A Daily Blogging Schedule That Will Actually Help You Make Money


If you’re looking for a daily blogging schedule that will help you stay focused and make money, then you’re in the right place!


In this article, I’m going to show you exactly what my daily blogging schedule looks like and how I manage to balance my business and family life (most of the time).


This is a long one, so grab yourself a drink and kick up your feet. If you need to pin this baby for later, I recommend doing that now!

 

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But, first things first…

 

HOW DO BLOGGERS MAKE MONEY?

 


Before you can create a practical blogging schedule, you really need to think about HOW you want to make money from your blog.


This is an important first step, because you’re going to build your daily blogging schedule around these revenue goals.

 

Bloggers typically make their money from one (or both) of these things:


Creating and selling their own stuff, or promoting and selling other people’s stuff.


So, what are you going to focus on?

 

Would you like to create and sell your own stuff? Things like digital products, physical products, membership packages, or personalized services.


Would you like to promote and sell other people’s stuff? By doing things like sponsored posts, affiliate marketing, or running ads on your site.


Or maybe you want to do some variation of these things?


Give some thought to your revenue stream options and what is required to make money from your stream (or streams) of choice.

 

If you need help deciding on your revenue streams or choosing a direction for your blog, you can set up a personalized strategy session with me here.

 

Once you know what revenue streams you’re going to focus on, you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done on a daily basis to reach your goals!


This is my business focus:


Creating and selling my own products and services (like these courses and my 1:1 blog consultations).


And promoting and selling other people’s products and services (through affiliate marketing and sponsored work).

 

THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF A DAILY BLOGGING SCHEDULE

 


Your daily routine might look a little different than mine, because we’re in different places in our life and business.


But no matter where you’re at, there are a few important things that every blogger needs to do on a regular basis to make good money in this biz.

 

And most of these tasks will apply no matter what revenue streams you’re focusing on.


Here are some of the big ones:

 

  1. Research, write, edit, and publish great content for your audience.

     

  2. Create blog graphics, social media graphics, and Pinterest pins.

     

  3. Engage with your audience on social media and on your blog.

     

  4. Do some marketing of your blog/products/services.

     

  5. Do regular administrative tasks for your website and business.

     

  6. Network with others in your field and connect with brands/affiliates.

     

  7. Grow your social media accounts, blog traffic, and email list.

 

I’m going to break down each of these important blogging tasks right now, and then I’ll share my personal daily blogging schedule with you!

 


1. RESEARCH, WRITE, EDIT, AND PUBLISH GREAT CONTENT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE

 


It all starts with research.


You’ll probably do some blog topic research, keyword research, and audience interest research on a regular basis.


You also might research which affiliate programs to join, or research the best companies to pitch for your next sponsored post. And then you’ll get to work on the creation process!


I personally got into this business because I wanted to be a writer.


I love to write, to simplify complicated topics, to educate and inspire. It’s what I live for!


So, this one is a super important part of my daily blogging schedule. And it’s going to be an important part of yours too. 


I write every single day.


I’ll type into my iPhone notes or sit down with my laptop, but my goal is always the same: to create content that is helpful to my readers.


If you want to make money blogging, you have to write every day.


You’ll need valuable content on your website, on your social media platforms, in your emails, in the books + courses you choose to create, etc.


Writing and creating will be an important part of your job.


You’ll also need to edit your content and optimize it for search engines, which takes some time and effort too.

 

 



For a step-by-step guide to help you master blog post SEO, check  out this e-book: Easy On-Page SEO for Bloggers

 

You don’t have to publish every single day, you just need to get into the habit of writing every single day…even if it’s just for fifteen minutes.


What’s more important than the writing itself?


The FOCUS of your content.


If you’re trying to build a money-making blog, then you absolutely must focus on writing for your readers. You need to create content that is valuable and relevant to them.


Publishing this valuable content on a weekly basis is a good goal!

 

2. CREATE BLOG GRAPHICS, SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS, AND PIN IMAGES

 

The online world is an incredibly visual place.


Pinterest is full of images, Twitter users get higher engagement when they include images, Google indexes images.


You NEED to create visuals for your blog and your social media accounts if you want to stand out, get your point across, and make money from your blog.


Standing out = more readers = more authority = more potential clients = more actual clients = more income.


You can use a free resource like Canva to create all of your graphic images for your blog and your social media platforms.


