How To Plan Blog Posts + FREE Checklist

October 12, 2016

When it comes to blogging, I’m always curious to see how everyone else’s thought process is and how they plan everything out. I’ve mentioned before that when it comes to blogging, I’m very organized, so having a checklist is essential — especially because I’m very forgetful. 

I have put together a summary of how I like to plan my blog posts and have also included a FREE printable checklist, that YOU can use and help make things a bit easier. 

How To Plan Blog Posts + Free Printable Checklist

About a week before my post is going to go live, I like to take all of the photos that will go in the post. Since I plan most of my posts ahead of time, I know what pictures I’ll need and I can take advantage and take ALL of my pictures for the following week or two in one day. I will upload them to the computer and edit, if I need to. If my post requires any research, I will also get this done a week or so ahead of time and begin drafting my post. 

About 4-5 days before the post is scheduled to go up, I will create all of the images it requires — cover picture, Pinterest worthy picture (if applicable) and any other images. A couple of days before, I will then move on to adding any finishing touches, editing and scheduling the post. Most of the time, when I sit to begin the draft, I can finish the post in one sitting. If I’m in a writing mood…if not, I will put it off for a day or two, but usually no more than that. 

The morning of the post going live, I will link up to any other bloggers…if applicable and share on social media, as I see fit. Social media can be tricky…so I check my analytics to see what times are best for my following. For instance, uploading a picture to Instagram at 7 am will not get me many likes or engagement. Whereas, uploading at 12 pm probably will. But it all depends on your followers. 

A week or so after, if the post has a lot of pageviews, then I will continue to share it on social media…like Twitter and Pinterest. I find that sharing on Instagram sometimes isn’t the best option…for me, but like I said, it all depends on you, your blog, and your following. 

I hope you found this helpful and find the printable useful. It has been a huge help for me, I am a very visual person and checking things off works best for me. I also included a few empty slots so you can add whatever fits your needs. 

Go ahead and share this with your blogger friends, click here to tweet and pin the image below! You’ll make my day and help someone else out. 

How To Plan Blog Posts + Free Printable Checklist

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