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How many times have you spent too much time on your art blog because you realized you forgot something important like a call-to-action or links to other blog posts? Today I am going to talk about how you can save time blogging with a checklist.
Save Time Blogging With A Checklist
You are reading this post because you know how important it is to create content that will attract your target audience but you are having a difficult time trying to fit it into your already busy week.
I know exactly how you feel.
Before we get started I do want to mention that it takes time to build an audience with your blog. You will not see instant results as you will with your Facebook posts.
The difference is that when people visit your blog they are more interested in purchasing your art or they want to learn more about you as an artist.
So how do you get in the habit of writing blog posts on a regular schedule so you can drive traffic to your artist website?
The best way is to find strategies that will make the job less painful.
How many times have you put a job that you do not like doing (like dusting) on the back-burner even though you know it needs to get done?
If you can find ways to make blogging just a bit easier you will be more apt to get the job done.
In this short Be More Productive With Your Art Blog Series, I am going to go over two strategies (checklists and templates) that have helped me save a lot of time writing blog posts.
I am going to get you started on checklists in today’s post
How To Create A Checklist
Before you can create a checklist for your art blog you will want to have a clear vision of what your objectives are.
Everyone will have unique objectives so you will want to take some time to decide what you would like to achieve with your art blog.
Here are some objective examples:
- Sell art
- Sell art prints
- Sell greeting cards
- Sell merchandise
- Sell eBooks
- Offer art tutorials
- Earn income from other sources like affiliate marketing
- Share information on local events
Once you have a clear vision of what you would like to accomplish with your art blog you can start to create a series of things to check off when you’ve completed them.
I have found it beneficial to have specific checklists for different blogging jobs.
Below are some examples of what I use:
Writing Blog Post Checklist:
- When to schedule post
- Links to other posts
Promoting Blog Post On Social Media Accounts Checklist:
- Create images for different social media accounts
- Text for the posts
- When to post on Facebook
- When to post on Twitter
- When to post on Pinterest
- Check analytics
Sending Out Newsletter Checklist:
- Image for newsletter
- Text for newsletter
- Link to blog post or posts
Art Blog Post Checklist Template
You are going to find out very quickly that your checklists are going to make your life a little easier and they will help you to achieve your goals.
It is easier to glance over a checklist than it is to try to remember everything that needs to get done and at the end of the day, you feel a sense of accomplishment looking at all of the tasks you were able to cross off the list.
Below is what a checklist for your blog posts might look like:
- Post topic
- Topic bullet points
- Write content
- Proofread post
- Add image
- Include a call-to-action
- Set permalinks
- Set category
- Preview post to make sure everything looks good and meets your objectives
- Check to see if all the links are working
- Schedule the post
Depending on your objectives your checklist might look different. For example, maybe you will add videos or a “click to Tweet” link.
Your checklist will be unique and you will find it changing overtime but the example above is a good starting point.
Do you struggle with time management?
If you do you might find my eBook Get More Done in Less Time The Part-time Artist eBook very helpful. These are the same time management strategies I have been using for many years.
One of your main objectives is to drive traffic to your art listings if your goal is to sell your artwork online.
Finding ways to be more productive with important jobs like blogging should be a top priority.
Having a checklist will help to make your days more manageable and less stressful.
For more time management tips that relate to blogging visit:
- Be More Productive On Your Art Blog Series
- Save Time Blogging With Templates
Save Time Blogging With A Checklist Overview:
- How to Create A Checklist
- Art Blog Post Checklist Template
28 Day Blogging Challenge for Visual Artists
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