Batching blogging tasks will save time and create a better blogging process.
Batching your blogging tasks can help to make a better blog for several reasons. We all know that creating high-quality content is the easiest way to attract people to our blogs.
But creating all this amazing content can be time-consuming and time…well, that’s something that we always seem to be short on!
One solution to the time-crunch dilemma is by batching blogging tasks.
These tips on batching blogging tasks will help you up your efficiency, save time, and create a better creative blogging process.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY BATCHING BLOGGING TASKS?
When you “batch” your blogging tasks, you first split up your work into blocks. Next, focus on each block, and then complete each block.
By doing this, you’ll be able to save time and blog more efficiently.
Batching blog tasks is breaking down each stage into a manageable chunk rather than focusing on the entire thing at once.
A great way to avoid the time-consuming task of coming up with an idea for every single blog post is to combine the process into one big brainstorming session.
Set aside a time slot each week where you can come up with a list of topics to write about. Do this when you’re feeling awake and refreshed, so schedule this task for your peak productivity time.
Check out our post about how to write an amazing blog post for ideas and helpful info.
Researching can take up a lot of time, but if you already have all of your ideas as a result of brainstorming, then you can knock this out with no problem.
ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION:
Blogging efficiently comes down to how you compile, or batch your key information. One way to do this is to create a list of sources for each individual blog post. Then refer back to this list while doing the actual writing.
Having your notes at your fingertips will make this process go much faster than going back and forth looking up every little thing.
STRUCTURING YOUR INFORMATION:
If you’re looking to increase your blogging efficiency, one of the best ways to save time is to take your compiled information and create a blog post outline.
Outlines are an easy way to decide exactly what you want to get across to your reader and how you want to say it. Creating a plan for this in an outline will make writing go faster.
This will save you time when you start writing because you’ve already thought about it and planned it ahead of time.
WRITING YOUR BLOG POSTS:
The next step is to sit down and write your blog post. This does not have to be time-consuming or frustrating because you’ve laid a solid foundation with your research and structuring.
In fact, if you’re a confident writer, you’ve already gotten the hardest parts out of the way. Batching blog tasks and writing all your blog posts in a chunk will allow you to get into a flow, and if you get stuck, skip whatever you’re stuck on and come back to it later.
EDITING YOUR POSTS:
Like the other parts of batching, do all your editing at once to compartmentalize the task.
When you edit, check for the basics such as spelling and grammatical errors and sentence structure.
Put in links to help SEO and consider anything that you can do to improve style or formatting.
OPTIMIZING YOUR POSTS:
Don’t forget to pay attention to SEO on your blog posts. If you have the Yoast plugin, that will be a simple task. Be sure to read our posts on SEO to help you understand what it is and why you need to optimize your site for search engines.
At this point in the process you will want to check your Yoast plugin at the bottom of the WordPress editing page to make sure that all the little lights have turned green.
If they are all green, then your post is closer to being publish-ready!
If they are not all green yet, look at Yoast’s recommendations to improve the post and go back and make the changes or corrections that are necessary.
FINALIZING BLOG POSTS FOR SHARING:
Finally your blog posts are finished and are ready to be shared with the world. Now it’s time to create graphics for each post. We use PicMonkey to create most of our graphics.
This is another process to do with batching. Create all of your pins at once and create 2 or 3 for each post.
You can also create all the other social media posts that you use…tweets, facebook posts, all other ways that you promote your blog posts.
PUBLISHING YOUR POSTS:
Now that you have your blog posts and social media graphics created, you’re ready to start posting.
You can do this manually or if you use a scheduler, upload posts to the scheduler to be shared on specific dates at specific times.
BATCH BLOGGING TASKS TO INCREASE CONTENT CREATION
Creating everything all at once instead of one-by-one is a definite time-saver! Batching blogging tasks will save time, energy, and will improve your content creation. Check out this article by Hailey of Your Content Empire. She illustrates a very interesting way of batching your blog posts.
There! You’re all done! Doesn’t it feel great to be productive? Now give yourself a pat on the back and start creating more content! Happy blogging!
I have created some pretty printables to help you with your blog post planning. I am an artist by trade, and I have used one of my paintings for the background of these printables. Hope you like them!