There are so many steps that are involved in order for me to maintain and run my blog. Before coming back to blogging and previously, I didn’t know that running a blog would be like having a full time job. I really underestimated the time and effort that goes into it and I’m not sure I would have started my blog back up if I’d had known. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging but I don’t love some of the tedious tasks that happen behind the scenes. It’s like a tv show. The viewer only sees the final, polished version and they don’t get to see the people running around like headless chickens making it happen.
I thought this would be something fun for me to share, as I don’t talk much about everything I do behind the scenes. And it might also help other bloggers in knowing the sort of stuff they should be doing to run their blogs too. I am generally a nosey person, so looking more into peoples lives and businesses is something I find fun, so hopefully you do too!
You’d think with running a blog that the writing would take up most of my time, but it actually doesn’t. Writing probably takes up 30% of my blogging time. Writing is one of the most important things involved in running a blog, but funnily enough it doesn’t take that long to write posts. Not for me anyway. Alot of the time, it’s all the other stuff associated with writing that takes up time. Researching topic ideas actually takes up more time than anything else. I would say thats the hardest thing too. Constantly coming up with new, and fresh ideas is really hard. But, there is no better feeling that coming up with a cool idea and being so excited to post it.
When I do writing for my blog I tend to bulk write. Which basically means I sit for a few hours and write post after post. All throughout the week I am constantly jotting down ideas and saving them as drafts. I allocate time each week to sit through my drafts and turn them into posts. This is generally how I do it each time. Of course life things get in the way sometimes and I get behind in scheduling (like this week). But generally I have my posts scheduled for each week, a week in advance. This helps so much in not having to rush posts and being more organised. Having a schedule like this is so beneficial to make sure I stay on track.
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It’s quite a time consuming thing to maintain and run a blog. Maintenance can mean anything from going through spam comments, replying to emails or making sure that my blogs running the way it should. These tasks are just as important as writing, because without the site working correctly, nobody is able to see my content. I tend to do my maintenance/admin everyday on my blog. One of the first things I do is check spam comments. WordPress has this thing where it likes to mark comments as spam, which are not spam. It’s very weird. So I make sure that I check those everyday.
I also make sure to create content for up coming emails to my subscribers. One of the best things you can do for your blog is create a subscriber email list. I use Flodesk to do this and it works great. It enables me to have access to a pool of people who are outside from my blog. It allows me to target them specifically if I am selling something or promoting something too.
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Interaction is something that I will always recommend to bloggers everywhere. Interacting with other bloggers or social media influencers is really important to enable your blog to grow. It can take up alot of your time, but is worth it in the end. I saw so much blog growth after I spread my wings and started to interact with other bloggers more. Blogging friends are so important on your blogging journey.
I usually spend an hour or so catching up with bloggers new posts and commenting and liking their content. Interaction could be asking if you can guest post on other bloggers sites. Or leaving a nice comment on their Instagram profile. It really could be anything. It can be time consuming, and honestly I am quite bad at it sometimes. I feel like I often neglect my readers profiles, just because it’s something I don’t really have time to do amongst everything else. But I am working on being more consistent in interacting and showing other bloggers pages more love.
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Whether you love it or hate it, social media is something you need to grow your blog and be successful. Yet another thing that can take up alot of your time. Aside from being on WordPress, I’d say that Instagram is the second social media page that I tend to use. When I first came back to blogging in 2020 I used Instagram to promote every time I posted on my blog. Now I have moved away from that, and mainly use my Instagram grid to showcase my digital illustration work. I still interact and chat with other bloggers but have found that it can get exhausting at times. You have to be really consistent with social media, and it can be hard when you have so many other things to juggle. It can be so hard to juggle social media and the need to maintain and run your blog.
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