Blog Tips Tuesday 12: Daily blogging checklist (with free printable!)

Blog Tips: Daily blogging checklist (free printable!)

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Bloggers are pretty much jacks (and jills) of all trades. As well as writing blog posts, we have to be able to cook, take photos, design websites, liaise with brands and other bloggers, and about a million other things that non-bloggers probably never even think about. It’s a lot of work, and sometimes it’s tricky to remember all the tasks that need doing. So, here’s a little printable checklist to make your lives easier!

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This is an intermediate blogging tip, for those who already have a blog set up.

 

What should you be doing every day for your blog?

Cooking and photographing a recipe, and then publishing a blog post is barely half of the work that goes into running a blog. There’s a lot of other work that runs alongside the actual blogging, and it’s these secondary tasks that a lot of bloggers (i.e. me) sometimes forget about.

The key thing to remember is that as well as your usual blogging, you should consistently be doing four things:

  • promoting your own new blog posts
  • promoting old blog posts (otherwise they’ll get lost and never be seen again!)
  • connecting with other bloggers
  • sharing other bloggers’ content (what goes around comes around!)

So, I’ve produced a daily blogging checklist to help you (and me) to remember those little daily tasks that all contribute to building a successful blog. Here it is (click the image to download the printable version):

Daily blogging checklist

It may seem like a lot of jobs, but don’t get overwhelmed – it doesn’t really matter if you don’t do every single one of the items on this checklist every single day (I certainly don’t), but if you try to get most of them checked off most days, you’ll be on the right track. These small tasks will help you to grow you blog traffic, build a community of loyal supporters, and make friendships with other bloggers. Especially with things like StumbleUpon, you get out what you put in – if you’re not very active, and only ever submit your own content, it’s unlikely you’ll gain much traffic. However if you just put in a few minutes each day, you could start to see some great traffic.

Where should you start?

I start by sharing my own content – if I’ve posted a new blog post, I’ll share that on each social media – otherwise I’ll choose an old blog post to promote. There’s no point letting old posts be forgotten!

Then, I move on to other bloggers’ content.

If you don’t already use Bloglovin or a similar service to read blogs you’re interested in, I hugely recommend it (and follow me here while you’re at it… and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, obviously!). Instead of checking multiple blogs every day to see who’s updated, all of the blogs I follow (all 734 of them… yes, it’s an issue I have) are curated into one long list, so I can easily scan down the page to find the posts that catch my eye.

This is where I start each day – I choose some posts that interest me (I’ve written 15 on the checklist, but sometimes I choose more or less), and make the effort to leave each blogger a genuine comment on their post. Comments that just say ‘yum!’ or ‘delicious!’ are pretty useless – they’re not helpful, and they don’t show that you’ve even read the post. Instead, I try to leave comments that are at least a couple of sentences, which show that I’ve actually paid attention, and that I’m actually trying to make a connection with the other blogger – something more like ‘This looks great! I find it so interesting that you use x in this recipe because I’ve always used y, but your way looks much easier! I’ll definitely try this way soon!’ (okay, that comment was totally lame, but you get my point).

Then, I share each blog post in at least one place. I might share it on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Pinterest, or anywhere else I feel it fits.

Are there any restrictions on where I can share content?

There are a few things to consider when sharing blog posts, whether they’re yours or someone else’s.

  • Think carefully about where you’re sharing and how often you’re sharing there. It’s fine to tweet multiple times each day, but if you post to Facebook too often, you risk annoying your followers. Try not to post to Facebook more than about 2-3 times a day max.
  • Make sure you give credit where credit is due – if possible, tag the owner of the blog post (this mostly applies to Twitter and Facebook).
  • Don’t share other people’s content in places where it might be assumed you’re taking credit for their work. For example, I wouldn’t share someone else’s photo on FoodGawker – it just feels wrong somehow, and they’ve probably shared it there themselves anyway.
  • Don’t post everything all at once – if you’re planning on tweeting ten times in one day, for example, spread your tweets out through the day. Not only is there less chance of you annoying someone by flooding their feed, you’re also more likely to be seen by more people. If you’re not online all day long, you can use a service such as Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule posts to go out at various intervals throughout the day.

