Anything that saves me time/money is the best and I feel so accomplished and not worn out by the end of the day. Disclaimer: these blogging hacks make you feel powerful, but with great power comes great responsibility.

6 blogging hacks to use when blogging just gets to be a bit much or just whenever.
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1. Write some drafts to pull out when you don’t feel like writing

Or when you forget to write a post like me right now… drafts are my saving grace when I don’t feel like writing. I usually leave the tags,  snippet, and links undone so I can complete a post the night before it goes live. Leaving it unfinished allows me to re-read the post, insert updated links and make sure everything is timely.

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2. Stock photos can be the absolute best

Okay, so my IG feed is a mix of stock photos and images taken by me. Stock photos are not only pretty. specific ones make my feed ‘flow’ together. The hardest part is not posting the photos that won’t work with your theme, but are still drool worthy.

~*BoNuS PoSt*~ Lessons learned while growing my Instagram

3. Utilize IFTTT

One thing I that annoys me is posting a picture to IG, having it pushed to Twitter then it showing up as a link-not a native photo. I don’t know why, but it just irks me. Connecting IG to Twitter allows all the photos I post to be a ‘native’ Twitter photo, meaning that you’ll see the photo on your timeline as if you posted it on Twitter.

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4. Get the plugin Revive Old Post

If you follow me on Twitter (excuse me for not being very active) you’ll see that that most to all the tweets contain a blog post link. Revive Old Post lets you customize the interval of time to post tweets, what to say with those tweets and how many go out on that day. This is probably the reason I don’t schedule tweets.

5. Having a Pinterest scheduler is key

I don’t need to remind you how important Pinterest is for blog growth (read this for Pinning tips) and Boardbooster is my absolute favorite. I think Tailwind is good too, but I use Boardbooster <— that’s a referral link for you (and for me!) so go for BB.

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6. Be organized

Probably my #1 tip for blogging! Keep a list of blogging ideas, have an editorial calendar, file expenses (in and out) and to-do lists will keep you sane.

What blogging hacks do you recommend?

Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • Having posts saved as drafts that are evergreen content is so huge, you never know when life could sneak up on you!

  • Next Level Blogging

    Saving a finished post to draft instead of publishing right away is my favorite tip. This has not only helped me catch typos, but allowed me to reread my posts and write better content.

  • Miss ALK

    Yes to #1!!! I keep a huge running list of blog posts ideas for “rainy days.” 🙂 I personally don’t like to use stock photos for my own blog/brand, but I know there are some good options out there!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • Yes! I love idea #1. I used to have a ton of back up posts, but I haven’t in awhile. I get ideas and I’ll write a little bit, but not a full post. This is something I definitely want to be better at next year!

    • I need to refill my draft queue also!

  • I love these tips. I definitely could get more organized and utilize time hacks like these!

    • I use these tips and still need to be more organized haha.

  • these are great tips! definitely love saving times and being organized

  • Ashley Stephenson

    These are awesome tips! If I don’t stay organized my blog readers can definitely tell!

    • Haha I’m pretty sure mine can also.

  • YESSSS!!! I like to have back up posts ready to go and being organized is key.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Michele Renee

    Thank you for all of these amazing tips! I definitely need to be more organized, but I will take that tip on drafting up posts ahead of time. That is a real time saver!

  • I love stick photos. They make the job so much easier!

  • Thank you for these tips! I am terrible at most of them, but it’s a good reminder. The ones I find the most helpful (when I can stay on top of doing them!) are keeping lots of draft posts waiting in the wings, and yes, staying organized! Easier said than done, of course.

    • Easier said than done x1000 haha!

  • Great tips! Stock photos have been so handy for me.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    Thank you so much for all of this helpful information. Now I’m off to discover more about Revive Old Post – I didn’t know about this great tool until reading about it here. Thanks again!

  • Nikki Gwin

    I have not gotten Boardbooster or Tailwind yet but have been considering it.
    🙂 gwingal

    • DO IT! Best investment I’ve made so far.

  • Hadassah Tate

    thank you so much for the tips! this is simple but soooo helpful!

  • The Revive Old Post plugin is so great! I’m not big on Twitter, but it’s actually helped me gain more followers by putting out content on a more consistent basis, even if if is automated by the plugin.

    http://hollyhabeck.com

  • Sara Nichols

    I am going to have to try these tips! Thank you!

  • That plugin sounds great! And YES to having/starting drafts to fall back on!

    • That plugin is one of my faves haha!

  • McKennableu

    Being organized is key. It helps everything fall into place.

  • Robin @ And Then We Tried

    Love having a Pinterest scheduler. Makes it so much easier!

    • And it grew my pageviews by a lot!

  • Azanique

    Organization is totally key! It definitely helps me when I can get everything scheduled and organized in advance.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • These are great! Ever since I finally made an editorial calendar, blogging has been so much more fun and relaxed!

    • My editorial calendar is a godsend ha!

  • Karoline J.

    Great tips! I really need to step up my Pinterest game!

  • What do you like about boardbooster? I haven’t tried it – I only use tailwind!

    • I like how simple it is! Plus it’s based in TX so I’m a bit biased haha.

  • Melissa Chapman

    Great ideas I am still not sure about IFTTT though, I definitely think the other ideas were great and organization is paramount.

  • Love the draft post ideas! I really need to think of these for the next year!

  • These are such great tips! I usually write about anything I want when I have time so I have something to pull out if I don’t have anything.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Great tips! I totally have random drafts to throw together as well!

  • Ashley Spang-GrowingSpangs.com

    I really need to get with the program and get drafts ready to go. Life happens, especially with a toddler, and I find myself scrambling more often than not. Thanks for the inspiration, I think I might make a point of putting drafts on the weekend’s to-do list.

  • I just recently started using IFTTT. It is one of my favorite automation tools. I also love Social Jukebox and Boardbooster.

    • Ohh need to check out Social Jukebox!

  • I really need to try the Pinterest tips! I need help in this department!

    • I know that’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so much to learn!

  • Taking blogging breaks has become a regular thing for me! I’m making it okay with myself to post only when I have something meaningful to share that I feel strongly about. I feel like a smaller amount of good quality posts always trumps just pumping things out just to be doing them.

    • Quality over quantity is sometimes the best.

  • Cecil

    These are great tips. Drafts would be the perfect time saver for me, I spend most of my time, working on blog posts so anything that will cut that time in half would be a lifesaver for me.

  • Brittany Daoud

    Great hacks! I really need to start using something that helps boost my status on Pinterest 🙂 xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

  • Adriana

    Such great tips, I love this! Pinterest schedulers are so amazing!

  • That’s handy!

  • These are such great hacks. Thanks for sharing! I recently started using stock photos and they have been a game-changer!

  • I need to be better about writing drafts in my downtime!

    • I’m planning to write some more during the break.

  • I absolutely agree with #1. I’ll write headlines and outlines for days, and then when I need something to post, I already have a stack of ideas waiting for me.

    I’m interested to hear your experience with IFTTT. I tried to understand why I would want to use it when I have so many other tools, but I agree it is totes annoying when you’re pushing images from one place and they show up as links somewhere else. If this fixes that issue, then AWESOME.

    • That was the main reason I use it. I like scrolling through my Twitter feed and seeing the real picture instead of a link. It does fix that issue!