There are more advanced systems if you have a higher budget, but Canva works just fine if you want to take the inexpensive DIY route.


Stencil and PicMonkey are other options worth looking into!


Tips for your visuals:

 

• Use consistent fonts, colors, and background images.


This is part of your branding, and it’s helpful for growing your fanbase.


People will start to recognize the images, fonts, and colors you use and will associate them with your blog.

 

With that said, it is OKAY to try new things and experiment with color and font variations, but you also want some cohesion across plenty of your graphic images.


• Create multiple pin images for Pinterest.


You should be sharing your content on Pinterest every day, and a variety of attention-grabbing pins will make it easier for people to find, follow, and pin your stuff!


• Put your website URL on every graphic image you create for social media.


You don’t have to do a big spammy website link across the image; you can just create a small text box with your website address at the bottom of the image.

 

3. ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR BLOG

 


This is a tough one for a lot of my students.


Some of them get extremely frustrated with their lack of traffic and followers (understandably)…but when I ask how much focused, engaged time they spend with their own target audience, the answer is usually “I don’t know” or “not a lot.”


And that’s not good.


If you want to grow your blog and make money, your daily blogging schedule has to include plenty of genuine engagement with your audience, on social media AND on your blog.


And I’m not talking about browsing Instagram, playing with Snapchat filters, or mindless scrolling through Facebook videos. Nooooo.


All of that is just a time suck that distracts you from your business.


You need to make real connections with real people and help them solve their problems.


Tips for engaging with your audience:

 


• Join Facebook communities where your target market spends time. Answer their questions, offer them tips, and provide genuine value whenever you can. Just be sure to follow group rules!


• Answer all comments on your blog + social media channels with a thoughtful, personalized response. Let your audience know they matter to you!


• Use hashtags to search out your potential audience on Instagram and engage with them on their account. If you get on their radar through genuine engagement, they just might show interest in you and your blog.


• Comment on the blogs and social posts of the leaders in your industry. The audience that follows them is similar to the audience that you want following you, so engaging with others in your niche will inevitably lead to more exposure for you.


• Ask your followers engaging questions. Do polls. End each blog post with a simple call-to-action. Make it EASY for your audience to engage with you.


Bottom line: if you want engagement, you have to engage with others first!
 


It’s easy to get sucked into the social media vortex, so tread lightly here. And only spend time on the platforms where your audience is also spending time!


Come up with a social media routine, set an alarm clock, dedicate some time each day to genuine social engagement, and then move on.


No mindless scrolling.


4. MARKETING YOUR BLOG/PRODUCTS/SERVICES 

 


My daily blogging schedule includes some marketing effort, and yours should too!


Marketing is the long-term game plan that is connected to your sales.


It includes doing research to see what people want/need from you, developing products or services, presenting them to your audience for feedback, refining them to serve your people better, and finding ways to get your stuff in front of potential buyers.


If you don’t have a product or service that you’re offering at this point, that’s okay.


Marketing your free blog posts is important if you want more blog traffic or ad income. And marketing your social media accounts is important if you want to be a social media influencer.


Basically, there’s no getting around the need for some marketing strategy!


It takes a little time and effort to develop, so be patient with yourself.

 

You have to listen to your audience for a bit, figure out what they need and how they like to consume information. Then decide what you’re going to offer them, whether that means developing your own product to sell, or promoting someone else’s product.


You can find email marketing tips here and Pinterest marketing tips here!

 


5. ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS

 


Every business requires some admin work…and running your own blogging business is no exception.


Before I jumped into the blogging world, I was actually an administrative manager, so I’ve got this one on lock.


Here are a few of the basic admin tasks that most bloggers will encounter in a given week:

 


Email / text / chat responses


Conference calls / Zoom chats


Content organization / Editorial calendar planning


Digital file organization / Spreadsheet management


Website updates / Plugin updates


Managing customer support tickets / complaints

 

Scheduling appointments or blog features


Pitching / Responding to PR for sponsored work


Editing / Optimizing blog post images


Creating / Optimizing Pinterest pin images


Data entry


Managing social media notifications


Scheduling / automating social media posts


Moderating blog comments


Sending invoices to clients


Cleaning up unsubscribes / inactives on email list

 


And probably some other stuff that I’m forgetting at the moment!

It seems like a lot, but you usually won’t have to complete all of these tasks in a single day.


