How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, and unleashing your creativity!” – Unknown


Staying organized as a blogger takes a lot of hard work.

To the casual onlooker, it may not seem like much –ย I mean, you have the dashboard to keep everything organized, right?

No, not at all.

What happens when you have an idea for a blog post out of the blue? Where do the loose pages with collected blog post ideas even end up? And where in the world are those pictures you saved for a post so long ago?

Things get lost so easily when you’re a blogger, which is why finding effective ways to keep up with all the inspiration, as well as keeping the essential supplies organized and close by, is an important part of being a blogger.

In this post, I share with you some of the tips I’ve come up with from my blogging experience over the years.

(And yes, the picture of my little rainbow lorikeet may seem irrelevant to you. It is not synonymous with ‘blogging’ in the traditional sense, but it certainly is for me! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’ll remember him [or her] from my header, where he watched over my blog for a long time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

How I Stay Organized As A Blogger

#1: I have a folder on the family computer with all of my blog-related photos.

This includes profile pictures, featured images, various photos used in past posts, as well as any images I saved but haven’t used in a post yet. This ensures that they won’t get deleted from my phone or lost in the rest of my digital photos, which I’ve deeply appreciated while blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala! I wouldn’t recommend saving EVERY picture you’ve ever used in a post (if you’ve been blogging for as long as me), but I would definitely backup the most important ones – anything you might possibly want to have the original file for and not just the one in your blog’s media library.

#2: I consistently go through my drafts.

If I didn’t do this, then I would have dozens of post ideas that I ran out of motivation to write long ago. lol It’s normal for a blogger to frequently change their mind about what they want to post, so I’m sure this happens for most of us! By keeping my drafts tidy, I only have the ones I’m actually wanting to work on over the next week or two. (I do think it’s a good idea to have a comprehensive list of post titles somewhere – either on paper or a document on your computer – but it can get very distracting if all of those long-term ideas are in your current drafts.) That leads me to my next point:

#3: I change up how I document my ideas.

This may seem vague lol, but I’ll explain it to you! In the first six months that I was blogging on Dreaming of Guatemala, I liked the thought of having a single place where I jotted down all of my blogging thoughts. It seemed like a very organized idea, because then it’s all in one place, right? The more time I’ve spent coming up with post ideas, I’ve noticed that I stay more inspired to come up with content when I give myself various places to do so.

Here are some examples:

  • A single draft on your blog. (I have one of these started for future topics for my mindful living challenge!)
  • A notepad. (This is a great idea for quickly writing all of your current ideas for posts.)
  • A pretty notebook. (This is the main reason I switch up where I blog plan; staying inspired! A notebook with a pretty cover just does that.)
  • A loose piece of paper. (I know, this can get risky lol, but I keep them safely filed in my desk drawers! I’ll decorate the top of the page with my blog name in pretty calligraphy, which creates a fresh space to track my blogging plans.)

#4: I update my categories from time to time.

Have you ever created a category too hastily, only to realize months later that you only shared one or two posts under it?? I’ve done this several time, which is why occasionally going through my categories and combining tiny ones with main topics keeps me focused. It’s also a good idea to create new categories every so often, because keeping your content up-to-date with what you’re currently learning about means that you’re focusing on blogging about what you love!


Thanks for reading! I hope this could provide greater insight into who I am as a blogger (:

31 thoughts on “How I Stay Organized As A Blogger”

  1. Great insight! I change my ideas and drafts so often that I couldnโ€™t put them on physical paper- it would just be a mess of erasing and scratching things out to write something else haha Iโ€™ve got a bunch of different notes on my phone to help me prepare for future posts though (:

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  2. Great blog post idea. This is the first one I’ve read that offered tips about staying organised as a blogger. I for one am not a very organised person so I find your tips very helpful.

    When I get hit with inspiration, like you, I jot this down, but not in a notebook but in my cellphone. I often misplace my notebooks but my phone is with me 24/7. Hence not a very organised person.

    Writing drafts is a also a great way to stay organised. Good thing wordpress developed an app, making it much more easier to create drafts on the go.

    I really enjoyed this blog post.

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    1. Thank you! Iโ€™m happy this post inspired you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• Phone notes are a useful place to keep drafts! Itโ€™s definitely more organized than paper, haha. Yeah, I love using the WordPress app ๐Ÿ’™ Thanks for commenting!

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  3. These are all great tips Maggie, Iโ€™ll definitely try & take some of your advice in the future as I feel like itโ€™ll definitely help me stay more organised! ๐Ÿ’ž I especially love the idea of updating your categories from time to time, it sounds like a great way to keep your content up to date! โœจ Thank you so much for sharing, lovely post, Autumn x

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    1. Aww thank you, Autumn! Yes, updating categories is one way to stay inspired to blog, because then you can write about what youโ€™re currently interested in! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š Youโ€™re welcome, and thank YOU for commenting! ๐Ÿ’–

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      1. Hey Autumn, I wanted to let you know that I contacted you through your โ€˜Contactโ€™ page a few days ago about a collaboration idea. If youโ€™ve already seen it, then no pressure, but I just wanted to make sure you got it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’–

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  4. this is a really helpful post, Maggie! thanks so much for sharing your tips! i tend to sort through my drafts quite a bit, because i donโ€™t like having unnecessary things on that page, but the rest of these i should definitely try x

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