Quick Tips That Help Me Stay Organized in Blogging


I'm back from vacation and slowly but surely catching up on all things blog! I'm not a blogging expert but these are a few things I've come across over the past few months that have helped me stayed organized when it comes to blogging.

Mark all as read
I use Bloglovin' to read blogs so the group feature on Bloglovin' is extremely helpful in organizing what blogs I read. Even using the groups I still end up with hundreds of to-be read posts in my feed which can be overwhelming. I recently got into the habit of marking all as read at least 3x a week. Using that feature more often keeps me from getting overwhelmed when posts start to pile up.

Create a tab/label in your inbox for comment replies
This is essential for me when it comes to making sure I'm not missing any blog comments! I often read comments on my phone and will go back and respond when I'm on my computer. In gmail I created a filter that applies a label to any blog comments. When I get a new comment via blogger, it shows up in my email with the subject [Carly Blogs Here] followed by whatever the post title is. So I added that ([Carly Blogs Here]) to the filter and voila! I can easily click on the Blog Comments label in the left side bar and pull up all of my blog comments without any other emails mixed in.
*If you have more questions about this feel free to ask and I'll email you more detailed directions!

iCal
I tried to use a handwritten journal/planner for blogging, but I love that you can just click and drag in your iCal if you change up a post date. I know it sounds lazy, but it makes a difference. The to-do list on the side is the perfect way for me to keep post ideas.

Schedule tweets
I finally started using Hootsuite even though I use it only for Twitter. I don't like to overload anyone with a thousand scheduled posts, but on days I don't have a new post to promote I like to share my most recent one, or an old favorite from the archives. If you use multiple social media platforms for your blog I highly recommend this.

Know your linkups
If you often join in on linkups, keep a spreadsheet (or keep it in your calendar) of when they occur- this can help you with picking the best day to post and promote a post. I also find it helpful for linkups that don't occur weekly. Nicole at Treasure Tromp has a great directory of linkups if you're looking for some new ones to join!

I know this post probably didn't have any earth shattering information for anyone, but I hope it was a little bit helpful! I know these are all things I wasn't doing when I first started blogging.

Let me know your favorite blogging tips or tricks!
What motivates you or helps you stay organized when it comes to blogging?

31 comments

  1. Great post girl! I definitely am not that organized and it can be overwhelming. I need to start doing some of your tactics!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  2. great post lovely! i had no idea you could schedule tweets, i am so bad with twitter, that would come in handy. the link up thing is good too, i never forget the weekly ones but i always forget the monthly ones.

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  3. These are awesome tips! I keep wanting to try hootsuite but I usually forget about it and don't end up signing up and scheduling the tweets. I HAVE to do it, because everyone always talks about how helpful it is.

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  4. Great tips! I love Google calendars for keeping my post schedules updated. It can also send you a reminder for linkups too, which I like. Good idea on putting comments in a separate folder!

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  5. I try to keep my emails organized--but your way sounds cool! Email me the directions please :)

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  6. First off - welcome back!! So happy that you're back! These are great tips!! I never thought to organize my emails - but I totally should!!

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  7. This is so helpful! I haven't used a calendar yet to plan out my posts (whoops--major blogging fail!) but I am looking for ways to stay organizing while blogging too. I LOVE mark all as read on Bloglovin! I try to do it as often as I can!

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  8. Girl, you sound like my organization soulmate - this is amazing. Your steps are PERFECT because blogging can be so overwhelming sometimes, especially if you fall behind! I was telling a friend the other day that I spent 3 hours responding to blog comments and commenting on blogs, and he was baffled by this. He doesn't get the struggle.
    LOVE your blog <3

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  9. First of all, welcome back! Hope you had a great vacation. :)
    These are all fabulous tips - I'd love to get more details on how you filter your inbox. That sounds like a game changer. HootSuite always has been a favorite tool of mine - glad you're finding it helpful!

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  10. I use Hootsuite all the time for work so I can't believe it took me this long to set it up for my blog! These are amazing tips, I'm definitely setting up that comment inbox asap. For Bloglovin, I've made folders to divide blogs up by subject and how often I read. I have a section that I keep for blogs I read or comment on frequently (like your blog!) so I never miss a post from my favourites!

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  11. Great tips! Good to know about that directory of linkups! I didn't know about most of those!

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  12. I have such guilt for marking all as read but sometimes you just have too or it gets to overwhelming. Hope you had a great vacation.

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  13. I have got to get it together with a link-ups calendar. Want to make one for all of us? ;) Thank you again for letting me guest post! I hope you all had such a great getaway!

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  14. Love these tips! Never thought about iCal - I'm gonna have to try it! And I used to hate bloglovin but now I love it! (Using it now, ha!) I had no idea about the group thing - I'm so using that!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  15. These are all great tips! I need to start using Hootsuite because I'm SO bad about remembering to "promote" my posts through social media! And thanks for sharing the linkup list... a bunch of new ones on there for me! Hope you had a great vacation!! :)

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  16. Thanks for the gmail tip! I'm feeling a little unorganized lately so I am working on that :)

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  17. I need to make a file for the reply... I read things on my tablet but want to reply on my computer. That's genius.
    God bless the "Mark all as read" on Bloglovin' some days ;)

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  18. I have to do the same with marking blogs as read...it's just way too overwhelming otherwise!!

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  19. These. are. fantastic! The panic and anxiety of being gone and coming back to Bloglovin to have 100+ new posts is real!! I try to clear mine out a couple times a week. Please send me the info on creating a separate tab in Gmail, that would be really useful!

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  20. I started following a lot more blogs lately and I have so many unread! I hate when they pile up too!
    I love the gmail tip! I'll have to go in and do that one! Hope you had a good vacation Carly!

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  21. Thank heavens for disqus. It groups all my blog comments together and if I delete the email it's no big! Definitely have to schedule tweets!!

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  22. awesome tips! i know i love the linkups but it's so hard to remember them all!

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  23. Love these tips! I mark all as read on bloglovin a few times a week too... It gets so overwhelming when I feel like I have 200 posts to read!

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  24. These are really great tips! I love that scheduling tweets is a thing now! It is a total life saver since I'm away from my phone most of the day.

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  25. I love the scheduling the tweets when you don't have a new post! Thanks for the link to the linkups!!

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  26. Great tips! I often get overwhelmed with all of the new blog posts on Bloglovin as well.. I don't want to get rid of anyone as I follow great blogs, but I also don't want to feel overwhelmed. I recently started to do that trick as well! I used to use holy suite often, I'll have to her back on it!

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  27. I think that these are all great tips! I don't tweet much but feel like I need to start. I totally do the 'comments' label and it helps me from being overwhelmed!

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  28. I totally need this in my life! I am so unorganized half of the time!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  29. this post is so timely! I've totally neglected my twitter and fb since getting ready for school, so I def want to get more organized before it starts next week. and I literally have like 30 tabs open catching up on blogs since I have the night off tonight (seriously my browser keeps crashing lol), and my bloglovin has been overflowing for a while.

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  30. Love the idea for the filter on your email! That sounds like it would help soooo much. I have a paper planner because I seem to think better that way but I use Evernote along with a good old pen and notepad to keep track of when an idea comes to me. Evernote is great too because you can put photos into it! I'm very visual so that helps a lot.

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