April 14, 2014 30 comments

Before + After Checklists for Your Blog Posts (and a Free Download)

by Regina

Before and After Checklists for Your Blog Posts
Short + sweet today. Just wanted to share a resource I created and use for my blog posts: The Before You Post + After You Post Checklist of things you can do to create and promote the most quality content possible. With SEO, image design, social media, grammar, and more to worry about, it’s simple to forget some important things.

Below is the free PDF download of my checklist. I recommend getting it laminated so you can use it over and over, but you know . . . whatever works for you. Hope you enjoy it.

Before You Post Checklist for Your Blog + After You Post Checklist

Download the checklist by clicking the image above or by opening it here: The Before and After You Post Checklists for Blogging
(P.S. Here are more checklists, of daily, weekly + monthly business tasks for bloggers)

Photos of woman: © darkbird – Fotolia.com

30 responses to “Before + After Checklists for Your Blog Posts (and a Free Download)”

  1. Diana says:

    Such a great list! There are definitely some things on here I need to work on!

    Just wanted to say I just found your blog and love it — so fun and helpful!

    • regina says:

      Diana, thank you! That is so encouraging to me. Just stopped by your blog and checked out all your wonderful new photography. I’m putting that on my list of things to learn this year–well, at least the basics.

  2. Amy Maricle says:

    Regina – this is a great list and a great example of a free print out. Thanks again for living your advice and teaching us all so well. So far I have naturally just thanked anyone who shared my post, but it’s good to see your reminder here so that I remember that it’s not only good etiquette, but crucial.

    All the best,

    • regina says:

      Amy, thank you. I know sometimes it’s hard to know or see each time someone shares your content (because they may not tag you on Twitter, or you may simply miss it on Pinterest), but I think you’re correct to call it crucial because it sends the message that you actually appreciate someone’s support. In the end, it probably endears you to your friends and supporters even more, making them more likely to share you in the future.

      But honestly, I just enjoy the opportunity to make new Internet friends because that is where I spend most of my day!

  3. Maru says:

    This is very helpful, Regina! there are a lot of things to do after publishing a post that is great to have a list of reminders. Thank you!

    • regina says:

      Maru, thank you for reading + thanks for the compliment. Glad it’s helpful.

      I just can’t get over how attractive your blog is. I love reading your posts and I adore all your layouts + images!

  4. Deidre says:

    This is FABULOUS. Thanks for continuing to add value to your readers/clients! Will pass this on to a few blogger friends I know.

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  7. Em says:


    I have just stumbled upon you via pinterest… absolutely love your bog and resources. really helpful and real… super down to earth and easy to connect with.

    Love it!


    • regina says:

      Oooooh Em, I just love your clean blog layout + design. How wonderful. Thank you for taking some time to stop by and comment. I really appreciate that. And your compliment is so sweet. That helps me a ton. Thanks for reading.

  8. […] you think your blog post is done, and ready to be published, check again. <<< This checklist is a guide for you, but feel free to modify it for your […]

  9. […] Before + After Checklists for Your Blog Posts. I just discovered ByRegina on Bloglovin this week and I am already obsessed. And seriously sad about all of the amazingness I’ve been missing out on. I’ve followed other advice blogs, but comparing those to Regina is apples to oranges. Regina has created the best site for blogging tips & advice, with lots of checklists (I LOVE checklists) and ‘homework’ type assignments. I mean, she even has a whole library of free stuff titled ‘start here‘ for newbies like me! And she’s freaking hilarious. Seriously, though, so many resources here. Our printer bit the dust (I’m hoping to purchase a new one this weekend), and as soon as we get a new one in, I’m going to be all over printing these checklists out for easy reference. I love the suggestion to laminate them to use again and again with whiteboard markers – I’ll probably do my version which is to create a mini-whiteboard by putting the page in a cheap frame. Write on the glass/plastic with marker, and then wipe off! […]

  10. Meg says:

    Thanks for this list Regina! I’ve been thinking about making a blog post before/after checklist so coming across this post was perfect timing 🙂

    • regina says:

      Meg, that’s awesome to hear it was good timing. Thank you.

      Your blog is very attractive. I love the colors and your consistent use of fonts. You say “professional procrastinator” but I can’t tell.

      P.S. Coooool profile photo.

