*disclaimer: all you "seasoned" bloggers, this is old news to you...this is for the other "newbies" out there!
School hasn't even officially started yet (at least not with students) and I'm already stressed about how to maintain my new obsession while trying to educate children! Not to mention that Blogger, Facebook, and Twitter are blocked at my school. I can only use my iPhone for so long...it's just too small. What's a girl to do when trying to grow a following and reach the world?
After voicing my concerns to Smarty Pants Mama and my sister, they gave me advice on the vast world of social networking and how to "do it all."
Since I can't blog while at work (and I LOVE making lists), I plan out my posts for the week. I found blogging calendar form at Living Locurto. It's cute and useful! I print a few at a time because I like to see the future.
Then I designate one night to pushing out 3-4 posts. The night changes depending on after school activities, what's good on TV, and whether or not my husband is home. How do I do that? One way is to create posts using a word document and then posting them to the blog later. But my preferred way is by writing the posts on my platform and scheduling when the post will be live. This has saved me A LOT of time!
This was going well for me while I was home. I could tweet and share on Facebook all day in between activities with my kids. This way all of my followers could see my new posts. But now that I'm back at work all day, how would anyone know that I wrote a new post?
That's where Smarty Pants Mama came in. She let me in on a little secret. (I don't think it's a secret to the rest of you, but for me it was HUGE!) Since I use TweetDeck while tweeting, I can schedule my tweets as well! WOO HOO! I love to plan ahead... It's especially useful for my Sundays when I'm usually away from the computer all day.
If you choose to do this on TweetDeck, keep in mind that the time is military time.
I know I have a lot more to learn, but hey, it's only been 2 months...
Do you have any more planning or time saving techniques when blogging? Please share!