That’s all there is to it. As I said, don’t get overwhelmed – it seems like a lot of work, but by spending just half an hour or so every day on sharing content, you’ll get so many benefits!

To download your own printable daily blogging checklist, just click the image above (or click here if you’re feeling too lazy to scroll). I’d recommend printing the checklist out daily (you can do two to a page or print double sided if you’re worried about paper usage) and ticking each task off as you complete it.

Hope that was helpful! What else do you try to do every day to help your blog?

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Comments

  1. says

    Fantastic post and so useful the way that you have mapped it out. It can seem so daunting for new bloggers like me and this makes it a little easier to remember all of the social media to stay on top of. Thanks!

  2. says

    Wow that is a lot of work, especially when working full time too! This checklist looks pretty awesome though so I’m going to give it a go :)
    I’m glad you mentioned Buffer. I use it everyday and think it’s fab. Those accounts posting all their tweets at once really irritate me!
    I’m loving your blog tips btw.
    Rachel x
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  3. says

    Oh gosh, Becca, thank you for this, and for the whole blogging series! I comment on other blogs like crazy, but I forget about actually sharing other people’s content. Thanks to you, I’ve tweeted and pinned several posts (including this one!) in the last hour, and have also returned to BlogLovin. And thanks for the reminder to share my own older posts! You’re such a big help!
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  4. says

    Great practical tips, Becca, especially regarding Bloglovin. I use it but didn’t know you could comment on there and also don’t have all the blogs I read listed there I don’t think. Something to go and do! I’m finding Facebook a bit of a difficult one to get the ball rolling on, too. I do post and interact there most days but am not getting much response so far in the way of ‘likes’ and comments. Especially as Facebook doesn’t record ‘likes’ from pages (including all other bloggers, of course). Is this what it’s like for everyone at first or is there something I’m missing?
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane recently posted…Leftover risotto arancini & marinara sauceMy Profile

    • says

      Ah sorry maybe I was unclear about Bloglovin – you can’t actually comment on there, but I just use it to choose which posts I’m going to visit and comment on directly on the blog. Sorry if that was confusing!

      As for Facebook, it’s a big mystery to most people haha. You just need to try to be consistent and post every day. Try to engage your ‘fans’ (I hate that word but can’t think of an alternative!) by responding to their comments (or at the very least ‘liking’ every comment) and posting questions and discussion points that are likely to gain some responses. People love to give advice, so I sometimes ask questions that I know people will like to advise me on, and they get loads of comments! You can also comment on other bloggers’ posts while acting as your page to help get your name out there. Just persevere and it will come eventually! :)
      Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted…Curried chickpea pot pieMy Profile

  5. says

    Excellent advice. I always answer comments – I like the conversation. (And to be honest I don’t get millions of comments so it is very do-able!) I have a pinterest account but can’t seem to manage to get the pinterest onto my blog – so can’t get my blog posts onto pinterest Grrrr!
    Lynne Gill recently posted…A year in Books: MarchMy Profile

  6. says

    Hi Becca, I get so much out of your blog tips that I really look forward to each new post. This one really threw me though, especially as I read it just after I read a post somewhere else about how you should ignore social media and remember you are blogging for fun!
    But I took a deep breath and read your post again – and even if I manage to do some of these things in a week (if not in a day) I guess it will be a step in the right direction.
    I have one question though – do you know (since you know so much), why Blogger doesn’t let users access their reading list any more? I want to find old blogs and transfer them to bloglovin or google+, but it seems impossible.
    Also… any tips on a stumbleupon tutorial? I just don’t get it!
    Thanks again, Lucy
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    • says

      Hi Lucy! If you only blog for fun then I guess you can ignore some of this – this was mostly for people who are seriously looking to grow their blogs :)

      I’m afraid I don’t use Blogger any more so I can’t help with your reading list question, sorry! Hope you figure it out!

