How I Plan & Schedule My Blog Posts…

How I Plan and Schedule My Blog Posts

I’m a bit of an nerd when it comes to organisation and planning. Lists, diaries, notebooks, post-it-notes, planners… the excitement of those kind of things seems to course through my veins. Although I’ve posted hints & tips in previous features about scheduling and organisation, quite a few of you asked how I personally plan & schedule posts for my own blog.

Juggling work, life & being a busy mum (to a very active little lady) means it’s super important I keep totally focused and ahead of the game… after all, there’s only so many mental notes a bloggers head space can take. So this week I thought I’d share the planning process that works best for me & helps keep my blog schedule ticking over like a Swiss clock!



This is what I initially schedule a blog post on when the idea springs to mind. It’s also one of the most useful little A4 sheets of paper I possess. Without this I’d be in a state of utter confusion, grappling onto my sanity. Yes, it’s that useful!


In a very tiny nut shell, it’s simply a print out of an online planner in monthly day-to-day format. I usually print these out for at least 6 months in advance as I find myself scheduling post ideas around special future dates such as Christmas, Valentines, Anniversaries etc.

I adore the fact that I can glance at it in an instant & know what post is appearing & on what day/date. If I get a ‘EUREKA’ moment, I can very quickly whip this out, check to see what days are free for my idea to feature and get it jotted down pronto. Yep, it’s that simple.

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Overall it’s just a super way to keep track of what’s happening (& when) on the blog. You’ll be super surprised at how quickly the month fills up & seeing your features planned out makes you feel really efficient & in control. Say goodbye to a cranium full of cluttered mental notes 😉


Okay, so my ‘Monthly Planner’ might be great to quickly plan a posts for certain dates, but what about the finer details of the feature? As I’m sure you can see from the Monthly Planner (pictured above) there’s very little room for adding masses of notes – this is where my fabulous shocking pink Letts diary earns its keep…

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As shown above, I have a Make-Up Menu: Perfectly Plum, scheduled for 14th September. All I have to do is flick to the corresponding diary page and hey presto – I can plan in more detail until my heart’s content! A few of the things I include in my notes are:

The post title,

What photographs I want to take,

Props I want to use

Products I want to feature,

Notes about my opinions, pros & cons if it’s a product review

Any other key details I’d like to include.


Apart from the Monthly Planner & Diary, I have a few other simple little gadgets that make planning a tad easier & more productive…


1) Miniature Sticky Notes: These are ideal for keeping tabs on specific diary pages that you might be working on. You could even reference the colours to correspond with certain topics etc. This little post-it-note pack slips neatly into a handy little plastic folder-style page in my diary… so if you’re shopping for a new diary any time soon, be sure to check it comes with one of these plastic wallets as it’s great for storing extras!

2) Giant Paper Clips: I use these for securing my monthly planner to the inside the diary – it’s easy to remove and keeps a little book mark of exactly where it is for quick reference!

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3) Pilot Friction Pen: Basically the ink form of a pencil. This sassy little pen has a handy eraser on the end tip allowing you to cleanly erase any mistakes or juggle your posts more neatly on your schedule!

4) Removable Page Marker: If your diary doesn’t have one of these then I suggest you invest in one… you’ll spend less time leafing through lots of pages to find what day you’re on. Another little time saver 😉

How I Schedule My Blog Posts

So there you have it blog buddies, my step-by-step guide on how I plan & schedule my blog posts. Have you any tips on planning? What do you use to help you keep on top of your schedule? Whatever your thoughts do stop by to say a quick hello & let me know in the comments below!

Cheerio Chums…

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Are You Battling A Blogging Slump?

Beat The Blogging Slump

I often compare blogging to relationships. In the beginning it’s love at first sight… you have hopes, dreams, goals & glorious visions of the ideal life together. You’re the perfect couple; unstoppable. However, moving down the line (when the honey moon period fizzles out) the only goals you may end up with is how you’re going to write tomorrow’s post in the seven minutes you have to eat your bowl of honey hoops.

I know this because Confetti & Curves wasn’t my first blog. A few years ago I was in one of these ‘blogging relationships’ with my first disastrous attempt. After a year of dwindling commitment I quickly realised the relationship was going nowhere and so we parted ways. Yes, I dumped my blog.

It was a messy break up ladies, I’ll admit that. Frustration, anger, sadness, loneliness – I’d been through it all but low and behold, I finally found ‘the one’ & what a difference it made. The thing is, no one is exempt from hitting a blogging slump. You don’t anticipate it… it just happens. But similar to a relationship, the more effort you put in (and the quicker you work through the issues) the more likely you’ll stay well and truly smitten.

But first let’s grab a mug of tea & take a quick peek at some of the common grumbles that can often end in blogging slumps – or worse –  blog breakups….

