The best thing about having a routine is the seamless flow it accords us daily, weekly or even monthly. Routines help us know what activities need to be done ahead of time. We have routines for the baby, for our meals, for working out e.t.c. If our blogs are half as important as these other things, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a daily blog routine as well.
While routines can be so boring, it is encouraged to still prepare a checklist for our daily activities. We might not strictly adhere to the timing but it allows us prioritise and still get things done eventually.
One of those things that SHOULD be done daily is spending productive time on our blogs. Time spent should cut across our content, statistics and even subscribers. I already mentioned that routines can be boring but the trick is to ensure you love what you are getting involved with.
In the same way, love your blog, spend time tweaking it daily, Never leave your blog unattended even if you will not be publishing a new article. To help with you cover important areas of your blog daily, here is a list of action items I try to add in my daily blog routine:
- Approve pending Comments.
Who else gets excited when there is a new comment to approve? I feel like comment notifications excites me more than any other social media notification. If your comment settings does not require you to approve comments, then skip to the next one.
- Reply Comments Immediately
So I have noticed how difficult it is to come back to reply comments once I leave it for later. If you are not extremely busy, just reply comments immediately you approve it. Early feedback shows you take your blog readers seriously and you appreciate their contribution. However, do not beat yourself up if you do not reply early. Just make sure you get it done at some point in the day.
- Check the Readers that subscribe to your blog
I do not know what criteria you use to build a relationship with your readers but I like to check and follow blogs that subscribe to my blog. It is even more impactful when the blog has a really small number of followers but there is useful content. If a reader has dropped a comment on your blog, i feel like it is nice to check out their blog as well. No one likes to have their reader filled with blogs that does not belong to their niche buy then again support anyone who supports your blog. A follow, like or comment goes a long way to encourage startup bloggers.
- Live on your Insights Page
OK! Not literally but as a blogger you should be interested in which country your readers are, what posts have the highest attention, your views, ranking etc. Make use of whichever plugin you have to monitor your blog reading. Compare the views from previous years, daily views etc
- Read and Edit your most recent/old blog posts
The good thing about this is getting to find those little tenses that need to be corrected. Always go over your previous posts, update them with new ideas/facts etc
- Publicise your posts
I already mentioned it is a bad idea to stay away from your blog completely. Publicise both old and new Posts across your social media accounts. Use new catchy call to action, hashtags and tag media accounts that help publicise posts.
- Check for Spam Comment
I like to leave this one until much later in the day. This give time for more comments to drop. A lot of times, I find genuine comments in my spam and of course a lot of bot comments. Delete the bot comments permanently and un-spam the reasonable comments so that you can approve it.
- One more for the road guys!!!
Open your blog and just leave it on your tab. Admire your blog, think of the changes it needs, just be your blogs most returning reader/visitor. This is me everyday and I love the feeling of owning a blog.
Writers block (whatever that means to you) is not a reason to stay away from your blog. Use the time to tweak things on your blog and let your readers know you are online.
Share your thoughts
What is that thing you always do on your blog everyday?
Do you have more tips to share?
I will like to read from you