7 Amazing Tips from Little Blog Big

PHEW!

What an amazing few days I’ve just had.

I am completely and utterly exhausted – but feeling totally inspired – thanks to Carly and Christina from Little Blog Big. In amongst plenty of wining and dining, the girls presented their awesome workshop here in Adelaide at Little City over the weekend and it was jam packed with so many fantastic tips, tales and tidbits that I simply had to share some of them with you here today…

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1. Never sit down without an idea

Carly shared this fabulous nugget of wisdom and it really resonated with me. She says that it’s just not worth forcing yourself to blog or create something if you have no idea what you want to do. You will inevitably procrastinate, end up on Facebook or BuzzFeed and generally waste time you could have spent doing something else – something productive. To counteract writer’s block, both Carly and Christina have a document with 100 blog post ideas they’ve come up with and cross them out as they publish them. Once you have your idea, it’s time to get to work, which leads me to the next tip…

2. Watch the clock

Both girls blog full time, but as Christina pointed out – you will take as much time to complete a task as you allow yourself. So if that’s a whole day, it could take you a whole day. Or a week. Instead, to keep yourself focussed and on task, allocate blocks of time to getting it done. There are two different methods Carly and Christina use, depending on the task at hand or the time they have available. For smaller tasks or shorter blocks of time, set a timer for 20 minutes and work like the clappers. For bigger tasks that will take a longer amount of time, set the timer for 53 minutes. After this, set the timer for 17 minutes and completely remove yourself from what you’re doing and have a proper break. When it’s then time for the next 53 minute block, you’ll be ready and raring to go.

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3. Batch your tasks

Another Carly gem! She recommends batching your tasks which means doing the same type of tasks all in one go. For example, Carly allocates Mondays to writing her blog posts for the following week. She never writes her posts in WordPress because being on the internet can be distracting. Instead, she will write her posts in Pages (Word) and then copy and paste them into WordPress all in one go. {For ultimate distraction free writing, sometimes she’ll even turn off her Wi-Fi and Christina will go to a café that doesn’t have Wi-Fi.} Carly will then create all of her images for all of her posts for the following week at the same time. Same goes for the quotes she shares on social media. By doing the same type of tasks at the same time, you’re streamlining the process and being more efficient.

4. You don’t have to be everywhere

There are only so many hours in a day and you don’t want to spending them on every single social media platform known to mankind. If you don’t enjoy a particular type of social media or it’s not attracting your audience, don’t worry about it. Choose two or three platforms and be amazing at them. Focus on where your reader is and go there.

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5. Social media likes itself

Facebook loves Facebook and Instagram loves Instagram. You can schedule most things on social media but to make the most of the platform (and get maximum exposure), it’s essential to use it organically. If you’ve already edited an image prior to uploading it to Instagram, just add 5% of an Instagram filter to your image. It won’t change the look of your photo, but Instagram will love you for it. As for Facebook, Carly and Christina both use CoSchedule to share their blog posts to Facebook, but will write and schedule other posts within Facebook because they get better reach. Also, when it comes to Facebook, ask your followers a question – post something that makes them want to comment and interact with your page so that you will appear in their newsfeed a lot more often.

6. Capitalise on your peak engagement times

Further to point number 4, there’s no point hanging around on social media if no one’s there. Check out your peak engagement times on the various platforms and post at those times. Also, be mindful about what you’re posting at those times. People aren’t likely to be thinking about dinner at breakfast, so save that photo for the evening. It’s OK not to always post what you’re doing in real time – because it’s important to be in the moment and enjoying yourself rather than be glued to your screen – but do try and do it from time to time, especially if you’re at an event.

7. Would you follow you?

This is a fantastic question to ask yourself. A self-audit of sorts. Is what you’re sharing interesting, inspiring or entertaining? Are your images good quality? Are you consistent? Would you follow you?

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If you see a Little Blog Big workshop headed to your hometown, please do yourself a favour and attend. Whether you’re a blogger or a business owner, you will get so much out of it and connect with so many wonderful people. An investment that more than pays for itself!

Have you attended a Little Blog Big workshop?

Which tip will you be taking on board?

Comments

  1. says

    I learned so much from Little Blog Big in Sydney – we had an amazing day. I’m totes swooning over that space in Adelaide I’m sure you and all the Radelaide bloggers had the best day! I now batch task like a ninja, work 53 minutes on and 17 minutes off and add a touch of Instagram filter like it’s going out of fashion. I can’t wait to see where Christina and Carly take Little Blog Big next!

    • Sonia says

      Look at you go! I’m feeling so inspired after the workshop. I also can’t wait to see what the girls have to offer next – whatever it is, I have no doubt it’ll be fantastic!

  2. says

    Great wrap up Sonia. I attended the Syd workshop and loved Christina and Carlys practical tips. Its really changed my whole approach to blogging. I’m still getting through my can-do list from the workshop though! Another gem of a tip from Christina. Have a can-do list rather than a to-do list! So glad you enjoyed it and what an awesome blogging community adelaide has. Xx

  3. Donna says

    Hey Sonia. I’m not a blogger but do love reading them (maybe one day I’ll get the courage to give it a go). I really think that some of these great tips you shared could apply to any jobs you have to tackle, like housework. So thanks for another great post. Have a great week. Xxx

  4. says

    What fabulous tips! I think about starting a blog every day but always talk myself out of it. Writer’s block is a nightmare of mine so I’ll have to check out the gals’ list of topics. Congrats to all! Looks like a hoot. xx

    • Sonia says

      The scariest moment is always right before you start something. If you’d like to start a blog – you totally should!

    • Sonia says

      Such a great idea, isn’t it? Also, I have a feeling the girls will run another Sydney workshop before too long, so be sure to keep an eye on their announcements!

  5. says

    Such a fabulous post and awesome tips by Carly and Christina. I missed their Sydney workshop too, so will definitely look forward to any further announcements! Tips 3 and 5 are superb..Thanks Sonia for sharing xx

    • Sonia says

      Glad you enjoyed the post! And yes, keep an eye out for Little Blog Big announcements. They’ll be holding another workshop before too long, I’m sure.

  6. says

    Thanks for a fabulous summary. I’ll be implementing a few of these tips immediately eg 5% filter and posting within FB and a few more over time like batching. Thanks so much. Annabel x

    • Sonia says

      Are you going to ProBlogger? Because the girls are presenting! If not, pester them to get to the GC. And tell them to let me come too!

  7. says

    I”m so bummed I missed this in Melbourne.
    But I’m heading to Problogger so very excited to see them present there!

    Great post Sonya! Lots of great little gems to think about.

    x Luciana

  8. says

    I’m totally going to use the IG filter tip, and I already batch task. I don’t do 53/17, but what I do is every hour, I get up, do some stretches, run up and down the stairs three times, go to the loo and have a glass of water. That works a treat for me!

  9. says

    These are great tips from such an informative workshop. I’ve been implementing batching task’s together and it’s taken a chunk of stress off my shoulders.

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