“I’ve run out of things to blog about”

“I’m not getting the interactions other bloggers are…”

“My blogs stat page has tumble weeds blowing through it there’s so little activity”

“I just don’t have the time…”

“Everyone else is doing so well… then there’s me…”

“I don’t have time to promote post’s on social media 24/7, 365 days a year”

“Nobody’s noticing me, I’m so fed up.”

“I’m spending so much time blogging but hardly getting any traffic, or likes, or comments…”

“I’m losing interest, it’s just not fun anymore”

Any of these ring familiar, or am I the only one with my hand in the air? I’m pretty certain that at some point we all touch on a few of the above, in fact I doubt we’d be human if we didn’t. However having been through a dreaded slump before, I thought I’d share a few of my own musings on how to avoid such a digital downer…


Back To Basics

Cast your mind back (go on, you can do it) to just before you launched your own little corner of the internet. What blogs where you reading? Who inspired you? What inspired you? Maybe it’s time to revisit a few old blogging flames to recapture the spark that initially started your blogging journey in the first place! It just may help to inspire that vision you had when your adventure first began.


Go With The Flow

Here’s the thing, starting a blog and maintaining one (over a long period of time) is two very different experiences. As the months whittle away and the honeymoon period comes to an end, mindsets & interests often change & evolve in ways we never anticipated. As individuals we’re constantly on life’s learning curve so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that goals, aspirations and interests shift with the tides. If the topic your currently writing about is repetitively becoming a struggle then maybe it’s time to evaluate what direction your blog is moving in. Supportive blog buddies will always understand that branching into new material or topics may be essential in keeping you active!


Practice What You Preach

It’s ridiculously easy to get caught in the trap of spending every free moment glued to a screen. Getting out & enjoying life is incredibly important for our sanity and creativity. Just think of all those glorious ‘Get ready with me’ posts you might be missing out on creating or fun opportunities passing you by whilst your fingers spend yet another evening working out on the laptop. If your social life is non existent then it’s inevitable you’re going to find yourself in a rut before long. Don’t just blog about life… live it!


Exercise Your Mind

Exercise isn’t just beneficial for your body, it keeps the mind healthy too. Finding a few hours a week to distress at the gym, pool or even on a lovely long walk can really help clear out all the brain clutter that often builds up from work, school, busy schedules, parenthood & life in general. Often the most creative posts I’ve written have hit during times when my mind is getting a workout along with my body. May sound weird but I promise you it works wonders, even if it’s just a 20 minute evening dander, it’s essential!


Under Pressure

Often, the only people putting pressure on ourselves is in fact ourselves! Okay, so what if you miss one post because you were getting dolled-up for a friends birthday party? So what if you can’t get reading every single blog in your news feed today because school has thrown you a last minute assignment (or) you’re having to put the kids to bed later than planned? The world won’t stop turning, nor will readers abandon your blog simply because you’re taking a well earned day off. Do it, it’s really okay.


Nothing Compares To You

If only I could show you guys how many emails I’ve received over the past 10 months partly containing the same burning question over and over again:  ‘Why aren’t I?…’

Please Please Pleeeeease don’t negatively compare your very awesome/capable/talented & creative self to others. I know, it’s hard but trust me when I say this: IT WILL ONLY LEAD TO BANGING ONES HEAD OFF A COMPUTER SCREEN.  Instead forget your stat page even exists, whip out a notebook and write down all the positive changes you’d like to make to your blog & DO IT. Afterwards get your hash-tag’s on and start meeting & greeting new blog buddies… particularly those that may just be starting up in the blogging world. You’ll be amazed at how much of a source of support you’ll be for each other.

A much better plan than staring into your 4th empty coffee cup wondering how someone else got a bazillion likes and you didn’t. Put the effort in, get the support of great blog buddies behind you, keep active & you will see a positive change.


Work Your Work Space

Okay, this may not be suitable for everyone but I’m just gonna go right ahead and throw it in the mix anyway folks… Usually when I’m going through a creative crisis my entire house bears the brunt.  What I mean is I have one heck of a huge sort out and re-model of my surroundings. Example:

If it hasn’t been used in the last 6 months it gets binned.

Entire rooms get re-arranged.

New stationary gets purchased.

An array of smelly candles and footery little nik-naks (to replace the ton I threw out) get dotted about the place.

Inspirational quotes are adorned in new Ikea photo frames.

Yes, I re-organise my entire surroundings. Feng shui my space – whatever you want to call it, I basically instigate a change & often find my mindset changes with it. Just try it. Even if it’s simply rearranging your desk or clearing out the devastation zone under your bed etc. A cluttered room is the makings of a cluttered mind.


