Whether you blog on a full-time basis, as a side hustle, or as a hobby, you know that a lot of planning goes into writing and managing a blog. There are many tasks that you need to do, and to keep track of, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Some of us keep track of things in our head, while others create written to-do lists or online to-do lists to try to help ourselves stay on top of things.
But as we begin to blog more frequently we start to realize that we may be forgetting important tasks because our to-do lists may not be as current or as accurate as they need to be.
Eventually we begin to feel frustrated and overwhelmed by all of the required tasks and may even consider throwing in the towel.
Let’s face it – there are only so many hours in a day. By the time you get some sleep, shower, clean your house, prepare and eat your meals, go to work, play with your kids – where do you find the time to manage your blog?
Managing Your Blog Well Includes Doing the Following Tasks
- Writing blog posts
- Editing blog posts
- Publishing all of your blog posts
- Writing and submitting guest posts to other blogs
- Brainstorming ideas for new content
- Creating weekly round-ups, if that is something that you do
- Researching trending topics
- Designing and managing contests\giveaways
- Organizing and managing your editorial calendar
- Moderating comments
- Replying to comments
- Replying to emails
- Commenting on other blogs
- Submitting your blog posts to appropriate blog carnivals
- Writing and publishing eBooks and\or Webinars
- Managing your online presence through social media
- Managing your online newsletter
- Managing your advertising and other monetization methods
- Organizing your RSS Reader
- Uploading and optimizing your images and videos
- Organizing interviews
- Performing regular blog maintenance
- Reviewing and analyzing your traffic stats
- Keeping track of expenses
- Keeping track of renewal dates for your domains and hosting account
Aside from quitting, you have a couple of other choices. You can hire someone to manage your blog for you, as some of the popular blogs like MoneySavingMom does.
In fact you could actually hire a Virtual Assistant to do all of the above blog management tasks for you. Or you could do the tasks that you enjoy and hire her to do the rest.
One of the biggest benefits of hiring a Virtual Assistant to help you with your blog is that if you want to, or need to, take time away from your blog, for whatever reason, no one will ever know, as your Virtual Assistant will ensure that everything is running smoothly, just as it does when you are around.
A big advantage of hiring a Virtual Assistant to help you with your blog is that they work remotely in their own office anywhere in the world. This eliminates the need to have staff in your home office.
The second advantage is that you hire them for the exact amount of time you need their services and you only pay for that time. This is extremely beneficial for bloggers with a limited budget.
Download a Blog Planner
Did you know that you can use a Blog Planner to organize everything that you need to do? A Blog Planner is very similar to a daily calendar that you may already be using to organize other aspects of your life.
If your blog is new and you aren’t at a point where you want to use a Virtual Assistant yet, then a Blog Planner will allow you to get all of your tasks organized in one handy location.
The idea to create an all in one Blog Planner came to me last week after I published a post about Time Management and how important it is to be organized.
I did some research online and found a few free Blog Planners that are PDF files that you can download to your computer. You then need to print them off and organize by month in a binder or file folder. The thing is, you then write in all of your blog post ideas, reminders and so on.
By the time the Blog Planner was printed you’ve used over 70 pages of paper.
But why would I want to carry around a binder of notes for my blog when I have my laptop or my tablet?
So instead of downloading a PDF version of a Blog Planner I created an all in one Blog Planner for 2013, using Excel.
My Blog Planner is divided up into multiple tabs to literally keep track of every aspect of blogging.
This Blog Planner includes:
- A Weekly Editorial Calendar
- A Daily Checklist
- A Weekly To-Do List
- Blog Stats
- Renewal Dates
- Blog Expenses
- Blog Carnivals
It includes suggestions of things you should do daily and things you should be doing weekly.
It gives you ideas of where to find blog stats and where to submit your blog posts for carnivals.
But the really cool thing is that you can adjust this Blog Planner to be anything that you want it to be. You can easily add in your notes, plan out your posts and so on. And if you change your mind about something you do not need to look for white-out as you would with a hand-written Blog Planner.
December 2012 is included too, which means you can start using this Blog Planner today.
You are welcome to download your free copy of my 2013 Blog Planner and begin using it right away. (Click to Tweet)
Simply click on Blog Planner to download your copy. Please note that this is an Excel File.
Please share this Blog Planner with all of your blogging friends on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks!
When it comes to your blog what are your plans for 2013?