Five 5-Minute Tasks To Make Your Blog Better

When I’m not in the blogging spirit, I usually toil behind the scenes, doing little things here and there that will improve my blog. Below is a list of things you can do in five minutes or less to better your blog.

Schedule tweets. Scheduling tweets about old or new blog posts can be especially helpful if you have obligations outside of blogging and can’t spend all day on Twitter. To get ahead, make an account with Tweetdeck or Buffer and start scheduling tweets about your blog posts hours or even days in advance.

See also: 5 Time Saving Tips for Bloggers

Write down a goal. Staring at a lengthy list of goals can be overwhelming, intimidating even. Instead of an entire list, just write down one thing — minor or major — that you want to do for your blog this month. Then, underneath the goal, write down the steps it will take to achieve the goal. Afterwards, put the goal in your planner or on a post-it note, somewhere visible, so you can refer to it for the rest of the month.

See also: What Are Your Blogging Goals For 2015?

Respond to readers’ comments. If you find it difficult replying to readers’ comments in a timely fashion, spend five minutes once a day or five minutes every week responding to as many comments as you can.

See also: Why Readers May Not Be Leaving Comments on Your Blog Posts

Take blog photos. Got an extra five minutes while you’re waiting for a cab/bus/train or waiting in line for your food? Pull out your DSLR or phone and snap some photos of your surroundings. Don’t worry about getting the perfect composition and lighting, as those things can be adjusted later. This is just an easy way to build an archive of potential blog photos.

See also: The Benefits of Taking Your Own Blog Photos

Email your favorite blogger or reader. If there’s a blog you’ve been recently binge-reading, send a love letter of sorts telling the blogger how much you enjoy reading their posts. Or, if there’s a loyal reader who frequently shares and/or comments on your blog posts, send an email letting him/her know that you see them and value their support.

See also: Establishing a Close Relationship With Your Readers

Any other things we can do to improve our blogs in 5 minutes or less? Leave a comment below.

Author: Drea Hall

Drea is a Chicago-based freelance writer and lifestyle blogger at The Drea Daily. She’s obsessed with coffee, books and blogs, handbags, and lipstick. When she’s not blogging, you can likely catch her tweeting about something on Twitter @DreaEHall.

  • Naturally Kinky Mommy

    This is a love letter to the writers/contributors/BrownGirlBloggers of this wonderful site. Every post, every tip, and every suggestion has helped me up blogging game! :-) Thank you… Thank you… Thank you.

  • Tarah-Lynn

    I’m definitely going to start scheduling my tweets! I need to build on my Twitter presence. I’ve been using Hootsuite at my PBS internship. I think that’s a good one to add to the list :) Great post!

  • NeoshaGEE

    Yasss! You’re very welcome! I always enjoy your posts.

  • Good one! I find that I “like” more than I comment on IG pics. Or if I do comment, my comment is always an emoji. Thanks for the tip, Zena.

  • Oh, I schedule tweets about my blog posts at least 70% of the time. It’s the best thing ever! Genius idea. Thanks for reading, Neosha. :))

  • Responding to comments can be time-consuming, but it’s how you keep readers commenting and coming back. Thanks for reading, Kay.

  • Thanks for reading. I hope you find them useful. :)

  • You’re welcome, Elle! Good luck…

  • Commenting on IG does go a long way.

  • very nice ideas!!

  • Elle

    Great tips I’m going to do. Thank you!

  • Awesome tips. Responding to comments is so important :)

  • NeoshaGEE

    Awesome tips as always Drea!! I’m a lover of scheduling tweets!

  • This post is sooo cute. I love these tips and were doing some of them but not all. The picture things is a great idea. Stocking up on images for future use. I live by scheduling Tweets to keep my content fresh to new members of my community. Another thing that I do in my spare a short amount is to say I am going to actually comment on an IG post I love instead of “liking” I think that feedback builds a deeper connection with the people you follow.

  • Thanks, Andrea! Yeah, scheduling tweets saves a lot of time. My suggestion is to only do this for your blog posts and to make sure you’re tweeting in real-time on the days you’ve scheduled tweets so that your feed isn’t just a stream of pre-scheduled tweets.

  • Never thought to schedule Tweets. Learn something new everyday. Great info!

  • My pleasure! I love passing along my tried-and-true blogging tricks.

  • TC’s Views

    Your team is awesome with advice! Love this one. Thank you Drea!