Plan To Perfection

One thing I have noticed about blogging is that planning in advance makes a HUUUGE difference. I’m a paper & pen kinda gal, in fact I’m also the proud owner of a rather sizeable wall planner that is purely dedicated to Confetti & Curves… everything gets written down in advance so that one glance is all it takes to know what’s happening & when it’s going to be featured. If you’re anything like me, drumming up a post in the final hour will make you feel utterly un-organised & put pressure on your creativity – a huge no no for blogging! If you’re battling a busy lifestyle then last week’s feature might help: 10 Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule.


Follow Your Dreams

Cast your mind back (once again) to a time when you had just clicked the ‘sign me up’ button on your blog site. Apart from trepidation & first time nerves, what was going through your head? Did you have plans, hopes & dreams for your blog? What were the opportunities you dreamt about?

Step back from your eye watering schedule, run yourself a steaming hot bubble bath & spend a good hour reminiscing about why you started blogging in the first place. Often we just need a break and time to gather our thoughts, to remind ourselves why we’re actually doing what we’re doing in the first place. Is it just to pass lonely nights in? To become a super star blogger? To make blogging a full time job? Drifting back to those dreams can often help us assess whether or not our commitment is worth the effort. If it is, then get back on that saddle and make sure you remind yourself everyday of your goals & dreams.


Time Out

A day, a week, a month – whatever. If you need the break then take it. Don’t feel guilty and don’t feel like you’re abandoning ship – you’re merely taking time out so you can be a better blogger in the long run. However I would suggest popping a little ‘Time Out’ post just to reassure readers that you’ll be back soon. If you’re really generous you might even want to leave an email address so people can keep in touch with you while you’re on your jolly blogging hols, it’s amazing how the encouragement from others can pull us out of a writing rut 🙂

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Have you experienced a blogging slump? Is it something you’re going through at the moment? Or maybe you have a helpful tip you’d like to share that keeps you sane & de-slumped? Whatever your thoughts do let us know in the comments below, we do enjoy a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves!

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10 Tips For Blogging on A Busy Schedule…

Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule

As summer rolls to an end, many bloggers prepare to pack their bags for the classroom whilst the rest of us battle furiously with busy work schedules *sigh* In the midst of all this chaos being able to repetitively maintain a regular blog schedule can induce a few premature grey follicles (or) the increased consumption of nerve shattering caffeine/vino/energy drinks *delete as appropriate folks*. Trying to keep up with work commitments or a full time education whilst blogging can ultimately end up draining the life and soul clean out of you…. however, I bring tidings of joy in saying you can make it work & even mildly enjoyable in the process *gasp*

Naturally (as a responsible parent) schooling & work gotta come 1st. But fear not; for those of you searching for a resolution that doesn’t involve spending a fortune on hair dye or midnight trips to the coffee cupboard, here’s a few handy tips on how to keep your blogging schedule maintained and sanity intact…


No Comparisons

One of the biggest faux-pas us bloggers are consistently guilty off is comparing ourselves to others… should that be through comparing content, how many times we post, interactions, design etc etc etc. Comparing your blog to someone else’s is incredibly dangerous territory and usually only leads to negatively questioning your own abilities. Keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t essentially work for everyone else – there’s no magic blog potion or virtual wand, just you & your creativity so make the best of what you’ve got. It’s so much healthier for your productivity (and mental health) being able to find a realistic pattern that works solely for you, no one else! Trust me, you’ll enjoy blogging a whole lot better when you STOP comparing your blogging habits to others and putting unnecessary pressure on your shoulders. Reading other blogs should always be a tool to inspire, never to make negative comparisons by!



I’ve said it a million times before & I’ll say it yet again – note pads/jotters/cute little owl patterned books are all an ESSENTIAL piece of a bloggers tool kit. It’s utterly amazing the amount of times I’ve been out and about when an exciting blog post has sprung to mind. Scrawling it down is vital before the idea vanishes once again into thin air – there’s a limit on how many mental notes one stressed out mama can take! Keep a notepad & pen handy and you’ll very quickly find yourself waving goodbye to bloggers block or a sudden lack of creativity.

Another essential tool is a calendar. Those ideas you scribbled down in your notebook… get them onto a wall planner or calendar/diary pronto. I personally prefer good old paper & pencil as opposed to computerised, but embrace whatever works for you. In fact, think of it this way: for a blogger who posts 3 times a week (which is a pretty busy schedule)  jotting down 10 ideas is almost a whole months worth of blogging material! Watching your calendar fill up with ideas and posts will make you feel super organised and help you to manage your time SO much better, rather than creating posts on a whim at the very last minute… having been shoe horned into it by guilt; which in turn will leave you stressed to the bones & zapped of all creativity.


