As a blogger, I always wonder what other bloggers do throughout the day, so I thought I would share what my typical week looks like in terms of blogging. If you’re a blogger, feel free to write a post on your daily or weekly duties and link the post in the comments! I would love to read it, and I’m sure other bloggers would, too!
With blogging, no week is exactly the same, but they are all pretty similar. One of my favorite things about blogging is that I can do things whenever I want. I can schedule posts on Tailwind a few days in advance, a week in advance (that’s my goal) or go crazy and schedule a full month out. If I’m having a particular busy week at my full-time job and at home, I can skip some duties. I really love this blogging thing 🙂
So, here is an inside look at my weekly blogging duties to grow my blog month over month.
Sunday is typically my “busiest” day in blogland; however, there have definitely been Sunday’s (ahem, last Sunday) where I don’t even open my computer. Normally on Sunday’s, though, I like to schedule all of my pins for the week through Tailwind, as I mentioned above. Tailwind is a pin scheduling tool that allows me to schedule 100 pins/day in roughly 30 minutes. It’s fantastic. I was manually pinning my posts every day up until this past September when I purchased Tailwind (it’s $10/month or $100 for the year, which I purchased). It has been worth EVERY penny, as my traffic went from roughly 20,000 views in September to more than 100,000 in January!!
Sunday is also my day to write Monday’s post. I know – I’m super last minute. Sometimes I’ll work ahead and have Monday’s post ready to go a few days before, but usually it waits until Sunday. I can typically write a post and create an image within two hours, usually less. I don’t focus on perfectionism anymore. If the post does well after a few months, I go back in and re-work the post, adding in more affiliate links and better organizing my thoughts.
Monday is when a new post (usually) goes live. Again, I do NOT follow a strict schedule, so sometimes I do not post on Monday and will post a different day instead, or two days, or no days for the week. Since I’m working full-time and have a family, blogging is my hobby. Some weeks I have extra time for it and some weeks I don’t. I do not stress over it 🙂
If a post does go up, I wake up about 15 minutes earlier than normal to promote my post on social media. I add it to my Tailwind queue, schedule it on Facebook, and send out a Tweet. I then spend 10 minutes or so commenting on other blogs. Commenting on other blogs is a great way to grow your own blog and meet other bloggers. I have made some amazing friends through blogging and it all started with a comment!
I try to have a little brainstorming session one night per week to think of post ideas. This usually falls on Wednesday, and if I happen to think of an idea that gets me excited, I will usually go ahead and write the post and publish it the next day. If I don’t have time, I’ll wait until Sunday to write it and publish it on Monday.
A little note about posting – a lot of bloggers will say that the more you post, the better. For me, this has not been true. I went four months with posting consistently three days a week, and then in December I cut back to about once a week. My traffic has grown since posting less! Part of the reason is I dedicate a good amount of time to promoting my older posts now.
My daily tasks include replying to comments/emails, checking my stats on both Jetpack and my ad networks, promoting posts in my Facebook blogging groups (I found them just by Googling that and also looked at what groups some of my favorite bloggers were in!), adding articles to my Tailwind queue (Pinterest doesn’t want you promoting only your own content; I try to promote 50% of my own and 50% of others), and brainstorming topic ideas and just the general direction of my blog.
Areas of Improvement
You’ll notice Pinterest is my main avenue for promoting my blog. While I do sometimes schedule out posts on Facebook, I’m not consistent with it at all. Same with Twitter. Honestly, I only Tweet my new posts and that’s it. This is for sure an area I need to improve on as I’m sure I could get more traffic to my blog if I were consistent.
Treating my blog more like a business. To me, my blog is 100% my business. However, I definitely will admit that I treat it more like a hobby. If I’m busy or not feeling well, my blog is the first thing to get neglected. While that can be nice, if I do want to really see my blog and income grow, I need to get out of that mindset.
Networking with other bloggers. While I do spend about 10 minutes a week commenting on other blogs, in the grand scheme of things, that is nothing. I would love to spend 10-20 minutes each morning reading and commenting on other blogs. Not only will this help my blog grow, but it also gives me the chance to connect with some amazing people and make friends 🙂
Last month, my blog brought in almost $600 in income, and as you can see, I do not spend that much time on it at all. If I had to put a number on it, I would say maybe (maybe…) three hours per week right now. However, it did take time to build up to this. I started my blog in September 2014 and earned my first $100 five months after that. From there, it’s gone up and down and it’s just now getting to the point of being consistent. If you’re interested in starting a blog and possibly turning it into your own business, head over to my tutorial on how to start a profitable blog. As a thank you, I’ll give you a copy of my book – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – for free so you can easily get your blog up and running!
What do your daily or weekly duties look like?! Share in the comments below or write your own post and share the link!!