You’ll start to find your own business groove and you’ll learn what needs to be done each day, each week, each month etc. Batching your work is also a great way to save time and stay focused.


Example: instead of creating a single pin image every time you write a blog post, you can take a few hours to create ALL of your pin images for all of your blog posts for the entire month.


This way, you can FOCUS all of your attention on one thing (pin creation) instead of skipping around to different platforms and trying to do several things at once. 


If you have the budget for it, you can also hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help you with the tasks you want to outsource.


My general rule of thumb:


Focus on your money-making tasks first. This includes taking care of anyone and anything that contributes to your blogging income.


Focus on your engaging and growing tasks second. This includes your social media work, optimizing + refining your content, and expanding your business community.


And last but not least, focus on your administrative work. This work is important work and it keeps your business flowing … but it isn’t the stuff that’s going to dramatically move the needle on your income or blog traffic. 


6. NETWORKING WITH YOUR PEERS + BRANDS / AFFILIATES

 


Networking is simply interacting with other people to build professional relationships. And it’s super important in the blogging world.


You can do online networking, in Facebook groups, Telegram groups, Instagram groups, Twitter trains, etc. AND you can go to in-person networking events, which can be absolutely life changing.


Just google the term “blogger networking event” and you’ll get a ton of search results with events near you. I know it takes courage. But dig deep and force yourself to attend some of these networking events.


You won’t regret it!


Building relationships with your peers will be an important part of your support structure, but building relationships with brands, affiliate managers, and PR departments will help you land paying gigs and impact more people.


So, make sure you’re doing both.


7. GROW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING AND EMAIL LIST

 


Let me preface this with some real talk:


Numbers are NOT everything
.


When I say that you need to grow your following, I’m simply saying that having a fan base of loyal customers is super important when you’re a blogger.


People can’t find you or buy from you if you’re non-existent online.


Here is an article for growing your Pinterest account, your Instagram account, and your Facebook group!


Take a little time each day to focus on growth.


You’ll have to engage with others, post helpful content, optimize that content, share your story, use clear/bright images, get your face in front of your audience more, provide a ton of free value, and earn your place as an expert in your field.


All of these things combined will help you to find your people, earn their trust, and lead them to your social accounts or email list.


It will take a little time, so don’t get discouraged.


If you have a specific well-defined audience and you’re helping them with their specific problems, you’ll be able to grow much faster.

 

  • Side note: although we aren’t focused on blogging EDUCATION in this article, it should be a part of your weekly blogging schedule at some point. Hopefully you are taking advantage of the many educational resources that exist for bloggers and spending a little time learning new things each week!


MY DAILY BLOGGING SCHEDULE


And now, onto the good stuff!


Here is the personal blog schedule that I follow every day (for the most part).


This system has allowed me to walk away from my day job, build my own business, and spend more time with my babies! It has taken a lot of dedication and discipline, but if I can do it, you can do it!

 

For what it’s worth, I usually work about 35-40 hours each week, unless I’m creating or launching a product.


MONDAY – FRIDAY MORNING ROUTINE
:

 

Remember, money-making tasks come first! If you take nothing else away from this blog post, take this away.

If you are earning (or plan to earn) from affiliate marketing, then creating promotional content for your highest paying affiliate programs should be towards the top of your list.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS MY MASTERLIST OF 1000+ HIGH PAYING AFFILIATE PROGRAMS IN EVERY BLOGGING NICHE!

 

If you’re earning (or plan to earn) from sponsored work, then pitching to brands, joining influencer networks, and creating a media kit should be towards the top of your list.

I personally do as much content creation as possible in the early morning (my courses, affiliate blog posts, and sponsored blog posts are my money makers, so that’s where I focus first).  


My day usually starts at 4:30 AM, and my morning usually looks something like this:

 

About 60 – 90 minutes of writing and editing (blog posts or other money-making content)


About 60 – 90 minutes of engagement with my audience (starting with paying students)


And 30 – 60 minutes of growth + marketing work (SEO, Pinterest marketing, email marketing, and Facebook networking)


…If the kids sleep beyond that work, I’ll finish up a blog post or do some social media work, but that is becoming more rare! This usually adds up to a maximum of four hours of work in the early morning.


** Of course, your routine or work hours will be a little different than mine, and that’s okay! I chose this schedule because I have small kids that need my attention when they’re awake. So, this is only a guide! It’s okay to make adjustments that suit your life + family. 

