How I stay organised with my blog:
So whether you’re a book blogger or just a blogger in general I think you’d agree when I say you can’t maintain your blog without SOME form of organisation. Now you don’t have to have a bullet journal (I don’t, but they look so pretty!), or a complex system! When I first started book blogging I found it was quite easy to stay on top of everything, blog posts, book reviews but I think the more I blog the more pressure I feel…
Let me explain, first of all it is so easy to just drown in emails if you don’t make yourself sit down for an hour and sift through them (trust me, I know from experience). The longer I’ve been blogging the more book review requests I get, and if I don’t keep track of how many books I need to review, when the review should be up by and where I’m posting it, I feel like a lost soul…
So enough of my rambling let me actually tell you my VERY simple way of staying ‘organised’ (sometimes I fall off the wagon, that’s normal right? Side note: I literally had to make myself sit down and go through my emails last night, there were a lot of apologies being dished out… But hopefully this post will get me motivated to get back on it!) :
- I definitely have to keep a small notebook where I write every book I’ve received for review, whether it be from Netgalley or an author/publisher, otherwise I find it’s so easy to just completely lose track of everything! I usually just jot down; Name of book and author, when it has to be reviewed by and who to contact once the review is done.
- I also have a bigger notebook where I write rough ideas for blog posts and also rough drafts of book reviews. I feel like I’m more likely to procrastinate on doing something if I see it as this HUGE task. So what I do is just sit down and break down the structure of my review, make brief points about what I want to mention. This makes it less intimidating when I’m sitting on my laptop and staring at a blank document, because I know I have the at least the main points!
- Also I find posting Wrap-ups and monthly TBR’s really helps me to read a lot more, I don’t have to gaze hopelessly at my shelf for hours on end. I just pick up the next book on my TBR and get on with it!
Again I don’t have the most complex of systems but knowing me I probably wouldn’t be able to maintain one if I did! If you’re looking for a place to start hopefully this should give you a general idea, or inspiration on how you want to organise yourself! I know this post was supposed to be up a few days ago but I still had my old laptop that crashed every 5 seconds. I have a new one (FINALLY) so onwards and upwards with the regular uploads *fingers crossed*.