Blogging: tips and tricks for beginners!

And now for something completely different! I usually focus on blogging about all types of different beauty products, from organic skincare to my favorite polish, but today I want to have a little look at what goes on behind the scenes at my little blog.

Doves and Roses is less than a year old, so I am by no means an expert. However, I was recently asked how you can maintain a daily blogging schedule and I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I learned over the last few months that might help you.

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Write down your ideas!

Inspiration for blogging will pop up at the weirdest moments, so always bring a little book to jot down any inspiration you have. Of course you could use your smart phone, but I prefer good old pen and paper. I always carry my little blue book of ideas around and I find my best moments come staring out of the window of a bus or train. What are your most inspired moments?

Get Organised!

Sounds so simple, but knowing what you want to blog about in advance makes all the difference. Having a decent schedule means you know what needs to be done in advance and when you need it. Do you still need to photograph a product? Write a post? It will all be in your little organizer.

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As you can see, I have a page for each week. I start by jotting down the seven posts I want to do that week based on the little book of inspiration. I than color code them into different categories (skincare, makeup, nails etc), so I can create a balanced week.

I leave myself some space, so I can indicate whether I have made the photo’s, done the photoshopping and eventually written the post. One glance at that allows me to see what needs to be done and in what order. I schedule my posts about a week in advance, so I don’t have to blog during less inspired or busy moments.

Social Media

When you started your blog, you also made accounts on all popular social media sites right?! If you haven’t, do so as quickly as possible. Social media like twitter and pinterest are perfect for finding new blogging friends and promoting your own posts. You can make it easier on yourself by using the sharing feature in wordpress that will automatically post your content to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other networks.

I also love Hootsuite: a free tool that allows you to pre-schedule twitter posts. It is important that you don’t overload your followers with content and preplanned posts, but this is certainly a lifesaver during busy weeks.

Those are all my little tips and tricks for now. I hope they are helpful to any new bloggers trying to find their way. I might dedicate another post to photography and photoshopping tips and tricks, what do you think?


En dan nu even heel iets anders! I blog meestal over allerlei verschillende beauty producten, van natuurlijke huidverzorging tot mijn favoriete nagellak, maar vandaag wil ik jullie een klein kijkje achter de schermen geven bij mijn blog.

Doves and Roses is nog geen jaar oud, dus ik ben absoluut geen expert of blog gebied. Ik werd laats gevraagd hoe je een dagelijks blog schema volhoud en ik wilde een paar trucjes met jullie delen die ik in de laatste maanden heb opgepikt.

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Schijf je ideeΓ«n op!

Inspiratie voor bloggen komt op de raarste momenten, dus neem altijd een klein boekje mee om ideeΓ«n op te schrijven. Natuurlijk kun je daar ook een smartphone voor gebruiken, maar ik houdt zelf meer van een ouderwetse pen en papier. Ik heb altijd mijn kleine blauwe ideeboekje bij me en mijn meest geΓ―nspireerde momenten zijn vaak als ik uit het raam staar in de bus of de trein. Wat zijn jouw beste momenten?

Organiseer!

Klinkt heel makkelijk, maar als je vantevoren weet waar je over gaat bloggen maakt dat een groot verschil. Met een goed schema weet je precies wat er gedaan moet worden en wanneer. Moet je een product nog fotograferen? Nog een post schrijven? Het staat allemaal in je planner.

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Zoals je kunt zien heb ik een bladzijde per week. Ik begin met het opschrijven van zeven posts voor die week, gebaseerd op mijn kleine inspiratie boekje. Ik gebruik dan verschillende kleuren voor elke categorie (huidverzorging, make-up, nagels etc) zodat ik de posts makkelijk kan verdelen over de week.

Ik geef mezelf wat ruimte om aan te geven of de foto’s al gemaakt zijn, of ik ze nog moet photoshoppen, en of ik een post al geschreven heb. Een blik laat me zien wat er nog gedaan moet worden en ik welke volgorde. Ik probeer mijn posts ongeveer een week vantevoren in te plannen zodat ik op minder geinspireerde of drukke dagen niet hoef te bloggen.

Sociale Media

Toen je begon met je blog heb je natuurlijk meteen accounts aangemaakt op alle populaire sociale media site, toch?! Zo niet, doe dat dan nu. Sociale media als twitter en pinterest zijn een super plek om nieuwe blog vrienden te maken en je eigen posts te promoten. Je kunt het jezelf een stuk makkelijker maken met de Sharing feature van wordpress: zo post je automatisch naar Facebook, Google+, Twitter en andere netwerken.

