Blogging More Effectively: Tips ft. Intel Tablets

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Last year I joined the Intel Tablet Crew and was offered a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet to try. It seems like everyone has a tablet these days (even my grandma-in-law owns one). There were certainly many times when I wished I owned one. As a student or professional, tablets can be incredibly helpful. However, Intel wanted me to showcase how bloggers can benefit from the use of a tablet. I've also included a few personal blogging tips for anyone interested in starting a blog.



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01. Publish on the go
If you have been blogging regularly for a while, you will have noticed the importance of a posting schedule. Blogging consistently (and somewhat frequently) helps maintain your traffic steady. It also keeps your blog's content fresh and encourages new readers to follow. Of course we all have other responsibilities and most of us aren't full time bloggers, so finding moments to fit blogging into your schedule is key. What I like to do is upload a post's pictures into a draft at home. Then, when I have time, I'll finish writing the blog post on the go using my tablet or laptop. Download the Blogger or Wordpress apps to make the process easier.

02. Photograph and upload in bulk
I think this is one of the biggest factors that enables me to stay organized and always have a queue of posts at the ready. Separate one day of the week (or a few minutes of everyday) exclusively for taking photos for your blog. And don't take just one! Since your camera is already out, why not take as many as you can? [Quick tip for beauty bloggers: If you're already doing a full face of makeup on yourself (to go out, for work, for school or whatever) maximize the amount of blog posts you can get out of that makeup look. For example, take a picture before and after applying your foundation so you can write a review on it. Get a closeup picture of the eyes for an eyeshadow review. Take a selfie after you're all done so you can do a Face of The Day. Get a closeup of the lips so you can use that picture for a lipstick review... You get the idea.]
Upload as many pictures as you can in one sitting. Save the drafts. If you don't have time to start writing the text for the posts at that moment, practice tip 1 (writing/publishing on the go).

03. Use your gadgets!
I assume many of you have smartphones or, in this case, tablets. They can make blogging easier in many ways. The cameras in tablets and smartphones are getting better and better as time goes by. Don't have a DSLR? No worries. Use your tablet's camera. During my first 4 months of blogging I took all my pictures with my phone. Now I sometimes take pictures of my makeup (aka selfies) with my tablet on those days when I wasn't able to take photos with my DSLR before leaving the house. (Just make sure to try and use natural lighting or else pics can come out grainy.) Also, blogging means you will have more emails, comments, and social media interactions to reply to in addition to your personal/work/school ones. I like to reply to blog-related emails and comments on the go using my tablet because the virtual keyboard is bigger and more comfortable than the one on my phone. It helps to prevent my emails from getting backed up. 

04. Keep a separate blog planner and sync it to your digital calendar
Currently my blog planner has over 40 posts in my to-do list. This is one of the reasons why scheduling posts is so important to me. There is no way I could get through my to do-list if I didn't post several times a week. And that list just keeps growing every time I buy a new makeup product or think of a different makeup look. I've synced my tablet's calendar to my Google account so I get an email notification every time a deadline is coming up. (I have deadlines for my Try It Out Thursdays series and for posts I contribute to Popsugar, for example.)

05. Read up on SEO
SEO or search engine optimization is a great way to drive traffic into your blog. You'll get a lot of readers coming from a specific search on Google or other engines. The more you optimize your blog, the more it'll come up in searches, and the higher it'll be in the results list. One of the easiest ways to optimize your blog posts is to label and rename your pictures from something like IMG3847.jpg to UrbanDecayNakedPaletteReview.jpg. That way Google will know what your images are about and place them in relevant results. 

My last advice is aimed at anyone looking to start a blog: plan ahead, queue posts! A lot of people suddenly pluck up the courage to start blogging one day and publish their first post impulsively. That's great, but sometimes life gets in the way and you don't know when you'll be able to post again. Plus, finding a readership takes time, specially if your blog is inactive. There were a lot of girls who started blogging around the same time I did and they had amazing blogs but got discouraged after the first month. I wish they had kept blogging. It's very hard at first, you may feel like you're talking to yourself for the first entire month but keep at it! Perseverance pays off. If you love doing it, work as hard as you can on it.


