As I am fast approaching my First Blogaversary, I have noticed how complicated this ‘running a blog’ thing can really be.
I also noticed that I have developed little tricks to make my blogging life easier.
Why not share, right? After all, the general consensus is that we here in the FIRE niche do not openly compete with each other. Instead, it is more like the old adage ‘a rising tide lifts all boats‘.
After my first few months of blogging, I posted about all The Newbie Mistakes I had Made. Where that post focused on the things I did wrong, this one is geared towards good ideas for others to implement.
Although far from a master of any, I am currently participating in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I also regularly post on the RockStar Finance Forum and the sub Reddit for Financial Independence. (* see note)
* (Reddit note) Reddit is a funny kingdom. They do not want anything that even smells of self-promotion on this thread and will strenuously root it out. However, there is one time each week where you are allowed to self-promote your blog. With over 300k subscribers, it is worth checking out.
This translates to having many different colored balls in the air at the same time.
Keeping track of what post has already appeared where is a major time sucker.
If you happen to be that person organized enough to cover all of your social media bases for a post as the post is published,
screw you kudos to you. I am not that guy.
I am still going back into the archives and making sure each old post hits all the stops on my little circuit. This can easily get confusing.
So I invented my Master Post List. This is simply an excel sheet with almost every post I have ever written. It has 2 major groupings of posts;
Posts that were published and Posts that have not yet been published. As I publish the post, I move it from one group to the other.
The group of posts that have been published has the following columns;
- Published Date
- Date posted to RockStar
- Date posted to Reddit
- Pinterest Date
- Facebook Date
- Instagram Date
I don’t put a date for Twitter because my posts are instantly tweeted when I publish them and my ‘Revive Old Post‘ app by ReviveSocial takes care of recirculating older ones.
There are also types of posts I do not recycle. Please folks, no body wants to see OLD income/expense/net worth reports. If someone wants that info bad enough, they can dig around for it in your archives.
Back to the Excel Sheet. This is an easy way to keep track of where and when you have highlighted a post.
This method also prevents you from under promoting a post (GASP!) and creating a post orphan.
The other idea/notion I wanted to float out there as a pearl of wisdom is about your fellow bloggers.
Go ahead and take a moment to stroll through the Directory of Bloggers on RockStar Finance, do it by clicking the last column ‘Start‘. One blog from 1998, then slowly building up over the aughts and then a shit ton in 2016/17.
We are birthed in batches and then massively die off around the 6 month and 1 year marks. Become conscious of your contemporaries, predecessors, and new kids on the block.
I think of these almost as tribes based on your blog’s birthday.
Time and time again we see the ‘tip’ to reach out to more established blogs and do things like guest post. We are the remoras attaching ourselves to the larger more successful fish. You probably already figured that out.
What I am really talking about is the moment you realize that you are somebody else’s bigger fish. Yes you. Your adolescent blog is practically ‘old school’ compared to the eager beaver blogger just trying to get out of the starting gates.
Foster these relationships. Yes, some of them will die off before they ever realize their potential, but a few of those tadpoles will go on to become full blown beautiful bull frogs.
I also try to be helpful and do not HOARD my secrets. People remember who it is that always seems to be commenting, or re-tweeting, or providing helpful suggestions.
I adjust My Blogroll every so often to reflect who I feel has gone out of their way to produce useful stuff but also to reflect who seems to have my back.