Blog hacks, which ones work for you? Blogging is so strategic these days, that being said, not all blogging hacks are going to work well for everyone. These 3 blog hacks didn’t not work for me, but they might for you. Let’s talk about the how’s and why’s of each hack !
Hey hey, how’s that topic sinking in with you? I know, I should be posting about the blog hacks that DO WORK but I couldn’t resist. But hear me out, ok?
You see, blogging (these days) is so much like running your own small business. Actually, for many it is OUR own small business. We start from scratch, we are excited and passionate about it, and the only way we grow it is by investing time and working out the kinks. Well, at least that’s what I have experienced. I know everyone has their own story though, ya know?
And those are the hacks that HAVE HELPED me a TON!
But then there are a few that I’ve tried OVER and OVER again and have completely failed. Yep, I said it. I failed. I threw in the towel. Raised the white flag, I surrendered. Those hacks did not fit with my “mojo” of blogging, although they might for others.
Gulp, true story. So let me dive into those 3 failed blog hacks with you. Not to discourage you by any means, but to maybe bring some peace to your hard working blogging business mind. And so you know that there is no one size fits all strategy for blogging, just one that works for your personal BRAND and YOU.
Here are my failed blog hacks, and feel free to laugh along the way and to agree or disagree. No judgement here ya’ll.
1. Creating a and editorial calendar and writing posts weeks in advance.
Ugh, I tried. And you know what happened? It felt too planned and it stressed me out. I am the same way with recipes, I don’t like instruction. Haha. And instead of trying to be UBER productive I ended up feeling stuck and worn out. I needed breathing room. I guess you could say I’m not a type A person with lists and agendas, I’m more a B+.
So what do I do now? I have a journal and I jot down all my ideas and “inspiration” for the month. Then I usually tackle a few each weekend and go from there. It gives me wiggle room in case I need to adjust things here or there. The only really posts I schedule these days are sponsored posts, and those are spaced WAY out just in case.
2. Being a Multiple Niche Blog.
As you can see, I’m not tried and true planner, so trying to blog about more than 3 different areas is too much. In fact, I get way too distracted. I realized this last year when I was posting about fitness, nutrition, healthy bites, recipes, races, life, blogging, etc. etc. etc. I had to narrow it down. So I asked myself, what 2-3 things am I really passionate about at the moment? What do I want to continue to share and to put all my energy into?
It was nutrition and gluten free recipes. I love to talk sports nutrition and gut health, I love to be in the kitchen, and I love food photography. I wanted to continue to grow in all those areas so I invested more time in them, giving each area my full attention. And you know what? I still love them all. Thank goodness! Now don’t get me wrong, I love fitness, but I’m burnt out on talking about it. There I said it. I think I’ll leave it up to these two bad ass trainers to keep the fitness mojo alive. THEY ROCK!
3. And last but not least —> Facebook (until now)
Um, it took me 5 years to even start a fan page. I just did this year. Am I strange or what? But here me out. Facebook fan pages and it’s algorythm changed so much these past few years. I didn’t want to hop on, get used to posting a certain way, the facebook change it up again. So I watched, I joined groups, and I read up on how facebook fan pages were best utilized. Then I caved. I know it’s good to “build your reach.” that way, so I made one, and I try to interact on there each day and update or share other people’s great content. Slowly but surely I am embracing facebook, haha!.
You know what else I realized? I may be late to the party, but it allowed me time to learn and grow in other areas first. Like Instagram, pinterest, and twitter; the first two being my FAV! I was able to focus more on a few social media outlets instead of trying to tackles 4 or 5 at a time. I’m still working on all those of course, but I feel like I have a better grasp on what social media tasks to tackle each day. That’s just me, I work better with focusing on one or two areas at a time and rotating days or week.
Okay, now that’ve confessed all my failures, I should probably leave you with some super hero happy blogging tactics! Ones that make you feel like this.
How about 20 EPIC BLOG hacks in 20 minutes or less? Yes, Jessica wrote this awesome post and I couldn’t agree more! Those worked!
What blog hacks have worked or not worked for you?