A BLOGGING ROUTINE

It is going to be an year this October since I started PinkPot, and although I try and  post 2-3 times a week most of the time, I have recently begun to feel the need for a systematic blogging routine. I work full-time as a researcher, and everyday is not the same. On some days I have more work than on others, and managing my time efficiently is key to keep everything running smoothly. 

Here are a few points that helped me while putting together my blogging routine, I hope it helps you too.

Planning posts : My brain is full of ideas all the time, and I find it very useful to jot them down on the go. For this, I keep a handy notebook along with me at all times. Once a week, I sit down, gather all my ideas together and plan my posts. While outlining my post, I make sure to write a title and a rough structure for the post. I also roughly sketch out the images I want to take for the post. This makes my photography & content writing a lot more easier, and ensures I don't miss anything out. 

Photography: I take pictures in bulk, and the rough photo sketches come in very handy. During the afternoons, when the sun is kind, I set out the layout for my photos and start clicking away. I take a lot of shots until I am completely happy. Editing photos is one of my favorite things to do. After sieving the good photos out of the whole lot, I edit them all together using Picmonkey  or Photoshop

Writing Content: I use the blogger editor to write all my posts. I always write only one post at a time. Hence it becomes a little tricky to manage time with respect to writing posts. I write posts only when I am in the mood for it, so whenever I can, I squeeze out a few minutes to write up posts throughout the day. Though this is not the best way to do it, it works for me! 

Schedule posts / editorial calendar: I think it is useful to decide how frequently and on what days of the week you want to post. Using an editorial calendar works wonders for me and I use blogger  to schedule posts on a weekly basis. Since I post three times a week, I space out the posts accordingly and also make sure they vary in topic just to ensure I am not posting about lipsticks continuously during the week ;) 

Promotion: Honestly, this is one thing that I find very boring. Sharing new posts on social media like Twitter and Instagram is important, but I find it difficult to keep tweeting throughout the day. So to my rescue, comes tweetdeck which I use to schedule my tweets about my new posts. As soon as a post is ready to go live, I make sure to schedule my tweets for it on Tweetdeck , and trust me it helps.

MY BLOGGING ROUTINE

I fortunately can afford to spend 1-2 hours everyday on blogging depending on my work schedule. It is difficult to keep up with a strict routine all the time, but I try my best to stick to it as much as I can. That way, I don't have to worry much if I need to take a sudden break or a small weekend getaway. From now on, I will be posting every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7 am GMT [UK time].  Here is what my blogging routine looks like: [The numbers in the boxes denote the number of hours I spend] 


I hope you will enjoy the posts to come, and check back here often for some beauty & style news, fun and happiness!

I am loving this journey with you all, Thank you! :) 

48 comments:

  1. your routine is so organised and systematic, and is very impressive! thank you for the tips :) x

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I find it really interesting to hear about others routines and what works for them. I often find myself having a burst of inspiration then other times not feeling like writing. I should probably work out a schedule like yours as I'm giving myself unnecessary stress by trying to juggle blogging and study at the same time!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  3. It's great that you have a schedule, I just seem to write posts whenever I feel like it. I don't really have a plan but this sounds like a great one - I really should be more organised x

    daisy-drops

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  4. Your tips for an effective blogging schedule are great. I need to start getting myself more organised now that blogging has become part of my life! I also need to improve on promoting my blog better x


    Beauty with charm

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  5. Great post! I always take my pictures in bulk too and then edit them straight away, so I can get on with writing the content without having to worry about the pictures! xx

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  6. Very organised, Chaitra! And I thought I was organized, lol :-) I keep a blog schedule but that's about it. I take pics and write posts whenever I can. Which now, is pretty much on a 9 to 5 basis since I'm out of a job... I have lots of respect for people who combine a fabulous blog (like yours) with a full-time job. I've done it too and I could not post every day and definitely struggled to get everything done.

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  7. I'm always happy to find bloggers that also have full-time jobs. I too have a full-time job - that quite often goes into overtime - and getting a routine down is key! Planning ahead not only helps with time management, but I think it give some nice structure to a blog.I love this little weekly breakdown that you did. I may have to recreate something like that myself!


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    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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  8. I love using Picmonkey for photo editing! It's so easy to use and does everything I need. I make a schedule as well, so my posts stay spreaded instead of having one week with 10 posts and then weeks with just one. Great post!