I hope you found this helpful. If you have any other blogging advice you would like to add please share it in the comments below. And thank you #IntelTablets for asking me to be a part of the #TabletCrew


#spon: Intel disclosure. I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

Personal Disclosure: My blog's integrity is very important to me. As stated above, I received this tablet for free as a PR sample and was required to make a blogpost but I'm not getting compensated to write it nor am I sponsored by Intel. Tablets can be a handy tool for any tech hobby or profession, so I tried to include tips to keep this post helpful and relevant to blogging. My biggest motivation for joining the IntelCrew was using the tablet for school. It has been a godsend as I'm able to store all my course textbooks/materials in it. Also, thank you for the support! I recently reached 3,000 readers on Bloglovin'.


Looking for new blogs to read? Check out Isobel's lovely blog, Isobel Rose & take a look at Cherry's gorgeous blog, Cherry Pie

31 comments

  1. Thank you so much! This is such a helpful post. I don't have a tablet yet but I'm saving money to get one. It'll definitely be a lot more convenient and I'll be able to improve my blog!

    Temmy
    http://temmyduong.blogspot.com/

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  2. I've never though to use my iPad for blog photos - probably a good idea because my bridge camera isn't that good anyway!

    annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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    1. When I started blogging I had an old point and shoot that didn't even focus so the quality of my pics was loads better when taken from my phone. Mobile cameras are no joke these days x

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  3. these are great tips.. I already do some of them i try at least have more than 2 blogs in drafts. So i can publish them when needed too.

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  4. This was very inspiring and you had some great tips. I think im on the right track, i have about 15 drafts ready to go. Thanks!

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  5. Really nice tips !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  6. Great Tips! I always love reading these kind of posts
    Casualllyawkward

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  7. I have a samsung tablet and i love it! I already do some of your tips mentioned on my tablet and its a life saver, going to try the syncing the calender tip its a great idea xx

    ~ VISUALCANDY INC.

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  8. Thanks for the tips! My biggest SEO concern is when using Flickr, it changes the file name.. So I use tags instead, which helps a little..

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    1. Yes, it does help. I didn't know Flickr changed the file names x

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  9. Great tips! Completely agree with the take pictures in bulk it really saves time! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

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  10. Great tips! I especially love the last tip as I don't label my posts but will give it a go :) X
    thefashion-junkie

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  11. Love a tips post.

    Tablet looks fab.

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

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  12. Great tips! I purchased my Samsung Tablet for the express purpose of blogging but had a hell of a time trying to upload a photo. Bulk loading them on my PC sounds like a great plan! Thanks! :D

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    1. Yeah, it's more difficult so what I do is upload in bulk and then write on the tablet when I'm not at home. :)

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  13. Great tips. Especially the second one is really helpful. Thanks!

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  14. This post was incredibly helpful! Thank you! I'm still struggling to get traffic onto my blog :( any advice on that?

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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    1. I did a lot of advertising and button swaps when I first started blogging and that helped a lot. Other than that, make sure to read up on SEO as that will help give you steady traffic from google searches. xx

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  15. This is so useful if you're just starting out! It's easy to blame things like not having the right camera for not being proactive but this shows its no excuse :) x

    http://somethinglikenicola.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah, there's no need to start out with a DSLR. The most important things about images are lighting and composition x

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  16. I've loved your advice'm usually very busy and always take photographs for my blog on Saturdays from early to have the rest of the day to do other things. I think the most important tip is to have fun doing every thing on the blog.

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    1. If you're not having fun then all the work isn't worth it, agreed.

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  17. Excellent post Coco, I love all your tips and try to stick to the same plan when it comes to blogging. I definitely need to take my tablet with me more, as writing on my small phone frustrates me haha xx

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    1. Haha, yeah! I tried it once, so uncomfortable.

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  19. Aw these are great tips! I definitely understand the importance of queuing those posts! hehe. Even though I've been blogging for a while, I still found some awesome tips in here! Thanks you! <3

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  20. Amazing post!! Very informative for us newbies.

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