Planner • I have a planner that is dedicated to my blog, and it's what keeps me on track. It's where I plan my editorial calendar and how I keep up with deadlines. I prefer to use erasable pens in mine, so if I get a little bit off track, it's easy to fix. (PS - New Lilly agendas are out!)
Scheduling Tool • I love social media, but I don't love feeling like it controls my world. To avoid feeling overwhelmed or constantly in fear that I'll forget to do something, I take advantage of free scheduling programs. I use Hootsuite to schedule Twitter, but I've heard great things about Buffer, as well. Buffer and Hootsuite will also let you schedule your Facebook page posts, but I prefer to schedule them directly through Facebook. Tailwind and Boardbooster are great tools for scheduling pins.
Blog Specific E-mail • We all know how overwhelming email can get and just how easy it is to look over a very important email. I recommend having a blog specific email that's just for blogging. (Resist the temptation to sign up for any kind of non-blogging related mailing list with this email. It will make checking your email less of a monster!) I started out with a gmail account and upgraded to an email with my URL through Zoho. (It's free!)
In my opinion, having a blog specific email adds a level of credibility and professionalism. It also helps create a little bit of distance when you receive a creepy email. (If you're a blogger, it will happen.) I would freak out if I received some of the blog emails I receive in a personal or professional email account.
Cheerleader • Blogging can get discouraging. It's really easy to measure our success against the success of someone else, when in reality, we should just be striving to be better than we were the day before. On days where you're frustrated and just want to throw your laptop across the room, you will be thankful that you have a cheerleader.
Last week I got so frustrated with blogging, and then my mom told me that my hair artist, Mari, reads my blog every day. (Hi Mari! Love ya!!) Knowing that a female from my community was cheering me on pulled me back from the ledge, and ended up being the inspiration for this post. I really appreciate Millennial Blogger Network, as well, because it's an environment of encouragement for bloggers.
This is just a short list, so I'm asking my "seasoned bloggers" to comment with their best piece of advice for new bloggers! And if you're a new blogger, I truly hope you found this post to be helpful!
Happy Thursday, y'all!