blogging, inspirational

blog coaching with maggie – session #3

Hey guys!! Welcome back to Maggie’s Doodles ๐Ÿ’• I’m so glad you’re here!

This is week #3 of me coaching you guys on how to blog! Well… sharing how I blog, anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚

I hope you find some tips in this series that inspire you or teach you something new! ๐Ÿ’–

If you haven’t already read the first two sessions, you can do so here and here! These posts don’t have to be read in any particular order thpugh, as they’re just round-ups of some of my best tips.

blogging personality ๐ŸŽจ

Curate a blogging routine for yourself

*tries to remember what I was even talking about when I created this tip* lol

I feel like I already outlined this in my first blog coaching session post actually ๐Ÿคท

haha anyway

The secret behind blogging consistently is (ok not really – one of them maybe? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) is to make blogging a habit!

For the past month or so, blogging has been a side hustle. I’ve been focusing on other areas of my life, which has resulted in losing the blog routine and habits I did have.

Depending on what you have going on in your life, finding where blogging fits for you is so important!

I really recommend evaluating how, why, and when you want to blog. ๐Ÿ’ป

Try checking in a couple times a month with yourself to make sure blogging is a positive part of your life. At various points, you may want to blog less, more, or differently than you were in the weeks before, which in my opinion is totally fine and normal! ๐Ÿ’™

Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you develop and rework your blog routine:

  • How many times a week would I like to post?
  • What are the posts I’m really interested in writing right now?
  • Which time/s of day do I like planning/writing posts?
  • Which time/s of day do I enjoy responding to comments + reading others’ blog posts?
  • Are there posts I like doing on certain days of the week?
  • Do I want to plan posts right now on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis?
  • Are there any posts I was going to do, but I’m not interested in anymore?
  • Are there any bloggers I’d like to collaborate with?
  • Is there anything I’d like to change with my blog design, post graphics, post titles, etc?

I hope some of these questions help you along in loving blogging!

important blogging checklist ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ

When you publish a post, make sure
the time of the post is current

For some reason, the WordPress editor has gotten it into its head that the first time you saved a draft is the exact moment you want to publish it.

Snazzy, huh ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’–

So for example, let’s say I started working on a new post this morning. I work on it a few times throughout the day, saving it as I go, and I finish up with it tomorrow afternoon. If I’m not careful, when I hit publish tomorrow, the publication date will be set for the morning before (when I first created the draft). So the post gets BACK-published, appearing far back in everyone’s Reader instead of being published right now.

Unfortunately back-publishing is a common problem for bloggers, and if we don’t pay attention our posts might never get seen by our readers. I’d love to help with this because so many incredible posts get back-published and don’t get the attention they totally deserve! ๐Ÿ’•

Here’s how you can avoid this:

On the block editor, under Post > Status & visibility in the right sidebar: you’ll see the ‘Publish’ area that will either say ‘Immediately’ or show a date and timestamp. When you’re ready to publish, click whatever it shows and hit ‘Reset’ in the bottom left corner beneath the calendar. This will ensure that it’s published in this moment instead of another moment. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even when it says ‘Immediately,’ it could be referencing the immediate moment you created the draft! gah complicated

On the WP app, while editing a post: either tap ‘Publish Now’ or edit the Publish Date (under Post Settings from the top right corner) with the current time. It might also say ‘Immediately,’ which means it’s done it for you. (also please make sure your blog settings match your time zone lol…)

Don’t worry – if you’re confused, I am too ๐Ÿ˜‚

If you ever accidentally publish a post back in time, you have two options for fixing its publication date. You can either edit the publish timestamp and update it to the current moment, which may or may not make it appear in the Reader accurately. Check your Reader. If it didn’t work, the other option (which is quite time-consuming, but worth it) is to revert the post to a draft and copy everything into a new draft – post title, post body, tags, featured image, and all. The fastest way to do that is to go to the Code editor (click the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the block editor) and copy the post body in code, then paste it into the code editor of the new draft. You then have to manually update the title, tags, and everything else, then publish the draft immediately.

