“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 – 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. 😉 )
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 (: