I’m excited to be participating yet again in this year’s Blogathon! Of course it seems like every day is a blogathon over here, but at least today other people are joining me! Today I’m going to share with you my “must-do” weekly blog tasks, and at the end you’ll find one of the mini challenges for the Blogathon. Read on to find out what I suggest for bloggers to do on a weekly basis.
If you missed my post on my “must-do” daily blog tasks, click through to read it! This post shows how I use my browser bookmarks bar to keep track of my tasks.
I hope that you will find this information useful, and that you will try the mini challenge at the bottom of the post, but keep in mind that only Blogathon participants (June 2014) are eligible for prizes. If you want to join, find the Blogathon details here!
My Must-Do Weekly Blog Tasks
You probably have some obvious blogging tasks that you do on a daily basis, and some blogging tasks make sense to do on a monthly basis, but what should you be doing each week? Well here are some of my ideas, and hopefully you’ll find some of them useful!
Weekly Blogging Tasks
1. Backup your blog
Even better, get a security plugin that will backup your blog automatically each week and send you the file! I use All In One WP Security.
2. Respond to comments on your blog posts
Rather than responding here and there throughout the week, it will save you time if you focus on comments just once a week. You can go into your account and respond to comments one right after the other. Your blog community will grow if you take the time to respond to your readers. It will make them feel good and want to return to your blog and comment again!
3. Comment on other blogs
I rarely find time anymore to read my favorite blogs and comment, but it is so important. You have to show some love to get some love, and I’m sure you have people you want to support. Sunday afternoon might be a nice time to catch up on posts from the previous week. Personally, I try to catch up with my favorites on my tablet when I’m riding in the car.
4. Clean out your inbox
Ah, the dreaded email inbox. If you reserve an hour or two once a week to clearing out old emails and responding to important ones, you may possibly keep your sanity. I like to keep my inbox to under 100 emails, and I love it when I get it under 50! When it creeps above 200, I know it’s time to pop open a coke, get comfortable, and take time to clean it out!
I have a separate folder for all emails related to any campaigns I’m working on, so that all the important, time-sensitive information is in one place and doesn’t get lost among my other emails. When I finish a campaign, those emails get archived.
If you have more than one email account, consider combining them. I have several different email addresses, but they all forward to my personal gmail account, which allows me to have everything in one place, and I can then organize into folders if necessary.
5. Plan your posts for next week
Hopefully you are planning ahead more than 7 days, but even if you are, you should take a moment to see what you have coming up in the following week. I don’t usually post on the weekends, so Saturday is a good day for me to remind myself of which posts are going up in the next week. That way I can make sure I’m prepared with ideas, photos, and anything I need to buy ahead of time to help complete the post.
6. Add to your list of post ideas
You should be keeping a running list of post ideas, for days when you have nothing planned or have a touch of the writer’s block. Think about what people need to know from you. What are people in your niche searching for? Visit a forum in your niche and see what questions people are asking. Think of variations on your most popular posts. Consider posting about a trending topic.
7. Apply for blogging opportunities
Some companies send opportunities through their mailing lists, and others post their campaigns online, so you have to visit and see what is available. Don’t miss out on an opportunity that’s perfect for you because you didn’t set aside time to see what was out there! If you need some ideas for companies to work with, check out my Ultimate List of Blogger Networks
8. Update old posts to link to newer posts
At the end of each week, look back through your posts. Did you link to any of your older posts (I hope so!)? Go back to those older posts and, if appropriate, link from the older post to the newer post that you just published. Interlinking related posts (especially when using keyword anchor text) will help you to rank higher in Google for the topics you are writing about.
9. Update/Promote an older post
While you’re back there in your archives, pick out a post that could use some sprucing up, and then fix it and promote it.
10. Spend some time on social media
Who am I kidding? We do this daily! But once a week give a little attention to your lesser-used social networks. Spent some time on StumbleUpon or Google Plus, sharing some of your posts and posts by others.
So what do you think? Did I miss something that is a “must-do” weekly blog task for you? Please share your ideas in the comments!
Your Mini Challenge
For the Blogathon participants, here is your mini challenge! You have two choices:
1. Choose at least three of the activities above and do them today. Leave a comment letting me know what you did, and if you think you will continue to do it on a weekly basis.
2. Get yourself organized so that your daily, weekly, monthly tasks are easy to do. Visit my Daily Blog Tasks post to see how I get organized via my bookmarks bar. Adopt my method, or create your own! Leave a comment telling me how you got organized.