Not everyone in the blogging world is a stereotypical Busy Business Bitch wearing pink on Wednesdays and spreading the joyous message of hustle hustle yass queen to anyone who’ll listen.
Some of us go to battle on a daily basis against mental or chronic illnesses. Or we work 12 hour days and have zero energy to work on our blogs and side hustles on top of that. Or we’ve been unable to sleep for the past 3 nights cause… the Moon. True story.
This post is for all the existing and aspiring bloggers who don’t always feel 100%. The good news is, you can still get shit done! I have a specific list of things I like to focus on during my Sad Days. Here are 25+ blogging tasks for low energy bloggers.
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I hesitated for a long time before I started my blog. That’s because I am very familiar with Sad Days, those sneaky little fuckers. There are good days and bad days, and then those scary cycles of hopelessness and despair that last for a while before it gets easier to breathe again.
So how could I keep up with writing helpful content, sticking to a schedule, and actually make it all work when some days I don’t even know how to get out of bed?
Turns out blogging is a lot more than just writing and posting. Luckily for me and all the other low energy bloggers out there, there are a ton of low maintenance blogging tasks that you can do! And feel super productive and invincible and badass. Even on Sad Days.
Want a cheat sheet of the blogging tasks? Get it below!
25+ Blogging Tasks For Low Energy Bloggers
- Find new stock photos for your blog posts. // Seeing beautiful images also works as a sort of therapeutic distraction. My favorite free stock photo sites are Unsplash, Stocksnap, and Kaboompics (you can search for Pinterest-perfect vertical photos!). Consider also subscribing to the Ivorymix list to get access to 300+ beautiful photos.
- Organize your photos. // Remove stock photos that don’t go with the vibe of your brand and photos that you just don’t like anymore. Be brutal.
- Pick out photos for new posts. // I keep a folder for new blog posts and then delete the photos that stick out. Cause cohesion, you know?
- Like pictures on Instagram. // Go on a full on IG spree. Find new people. Follow accounts that you genuinely love. None of that follow-unfollow bullshit, okay?
- Get a little like/retweet/follow action going on Twitter as well.
- While you’re at it, unfollow the ‘inspiring’ #girlboss accounts that just make you feel like shit. Besides, what the fuck is a girl boss? You know any boy bosses? Thought so. You’re a motherfucking woman, alright? Kesha said so.
- Update your website. // Update your plugins and delete the ones you don’t use. Back up your site.
- Declutter your inbox. // Delete old messages and unsubscribe from newsletters that don’t really serve you anymore.
- Create graphics for future posts. // ONLY if designing graphics is something you enjoy doing! You can also create graphics for your content upgrades, sales pages, or resource page.
- Create graphic templates for your posts. // Again, only if you enjoy being creative! Especially good for beginners. Get on Canva and tinker around with the styles that you like, then save the templates. You’ll save so much time in the future!
- Go through your Bloglovin or RSS feed. // Bookmark posts and articles that you think your audience would enjoy. Don’t even think about scheduling them to social media or what you’re going to say about them. We are only bookmarking. Building content. Look at you go! So productive.
- Read articles on blogging. // Catch up on your favorite bloggers. Search new content on Pinterest. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, STOP. Educating yourself should feel inspiring, not daunting.
- Educate yourself. // Up your blogging game with ebooks. You can start taking action later! Want to learn how to make money with affiliate links on Pinterest? Check out this ebook and make your first sale in 24 hours!
- Look up quotes to post on social media. // If you’re like me and enjoy words and literature, go crazy, my child. You can look for quotes on Pinterest and Goodreads.
- Write down post ideas. // You can easily find inspiration on Pinterest.
- Have a lot of existing post ideas? // Go through them and figure out which ones go together. Boom, you just created your editorial calendar for the next month or two!
- Brainstorm newsletter ideas. // If you have an existing editorial calendar, try to think of email topics that go with your weekly blog post. Cohesion is still the goal!
- Look around for a new theme, fonts, or other elements. // Does your blog need a little dressing up? You can check out Creative Market for affordable goodies. (affiliate link)
- Proofread or edit your blog posts. // Hey, some people actually enjoy it!
- Outline your future blog posts. // Sitting down and writing your post becomes SO much easier when you have a plan. An outline doesn’t have to be extensive — just an overview to guide where you’re going and what points you want to focus on.
- Tinker around your old posts. // Change the graphics, work on the SEO, add affiliate links when applicable. Come up with new, catchy titles.
- Sell products on your site? // Change up the pictures or prices if this is something you’ve been putting off.
- Check your Google Analytics. // Pro tip: If you see a lot of red on the front page, just close the tab. Nothing there. Moving on.
- Plan your Instagram content for the next week. // You can download the Planoly app so you see the pictures in a grid and can see if they go together.
- Schedule pins to your Tailwind. // Pinterest brings me over 80% of my traffic. Right now I have 724 posts scheduled on my Tailwind queue! (affiliate link)
- Clean up your Pinterest profile. // Never underestimate the power of Pinterest. Make sure you have the right keywords in all the right places, delete irrelevant boards, get rid of boards that have a low virality score, perfect your bio. Don’t feel like doing it? You can always hire me to work my magic on your account instead!
Remember to grab your free cheat sheet of 25 blogging tasks that you can do on low energy days!
Focus on the blogging tasks that you actually enjoy doing.
You’re allowed to pick and mix! Don’t create graphics if you hate designing things. If planning and writing takes a lot of energy out of you, forget about it. When you’re having a shitty, or Sad Day — pamper yourself a little. Who says that blogging can’t be self-care too?
Focus on the small tasks that you enjoy doing. They may be just little things but they’ll still make you feel productive and accomplished. Progress is progress, no matter how small the steps you’re taking.
Forget about the get it done / no excuses / just do the work / happiness is a choice kind of ridiculous mentality.
Our society is glorifying overt ambition, hustle over sleep, always pushing yourself to your limits, having ten irons on fire, always busy, always productive, #girlboss #ladyboss, bossy this bossy that.
Yeah, you are the fucking boss.
But being the boss also means resting and taking care of yourself and realizing when you need a break.
Being the boss means being smart.
So if the only productive thing you manage today is getting out of bed and doing ONE tiny thing towards your blog or business goals — wow, I am so proud of you. You got this.
Tomorrow is a new day. Is it a tiny task day again? Who knows!
And so what if it is? It’s enough. You’re enough.
What’s your go-to blogging task for low-energy days? Please share in the comments!