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  9. This is so helpful and reassuring you have a lot of responsibility too! I post every day but am at uni and work part time and am thinking of cutting right back to less posts a week now xxx

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  10. You seem so organised! I need to take a leaf out of your book and get more organised! x


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  11. Very organised! I plan my routine in my own messy way. My plan is usually different every week. Like, for example, I have every post scheduled until Saturday (I post daily) and there are certain days during this week I know I'll photo certain things for next weeks posts, then start adding them in drafts etc.


    It works really well in my head and in real life but it's a pain to explain!


    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  12. So many fantastic tips here! I'm going to have to take a page out of your book, because I'm so disorganised sometimes!!

    www.floraandflynn.com

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  13. You're incredibly organised, which shows through. Thanks for the tips! :)

    Natalie♥

    www.yourstrulyny.blogspot.com.au

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  14. I think it's awesome how you plan your posts, but I don't feel the need (yet) to make an editorial calendar, maybe it's because I write whenever something comes up (I think it's difficult to "invent" new topics and posts - maybe I'll get better along the way). If I ever make one, I'll use your example because I've always wondered how bloggers make such a calendar haha :) xx

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  15. Your blog is so slick and professional looking - I'll definitely take any of your tips! I've never tried sketching photographs before but I might give it a shot. I only write posts one at a time mostly too - I don't know how these bloggers who write months in advance do it!
    Good luck with your schedule - looking forward to reading your posts!
    lily x
    www.jolihouse.com

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  16. I absolutely love this post! I've been needing to inject some organisation into my blogging and I think this is exactly what I needed to read! Brilliant post :D
    Emily
    www.bambisbeautyblogs.com

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  17. I think its time for me to start an editorial calendar. Your planning routine is so well thought out and is great advice! I'm definitely going to take all of your tips into consideration since I'll be starting my fall semester soon and have to actually map out time for blogging.

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  18. Love this post, time management is something I really struggle with! xxx

    www.the-orchard.me

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  19. Great organizing tips! Time management is a struggle for many bloggers, and business owners, who juggle a lot on their plate. I recently started using CoShedule instead of the WordPress editorial calendar and LOVE it. Its actually fun to schedule my posts AND all of my social media in the same place. Check it out, it might help :) http://coschedule.com/r/2749 Good luck with your week!


    Jessica
    http://www.thebohemiandiaries.com

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  20. Thank you so much tiny! Glad u liked it :) xx

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  21. Me too, i love reading others' routines as well! Thanks for reading sheri! xx

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  22. I used to doo that too, but having a schedule helps :) xx

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  23. Thank you so much Alina! Hope it helps xx :)

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  24. Yup, thats a great way to work with pics! xx :)

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  25. Thank you melissa! :) Your blog is one that i look upto since day 1 <3 You are such an inspiration! xx

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  26. Thank you so much Kelly! Glad u liked it :)

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  27. That is great Celine! Thank you so much :) xx

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  28. Ah, do whatever works best for you jess! I love your outfit posts, they are great! x

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  29. Thank you so much! Glad u liked it :) xx

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  30. I totally understand what you mean. I used to work similarly too, its only recently that i have begun to follow this routine :) xx

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  31. Aww thanks a lot natalie! <3 xx

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  32. Aww most definitely Margo, i hope u make one soon! xx

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  33. Hi Lily:) Your comment made my day! Thank you so so much for the kind words! xx

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  34. Thanks emily, glad it helped! xx

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  35. Thank you so much Marina! Glad u liked it :)

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  36. Ha ha everyone does :) thanks joanna! x

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  37. I ll definitely be checking out co schedule :) Thanks jessica! xx

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  38. I really need to get more organised with mine, I've a busy year ahead of me and I need to make sure I keep my blog up to date! Thanks for the tips! X

    hailandharmony.blogspot.ie
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  39. Welcome sweets! Thanks for reading xx

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  40. This is a really useful post thank you :) Im heading back to uni for my third year and I need to get organised with my blogging, I can't let it take up too much of my time, but I don't want it to suffer too much.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  41. :) You are very welcome emma~! xx

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  42. Some great tips here! Thanks for sharing! Xxx

    Alice Adores Apparel

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  43. I love that you have an actual schedule in this post-so interesting!
    I too find the whole promotion thing boring and I often find myself drifting away, not promoting myself for two to three days. Whoops!
    You have beautiful photos and I just love the flowers petals you sprinkle throughout.


    xx

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  44. You are so welcome alice :) xx

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  45. Aww thanks a lot shree :) I know, its easy to forget to promote :) Those petals are just some popourri i have at home xx

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