5 Simple Tricks to Create Great Blog Content

5 Simple Blog Content Tricks - Book Blogging Tips by Novels and Nebulas

I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who has struggled to get my creative juices going and my blog alive. However, over the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve picked up a few things that have made the process easier for me. In today’s blog post, I want to share those with you all so you can keep your blog thriving through the darkest of times. I must preface this post with the disclaimer that these are strategies that have worked for me and I hope that this will give you some helpful tips. Are you ready to check out my tricks for creating awesome blog content?

#1: Jot down ideas in one place

This is the easiest of the tricks I employ that will change the way you create blog content forever. Ideas are creatures that come and go as they please. If you don’t have the habit of writing down your ideas, rectify that immediately. If you do, making sure they are in a single place so you can come back to them at any time. The real challenge here is to discover a method that works for you.

My process has been a lot of trial and error but I now use Notion, which takes care of all my needs! I always have my phone with me, so I quickly jot down ideas when they hit me on the app. It also works on laptop, so I can refer back to it when I need to. Other excellent suggestions would be a bullet journal, a spreadsheet or even a binder if you are so inclined. Even if you use multiple things, have one master list that you update with every idea periodically.

#2: Create a content calendar

Do you dread placing restrictions on yourself and lose inspiration if there are too many rules? Are you posting great content but inconsistency is your biggest hurdle? Fear not, because I used to be that kind of blogger too but I’ve got past that. I have a strict posting schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays on Novels and Nebulas, which I’m very comfortable with. Let me illustrate how.

A content calendar is simply a plain old calendar filled in with which posts need to go up on which dates. I like to plan my content one month ahead and keep a variety of posts throughout the month. This also helps keep my readers engaged because I’m not posting 3 book reviews back-to-back. It also prevents inconsistency because I’m never faced with a blank slate on the day I’m supposed to post. I will be talking more about how to make your own content calendar in a future post, so keep an eye out for that!

#3: Mix up seasonal and evergreen content

This is something I’ve become more aware of recently thanks to all the advice I read up on before going self-hosted. Basically put, seasonal content is something that is relevant for a short period of time (think Christmas gift guides or 2020 quarantine-related posts). Evergreen content is the goldmine that keeps getting views weeks, months and years after it’s been posted (like book recommendations or reading tips).

I’ve seen many bloggers do this and it really keeps me coming back for more of their content. When I write down ideas, I immediately think of which category they falls into. When I fill out my content calendar, I make sure to have both these types spaced evenly throughout the month. It also influences the way I write blog posts because I tend to use language that sounds timeless in the latter kind. This is one of the best tricks that has helped me become more conscious of my blog content.

#4: Schedule posts in advance

I must confess that applying this to my blogging life hasn’t been a great success yet. However, whenever I manage to do it, I get reminded of why I wanted to make this a habit. Every blogger who uses this swears by it and I can understand the appeal. Whenever posting day comes around, I’m in a rush to get it done on time and posted. Instead, imagine if I had it done when I was free rather than at the last-minute!

My top tip on how to implement this is to set aside dedicated time for blogging and draft your posts. If you’re not in the mood to write, try blog hopping or promoting your content so that it counts towards your overall blogging goals. Experiment and see when you are at your creative best during the day and try to do it then. Measure the time you take to finish a blog post and start your future posts that much ahead in time. Mastering this one out of all the tricks is difficult but it will definitely make your blog content shine if you manage it.

#5: Measure the response and refine your plan

Every good plan has scope for improvement, so it has to have a feedback loop. The easiest way to see if any changes that you make is working is to take a look at your stats. There’s a whole range here from views to everything that Google Analytics offers. I personally think that the stats provided by Jetpack are good enough for me. Pretty much every platform offers some insights free of cost and keeping track of that really helps!

However, I want people to take this with a word of caution because one can get too obsessed and create content just for the numbers. I personally think that takes away all the joy in creating in an online space that was originally a way to share your thoughts. The key here is to find a balance between what you like to create and what your audience wants. Once you identify the intersection of those two groups is when you will notice your blog growing rapidly. I’m yet to get good at this part because this blog is quite recent but I hope to hit my stride soon!

Further Reading

✨Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane BooksHow I plan my book blog’s content

✨Naty @ Naty’s BookshelfBlog Post Ideas for Book Bloggers

What are some of tricks you’ve learnt on your blogging journey? Would you call yourself a planner or a more spontaneous blogger? What is your favourite kind of content to read? Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!

