Intentionally Tracking Blogging!
It’s Women With Intention Wednesday again… which means focusing on something INTENTIONALLY, one step at a time.
Here’s the definition again:
Deliberately, purposely, knowingly**
This week’s post is closely related to last week’s post about purposely getting back on track with blogging. I think, honestly, for this whole MONTH of October, my focus is on overcoming obstacles and becoming more productive in multiple areas. In the area of blogging this week, I have my blue blog notebook organized by the Facebook blog groups I’m in to help me intentionally keep track of my blogging activity!
So these are my specific entries and tasks within this area of intentionally tracking my blogging activity,
as logged in my sparkly blue blog notebook.
Blog group name and rules
I started my notebook with the name of each blog group listed in my favorites or shortcuts sidebar on Facebook, and then the rest that Facebook wouldn’t let me add to shortcuts (since I also have education and quilting groups there!)
Side note, I wish Facebook would let us arrange groups the way WE want to and NOT restrict how many we can add to shortcuts! I used to have them all grouped by type (blogging, education, and quilting) and then alphabetically within those types of groups. It was a lot easier to keep track of them that way!
Anyway, I have each blog group name on its own page, along with a summary of the rules for each group, plus daily thread topics (for example, some groups allow posting / sharing on different days: blog posts, Facebook pages, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter – all to encourage engagement and interaction).
Some group admins suggest posting EARLY in the day for the greatest opportunity for engagement. Brilliant idea, and one I need to work on–late night blogging is just not conducive to quality of content or quantity of traffic and interaction! In addition, some groups have a cut-off time for sharing posts, such as 6, 8, 9, or 10pm in various time zones — so it’s really in everyone’s best interest to blog and share EARLY in the day, if at all possible. I think this also supports the idea of preparing blog posts ahead of time, so you can be prepared to share them the next day as soon as the admin or moderator in each group provides the daily comment/share posts.
Date and post name
Next, for each group, I list the date and post name of any I participate in. I also just learned recently (most of you may already know this) that you can SAVE posts you participate in, which also certainly makes them easier to find again when you return to do your reciprocation requirement.
If you do NOT know about this nifty trick, this is what you do:
Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of a post.
Click “Save Post.”
Check in the left sidebar under the “Explore” heading (you may have to expand it by clicking on “See more…”).
Click on “Saved” and when that page opens, you will find everything you have clicked to save, including posts, photos, videos, and so on. You can then go back to those posts, do your reciprocation, and then click the “X” to remove them from your Saved collection.
Speaking of reciprocation requirements… reciprocation in this sense means “returning the favor” of a certain number of comments or shares within the designated time frames. This is the biggest task I’m working on today and this week, catching up on fulfilling each group’s reciprocation rules. Some groups only suggest reciprocation guidelines with no time frame, while others specify reciprocating to 5 or 20 or ALL participants within the post, and allow 24 or 48 hours to do so.
Next, I note on the page for each group when I complete the reciprocation so I can check off the post for that day (and go “unsave” the post on Facebook, as I’ve recently learned about doing!)
A new section I need to add into my notebook – and probably will get to that today – is to backtrack and interact with all of you lovely readers who take the time to read AND comment on my blog posts! I really do appreciate it, and I need to begin this new practice of replying in a timely manner to all of your comments. I know some bloggers are really good at this and I admire them (and YOU, if you’re one of these bloggers!), so I need to follow their/your example. I’m still learning about how to blog as a business rather than as a hobby, and I don’t mind learning from those who have blogged longer and/or smarter than I have so far!
So What About YOU?
Do you have one or more blog/s?
Are you involved in Facebook blog groups? If so, what is your strategy for keeping track of activities?