  11. vanessa says:

    I will explode with relief and happiness if you could answer a question that I have. And if you can answer………….If I had a pair, I will give you my left nut. Since the only ones I have are my husbands, then that won’t work (unless he REALLY pisses me off). But I would be eternally in your debt and not be in peace until I found a way to repay you.

    I’m a wanna-be blogger. I purchased a domain recently. But I still haven’t published a blog post. I have about 70 blog post ideas with notes and “plans,” and roughly 20+ blog post drafts (a few completed writing, but it nothing further, and the rest are randomly stopped and incomplete).

    I know a big part is that I am stopping myself by being dominated by self-doubt. Another big reason is that I still don’t really know what I am doing, and haven’t figured out a round-about method for writing a blog post (as in planning, knowing all of what to say, when to say it, and having an guide-ish idea on how much to write, and other formatting-type stuff that writers probably follow-and I know nothing about wtf I’m doing). Instead I feel like the bimbo on Clueless. But worse, cuz EVEN SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE IS DOIN!!!

    And the dilemma of the year. bad, bad, evil-bad, soul-sucking personal-flaw, I-can-never-win, biggest-blogging-problem, talkin-about wanna-go-bat-shit-crazy, throw-my-laptop-from-4-stories-high (and that’s after drivin 30 minutes to my mother-in-laws house JUST for that purpose cuz you won’t catch me living that far off the ground) NUMBER ONE PROBLEM THAT I CAN’T SEEM TO FIX:

    I CAN’T STOP WRITING. EVER. I’m sure you can’t tell by the comment tho. (haha yah that was meant to be a funny:) No matter how hard I try to swear I won’t do it again, and stop every 20 minutes when my timer goes off, and I go back and put a big ol box around a chuck of relevant but slightly randomly added in info and say “I will shorten it by making this it’s own post” and still smh because it’s WAY TOO LONG.
    There has to be a method? Some tips? I am desperate for help.

    And you can erase any idea from your head that maybe I should be writing books. Because, no. Just, NO. These are all about topics that I am passionate about, like the one I was just working on was about –What it means to be a Room Mom, the first things that need to be done, and a printable that readers can edit (Required Room Mom Intro letter to parents)— I am not shooting for book material. Maybe one day. In like 50 years.

    I can’t control my inability to shut my trap. And it’s killin me smalls.
    So is there ANY advice you can give me?
    ((And Shoal Creek is not an option. I am banned from there…….lmao. Just kidding on that one. I really am a completely sane, responsible momma that spends lots of time at my daughters school. So don’t worry:)) haha

    Anything you have to say will be gold for me. I LOVE YOUR SHIT!

    PS- And by “RECENTLY” (bought domain), I’m meaning 7-8 months ago/:

  12. […] This is a great checklist which lists everything you need to do before and after you publish any blog post – print it out and stick it on the wall! […]

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  14. jewel says:

    Great Post, Regina! Some of these I’m already doing and the rest are great reminders. I recently found your blog through pinterest and it has become a favorite. I really enjoy your useful tools. Helps so much. Thank you!

  15. Angela says:

    This is just fantastic! You’ve thought of everything. I’m going to be up all night reading your checklists, thanks! 😀

  16. Ruth says:

    This is super helpful, thank you! So many times I have forgotten to logo link on my images or left off a call to action. It’s a great reminder to ask “is this useful for my reader”, something I really want to focus on more. 🙂

  17. Katey Zeh says:

    Thank you for this incredibly helpful checklist. I’m printing it off and putting it on my desk for all future blog posts. Love our Being Boss podcast community!

  18. Dearonda says:

    Right on time. As I’m editing and creating specific call-to-actions for each of my blog posts, this checklist couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you Regina. I’m obsessed with your site and pretty much everything you do.

  19. What an awesome list! I’ve pinned it for later when I can print it out and add it to my blog planner.
    All things that I know I need to do but I find it so much easier working from a list!
    Thanks Regina!!

  20. Chidalu says:

    thanks for sharing…very resourceful.

  21. Melissa says:

    Regina, you are my spirit animal today! I found myself started to get overwhelmed with things and thought, “I just to make a list”, and wouldn’t you know it I came across your site and found several very useful lists to ease my frazzled mind. Thanks so much. Super helpful tools 🙂

  22. Emily says:

    Hi Regina,
    I stumbled across your extremely helpful lists and wanted to thank you for creating them for disorganized people like me! I’m trying to get my blog hosted, up and running, these will be wonderful!

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