MY DAILY, WEEKLY & MONTHLY BLOGGING CHECKLIST

MY DAILY, WEEKLY & MONTHLY BLOGGING CHECKLIST

I think most bloggers know what I am talking about when saying that being a blogger is a lot more than just writing posts. Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter etc), emails, planning content and so much more. There’s a lot more to blogging – than blogging – if ya know what I mean. 

For a while, I was struggling to get everything done on time. It is very important to update your blog as well updating your social media, you need a Pinterest strategy and a growth plan for your blog. So how do you get it all done? and stay consistent without letting this whole blog thing take over your life?

For me, staying on top of my blogging to-do’s is about 2 main things:

  1. Managing distractions and maintaining focus (YouTube is my downfall, Hello Shane Dawson)
  2. Knowing what tasks to focus on (What is important and what can wait for a bit longer) 

In order to get less stressed and more organized, I made some check-lists. Every day I know what to do in order to stay on top of my blog and not get snowed under by the workload. In today’s blog post I will show what my checklists and how to use them. 

DAILY BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Each weekday I complete the following tasks. 

  • Check Tailwind to make sure my scheduled posts are ok and to post on -2 tribes.  (10 minutes) 
  • Post something on my Google+ and reshare it on some communities (5 minutes) 
  • Check my blog email (5 minutes, I don’t get a lot of mail yet, lol) 
  • Check and reply to Twitter mentions (5 minutes)
  • Check the blog (5 minutes, I have had some technical issues, so I always check if my blog still up and running and whether all the pages are still loading)
  • Respond to blog comments (Max 5 minutes, I only get a few per week) 
  • Research and plan future blog posts (1-2 hours, If I have time) 

WEEKLY BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Blogging schedule

When I initially started blogging again I did not mind doing all the social media sites every day. I found it enjoyable to see what was happening on these sites every day. Lately, I find it draining and frustrating (Bloggers know it: Follow and unfollow, I always get so happy when my followers count increases, but a few days later it ALWAYS drops again. So frustrating.) So in order to make blogging, as well as social media, more enjoyable, I have broken it down to a few times a week.

Of course there will be some changes to my weekly roster (not every week is exactly the same of course) But in general here is what I have planned for each day of the week and how long I allow myself to do a certain task.

Some quick additional information:

  • I work 1 week in advance
  • I post 3 times a week

MONDAY  

1 post goes online in the morning – this gets auto-shared with my Twitter and Google+

  • Check that my post is online and that it looks ok. (5 minutes)
  • Check the stats to see if people like it (5 minutes)
  • Share my new post on the corresponding tribes on Tailwind (10 minutes)
  • Schedule in a post on Tailwind to be posted on group boards (15 minutes)
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

TUESDAY

  • Brainstorm 3 post ideas for the upcoming week (Depends on my creativity levels, but roughly 30 minutes)
  • Check Tailwind tribes to see how many times my post was shared on Monday
  • Share some post from tailwind tribes (10 minutes)
  • Start researching my blog topics for the upcoming week (30 minutes to 1 hour)
  • Start writing my blog posts for the upcoming week (2-3 hours)
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

WEDNESDAY

1 more post goes online in the morning and also gets auto-shared with my Twitter and Google+

  • Check that my post is online and that it looks ok. (5 minutes)
  • Check the stats to see if people like it (5 minutes)
  • Share my new post on the corresponding tribes on Tailwind (10 minutes)
  • Schedule in the new post on Tailwind to be posted on group boards (15 minutes)
  • Finish writing the posts (1 hour)
  • Schedule in the post in WordPress
  • Create the graphics for the posts (1 hour)
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

THURSDAY

  • Proofread my post and make sure I am happy with the way that it came out (1 hour)
  • Get my friend Kim to spellcheck my upcoming posts
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

FRIDAY

1 more post goes online in the morning and also gets auto-shared with my Twitter and Google+

  • Check that my post is online and that it looks ok. (5 minutes)
  • Check the stats to see if people like it (5 minutes)
  • Share my new post on the corresponding tribes on Tailwind (10 minutes)
  • Schedule in a post on Tailwind to be posted on group boards (15 minutes)
  • Check my blogging stats for the week (15 minutes)
  • Work on blog Opt-ins (1-2 hours, I have no life)
  • Make plans for Saturday and see If I can write a post on it. (30 minutes)
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

SATURDAY

  • Go out and about and take pictures for either blog posts or my photo diary
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)

SUNDAY

  • Schedule in Post for Pinterest on Tailwind (1 hour)
  • Schedule in Tweets on Hootsuite (30 minutes)
  • If I have taken pictures the day before I often upload them to a post immediately goes I find it easier. (30 minutes)
  • Daily social media (15 minutes)
  • Blog maintenance: update plugins, clean spam, optimize databases, etc. (15 minutes)

Breaking down the process of post writing into smaller steps has really helped me enjoy the process more and write better content (at least that’s the goal!) It also feels more manageable and that I get it done faster each week than I used to when I did the entire process in one sitting.

MONTHLY BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Monthly tasks were often the ones that slipped through the cracks, they are however very important. Once I added them to my monthly list, they started getting done and I was able to make improvements and informed decisions.

I try to do these tasks on the first of every month.

  • Check Google Analytics (1 hour)
  • Check the highest traffic posts in Google Analytics and optimize (15 minutes/post)
  • Post topic brainstorm create 4 weeks’ worth of post ideas and add to an editorial calendar (1 hour)
  • Brainstorm 1 major goal I want to reach in the upcoming month and work out a plan (1-2 hours)

What’d I miss? Any tasks you find yourself doing again and again (or putting off all the time) that should go on the schedule?
Let me know in the comments below.

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I can’t do this without you xx

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