How you blog & manage ideas is a really personal thing. Because I’ve found that cloud based notes apps don’t really work for me (you can read more on that here) I’ve been looking for ages for a workflow that works for me. And I’ve realised that over time, it has come to me.
My Blogging Workflow
Now, as you know, I work full time. So the time I have to blog is limited. Very limited! To get to my job I commute 12-15 hours a week, so really believe me when I say limited time is limited time. In 2016 I added in some postgrad study. 2018 is actually the first time in my life I don’t have anything major on outside of work. *knocks on wood*
I get ideas usually when I’m as far away as possible from blogging. Often in meetings at work. I scribble them on paper so I don’t lose it then get back to the meeting.
I start with writing the post. Because I’m a blogger, you know? Everything I do stems from this!
Things I do:
- Get an idea
- Write the post in WordPress (or in notepad on my phone)
- Make the post title a H1 tag.
- Make any subheadings a H2 tag.
- Create a featured image and a pinnable image (using Canva, just copy an old blog image, change the name, title and image)*
- Schedule the post
Related: 10 Free Stock Photo Sites
That’s it. Really. I don’t put much stress on myself to edit, re-read, plan … nope. I get an idea, write it, schedule it. And my goal is to be three months ahead. (That’s a goal, it’s not where I’m at now.)
*I either get my photos from my google drive, which is where I store photos I might want to use for blog posts, or the above link of stock photo sites, which I keep bookmarked in my browser for easy access.
How do you manage your blogging workflow?