 

MONDAY – FRIDAY AFTERNOON ROUTINE:

 

I usually have an {almost} two-hour window where my kids will nap and/or cooperate for some quiet time each day.


During that time, I create graphics, design pin images, and do a little admin work if possible.


If I have a big project to complete and a babysitter to help me, I can get a lot more done for sure! But daily nap time (when I’m flying solo) is really just a small window of time for filling in the gaps of mt to-do list.


I also do some Pinterest pinning and Tailwind work while my babies nap, if possible. I try to pin/schedule at least 10 pins every single day, and Tailwind makes that so much quicker and easier!

 

MONDAY – FRIDAY EVENING ROUTINE:

 


A few evenings each week, my husband will watch the kids for an hour or two while I work.


This gives me some time to focus on blog consults, work one-on-one with my course students, pitch to brands, or complete any blog features / sponsored work.


Side note:


Taking breaks is soooooo important when you work from home!


Make sure you get up to drink some water, stretch your legs, or go outside for some fresh air.


On top of this, I always take an evening work break to enjoy my kids, give them baths, read them stories, and get ready for bedtime.


It’s one of the happiest parts of my day.


When the kids go to sleep, I might cover some admin tasks and schedule my social posts for the next day (or week). Just depends on how much work needs to be done that week!

 

SATURDAY ROUTINE:


In my business, Saturday mornings are mostly for running my blogging group, doing 1:1 consultations, and doing sponsored work.


If I have a sponsored gig, I usually get to take my kids with me and include them in the feature!


I’ll work for a max of 2-3 hours on Saturday, with a focus on money-making tasks… and then take the rest of the day off.


SUNDAY ROUTINE:

 

I try to work for just one hour on Sundays.


I’ll schedule my upcoming blog post, respond to a few emails + messages, and schedule a few automated posts for the week.


The rest of this day is dedicated to my family… and I love that!

 


PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

 

You probably noticed that the most important parts of my work day are writing, editing, creating social media graphics, pinning on Pinterest, engaging on social media, handling admin tasks, and creating NEW content (emails, digital products, sales funnels etc).


If you’re creating a new product or working on a launch, you’ll get to work a little more. And if you have most of your content on auto-pilot, you’ll get to work a little less.


My best recommendation is to SILENCE YOUR PHONE and work on your computer whenever possible. Don’t get sucked into mindless scrolling, responding to messages from people that don’t pay your bills, or watching funny cat videos.

 

You’ve got work to do, yo. 


If you follow these general guidelines for your daily blogging schedule, you’ll start to notice sooo much growth and progress in your blogging business.

 


I hope this article had been helpful! If you enjoyed these tips, be sure to pin for later!

 


Post updated on 7.24.2019

Post originally published on 4.18.2018

122 thoughts on “A Daily Blogging Schedule That Will Actually Help You Make Money”

  1. Nice. I am trying to get a schedule in place. Typically, I try to schedule my posts for the week on Sunday/Monday. My blog posts vary, but I would love to get it set for two posts per week. I am still working on building my blog and social media to drive traffic. I am averaging one post per week now though. I typically do early mornings and late evenings.

  2. Yes, I’m an early morning/late evening girl too, just because of the kids and my hubby’s work schedule. One blog post a week is totally fine! That’s what I do, other than the occasional blog feature that doesn’t fall on my publishing date. Thanks for reading!

  3. This is perfect! I was just looking for something like this! I need daily accountability to reach those monthly and yearly goals! Yayy thanks!

  4. Ahhh this is great! I’m definitely struggling with the “getting sucked in” part. I love researching, so when I need to sort out a task I get distracted by reading tons of articles about it when I really should just get on with it and do it!

  5. It is so easy to get distracted and forget about what we’re actually supposed to be doing haha! A schedule and an alarm clock is helpful!

  6. I absolutely LOVE how detailed this is and how clear and concise your break downs and bullet points are! This is so helpful. I just started my blog so my to-do list is still just literally EVERYTHING and ends up being vague chicken scratch on some paper – so I definitely needed this post! Haha. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Hi Cate! Thanks for the detailed post and awesome tips on building a blogging routine. I still struggle with having an organized blogging schedule as I still work full-time and blogging really comes in between working and parenting. I will definitely make use of some of your tips and try them out. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂 Severina

  8. Thanks, this is helpful! I just launched and am taking it slow(ish) for now but am working on finding a routine that works. So much to learn! It’s both daunting and a lot of fun.