Phew that was a lot of words ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ

If you’d like more personalized help with this problem, please let me know! I’d like to help bloggers who are struggling with this so that we can all enjoy blogging free of technical difficulties.

behind-the-scenes tips ๐Ÿ”ง

Change the size of pictures you use
on your blog

When you upload a picture you’ve taken or one you’ve saved from the internet to your blog’s media library, you’re uploading the picture in its full size.

With the free WordPress plan, you get 3GB of storage space. With the other plans, you get:

  • 6GB of storage space (Personal plan)
  • 13GB of storage space (Premium plan)
  • 200GB of storage space (Business and eCommerce plans)

Whichever plan you have, I think it’s always wise to conserve as much space as possible! This will enable you to enjoy sharing photos on your blog without needing to worry about running out of space any time soon. It will also ensure that your blog readers will get to see your awesome graphics ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’• (sometimes if an attached image is too big, it will take forever to load which can potentially crash your reader’s phone/freeze up their computer!)

My friend Diamond wrote a post on Living the Blogging Life outlining what you can do if you run out of media space! (click here)

Here’s how my media library looks! To get here, I use the Classic Dashboard instead of the WP Editor (or whatever the new one is called ๐Ÿ˜‚).

Why don’t I use the new media library? Well it doesn’t let you change file size. Neither does the media library within the WP app. *le sigh*

Oh there’s one thing I wanted to note: when you pick the file size of an image in your post, you’re not changing its size. You are editing how it will appear in your post. So if it’s a humungo image, you might still run into problems lol

If you’d like to visit the Classic Dash media library for your own blog, you can find the link template below – just change the ‘yourblogname’ part to your URL!

http:// your blog name . wordpress . com/wp-admin/upload.php

that looked pretty spam-like huh lol

Here’s how you can change the image size from that media library:

  • Click on the image you want to change the size of
  • Underneath the image there’s a button that says ‘Edit Image.’ Click that
  • To the right you’ll see an option that says ‘SCALE IMAGE’ – edit one of those numbers to a smaller number and ‘Scale’
  • Tip: I recommend 500×500 for blog buttons, a size of at least 1200×675 for featured images, a size of at least 2000 for blog headers, and sizes from 400 through 750 for blog graphics/post images

You can experiment with these dimensions yourself. Ultimately, it’s up to you and how you like for your blog to look. One thing to pay attention to is how your theme displays images so you can learn about what looks best!

growing your blog ๐ŸŒŽ

Give your readers something to look forward to

Inevitably, my favorite blogs are the ones that have a weekly series I adore reading!

The predictability and anticipation really captures my attention and keeps it. Usually, these series will include the blogger’s audience (so I get to participate!), or it’s a funny/inspirational series I enjoy following along with.

The biggest tip I have for writing post series is when you have a post idea you’re excited about, hold onto it before writing and publishing it. Turn it around and work with it – see if it’s something you can expand into a series instead of a standalone post! (which are awesome by the way, but post series are pretty epic too hehe – more content!)

I’ll share a post sometime soon with more tips for developing post series! For now that’s the tip I have for you ๐Ÿ’–

Looking for more blogging tips?

I run a website called Living the Blogging Life with my friends! We share blogging tips, our experiences as bloggers, and advice on how to grow as a blogger. ๐Ÿ’™ Here are some categories I recommend checking out:

I’ll see you guys again soon!

Are there any blogging questions you’d like answered? Did you find this post helpful? Let’s chat in the comments!

29 thoughts on “blog coaching with maggie – session #3”

  1. These are such great blogging tips Maggie, I try to make blogging a habit too. I tend to schedule my posts every Sunday morning- I love this little coaching series! I’m new to your blog (I found you through your Fireflies short story on Tall Blonde Tales Blog) and I love it so far! I’d love it if you could check out my blog, I share a lot of similar posts to you too haha! โค


    1. Aw thank you! Yeah it’s always exciting to figure out the most enjoyable way to blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much, I appreciate it! Oh that’s awesome. I’ll definitely be coming by your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine โค

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  2. Thank you so much for this. I didn’t know about a lot of this stuff (including back-publishing).
    โค ,

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