Keeping up with your blog can have you feeling frustrated and overwhelmed if you don’t have some sort of plan in place.
And keeping up with your tribe and mastermind groups just adds to the madness, right?
I have found myself not posting to my blog regularly, even though I have a list of topics to write about.
My workspace was cluttered with pieces of paper taped to my laptop or wall, post it notes scattered all over and several different notebooks all in different places – with no order or organization going on whatsoever – which also led to forgetting a lot of things I wanted to share.
And I wasn’t always good about commenting and sharing other bloggers – especially those in my tribe and mastermind groups.
It was horrible!
No wonder I was always so frustrated and overwhelmed.
This kind of disorganized chaos affects your readership, your list (people start unsubscribing) and can start diminishing your traffic as well.
But you want to keep those subscribers and grow that traffic.
So what can you do?
I have some steps to help you out!
5 Simple Steps to Rid Your Blog of Chaos & Overwhelm So You Can Grow Your Reach and Community
Step 1: Get Yourself Organized
So what helps lessen this chaos? Yep, you guessed it – GETTING YOURSELF ORGANIZED! Organizing your space is THE first step you can take to feel less frustrated and overwhelmed, as well as surrounded by disorganized chaos!
Having a monthly planner or wall calendar available to write on and a notebook for notes is definitely a must.
I have put together a 3 ring binder with monthly view calendar pages that I have printed up and other pages for the different categories I plan out for each month.
Use whatever works best for YOU!
Step 2: Penning in Time to Plan your Month Ahead
PENNING in 2 – 3 hours to plan out your month will save you a large chunk of that chaos. I say “penning” because if you “pencil” it in, that just makes it easier to erase. So use a pen! Better yet, use a permanent marker 😉
I’ve found penning in my planning sessions the last weekend of the month helps me keep on track, but you can choose whenever the best time is for you.
So what are you waiting for?
Grab that permanent marker and do it right now! … I’ll wait 🙂
Okay! Ready for step 3? Good!
Step 3: Write Your Blog Posts in Clusters and Schedule Them Out
Pick a day during the week to write your posts at once for the next week.
You can save them all as drafts and then edit them on the days you want to want to publish them. Or you can choose one day to write and the second day to edit and schedule to publish. This is easier for those that only post 2 -3 times a week on their post. If you post daily, you can always pick 2 different days.
Step 4: Pick one day a week to Comment on other Blogs
Commenting on others’ blogs helps build community and ultimately brings traffic back to your blog if you are listing your blog URL with your comment. But it can get so overwhelming as you add more people or mastermind groups to your tribe.
I bookmark all the blogs in my tribe into one folder in my browser bar so I have them all in one place; then I PEN in (with a permanent marker) the times that I am going to dedicate to just commenting on blogs and sharing them in my planner.
If you do this once a week, you are leaving 4 comments a month on each person’s blog! I call that a win in my book!
Step 5: Stick to Your Plan
Being consistent is really the key here.
If you stick to your plan, I promise that you will feel the frustrated and overwhelmed energies less and less.
These are just a few things that you can do to keep from feeling frustrated and overwhelmed and from stopping cold in your tracks.
These steps will help guide and move you forward, to build your business and grow your community.
And don’t worry if you fall off the wagon! Just get right back up and start where you are!
How do you keep the chaos monster out of your blog planning?