How I organise my blogging process
24th September 2015
I’m a bit of an organisation freak, but you are probably aware of that already. One of my most popular blog posts of all time is my How to be a super organised student post which has been repinned on Pinterest over 70 times.
Because you all seem to enjoy my organisation posts so much I thought I would write one about how I organise my blogging process. I know there are a lot of posts out there about being an organised blogger, but I feel like my system quite different to anything I’ve seen before.
I have tried a lot of organisation systems; everything from spreadsheets to Google Calendar, and even a good old fashioned diary. However, I think I have found the perfect system for me. It’s not going to be ideal for everyone but I thought I’d share anyway to provide some inspiration for those who feel like they need some organisation for their blogging process.
Let me introduce you to Trello
I use a website called Trello. You may have heard of it before but I was only introduced to it when I started my new job. Instantly when I saw it I knew I could utilise it for organising my blog (because I’m sad like that).
Trello can be used to create boards, and within these boards you can create lists, and within these lists you can create cards. I’m going to break this down and explain what I use boards, lists and cards for.
So far I just have one board called “Blog” which is obviously for my blog. I may end up using Trello to organise other aspects of my life, but so far I’m just using it for my blog.
I have a few lists within my Blog board:
Post ideas – This is where I keep all my blog post ideas. If I get an idea for a potential post I will add a card with the name of that post to this board. This way, if I’m wondering what to blog about, I can easily turn to this list for inspiration.
A list for each month – I have a list for each month of the year. I use these lists to plan out which posts will be published that particular month.
Checklists – I love a good to do list, and there is nothing more rewarding that ticking things off as you go along. So far I have a monthly checklist and a daily social media checklist, which are both pretty self explanatory.
Now I’m going to go into a little more detail on how I utilise cards.
As I’ve already mentioned, I use cards for post ideas simply by writing the name of the title. However, once you’ve added a card it is possible to add a description, and in some situations this is very handy. Trello makes it super easy to drag and drop cards, so when I decided to start working on a post I can drag it into the appropriate monthly list.
(Don’t get too excited. Some of these posts might not happen. It’s simply for general ideas.)
Within each monthly list I have cards for each blog post. As well as the post title I also make a note of the date I am planning on publishing it. Within these cards you can create checklists, and so for each post there is a general blogging to do list. I can tick this off as I go along.
There is also calendar card. As you can add attachments to cards, including via your Google Drive, I have attached a Google Document which features a calendar for the month. Once the attachment is added, I can click to view and edit the calendar document. I just like having a calendar for visual purposes, but I don’t keep it as up to date as the rest of my blog board on Trello.
I also use checklists cards in the checklists list, because well, that’s what it’s for!
I’m still discovering new ways to use Trello, and I’m constantly adding new lists and cards. So far, I think it’s the perfect tool for blog organisation for me.
I always use to be the type of blogger to write and publish posts all in the same day, but I’ve soon realised that this just isn’t possible with working. I need to be organised.
If do ever feel the need I might cut down the number of posts I publish each week then I will, but so far I’m still enjoying myself. In the words of Heath Ledger:
“I only do this because I’m having fun. The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away.”
Do have a system for blogging? Or do you just write and post when ever?
P.S. After I took this screenshots I changed my Trello background to blue. It just fits my blog better!
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