Location: Cocolicious, Cranbrook Kent
Everyone says January is the start of “new beginnings”.
I’ve never really like this assumption, I think you can have a “fresh start” whenever you want. However, there is something about September that gives me a kick up the arse.
I’m not sure what it is about the month of September, maybe it’s all the schools going back after the summer break.
Let’s be honest this little space of mine on the internet has been put on the back shelf. Well, it’s time to pull it to the front, take it off the shelf completely and place it right in the middle of the table! Y’know what I mean?
Trying to find the time to write undisturbed or update links, advertise my blog on all the different social media channels and reply to emails, whilst looking after a 6-month-old baby is hard.
There I said it.
Finding that work-life balance is something I’ve been searching for, for the past 4/5 months. Finally, I think I’ve found it.
Setting up a schedule
I believe organization is key to most things in life, I say most because you need a splash of spontaneity every now and then.
So I’ve decided to devise myself a little blogging schedule. This isn’t just a schedule for when I am going to publish posts, it includes all aspects of blogging.
I have taken the advice from bloggers who have made it into their business as well as bloggers who simply do it for the fun of it but have reached a wider audience. Because even though I absolutely love the following I have now, I would like my blog to reach more of you.
Like most things in life, it’s going to be a trial and error process but I’m hoping this will mean more regular posts for you all to enjoy.
I am also hoping it will mean that I will be able to make my blog my business. I’m sending a message to the universe. I want my blog to become my business.
There are so many bloggers out there nowadays that I feel a lot of people are too scared of the “competition” to say admit that they actually would love to earn a bit of dolla’ from blogging.
But hold on a second, we all have some different to offer as we are all unique. So, there’s room for all of us.
I always stand by my favorite quote. “No one is you and that is your superpower”.
Common, be honest. This is something at least 70% of us find hard. When It comes to leaving the house and getting somewhere for a certain time I’m absolutely fine. I’d actually go as far to say I rock at this part.
However, when it comes to managing my time at home… Well, this is where I stumble.
A good 30% of my day is wasted by scrolling on Instagram and Facebook aimlessly. More often than not I do this when I’m putting off jobs I know I need to get done.
So, from September 1st I made a promise to myself that I would manage my time more effectively. As soon as Arthur goes down for a nap, I pick up my laptop and start working.
Instead of aimlessly sending an email here and there, or writing for 10 mins then stopping to scroll through Instagram or PLT (my favorite online shop atm). I set my self one thing I’m going to focus on. So far it seems to be working. I feel like I have actually achieved something.
Side note; setting yourself small tasks and achieving them does wonder for your mental health.
What my schedule looks like
So, this isn’t my official schedule but this is what it will kind of look like for the month of September.
There’s no escaping it, social media is one of the biggest ways to get your blog out there and known for people to read. That is why I am dedicating 30mins every day to catching up with my social media. That could be anything from replying to unanswered questions in my DM’s (although I try my best to reply straight away), replying to comments, commenting on new posts of those beautiful people I follow to scheduling tweets and new posts.
- MONDAY: 6:30-7AM
- TUESDAY: 6:30-7AM
- WEDNESDAY: 6:30-7AM
- THURSDAY: 6:30-7AM
- FRIDAY: 6:30-7AM
- SATURDAY: 6:30-7AM
- SUNDAY: 6:30-7AM
Finding time to write is tricky. I always try to jot down blog post ideas in a notepad or on my phone when they come to mind. Although, turning an idea into a post requires much more time and focus so I’ve dedicated a couple of evenings per week and any baby-free weekend moments I get to writing posts.
- MONDAY: 8-9 PM
- WEDNESDAY: 7-8:30 PM
- THURSDAY: 7:30-8:30 PM
- SUNDAY: Any free time
Updating plugins, widgets, links, “shop my wardrobe” ect… is also a really important part of blogging. Making sure your blog loads quick enough and that the photos are loading well too, all takes time. So I have dedicated an hour here and there in my week for this type of admin.
- TUESDAY: 9:30 – 10:30am
- FRIDAY: 2:30-3:30 PM
Now the next piece of “blogging admin” I want to dedicate more time to may come across a little strange to some people. Maybe, the phrase ” blogging admin” isn’t quite right, but it’s something that actually is more than it seems. I’m talking about commenting on other peoples blog posts. I love reading blogs. I always have and have always tried to comment on them too as I know how much I love receiving comments on my posts. It also drives up your DA, which is something I am working on this month. However, with Arthur around I get very little time to actually read anymore let alone leave a comment, that is why I’ve set aside a specific time in my week to sit down with a cuppa and read.
- TUESDAY: 7:30- 8:30pm
- THURSDAY: 8:30- 9:30pm
- SATURDAY: Any free time
The final little piece for building my blog into a business is to make sure my SEO is good for each post. Now I have only been using Yhost the SEO plugin, which is an SEO scoring plugin for the last 9 months. I’ve been blogging for two years, so I have a lot of back work to do.
- FRIDAY: 3:30-4:30 PM
- SUNDAY: Any free time
Before I go, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to all of those people that have been kind enough to share their advice on blogging with me over the years and all of those of you who have support and read my blog.
I hope to be able to deliver a post to you all on a Wednesday evening and Saturday morning.
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