Write Opportunity

Yes, we’ve all got busy lives with school, work, families, socialising… etc. However between all the hustle & bustle of our everyday lives there are little snippets of time that can make a huge difference to help boosting the blog schedule. Think of all the bus journey’s, train commutes, lunch breaks, tea breaks, waiting on dinner heating in the oven breaks… it’s all valuable time & if we just utilise a few of those little windows a week to simply outline the foundations of a blog post or jot down some more great ideas it all adds up and helps keep your mindset as organised as can be.


Short n Sweet

This is important for a couple of reasons – firstly it doesn’t overwhelm readers being swamped in a screen full of text & secondly it makes your job as a blogger so much easier. Structuring your features into smaller bite size bullet points make it much more effective for you to write and much easier for your reader to take in. It’s also really good to commit yourself to a word limit (particularly, if like me, you can waffle for hours on end) For example, keeping your features to a limit of 500 words will certainly test your editing skills & you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you can be!



Not only will this give your blog a fresh dose of content, it helps drive extra traffic, introduces your readers to new friends & of course takes a teeny bit of pressure of your schedule. However to successfully invite guest bloggers onto your site it’s incredibly important that you:

1) Have received your guest bloggers posts well in advance to give yourself time to pre-schedule – remember the object of this is to take pressure OFF you, not result in chasing blog buddies for their pending features.

2) Stay true to the content subject on your blog. If you’ve established a reputation for being a regular fashionista yet start introducing a mish-mash of guest blog topics on: ‘The benefits of talking to house plants’ (that clearly bare no relevance to your own content) readers may get a little disinterested or in some cases disgruntled.

3) Make an effort. If indeed one of your blog chums has made the commitment to write a great piece for your blog the least you can do is support his/her hard work by sharing on social media & being quick to respond to any interactions. Okay, it may help keep your blog relevant and fresh in new content but always be sure to support your blog buddies or you might not get the same in return.


Picture This

Okay so blogging’s not Instagram, we get that, but us readers are a nosey bunch & often devour a great post with lots of interesting piccies to look at. It could be a girls night out (or in), a jolly holiday (or rainy weekend break) or maybe even a few snaps from a shopping spree/day trip/walk along the beach. It’s nice to inject a little personality into your blog so readers can get a small glimpse into your lifestyle. You be amazed at how easy it is to write a few sentences for each picture which soon builds up to another fun post – voila, you’ve cracked the schedule deadline once again!



As time moves on & your blog evolves in size don’t forget to re-share some of your previous features that some new readers may have missed out on. In fact I done the same thing very recently by combining a few of my older posts into one – not only did my new readers love catching up on stuff they missed but some of my older blog buddies really appreciated re-reading it too. It also helped drive oodles of extra new traffic to various parts of my blog and was incredibly quick to compose! Check it out by *clicking here* if you need some inspiration on how to lay out a recycled post –  maybe you could do it with previous make-up looks or some of your favourite posts to date?


Daily inspiration

Although many bloggers hit a stage when creativity drains and the dreaded bloggers block looms like a grumbling storm cloud in the distance, usually this is just a case of being burnt-out of fresh ideas to treat your readers too. However many of us often miss the great little opportunities for easy peasy posts that can help our schedules and keep readers happy into the bargain. For example:

1) A daily makeup look: Just set everything you’ve smeared your face in to one side & when you’re finished simply take a picture of the finished look and what products you used by laying them on a pretty back ground or desk top.

2) An updated what’s in my handbag:  yes, us gals love a good ‘What’s in my bag?’ as our curiosity never seems to dwindle with these topics. You could also try a ‘What’s in my make-up bag’ or ‘What’s in my college bag’. Not only do we get a quick peak at your gorgeous hand luggage but you get to run us through all the contents and have a damn good clear out into the bargain. A win win if you ask me!


Rolling mercilessly from week to week, not sure of what the next post will be is heading straight for a blog crash in my humble opinion. To avoid, why not start categorising certain topics for set days… for example; Monday’s feature could be fashion inspired, Wednesday guest blogger day & Friday all about make-up & getting sassy for the weekend. Although you don’t have to necessarily stick to this rhythm I personally find it helps to eliminate getting caught in a rut or (worse still) running out of ideas completely!


Peace and Prescheduling

You all know by now that Sunday is my marathon writing day when the opportunity arises. It’s often the one day where I pad around the house in my comfies whilst Emma plays in the garden with her friends & Steve is torturing his ear-drums with a selection of questionable rock music. I however, am happily perched at my desk, flicking through my notepad filled with ideas & outlines… and considering that I’ve done most of the outlining on little breaks throughout the week, all’s left to do is glue everything together on the computer. Having those few solitary hours to absorb myself in scheduling posts makes me feel super organised and on top of my blog for the week ahead.

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Have you any tips for blogging on a busy scheduling? What works for you? Or, what’s your greatest obstacle when it comes to keeping your blog updated? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello.

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