5 steps to planning your best dream blog during Covid-19

Plan Your Best Dream Blog During the – COVID-19 Pandemic

5 steps planning your best blog

Updated from Nov 19, 2019

If there is one good thing for business
owners with this COVID-19  virus, it’s
that there is more TIME. Take a step back
and focus on learning and setting yourself
and your business up for the future.
This is only temporary.

I have 5 steps to do now that will be of
great help for you and your business for
the future.

Being confined to our homes all day every
day is a challenge. Routines are completely
broken. It’s important to think about what
we are gaining instead of missing out on.
This situation is far from ideal but try
to make the most by seeing the postives
rather than the negative.

This is the time to focus on
strengthening relationships with your
significant other, and your kids. You
now have extra time to do  all kinds
of things.

One of which is up-grading  or
or starting a blog /website.

I have learned the hard way about setting
up a website and blog. Trial and error over
many years.

Tools  – Google has so  many tools you can
use. With the use of  these tools, you can
plan your blog’s entire year with a calendar
– quarter by quarter.

One thing I’m doing this year is scheduling, as much as I possibly can. Having a clear path of action helps you develop your strategy for reaching your long-term goals. What is the difference between a dream and a goal? It’s the reality of planning that turns your wishes into a reality.

“You must have long term goals to keep from being frustrated by short-term failures.”

~ Charles C Noble

 

Step #1- Prioritize your time

What is most important to you? -I am a morning person and work best before noon.

How will you use your time scheduling your blog? – Make it a priority, block  time for this.

Planning out your posts for the week, the month, the year? – Use a editorial calendar, (plug-in)

We all have the same 24 hrs. It’s what you do with your time that counts. You need to be clear even if it’s just for yourself. With this Convid virus we have family at home so this is very important to manage your time right now.

how will you use your time? -Scheduling – a day to day plan to follow

what is most important to you? -Planning out your blog posts on a consistent basis

who are your readers?-Subjects that would be of interest to them right now

Holidays etc. Brainstorm, post ideas, slot into certain dates in the calendar for your readers – Ex Christmas gift contest or Easter gift giveaway. (Hopefully holidays will mean family times together again – after this Easter)

Disclaimer

 

Step #2 – Google InformationTools

marketingofflineonline

Google Business Listing

Use the Search window  “Google accounts” and sign up for an email account. – “create your Google Account ” -Google’s tools

My Drive /Docs /Sheets – Spreadsheets see 3 dots /rename or open in a new tab /Slides /More /Photos
-Google has it’s own Blog system – Blogger. I have a site there. I do prefer to use WordPress.

Spread Sheets on Google
Use a spreadsheet to evaluate your progress. I never liked spreadsheets. The ones in Microsoft Excel I found difficult to use. However, I have discovered spreadsheets in Google and they are much easier to use. In your email Go to Google /Drive /My Drive / Google Sheets. I use a spreadsheet for blog posts and one for affiliate products that I promote.

Blogging CONVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take an inventory of your business
Create systems and funnels.
Use this time to do things you were
always to busy to do before
COVID-19 happened. Afterward,
you will be organized and ready.

Step #3 – Keep a Journal

Over time you can see how your blog changes. Note any successes and also what have been the most difficult for you. What goals have you reached? What promotions have you done? Social Media tools that you have used. “Facebook is the largest social network, with 1.79 billion active monthly users in 2016, as reported” by Statista. In the US, 79% of all adults who use the internet use Facebook. Use the platform that your audience uses. You can note this on the spreadsheet or in a daily planner.

I do both, as well as use a weekly system  Organization  with post-its on a board

Best Dream Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step#4 –Your Calendar

Schedule your own time on your calendar. Google Calendars. Block off all of the major holidays and your vacation days for the entire year in advance. You can tell your staff or your family that you have this time blocked off on your calendar for holidays. If you worked in an office you would ask your employer for two weeks off, so don’t forget to do this for yourself. Then you are more committed to it. Then as a mompreneur/or solopreneur, the summer won’t disappear into endless work.

You can make sure of all your content and your promotions are ready in advance! This type of planning forces you to look at your blog a little differently. If you want time off, then you schedule your work on your calendar accordingly. Line up guest posts for the time you are away or have your team do work that does not require your input. Print out your calendar and use a highlighter, marking your time off. Long weekends, a week here or even an entire month. Finally take that vacation! After managing your business and your family for a  long time in isolation you deserve it.

Step#5 -Create your best blog using an Editorial Calendar

The Editorial Calendar, a WordPress plugin seemed to do the trick It grabs all of your scheduled posts and drafts, and it placed them on a neatly organized calendar so we could see at-a-glance what content was coming up.

