I am a very organized person. So once I figured out what I needed to do for my blog and my social media accounts, I wanted to get a blogging schedule set right away. I talk more about some (completely free) tools I use for blogging here. However, since I am a work at home mom, my actual schedule needs to have some flexibility. Instead of creating an hourly schedule (which would make the OCD part of me super happy), I need to just keep a list of tasks to be done each day, and cross them off when I am able to. I usually have a small block of time in the morning when the kids play together and about 1-2 hours during nap time. After the kids go to sleep, I clean up the house and get to work until midnight.
Daily Blogging Schedule
- Record social media stats
- Reply to blog and social media comments
- Respond to emails when I am finished with everything else and also throughout the day
- Check on my collaborations – double check if there is anything that needs to be posted
Weekly Blogging Schedule
- Write new blog posts – this includes creating images and scheduling the post
- Chore threads 1-2x a week
- Schedule posts on all social media channels (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Twitter) – I try to schedule a couple days out so I don’t have to do this every day.
- Look for new accounts to follow on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Twitter – I usually pick one to focus on each day
- Respond to comments, retweets, etc. on Twitter, Instagram, and Twitter
- Stumble new pages
- Pin to board booster
- Look for new group boards
- Take any new pictures for blog posts or for sponsored posts
Even with this blogging schedule, I was still having a couple issues. One of those was keeping track of where I had shared my post – especially stumbling it or sharing it on group boards on Pinterest. So I made this blog post checklist and it has helped me out so so much! (Did I mention I love checklists??)
It basically reminds me about a couple of key things when creating a blog post (link in your post, call to action, etc.), as well as reminding me where I shared it. I also added a section on whether it could be expanded into a series so I can add notes if I ever want to do more with that. I am also a contributor to a couple other websites and I use this checklist as well. A lot of those website allow me to repost the article on my website after a certain amount of time, so I added a line so I can keep track of when I am allowed to repost it on my blog. I have a bagillion of these printed out and I literally fill one out for every blog post and it helps me feel so organized!
If you want the checklist you can download it below!