Ik ben ook dol op Hootsuite: een gratis tool om posts op twitter vantevoren klaar te zetten. Het is wel belangrijk dat je je volgers niet teveel content voorschotelt, maar het is echt een uitkomst in drukkere weken.

Dat zijn mijn trucjes om bloggen makkelijk te maken. Ik hoop dat het een beetje handig is voor nieuwe blogger. Mischien schrijf ik ook nog een post over fotograferen en photoshoppen, wat vinden jullie?

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36 thoughts on “Blogging: tips and tricks for beginners!

  1. Miss Thrift June 3, 2015 / 6:57 am

    really helpful and inspiring! I definitely need a little of this obsessive-compulsive streak in my life haha

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    • Anne June 3, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Thanks πŸ™‚ A little OCD does help when organising your blog πŸ˜‰

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    • Anne June 2, 2015 / 9:18 am

      Thanks Mil! You really need a schedule, the color coding is just my little obsessive-compulsive streak showing πŸ˜‰ x

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      • Amelia Vesper June 2, 2015 / 9:31 am

        Nothing wrong with that, my friend πŸ™‚

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  2. ymorbeauty June 1, 2015 / 4:11 pm

    I’m huge on writing down my ideas, because I get so distracted and then forget what I had in mind lol! Great list of tips Anne, thank you!

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    • Anne June 1, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      Oh me too: i’ll think of something briljant and have forgotten all about it five minutes later. x Anne

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 9:45 am

      Thanks Amy! The only way to do it I think πŸ˜‰
      xxx Anne

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  3. Gadis Ps May 31, 2015 / 12:23 am

    Great tips! This post is very helpful. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 9:45 am

      Thanks, hope the tips are useful πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Nothing a veteran like yourself doesn’t know, but it was fun to write something a little different! xxx

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      • Karen Rees May 31, 2015 / 9:07 pm

        lol lol This has made me giggle soooo much! You do realise it’s ALL through many errors I’m a teeny bit more wiser to the blogosphere πŸ˜€ Maybe we should be conducting blogging classes… make it a mandatory educational requirement Anne?! lol Always good to share these posts with others – none of us are ever too long in the tooth to pick up a few pointers from others πŸ™‚ Xo

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        • Anne June 1, 2015 / 9:01 am

          Very true: it is all a little trial and error. I just love reading these types of posts on other blogs, always helps a lot! x Anne

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  4. plus+beauty27 May 30, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Great tips!! I enjoyed reading this post. I need to start jotting down more in my notebook lol. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Don’t be silly, you are doing just fine πŸ™‚ xxx

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      • plus+beauty27 May 31, 2015 / 7:12 pm

        Awe thank you so much! That’s so sweet! πŸ™‚ xxx

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  5. V May 30, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Hey, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can check it out on my blog

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much for the nomination! Will check out your post πŸ˜€

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  6. thepinkimpact May 30, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    These are fab tips for beginners and non beginners! Keeping a notebook and jot down ideas so it’s not forgotten. Perfection!

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I couldn’t be without my little book.

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  7. V May 30, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    I love how organized you are. I also like to write a few extra posts when I’m feeling inspired. Instead of posting them right away, I save them for those weeks that are just completely uninspiring

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      We all have those weeks right…you just can’t make it work and I love having a couple of extra posts saved πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Oh yes, the stamps are just great πŸ˜€ I still want to get the numbers as well! They were really cheap as well.
      xx Anne

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  8. BlackLaceandGlitter May 30, 2015 / 11:11 am

    These are some amazing organisational tips! πŸ™‚

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  9. SilkyResh May 30, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Very god posts and helped a lot, I do notes but your looks more clear, I will follow this for sure. Thank you. Enjoy Weekend xoxoxxo silky

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    • Anne May 31, 2015 / 2:09 pm

      Ah thanks πŸ™‚ Every little bit helps πŸ˜€ Hope you have a lovely weekend as well.
      xxx Anne

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  10. Talking About Beauty May 30, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Great tips! Very true πŸ™‚ You’re v organized! It’s a lot of work blogging daily. Well done on achieving this πŸ™‚ Would love to see a post on photos πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 30, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thanks so much! I simply wouldn’t be able to do so without the organisation πŸ™‚

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