Feeling overwhelmed by blogging? You’re not alone… Running a website replaces the role of an entire editorial staff for a magazine and means that you’re in charge of absolutely everything. The best thing is not to worry too much about everything… you’re a blogging superstar!
Plan ahead. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail, and all that… Dedicating a day wherever possible to making sure that everything is all up to date is so worth it in the long run. Whenever I can, I’ll try and schedule a few posts for in the future so it’s one less thing to do! My biggest piece of advice would be to always carry a notebook with you so you can write down post ideas as soon they pop into your head. Then you have a little catalogue of post ideas to implement whenever you like.
Have your blogging routine down. I tend to make a cup of tea and watch drag race at the same time so that everything is prepared to make sure I actually sit down and get some writing done. Find whatever routine works for you, and then the whole creative process runs a lot smoother.
Do things in bulk. It’s so much easier to be speedy and productive when you stick to doing one thing. I definitely go through cycles of blogging; I’ll take a week’s worth of photos, write a week’s worth of posts, schedule a week’s tweets… Once you’re in the swing of it, it’s so much easier to run through your to-do list.
Speaking of to-do lists, how does anyone get anything done without them?! I’m definitely one those type A personalities where I actively enjoy checking things off my list. Sometimes I’ll write things I’ve already done so I can check them off (help me). Having a list is the secret to not getting overwhelmed as breaking it down into little manageable stages makes it so much easier.
Remember that it’s always going to be OK. In the grand scheme of things, missing a post or taking the weekend off is not an issue. This is sometimes I definitely need to remember more myself, because I can be my own worst enemy too. Ultimately blogging is fun so if it gets on top of you, take a break.