      I can’t think of a particular SU tutorial off the top of my head but maybe I’ll make one at some point :) Just try Google for now!
      Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted…Slow cooker veggie fajitasMy Profile

  7. says

    Great post. I saw the picture on pinterest. I’ve been using this as my almost (daily) checklist – it works!!! I am not a fan of sheduled posts though – but that’s just me. Having a swamped feed is annoying, but I do smile and think about how enthusiastic the person who is posting must be feeling. Thanks
    leftoverpeas recently posted…Avi’s RevengeMy Profile

  8. says

    Hi Becca, Thanks so much again for all these awesome tips! I notice you mentioned pinning to shared boards – how do you find/get invited to them? I am participating in one that my friend invited me to but haven’t seen much traction and can’t figure out how to contribute to more. Are there other popular shared boards you would recommend? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • says

      Thanks Natalie! :) I personally find group board pretty tricky to find, so what I do is to go to the profile of a successful food blogger and I take a look at what boards they pin to. Then you just follow the instructions – sometimes you need to email someone, sometimes you just comment on a recent pin. I only bother joining boards that a) I have a lot to contribute (e.g. I tend to avoid joining too many dessert boards because I don’t have many dessert recipes and they just clog up my profile), and b) that get a lot of repins. I wouldn’t join a shared board that only gets, say, less than 5 repins per pin – I only join ones that tend to get more like 10+ repins.

      Take a look at my profile if you’d like to see some of the boards I pin to :) http://www.pinterest.com/amuseyourbouche – hope that helps!
      Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche recently posted…Vegetable crumble with cheesy pesto toppingMy Profile

  9. says

    As somebody who has just started to FINALLY take this blogging business seriously, I so appreciate this step-by-step daily checklist. It will help me from wandering aimlessly down every rabbit trail, at least a bit. Thank you so much!

  10. says

    This is so helpful, I am just learning pinterest and stumbleupon this will definitely be added to my daily to do list thanks so much for sharing, because sometimes I worry about what and when to share. Do you also share to rebel mouse or only the sites shown? Sincerely Geminina

  11. says

    I I absolutely love this! I thrive off to-do lists and this is great to print out, laminate and check off with a dry erase marker every day…I am such a dork…
    Cannot wait to dig in to your other Blog tip Tuesdays. Just found your blog on pinterest and I’m SO glad I did!! I just moved from blogger to self-hosted a couple of months ago and I’m looking for any way to grow. Great tips!
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  12. says

    Absolutely love these tips, Becca! I’m a new reader and your posts are so helpful. Definitely pinning and printing this list as I often forget to do half of it! I’m also a ‘to-do list kinda girl’ so this will help me so much! Thank you again for your great tips!

    Take care,
    Amanda.

  13. says

    Hi Becca, this is a great resource, still trying to get my head around Food Gawker, Pintrest and google+ – you’d swear I was 90 the way I’m going about this. Where on FB do you publicise your posts is it just to your personal and blog page? Rich

  14. says

    This is great!! Exactly what I needed. I’m trying to balance some other obligations without totally skipping out on my blog or the social media for the next few months. I make checklists then get distracted or overwhelmed.

    I think I really just need to put on a timer for myself.

    Thanks you!
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  15. says

    Love this! This is a great resource that I’ll be adding to my ‘to do’ list! Thanks for putting together the printable. I’d also recommend Co-Schedule for scheduling tweets and Facebook shares for old posts. Once you’ve set it up it’s a dream and you can schedule hours, days, weeks or even months in advance. (I wrote a post about it over at my blog here: http://bodfortea.co.uk/2014/08/can-co-schedule-help-me-blog-better.html)
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  16. says

    Thanks Becca. I came across your check-list on Pinterest. It’s awesome so I’ve printed it off and will definitely be using it.
    I have been commenting of other peoples blogs and sharing my most recent on Facebook and Google +. I think your check-list will take my blogs to the next level. Thanks so much.
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  17. says

    Newbie to the blogging scene & I’m so glad I stumbled upon this, thanks for the tips! So here it goes, trying to make my first blog friend lol :) I’m used to Livejournal where everything was about me so its refreshing doing the opposite and I hope in time it helps my blog grow.

    xoxo Mels

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