  9. After browsing your site some more, I see how much we have in common (simple living, minimalism, positive parenting, practical approach, plus I’m a writer – mostly magazines and now the blog). I look forward to reading more of your posts. When my site has grown a bit, I’d love to work together!

  10. You’re so welcome! Getting organized definitely takes time and patience, but it’s so worth it. Thanks for reading!

  11. I love working with my fellow bloggers, great to meet you! And yes, reach out to me with your ideas anytime 🙂

  12. This is such a helpful post! As a new blogger, I’m still learning so much every day and posts like this help a lot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. This makes me so happy to hear! I’m always here to help if you have blogging questions.

  14. It’s so helpful to read your routine and see how you schedule your day to fit everything in. Like many others who’ve responded I also work full time and have 3 kids (though I think mine are a bit older!). The piece of advice you gave that stood out is responding and being social. I read tons of articles but I never think to leave a comment. Totally makes sense that when you write, you’d appreciate feedback from your readers. Thank you for pointing out what should have been obvious:)! I enjoyed reading your article.

  15. I’m so glad this was helpful! Getting social and networking is so great for bloggers, we definitely need support to get through our work week! Thank you for reading 🙂

  16. Thank you so much for sharing these tips and your schedule. I am new to the blogging world and I am trying to learn as
    much as I can.

  17. Hi. I found this post very helpful. I’m not a blogger but am interested in starting one. Do you have something on starting a blog that I could read please? Having trouble deciding where to start. Thank you for sharing all of this 🙂 a very comprehensive and informative read.

  18. You’re very welcome, I’ll send you an email with tutorials and tips for starting your blog!

  19. This post was great! I find you very inspiring and I often come back to your site to get blogging advice. I started my blog about 2 months ago and I feel like I’m struggling with it, but I find motivation to keep going when I visit your site. Thanks for all of the great information!

  20. This makes me sooo happy to hear! I think we all struggle with the ups and downs and it’s nice to have people around us that “get it” and can be here to encourage us to keep going 🙂 Thanks for reading Kristi!

  21. Rebekah Cheatham

    I have scoured the internet for helpful blog posts about starting a blog, and this post has been, by far, the most helpful! Thank you for all the valuable information.

  22. YESSSS!!!! just what I needed. Some guidance to create my own blogging schedule. I have some work to do tomorrow 🙂
    Thank you Cate for sharing all of your knowledge with us. Your Facebook group is amazing as well.

  23. This post was so incredibly helpful I’m going to bookmark it! As a new blogger I often feel really overwhelmed because there are so many things you have to divide your attention between. My focus now is going to be creating new content and interacting with my community. Tailwind and Pinterest groups are going to take a little bit of a backseat for a while. Thank you for all the work you do!

  24. This is so helpful! I’ve just recently launched my blog and implementing this schedule will be a great start for me! Love the posts & can’t wait to read more!

  25. Thank you for this post! I am just starting out and I am wanting to go the same route you have. Creating digital freebies and affiliate marketing. This was so helpful in understanding how I need to plan my days, weeks and months!

  26. Super helpful article! I’m blogging part time but I keep finding myself thinking there is so much i SHOULD be doing that I get less done. This is a great way to help me focus and bite off one piece of work at a time and help me know where my time is best prioritized. Thanks!

  27. It’s great to know you are able to accomplish so much in just 25 hours a week. I’m on maternity leave right now, hoping to make it permanent so I can stay home with my babies full time. My baby is only 4 days old, so I haven’t been able to get a routine in place yet, but I need to figure it out soon! If not, I’m afraid I may have to go back to work 🙄 I’ll have your daily routine in mind as I try to figure it out!

  28. Thank You Cate!!! I have been sooo in search of some guidance and structure as I prepare to launch my blog and your post was so very informative and filled with great ideas!!! THANK YOU!!! I wish you much continued success and fun filled beach days! (My family and I just moved to South Padre Island so I am looking forward to enjoying the serenity of the ocean to clear my mind and inspire my writing:) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  29. I have read several of your articles and they have been extremely helpful. I started my blog several months but realized, I didn’t really know what to do besides write (which is the easy part). I LOVE this article and look forward to working on your suggestions.

