How To Blog And Travel At The Same Time
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How I’ve Managed To Travel and Find Time To Blog with CoSchedule

To be an effective blogger, a lot of bloggerpreneurs often advise their readers to be consistent with their content. Consistency is often achieved through regular posting of quality content. But with our busy schedules either in school or at work, the process of producing a fresh, unique and creative content — from the writing the idea to the post-processing of your photos — sounds like a handful of tasks. I’ve met different kinds of people, on separate occassions, saying they’ve wanted to blog but never had the time. But I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to blog and still pursue other things — it’s crazy but not impossible. Today, I’ll share with you a blogging tool, called CoSchedule, that I’ve been using to keep my blogging game consistent even while I’m out traveling.

When I travel, my process goes like this: I pick a date, prepare for those dates, and leave. Sounds pretty simple, right? I believe the same thing applies when it comes to creating content for my blog: I sit down, brainstorm and write a draft. The only difference is that I don’t set specific time and dates when I want to write and edit photos.

My trick when it comes to blogging is that I write in advance. After writing a blog post and adding photos, I don’t immediately hit the ‘Publish’ button. Instead, I schedule my entries to be published two weeks later. This method creates a queue on my blog, allowing me to have ample time to edit and change the bits and pieces of a blog post. I also allow my mind to have breaks in between, and prevent from having any blogger’s block or burnout.

I just simply plan my content and schedule ahead.

CoSchedule

But for me, planning is only feasible if I have the right tools. Beyonce may have 24 hours as I do, but she certainly had the right tools (aka people) to help her be productive 24/7 and be consistent with what she do. Now, I don’t have the means to hire an assistant to help me sort out my blogging problems, but I can definitely be productive and consistent in blogging using an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar is what bloggers, magazines, websites and newspapers use to manage and publicize content regularly.

CoSchedule

There are a few editorial calendars out there, including the traditional pen and paper method, but my weapon of choice is CoSchedule, a visually-appealing drag and drop social media editorial calendar.

Why do I love CoSchedule?

I’ll be straight to the point: I love CoSchedule because it has the ability to create social media messages while I write my blog entry. I’ve tried other plugins, and while I think they’re all great and sufficient, they just don’t have that feature that I needed: social media marketing.

You see, I love creating fresh and original content, but I don’t have all the time in the world to promote it. Most of the time, I tend to finish writing my articles in odd hours, like 11PM or 2AM, and there are times where I’m out traveling and I can’t share my content during active hours — Now, this wouldn’t be a problem if all social media platforms allow scheduled posts, but they don’t.

CoSchedule fills the gap.

CoSchedule

With their plugin, I get to focus more on creating content because it handles a portion of my “marketing” efforts on social media. I can also customize the content of these messages and choose the timing — whether it’s on the same day, an hour later, a week after or after a month. Speaking of schedule, you can also drag and drop posts if you feel like changing the flow of your queue.

Aside from that, the plugin is beautifully crafted and wonderfully integrated with WordPress. I’ve been a WordPress user for 6-7 years now (on and off, mostly for freelance stint) and it’s quite rare to find a WordPress plugin with a beautiful and intuitive user interface.

CoSchedule
CoSchedule

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Other Notable Features: Team Assignments, Editorial Comments, and Tasks

CoSchedule isn’t limited to just one blog or person. Apart from being an all-in-one publishing solution, their lightweight plugin can also be used by multiple users and bloggers. These users can create team assignments, put editorial comments and assign tasks. This feature is definitely something I might consider if I were to open a collaborative blog exclusive to online resources and tutorials.

So, that’s about it. I only use one plugin to help me plan ahead, stay on track and have that work/life balance everyone wants to achieve. Now, you can do the same — all you have to do is sign up with CoSchedule. For more information about CoSchedule, please visit their website or you can watch the overview video below:

I’m not compensated for writing this review, but I do get a 50% discount if ever I upgrade my account. On top of the 50% off discount for writing a review, if you use my referral link, you also get another 10% off.

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12 Comments

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    Mikyu Maglasang
    February 15, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    CoSchedule looks like a really useful plugin! I use WordPress Editorial Calendar, a similar plugin to schedule blog posts and see it on a calendar view, but it doesn’t have social media integration though. I just manually plug my posts on my social media accounts. Hahaha. I’d love to use CoSchedule one day when I’ll be taking blogging seriously (like really make money out of it) already. :P
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    RV Panambo
    February 15, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    I really need this right now! Thank you for sharing, Kisty! :)
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    Nicole @ CoSchedule
    February 16, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Thanks for writing this awesome review of CoSchedule! We’re so glad you like it!

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    Yza Marzan
    February 17, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    cool plugin. i might try using this.The only problem is that I do not schedule my posts. lol. I write on a whim. This might help me organize my content more. Thanks. :)

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      Kisty Mea
      March 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      I just found out that my comment never went through. There’s nothing with writing on a whim. I know a few bloggers who also do the same, but for myself, I have a lot of backlogs and random bouts of inspiration, so I need to span them out or else I’ll be posting them all at the same time.

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    Hihi
    February 26, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Is this sponsored? Someone blogged about the exact same thing and claims it wasn’t sponsored. Such a strange coincidence that bloggers blog about the exact same thing despite not getting paid.

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      Kisty Mea
      February 26, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Hi, as written at the bottom of the page, I’m not compensated to write this post. Meaning, it’s not sponsored. :) CoSchedule is not for free, it cost $100 a year but by writing this review, I get 50% off.

      Good thing there’s a timestamp when I’ve published this entry because that is a strange coincidence.

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        Janine
        March 4, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        Ooops sorry. I replied on the wrong thread! haha

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    Jam
    February 26, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    This is something I need since I’m not a full time blogger! A great reminder to update my blog haha!

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      Janine
      March 4, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      I’ve seen him/her comment on Camie’s blog when she blogged about Coschedule too. He had the same comment on Camie’s about this post being sponsored. I guess he/she doesn’t REALLY read the entire post. :S

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    5 Wordpress Plugins For Your Kick-Ass Blog - KISTYKISTY
    March 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    […] up with CoSchedule for a 14-day trial last February and I got hooked ever since. I even wrote a review a few weeks ago. CoSchedule, in a gist, is an editorial calendar plugin that automatically shares your entries on […]

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    Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures!
    March 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about CoSchedule and I hope to try it – soon. I’ve tried Hootsuite before but it was never really of any use to me since I can barely get my posts written ahead of time. Haha. I hope to change that though. Work and real life just gets in the way of my blogging. ;)

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