Thursday, January 21, 2016

4 things you can do for your blog in under 30 minutes



Sometimes, with the amount of time blogging takes, it can get shoved down my list of things to do for the week.

This is ok, of course, but I do love blogging, and want to maintain this space of mine as best as I can.  It's especially fun to look back over the years at the things my family and I have done and been interested in.  

So!  If you're busy and don't have a ton of time, but want to maintain your momentum, OR even if blogging is your top priority right now....here are a few things you can do in under 30 minutes.

1.  Pitch an idea.  Choose one brand/company/shop you're interested in working with and pitch them an idea for a collaboration.  Decide on the type of collaboration you'd like to work on and shoot them a proper email about it.  The best time to do that is right now!

2.  Write down your stats.  Blogging isn't about how many followers and page views you have but, of course, it's good to be aware of them at least monthly.  Find a place in your planner, make a spreadsheet, whatever works best for you, and make a spot for your FB, Bloglovin, Twitter, Instagram, and page views numbers.

3.  Update your sidebar.  I'm going to be working on a new overall blog design soon, but in the meantime, I realized that it's been forever since my sidebar had been updated.  Make sure yours is updated regularly!  Popular Posts are a wonderful way to keep readers on your site (have you also been stuck on one blog for tons of time because of this?!)  It's also great for helping readers to know more of your work.

4.  Recreate something from Pinterest.  Make sure to give proper credit of course, but recreate an outfit, a recipe, a fun activity with your kids, etc.  The recreation might take a little longer than 30 minutes, but the planning won't, so let the Pinterest scrolling begin!

What are some things you do to personally maintain your blog space?...especially when you only have a short time to do it?!

11 comments :

Helene in Between said...

love this ashley!! this is so spot on! pinning now :)

Tayler Morrell said...

great tips! Saving!

Kathleen said...

These are great! I love number 4. Because you're right, doing that would be so easy and fun too! :)

Caroline said...

Love these! At work, I'm always coming up with things to put on the blog list, and then when I get home, I'm so exhausted I can barely crank out a blog post before settling in for some Parks and Rec in bed. I think the key is to break it up into manageable chunks, like these! Thanks for sharing!

Paige Flamm said...

These are all great ideas... especially the sidebar! I think the last time I tackled that beast was a year ago haha!

Hannah Dawson said...

I've been writing down my stats and it's really helpful to see what my audience likes best. There's one company I want to reach out to, but I'm scared. Not like I would be crushed if they said no, but I'm still hesitant. Maybe I'll just go for it!

Erin LFF said...

I keep a big spreadsheet of my stats and check/update them in Excel every couple of weeks. It's nice to see where I was a month, or 6 months, or a year ago!

Kelly Donlin said...

Updating your sidebar is such a goo done, I have not thought of that!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Meghan @ Hayes Days said...

I try not to obsess over my stats but it's easy to get swept up into them. I

Elle Sees said...

i definitely need to do these! thanks for the tips+reminders! have a great monday.

s said...

so pretty love the white ! xO!
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