Blogging isn’t one of those things that has to be done with a fancy iMac or laptop. Many people blog directly from their phones. When I have down time, especially if I end up at a coffee shop, my first thought is to pull out my phone and brainstorm, edit posts or draft new ones. Here are ten of the apps that I use to keep my blog up and running….
Last month, I cranked out my goal of 15 posts in a month. In fact, I did 18 posts, which is a little over three posts per week. I know my limits, and having posts up Monday through Friday just isn’t in my plans. This month, I’m off to the slowest start ever. You know why I made my 3x weekly goal last go round, not this time? I didn’t use the strategy. Read on, my friends.
Plan for the month ahead
A few weeks before hand, I opened my editorial calendar plugin and drafted post titles for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the following month. I used old drafts that I never got around to completing, series that I wanted to keep up with, and new articles that I was itching to get out.
You can get most of your media kit info from an analytics site or from bits of info you created yourself. There are a few key bits of information that you’ll want to get directly from your readers. To be honest, I’ve never done a survey solely for a media kit. I usually do them when I feel like my content is getting a little stale, or when I really want to see if my audience has shifted. I’ve always used Google Forms to create my surveys. Some of the info I include is:
- What are your interests?
- How many times per week do you visit my blog?
- What’s your favorite type of content on my blog?
- What’s your makeup style?
I almost always make all of the questions multiple choice or drop downs, and I include an open box at the end for people so say whatever they’d like. You end up with a lovely chart, packed with percentages and easy to use stats! I want people to be able to breeze through the survey, but find the most fitting answers for themselves. Nobody wants to go through a long survey. Here’s your opportunity to ask:
- Why do you like (insert blog name)/What are your favorite things about (insert blog name)?
- What do you want to see more of?
- What do you want to see less of?
I use this information when I craft a picture of my typical reader, as well as blog stats. You can also get some pretty great testimonials from the open ended sections. Get creative here! The more info that you get, the better you can tailor your blog and get a better feel for your readers.
It peps up your blogging mojo
You know that feeling you get when your hair is done and you’re in a shiny new outfit? It makes you feel like a million bucks. You get the same feeling when you give your blog design a new look!
You’ve grown as a blogger
Maybe you’ve decided to be a more dedicated blogger. In the past, you may have blogged recreationally. But now, you’re goal is to blog three times a week. Step up that look, honey!
Your readers deserve it
Spoil people that read your blog every day. Let them show up to your special space and see something just for them.
You have a new strategy
Did you decide to step up your social media plan? How about blogging frequency? People will notice something different about your blog when they come back.
In the last ten years, I’ve done about, oh I don’t know, 18 redesigns. Maybe more. Many of them happened for no reason at all, but made a big difference in the look of my blog.
If you’re thinking about doing a blog redesign, I hope you’ll check out my shop on Etsy! I create pre-made themes for WordPress, and have several services that help move the process along for you. Each theme looks great on the desktop, tablet or a cell phone, and they’re all less than $40 each. For more information, check out the site!