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5 Things you Need to be an Organized Blogger

Plus, enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

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If you’ve spent any time blogging you likely know what it’s like to be an organized blogger and a disorganized blogger. I’m familiar with both. If you aren’t organized it’s stressful, overwhelming, confusing, and feels disjointed. If you are organized, your processes run smoothly, you can focus on long-term goals, and you have clarity and direction.

Organized bloggers use more than cool calendar apps, though. It’s something that takes just a little bit of effort but has a big, almost immediate payoff. I’ve compiled 5 things you need in order to be an organized blogger. And I’ve included an opportunity for you to win a $100 Amazon gift card (details below).

FYI: I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through one of the links I’ve provided, I earn a small commission. You don’t have to pay anything extra, and it’s a nice way for me to buy Harry Potter paraphernalia and coffee. 

Read on!

Why worry about organization?

You value your sanity, don’t you? Get your shit together and save yourself from headache, frustration, and a deep, dark valley of blogging despair. It may seem difficult, but you can set aside an afternoon to get all of your systems in place. I can even all-caps yell at you over email if you need some motivation. Seriously, just hit me up.

Disorganized bloggers are more likely to:

  • Forget their brilliant ideas (they float in and float out… catch them)
  • Find it difficult to stick to a schedule. Consistency is key.
  • Experience writer’s block (because they aren’t planning content calendars)
  • Struggle to stay on-topic and on-brand
  • Feel overwhelmed and experience burnout
  • Give up and quit blogging (thus hurting their business, SEO, and reach)

5 Tips to help you become an organized blogger

  1. Keep a notebook to track all of your ideas, processes, client info, pricing, planning, etc. Personally, I used the Bullet Journal system and it’s amazingly flexible. It can be as simple or as fancy as you want with this system. In fact, I’ve collected a ton of BuJo inspiration on my Pinterest board. Here are some good notebooks:
  2. Create an invoicing system to track your invoices more easily.
    • Due is a free invoicing system that charges you per paid invoice (2.8% charge).
    • FreshBooks is a really popular choice. You can get a free 30-day trial and then it’s only a small monthly charge of $19.95.
    • Harvest is one I’m familiar with, and it works pretty well. Again, there’s a free 30-day trial, and then pricing starts at $12 a month for the basic package.
    • PayPal also offers invoicing, which is pretty convenient if that’s how you usually get paid. It’s free to send invoices, and then PayPal takes the standard fees (up to 3.4%).
  3. Set aside time to plan. Schedule it in your calendar so it’s a non-negotiable timeslot.You should aim to plan for 90-days, 30-days, and then weekly. So make your big, 90-days goals, break that into what can be accomplished each month, and then break that down even further into what can be accomplished each week. Make sure to review your plans at the end of each week and adjust as necessary. Your planning sessions should include new products and services, administrative things (processes, invoicing, hours worked, etc.), and make sure to include your social media marketing and blog editorial planning. If you don’t schedule this time as non-negotiable, something WILL ALWAYS come up. Trust me. There’s always something more fun to do. Planning can kind of suck. So just buckle down and do it, and you won’t regret it.
  4. Keep running lists of resources in one place. So, this is where that handy dandy bullet journal comes in (or Evernote, or whatever you use). You can keep lists of optimized titles, lists of ideas, lists of good hashtags to use, lists of resources you need to create, lists of requests from your current readers or clients, lists of bloggers to collab with, etc. The important thing is to get it all out of your head so it’s not taking up valuable real-estate.
  5. Stay on top of clutter (desktop and physical clutter). Clean up your desktop and computer files regularly (and for the love of god, back those suckers up). Come up with a system for naming your files so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for when you need it. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent digging around for a file name that “only makes sense” only to find it named something completely different that “only made sense” when I chose the name. It’s the worst. Same goes for physical clutter. Make a filing system or box system or something, but keep paper stacks off of your desk as often as possible. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to focus when your workspace is a mess.

So, those are my tips for becoming an organized blogger. What did you think of them? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Drop a comment below and let’s help each other become more organized!

Now for the giveaway…

I know that’s what you’re really here for, so without further ado, here are the details.

I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to run a giveaway for a $100 gift card to Amazon. You can use that gift card to buy some awesome notebooks, or a coffee maker (may I recommend a Hario pour over?) or some fancy pens or a Harry Potter mug or whatever you want. Just clickety-click the link below and enter in to win. And let me know if you win, will you?

The contest runs until June 13th at 11:59 PM. Enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card here! 

Best of luck, and ’til next time,

Morgan