This post is sponsored by HP, but all opinions expressed are my own.
I don’t know how many of you follow me over on Instagram stories, but I tend to do a lot of late night blogging and enjoy sharing some of the process that I go through in creating a blog post. Because I have been doing it for almost 7 years now, I have created a routine that works for me, a routine where I can do things in bulk, be more efficient, and essentially more productive in writing posts and promoting to social media. So I am sharing 10 of my best productivity hacks for bloggers and would love to hear about your hacks if you have them!
10 Productivity Hacks for Bloggers
1. Shoot photos in bulk.
Whether you are a fashion blogger or a food blogger, taking photos is an important part of crafting a blog post. But to save time, if you can take all your outfit photos for the week in one hour, instead of doing a little every day. Or if you are a food blogger, and can take multiple photos of food at a time, it will save you time in the end. For my fashion posts, I usually take 4-5 outfits in a day, my photographer edits them, and I get the all back within a week and am ready to upload and write up the post.
2. Have a clean, organized work space.
Being organized in your work space can ensure that you’re organized in your thoughts. I know that rings true for me anyways.
3. Create a blogging calendar, save drafts with titles.
I don’t have a physical calendar or anything, but the way I schedule my blog posts is by creating drafts in my WordPress Posts. That way I can see out in the future when I have blog posts due, so that I don’t schedule things on the same day or I don’t over commit.
4. Streamline your writing process.
As for me, I am all about bulk writing. Usually on Saturday or Sunday evenings after the kids go to bed, I try to at least draft or schedule up 3-4 blog posts for the week. They may not be completely done, but I try to upload the photos, get my outfit affiliate links created and written up and also some of my write up to accompany the post. Throughout the week, I will just go in before a post goes up and finalize it.
5. Work distraction free (if possible).
This one might be the hardest one, but I usually find my best distraction free time to be in the evenings after the kids go to bed, like 10PM – 2AM. It may be different for you, like your kid’s nap time (if you value nighttime sleep), or early mornings (if you are an early riser), but find that sweet spot that works for you.
6. Make sure you have a fast and efficient laptop for on the go posting or edits.
Having fast internet and an efficient computer or laptop for writing blog posts is key to making the most of your time. I love the HP Spectre, because it is fast, user friendly and sleek. It is also very lightweight which makes it great for carrying around in most of my purses. A lot of times after I schedule a post and it goes up, I may find that I have to make on the go edits to it for grammatical mistakes or if a post happened to not get scheduled properly, I can quickly whip out my HP Spectre and make these necessary changes. Having the right tools can make all the difference in the creative process. The HP Spectre has helped to unlock a new facet of creativity, leading to new discoveries and many reasons to fall deeper in love with my photos and blog work.
7. Automate/schedule social media posts.
There’s tons of apps like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Buffer, Meet Edgar, Tailwind that can be great tools for scheduling and automating social media posts. I find that if I just block off time to focus on scheduling these out, it will save me from having to do it real time and can really boost traffic.
If you have gotten to the point where you do have some income to spare, outsourcing is another great option. Hiring a Virtual Assistant to do a lot of the things in number 7, can REALLY save you time, but it might cost you. However, as long as the return in growth numbers and pageviews is coming back to you, it can only mean more growth.
9. Network at blogging events or conferences.
I’m totally an advocate for not just sitting behind your computer all the time, but getting out and networking too! Collaborating or learning from other bloggers can really inspire you to up your blogging game. And many times cultivating those relationships in person, translates to better engagement and trust with your readers online.
10. Only take on work that you are passionate and excited about. Learn to say “No”!
My last tip, but possibly the most important tip, is to only take work that you can say “Heck yes!” too. If you are doing things for money, but devaluing your brand, it will come through and your followers will realize. You need to only be spending on time promoting brands and products that resonate with you and you are passionate about. This will also let you focus on creating the best content for those brands, vs. being too busy with things that are a “Maybe”.
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