Writing three posts a week is hard work! I’m not going to lie to you about that, but I have found some ways to make the process easier. This is what works for me and I think it will help you too. Keep in mind that I am a personal blogger, so this advice it probably best for those who aren’t trying to make a living from their blog. But if you’re like me, and your blog is your favorite past time, these tips will help you post more consistently.
Use Image Templates
It took me a while to figure out the look I wanted, but once I did, it saved me so much time! Instead of spending an hour or more trying to create a new image for each post, I just pick a template and go. It takes maybe five minutes!
I chose four different colors and picked out three to four graphics to go with each color. All the graphics are saved in a PSP file on different layers. All I have to do is delete the layers I don’t want to use and add my text. I saved two sizes of each image, one for a feature image and one for a pinnable image. So easy!
Repurpose older posts
My blog has been around since 2010, and I have written over 500 posts. True, some of those posts are terrible and not useful anymore, but a lot of them are still good! So, when I’m short on time, I find one of those old posts and republish it. Tip: to republish a post, simply change the published date.
Now, I do take the time to update those old posts. When I first started blogging, I rarely used images, so I make sure to add an image to my post. I also proofread the post and fix any errors in spelling and grammar. Sometimes I think of new points to add to the post as well. I also use this time to fix the formatting to make it consistent with my current posts, and I update the Yoast SEO plugin.
Have a weekly link round up
I do admit that part of me felt like I was cheating by including a roundup post in my weekly three posts. But you know what? These posts actually bring a lot of value to my blog!
I’m connecting my readers with other bloggers that they may enjoy reading. And I’m also connecting with other bloggers. Often the bloggers that I link to will visit my blog because I link to their post. It’s a win/win!
I do two things that help make this weekly process a little easier. First, I use the same format every time. I have it saved in a notepad file on my laptop. (I’m old school like that!) Secondly, my image templates! You probably guessed that one, right? This makes it super easy to put my post together every week.
Have regular monthly posts
You may have noticed a lot of bloggers posting monthly income reports, this is along those same lines. I have two monthly posts here at my blog. Every month I post about What I’m Into and my Five Commitments for the month. You definitely want to make sure that whatever you post brings value to your blog.
What I’m Into is a link up at Leigh Kramer’s so it offers an opportunity to connect with other bloggers. It’s also fun to write, and it’s fun to read the other participant’s posts as well.
The monthly commitments are a way to hold myself accountable, but they also bring value to my readers. One reader commented that the monthly commitment post had given her lots of ideas for her own posts! How cool is that?!
To make this easier, remember what I said earlier – use the same format every time and utilize image templates. If you look at the What I’m Into posts they all have the same format of Reading, Watching, Listening, Celebrating, and Blogging. So I know that every month I will write about these topics, which saves time when I go to write my posts.
Take advantage of vacations
One thing I started doing this year is taking advantage of my vacations. During my vacation in June, I set a goal to write a new blog post every day. That meant 11 new posts for my blog! It was great! I had another vacation in September, and while I didn’t write every day, I was able to write five new posts for the blog over that vacation.
The biggest key to accomplishing this goal was having several drafts in my drafts folder to choose from. This makes the writing process so much easier. I also wrote my posts first thing every morning. Just by setting aside 30 minutes to an hour for this every day of vacation I accomplished my goal.
I do want to say that it is easier to accomplish this if you are enjoying a Staycation. It’s much harder to work on your blog if you’re traveling.
Schedule posts out a week or more in advance
I’m a huge fan of scheduling posts! I love going into a new week knowing that all my posts are scheduled for the week. It takes so much pressure off! And to make things even easier on myself, as soon as I schedule a post, I also go into Buffer and schedule my tweets for that post. Plus, JetPack automatically publishes the post to my Facebook page, Twitter, and Google+ the minute the post goes live.
Weekly writing goals
Every week, I set a goal of how many new posts I want to write. Some weeks it’s one new post, and some weeks it’s more. (This does not include my weekly link post.) It all depends on my schedule. For me, it works best to write new posts on my days off and use my free time on work days to edit and schedule posts for the week. Figuring out a routine that works for you and setting weekly writing goals are the biggest key to posting three posts a week consistently.
So, this is how I am able to work a full-time job, and still post three times a week, and remain sane. For the most part anyway! Working on the blog is fun, so even though it takes work and commitment to get everything done, it doesn’t seem like work at all! And if I can do it, you can too!
And I do want to add that whenever I need to take a break from my blogging schedule I do it. It’s not often, but sometimes self-care needs to take priority over the blog. That is just life. And I don’t beat myself up about it. And you shouldn’t either!
Now, what about you? How often do you post a week? Do you have any tips for blogging more often? Let me know in the comments!