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  1. I’ve definitely become a bit more consistent after I got a planner last year and starting noting down my posts schedule. It also helps me be a bit ahead and not worry too much on days when I’m not in the mood to write or read anything.

      1. I’m about 2 weeks ahead in terms of reviews… but I always get stuck on what to do for Tuesday and Thursday 😊😊 have to try and think more ideas..

  2. I feel like this post ws written for me as I’m really struggling to create content for my blog right now. Jotting things down definitely hold me more accountable, although I do struggle with creating a content calendar and scheduling posts. I’d say I’m more of a spontaneous reader and I totally love reading book lists.

    1. I really hope it helps you get more organised! I recommend getting Kal @ Reader Voracious’ 2020 blogging calendar because it is really helpful! 😊 Just try to fill it up for May (don’t worry about all the other things) and see how things go from there.

  3. Ah what a wonderful, wonderful post (and thank you so much for sharing my post, you’re so sweet!) <3 I always have ideas written down so I can refer to them whenever I'm not feeling too inspired and it can really be a life saver ahah. So is scheduling in advance, it helps in making me way less stressed out about blogging, too πŸ™‚

    1. I had actually drafted this post and then I saw yours on Twitter. The similarities were so striking, so of course I had to direct people to yours. β™₯️ I totally agree! I aspire to get better like you in terms of scheduling though. πŸ˜…

      1. Aw you’re so, so sweet, thank you so much <3 <3 OH I'm not that good ahah I try my best but sometimes I lose my mind over it a little bit haha.

          1. I πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­ I think I might cry πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­ thank you, this honestly means so much more than I could ever say. πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­

  4. For some unbeknownst-to-me reason I wasn’t following your blog already??? That’s fixed now!

    Thanks so much for linking back to my post! I love what you wrote here, I love especially the first tip! I also write down all my post ideas, even the silly ones (mostly those, really), it’s so helpful. I really need to work on the pre-scheduling part, somehow the past weeks I’ve run out of scheduled posts.

    This was such fun to read πŸ™‚ Love your content!

    1. Thank you so much! β™₯️ Please know I appreciate your lovely blog as well. 😊 It’s really nice to see diverse voices in the blogging community.

      Your post is honestly a life-saver! I’m sure I’ll be returning to it soon when I’m stumped for ideas! πŸ˜… I need to get on the scheduling bandwagon too. Hopefully the extra time on my hands nowadays will help me do that. 😊

  5. Some great practical advice here! I’ve been working a lot on #2 and #3 in the past few months. I use a calendar add-on for WordPress that is a lifesaver for helping me visualize and balance out my content for the weeks ahead. It’s still tough for me sometimes to stick to the schedule but it definitely helps more than when I have nothing planned. As for scheduling posts in advance… I’ve always thought “I’ve never had a chunk of free time for me to actually focus and get ahead” but now I do, haha, so I’m working on it. ;P

    1. I’m glad you feel the same. 😊 Well, I guess that’s one of the only good outcomes of the quarantine. πŸ˜… I had missed many old posts because work was so hectic but I’m catching up on them and then I’ll move on to scheduling the future ones. Fingers crossed I can get that done. 🀞🏼

  6. This is a fantastic list of recommendations, Nandini! I think you and I are very similar in how we approach blogging and content creation. Honestly, content calendar + post idea repository is what helps me stay focused. I’ve found that my inspiration and energy for writing comes in inconsistent waves, so capitalizing on when the mood strikes and scheduling ahead is a lifesaver. I used to post 5 times a week but brought it down to 3, which is a lot more manageable for me.

    1. Honestly, I hadn’t tried this approach until my new blog because I’m very moody too and I didn’t know how to capitalise on that. Of course, your blogging spreadsheet is a life-saver! β™₯️ I’ll definitely talk about that more when I make a post solely on creating a content calendar. I’m so glad you’ve adjusted your schedule to suit your needs. Being the sort of blogger whose resources/tips post I constantly refer and look most forward to, your comment means a lot. πŸ’•

      1. Capitalizing on the moody is the best thing EVER, I wish I could do it in every aspect of my life lol. And I am so happy to hear the spreadsheet helps! You don’t need to talk about it at all, but I do appreciate the thought. <3

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