Today we continue with Part 8 of "The How-To's of Blogging Series". I am hosting this awesome series with the amazing, talented Melissa over at The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife so make sure and visit her over blog as well. This entire week will be filled with posts on how to make you a "better" blogger, so make sure to come back because there will be a new topic everyday. You can find out who will be posting this week by clicking here.
If you missed the posts from earlier this week you can find them below:
Hello, I am Melissa and I blog at The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife! When I first ''really" started blogging, just this last February 2012, I went crazy putting my name everywhere I could possible think of and about a month into it, I started getting VERY overwhelmed with all the emails, tweets, facebook posts, my own personal posts, comments and so on. It was kind of insane. I didn't realize what getting into the community of blogging really meant and how much I was getting myself into. It takes a lot of work to blog, don't get me wrong, I LOVE blogging and all that it entails but if you do not stay on top of it, it can be a real chore, real fast. So my topic for today will be on "How to Keep Your Blog Organized". I am no expert myself but will go over a few tips I have learned along the way.
Staying Organized with Emails
PS Thanks Michelle for the adorable note in the email haha
I make it a point to spend a little bit of time everyday to go through my inbox. If I can answer it right away I do so immediately and then delete it. If I know it will take more of my time I use the handy dandy flag that is in most email systems. Now two or three times a week I make it a point to go through my list of flagged emails and respond, then clear the flags and delete the email. I try to never leave an email in my inbox longer than a couple days. I know when I send an email and don't get a response back after a week, I start wondering what happened, and so I don't want others to have that same feeling. If there is something in an email that I need to keep, lets say a guest post, this is where Evernote comes in...
Staying Organized with Evernote
Evernote has seriously saved my life when it comes to organizing my blog. There are so many things I could tell you, let me just point out a few.
1.You can make different notebooks, title them and organize them within each other. I made one for my blog and then under it is all the different things I want to organize; such as design, giveaways, guest posts, post ideas, link party, and sponsors.
2. Organizing Sponsors is a breeze in this program. What I do is as soon as I get a sponsor in through passionfruit, I go into my Monthly Sponsor Notebook and create a little checklist for them that way I can make sure they got everything and I can schedule them for their guest post, giveaway or whatever it is.
3. With each note there are so many different options to help you keep organized. You can do everything from attach files to record a message to simple checkboxes.
4. It can also create notes while you are surfing the web. Say you run into this fantastic article on blogging and you want to keep it in your blog ideas notebook for future reference, EASY, Highlight and click the Evernote Icon at the top bar and paste it right into Evernote.
5. Another thing that I love about it, is that it has a mobile app so it is constantly syncing with my iPhone in case I need something on the go.
Hope I gave you some ideas on how to stay organized! I would be happy to answer any questions you have!