With a full-time job and two part-time jobs, plus regular physio and yoga, I am barely home long enough on weeknights to make dinner, unwind a bit and go to bed. That means that working on content for blog posts is usually reserved for weekends, or the rare weeknight that is free.
Usually on weekends, I try to work on several projects or recipes. This is not only when I have the most time, but I also get natural light! It's a bit easier in the warmer months, when we have light longer, but right now it is rarely light out before I leave for work or come home.
This may mean working on a couple of projects during the week, and then taking the photos on the weekend, or prepping a recipe on Friday night and making it Saturday morning. I love working on new content and I have to admit that I get most excited about these mornings when I get to get the creative side of my brain working.
How I Keep the Blog Organized
The only way that I can get posts done every week is by being organized. That means planning out what projects and recipes I want to accomplish every weekend, scheduling upcoming posts, and keeping on top of new ideas.
Martha Stewart Collection at Staples. I'll do another post soon on how I store (and backup) everything electronically.
Here is a template of the calendar that I use for 2013. I know that some bloggers like to have printed out calendars and write their blog post schedule on, but I prefer an electronic version for editing, and then just keeping a current printed version with me. I often highlight any projects that still need photos done on the upcoming weekend.
Having the whole calendar laid out also helps me plan out for the year. How soon should I start working on Easter ideas? Are there significant dates that I want to post about? Plan out pre-written blog posts for an upcoming vacation?
I also doodle different blog design ideas in the notebook, like this update I did in January.
That little sketch of a header turned into this:
While waiting at the doctor's office one day, I made a little sketch of a bookcase mantel idea...
...which inspired this year's Valentine's Day Bookcase Mantel with Felt Heart Garland.
Another doodle from that night was an idea for a fun new pillow cover for the living room...
...which turned into this Felt Heart Lumbar Pillow.
Even with all the planning and scheduling time for creating, taking photos and writing, there are still times when I just can't get a post churned out in time for that day.
Hitting "publish" at the end of each post is incredibly satisfying and I feel so lucky to have this creative outlet, I just have to remind myself that this is a hobby and that I can give myself some slack from time-to-time. And just plan a bit better for the next week.