  30. Thanks for sharing this, I definitely need to create a daily blogging routine. It’s hard trying to do all the blogging things while running my freelancing business and being a mom. And it’s hard trying to figure out how to prioritize which blogging tasks to do first — I do a lot more promoting than writing but I’m still trying to figure out how to promote in a way that delivers the best ROI. And I struggle to write posts that are less than 2K words — I feel like everything I post has to be fully detailed and thorough, which is time-consuming. It’s hard for the writer in me to do less.

  31. “You’ve got work to do, yo”. Haha, you’re too funny. Seriously though I do get distracted with texting and mindless scrolling on fb sometimes so that is a good tip. Thank you for sharing your daily schedule. My first year blogging I was just trying my best to create and promote quality content the best I could with a baby at home. This year I’m trying to get more organized and focus on all of the other tasks that will grow my site. This post was so helpful, thank you for sharing!

  32. I’m so glad it was helpful! Staying focused with a baby at home is tough (I’ve got two littles), keep refining your systems girl, you got this!

  33. Cate, this was so wonderful! I am currently building my blog and getting ready to launch soon (hopefully). Your content is FABULOUS, straight-forward, and so so helpful!! I’m not sure how monetizing my blog will go, or when I’ll actually want to start focusing on that… I truly just want to share some sunshine with the world first, ya know, get that content out there! But I loooove schedules, lists, and organization- so this was just lovely. Thank you!! I can’t wait to keep reading and following!!

  34. This is awesome! I just started a photo blog while working a fulltime job, so I was trying to figure out what the hourly breakdown would be throughout the week. This helped so much! Your blog is so easy to navigate and you have so many great explanations for everything a new blogger needs! Thank you for taking the time to write these posts!

  35. Nice post Cate. I was looking for information on how to schedule my blog work. This post was very helpful. I now have a better idea of the work involved in managing a blog and how to schedule for it. Thanks and I look forward to future posts.

  36. This was an awesome post. I have a tendency to get side tracked. My blog is still a work in progress. I would like a homepage, but can’t figure out what to put on it. This post was a big help, thank you.

  37. Hi Cate! I’ve launched my blog The Rich Thinker last April and I am struggling to make any income out of it until now. I find this article to be helpful with how am I going to handle my schedule now. It’s hard to keep on juggling in between jobs around the house. Thanks for sharing this!

  38. Great artilce Cate!
    So much to learn and implement. As i’m just a beginner in blogging and the hardest part for me is to foucs on writing and then improve my writing. Can you recommend me any course to improve english writing, coz english isn’t my native langaue.
    And thank you so much for all this.
    You’re great.

  39. I think using Grammarly (a browser extension) will be good for practicing, and then finding an English Basics course on Udemy or Teachable would be helpful!

  40. Wow! This was awesome and I’m so glad I found it. I’m launching my own blog soon and this will definitely help. I love writing and once my blog is doing well I’d love to work with you Cate, you’re such an inspiration!

  41. Oh my God you are Genius… I can notice what I am doing wrong.. I have a blog .. I started on January of this year… mis post son casi nulos.. I don´t know how to say in english…

  42. I have not, I am for once a week, but occasionally do a bit more. I’ve never posted daily blog posts, I just can’t make sure it’s high quality if I do it that frequently.

  43. I am hoping to start my blog within the next month so I have been reading many blog posts lately about starting out. This post was great to read and get some ideas of what things will look like once I get see into starting my blog. Thank you for all the advice!

  44. Hi Cate! I just started blogging and felt like I needed to be more organized, for me to accomplish more things. Thank you for your detailed tips! I appreciate you helping newbies like me in this field. Bookmarked your website! 🙂

  45. Hello Cate!
    Thank you so much for all of your well thought out information. I do find myself being drawn down the Social Media rabbit hole and I’m working at streamlining my workflow. My website has been around for about a year but I really haven’t had as much focus on developing stand-alone content. My focus for the past 4 years has really been on my Youtube channel teaching free art lessons and not on the blog. I have just started working on developing my own content in books and downloadable craft/art project packs, but trying to make blog posts and run the website along with my videos is big a challenge. I love your suggestions for being consistent in the look and feel of the graphics too. So many things to think about. I look forward to learning more from you!

  46. Thank you for putting time and effort into this post. I can really appreciate getting up and getting after your day. I also am a nanny and crush stuff when they are napping! Thanks so much!

