Because I maintain 10 blogs for myself and others, I’m often asked how I manage. Honestly, it’s not difficult. I just schedule my time and plan ahead. If you’re struggling with the multi-tasking, these tips might help.
1. Get Yourself an Offline Blog Editor
My blog editor of choice is Windows Live Writer. I’ve also heard good things about Blog Desk. Offline editors are a must for blogging multi-taskers. What I especially appreciate is being able to switch blogs using a drop down menu, rather than changing WP dashboards each time. Plus you don’t have to be connected to post. Simply blog and schedule your post for whenever.
2. Get Yourself an Editorial Calendar
We talked about editorial calendars before. In fact, more bloggers are seeing the benefits of planning their posts well into the future. Some prefer a spreadsheet while others use Outtlook. My editorial calendar is a giant calendar hanging on my office bulletin board. I like to see everything right in front of my face. My calendar is at a glance and I can just look up from what I’m doing to see what’s next. Choose the method you’re most comfortable with.
3. Plan Ahead
The key to handling multiple blogs is to plan ahead. I use the aforementioned editorial calendar to plan topics a week ahead of time. Many times I choose topics by analyzing trends through my stats and comments. I also check out Google trends to see what’s going on. Are there holidays or events happening? What are the big stories in the news? What keywords and phrases are my visitors using? After taking some time to think about what I’ll be posting, I list my ideas on the editorial calendar.
4. Write Ahead
I like to spend some weekend time writing ahead for some of my blogs. This past Sunday, I entered in 9 posts for one blog and now I don’t have to worry about positing until next week. Of course, I could still add interesting news bits or links as the week passes, but it’s one less thing to worry about. I know I can’t spend the weekend writing ahead for all of my blogs, but if I can do it for one or two it makes all the difference is the world.
Maintaining several blogs at once isn’t always easy to manage. Planning ahead and taking advantage of some nifty tools can make the job a little easier.
What do you do to make life easier when maintaining multiple blogs?