feel. When I started my first blog I had no idea how much actually went into running a successful blog. So when I started using my bullet journal to help me organize my blog, things really started to click.
If you need a little help getting your blogging career together, I highly suggest using your bullet journal! Here’s how I use my bullet journal to organize my blog.
Haven’t started a bullet journal yet? Check out this post.
MONTHLY BLOG GOALS
When I started blogging, I didn’t think goals were important for building a successful blog. I was just eh about the whole idea, but now I seriously can’t run my blog without setting goals for myself.
Setting goals for your blog is super duper important. I’m a big believer that if you don’t have a purpose for doing something, you simply won’t do it, and blogging goals give you a purpose with your blog, a reason to keep blogging.
So no matter what your purpose is, whether it’s to make money, create an online community, or something else, be sure you know what your goal is with your blog. And then make sure you’re keeping track of those goals! If you don’t keep track of your goals, girl what’s it all for? If you don’t track your goals it becomes ridiculously easy to get lost and lose your way.
While I do have big-picture goals for my blog, I decided to only include monthly blogging goals in my bullet journal because I like to break those big goals into bite-size chunks. Rather than be intimidated by a huge goal, I’d rather take it in smaller chunks that are easier to achieve. This also helps me see if my strategies for growing my blog are working or not by taking it month-to-month.
So, each month I sit down and make sure my smaller, monthly goals still align with my long-term goals and figure out exactly how I’ll achieve them!
I’m a total sucker for graphs and charts that measure my page views, Pinterest followers, etc. It’s just so fun to see the numbers change and grow.
Since this is technically the first full month my blog is live, I don’t have a whole lot of stats to show yet, and my stats tracker is looking pretty minimal. But at the end of the year it’ll be kinda cool to see how far I’ve come! Also, I want to try and make a note of what I did differently each month to promote my posts to see if what I’m doing is working, or if I need to change things up.
Let me tell you this: Just because something works for one blogger DOESN’T mean it works for ALL bloggers. (Click to Tweet!)
Take Tailwind for example. This is an amazing scheduling tool that’s helped me grow my Pinterest followers and page views, but there are lots of bloggers who say the best number of pins to pin a day is over 50. But when I did this, my follower count actually went down. So, I lowered the numbers of pins I was pinning each day and my numbers increased again. This is why it’s important to track progress and tweak things to know what works best for you!
If you’ve never tried Tailwind, they’ll give you 100 free scheduled pins, to see if it’s something for you! I started with their free trial and I loved it so much I paid for the year, totally worth it.
I also use my stats tracker to evaluate my monthly blogging goals for the upcoming month. If I gained 200 Pinterest followers last month, I’ll try to gain another 200-250 this month.
BLOG POST IDEAS
Anyone who’s ever owned a blog knows that an amazing idea can strike out of nowhere. I have blog post ideas stashed pretty much everywhere. On my laptop, post-it notes, and in my bullet journal. Typically I like to have a space for blog post ideas in my bullet journal, because I always have my bullet journal with me and if I just write it on a scrap piece of paper I’ll definitely lose it.
I always create a new page for blog post ideas each month, so that way I always have plenty of room. Since I took these photos at the very beginning of the month, I hadn’t written anything yet, but now it’s starting to really fill up!
And please, even if you don’t think an idea will make a good blog post, write it down anyway. One day you may come back to it, tweak it a little bit, and turn it into a kick-ass post!
Having an editorial calendar is a game-changer for your blog. This is just an easy way to map out all of your upcoming posts and prioritize your to-dos. So, if you don’t have time to write a post for the upcoming week, you don’t have to worry because it’s already done! It’s super helpful in ensuring that you’re on track to finish all of your upcoming content, and to see any deadlines that may delay your posting routine.
I’m kind of impulsive (what can I say?) and I often switch my schedule around after I’ve finished multiple posts, so my editorial calendar in my bullet journal is more of a ‘rough draft’ for my blogging schedule, and I’ve got my official schedule on my laptop.
You can even see that I actually planned on launching my blog on the 3rd, but I actually launched like 2 weeks early!
MAILING LIST CTA IDEAS
Since I started my blog, I’ve been working on increasing my mailing list. I’d like to hit 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year (we’ll see!) but it’s hard to get people to just give out their email to a random girl on the internet. So, as an incentive to increase mailing list sign-ups, I’ve started writing down ideas for a CTA (call to action) to get people to sign up!
So any freebie ideas I get, I make sure I write them down!
My bullet journal is the biggest help when it comes to running my blog. As crazy busy as it gets sometimes, I’m glad I have a way to organize my thoughts and my business. If you’re struggling with organizing your blog, I highly recommend either starting a bullet journal or use your existing one to really get your blog’s crap together.
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Do you use your bullet journal to help you run your blog?
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