I’ve installed the Editorial Calendar plugin on this site and I encourage you to add it to your site. This article was pre-scheduled. This is a really helpful item as I write on multiple sites regularly. This plugin has definitely made my life easier. I have also added a note in my regular calendar to add content going out on other platforms. My calendar ties into my spreadsheet and my weekly post it schedule. (that I mentioned you can see on my site.)

Perhaps my favorite feature of the plugin is the cool way you can drag and drop different articles around the calendar. It d updates not only the calendar but the post itself. It is a huge help for keeping all my content organized.

An editorial calendar is just a fancy term for a publishing schedule.
Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday?

What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn’t make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog articles, and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog!

See a month’s worth of posts at a glance.
Juggle your calendar by simply dragging and dropping posts from day to day.
Quickly edit your posts’ titles, contents, and publishing times
Publish posts or manage drafts
Instantly see the status of your posts

More easily manage posts from multiple authors.
And you can do all of that right from the calendar interface itself.

An Editorial calendar is simply a plan for your blog. It is thinking ahead of time about what you are going to write.

So there are the 5 – important steps to running your blog during the  CONVID -19 Pandemic.

Organization will help with seeing what you have and when you can use your content. It also helps with showing what is of interest to your audience of readers.

Some of the tools mentioned are FREE and some are PAID. I only recommend products I have tried and tested and love using. If you have any questions, please click on our terms and conditions.

Signup for more information on blogging that only my subscribers get. Join my list on the home page

When I first began working from home over 5 years ago, I did struggle with the isolation but now I can spend a day or two, like a weekend without my husband and kids and I enjoy it.

Make the most of your scheduling and using helpful tools to plan your own dream best blog during this time of  COVID-19 Pandemic. We will get through it together …apart.

If you found value in this post please share your thoughts below and pass this post to your friends.

About Kathryn Maclean-Racicot  http://www.facebook.com/marketingofflineonline
A Social Media Campaign specialist using Facebook, Twitter Pinterest & Affiliate Marketing

 

Starting a Blog the Easy Way

Updated from March 12, 2019Decided to start a blog? Great!I wish that I had someone  helping me when I started blogging. This is why I am writing this article, to help you with how to start a blog or update your website.*As of this update more people … [Continue reading]

Get Better Email Marketing Results for Online Business

Get Better at Email Marketing Why you need an email list! ​​Do you have a love - hate relationshipwith your email? I do! ​6 Essential Email Marketing Basics If you are relying on your visitors finding​your blog after visiting the first … [Continue reading]

Email Account Overwhelm to Inbox Zero

3 Steps to Inbox Zero Updated from Feb 10th, 2017 My email account needed help. Luckily I found Steve Dotto ( Canadian TV Computer show fame for many years). Now online with his program Dotto Tech.  If you don’t know him, learn about him here. … [Continue reading]

Virtual Assistant

​Do you know what a Virtual Assistant does?A Virtual Assistant or VA, for short is anyone...who works in an administrative,creative, marketing,or technical capacityin a virtual or remote environment.Are you doing "All The Things"in yourbusiness? The … [Continue reading]

Brand Development What Is It? How do you do it?

What is your Brand Development?Updated post from Dec-10-2018This site contains affiliate links, which means I can earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.  Read our full affiliate disclosure on site.Brand development  … [Continue reading]

A Brand Color Palette for your Blog

 Updated from Oct 25, 2017No matter how it is spelled, COLOR -USA, or COLOUR -CDN, we all know that colour spells interest on our websites.Think of well-known brands,  Coca-Cola without its beautiful red?Do you know which colors to use that will … [Continue reading]

Don’t start your 10-Year-Decade-Plan before you see this

​​Creating a Decade Plan review is notan easy task but you can do it following Marie Forleo's Decade inReview very easily. I did it.Here is my basic outline.​For me it was hard things - health wiseand things that my younger self  would never … [Continue reading]

Business Organization End of The YEAR Tips

Updated from Nov 17, 2018Business OrganizationWill you reach your goals for the year?This year or next in 2020?What’s My Future?Looking back over the decade…What do you want to create,  or achieve over the next 10 years?What do you want … [Continue reading]

Exciting Innovative Company Goals for the New Year

Updated Dec 16, 2019..Your company goals for your business change over time…In this article I mention Rebel Boss University.  I just want to let you know in less than 14 hours from now, the price will go up. If you want to use 2019 /2020 to … [Continue reading]

Mobile - Click - Category