  47. Another great post that makes working as a blogger seem doable. I just launched my blog and feel so overwhelmed trying to squeeze everything in every day. I’m going to be making me a schedule now. Thanks Cate!

  48. If you see in your analytics that someone was on your page for 5 hours, that was me! I dug into this so deep, took notes, reread many things, let my dog out to pee a couple times (and myself) and came back to it. I recently lost my job at a dealership due to expenses and me moving across country (they want to keep me hired as a 3rd party but no clue how much income that will bring in), and I panicked. I have a Graphic Design and Marketing degree but I was stuck not knowing what to do with it without a secure company under me. My panic put me into an urgent mode and I built a blog in 2 days, that has not yet started but the template is there, the web address, google analytics, etc. I’ve taken 3 mini-courses, I am in the middle of a big one that cost me a lot and still felt a little lost with how I would organize my time. I’m pretty sure I’ve neglected everything accept my dog during the past few days and I think I need a shower. This helped me IMMENSELY and I can’t thank you enough for the value you provided in this post. Thank you greatly. I will continue to follow along with you from here on out! Cheers!

  49. I just started blogging and it has been so overwhelming!!! I find that time management and scheduling is one of the biggest struggle for me… Your post gave me some clarity and hope . Thank you for sharing your wisdom! x

  50. This comment has absolutely made my day (and probably my whole year haha)!!! Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your story. YOU GOT THIS! Baby steps and reasonable daily goals will get you there. Keep it up!

  51. I absolutely loved this post! I’m in the process of creating my own blog and scheduling the time to do that is stressful cause of my family, so this post helped so much! Thank you!

  52. Fantastic post and insightful discussion! Thanks for taking the time and research to put all this together. I’m just getting started with blogging and will be taking all this in within the next 30+ days. I’ve got lots to says about the learning disabled and dyslexic child struggling in their school and not being able to read. I’ve co-authored four professional reference manuals for teachers and parents and have lots of information I can share with the world about the learning disabled and helping the young child to overcome dyslexia. The website listed is not up yet, but plan on it in 30-60 days. Thanks again!

  53. Great article!
    I have 2 questions for you. The first I’ve been approached by someone to write a guest post on my blog. Should I charge for this? If so how much?
    My second question is I have company who has approved me for a brand ambassador for their products. I get a discount but still have to purchase their products and get a discount for my readers. It will hopefully help grow my followers but I don’t have money to spend at this time. Good idea or bad?
    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Keep writing helpful articles:)

  54. I love this! Do you actually calendar this time or tasks out? I’m a visual person, so I did have to calendar my time- that would be my only feedback for an article like this going forward is that a visual would be helpful 🙂 Thanks for creating such great content, your site is beautiful!

  55. Excellent tip! I tend to be a notebook/list person and after all these years blogging, it kind of is second nature. But that is a great point for newer bloggers and I will definitely put a calendar together to help navigate the schedule. Thanks!

  56. Hi Cate! I absolutely inspired with the routine you follow. I always struggle with managing my time to write for my blogs. I will try waking up at 4:30 am or a bit early before my baby wakes up and write something. Also about pinning I do use Tailwind but again there are times I leave it on draft and don’t queue them. I will follow your ideas to keep things going. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Yeah, Tailwind can be glitchy sometimes for sure. Although you don’t need to follow this blogging schedule exactly, the goal is really to just stay focused, put in the work, and stay consistent. You got this!

  58. Just wow! I’m not kidding when I say that since I’ve been following your blog, your posts have been home run after home run for me.

    I’ve been a bit conflicted lately about how I plan my content. I plan 1-2 articles ahead, and sometimes I write a very detailed outline for writers, so they can understand where I’m coming from. I wasn’t sure that was the ideal way of going about it, as sometimes I considered my outline too restrictive.

    I think the way you’ve done is simple and to the point and I think I’ll go for that.

    But your post is *exactly* what I needed. Obviously I’ve looked how others handle it, but you outline it a lot better than I’ve read before, plus I think you’re more authority on the matter.

    What really hit home for me is to plan ahead. This is because *literally* a few days ago I asked my writer for feedback on how we cooperate and she said that she’d like the topics for the whole week, if possible.

    It’s really a surprise that you wrote exactly about this!

    Thank you! I’ll put this into action immediately!!

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