Ok, so this may go against the grain for some people and might even be the definition of why some begin to loathe blogging, but for me, I’m discovering more snd more that having and giving yourself weekly blogging goals and targets, gets things done.
Otherwise personally, and perhaps others out there, I just seem to carry on regardless at a very irregular pace. Sporadically posting here or there, maybe two that day, none for the next three. You know what I mean.
And as I’m sure everyone knows, sometimes life just takes over entirely, and I can go for days or weeks without posting anything at all. Firstly it’s because I’m too busy, then I get out of the habit of writing, next I’ve lost my ‘blogging mojo’ and before I know what’s going on, I choose not to write out of sheer laziness and lack of inspiration.
But when I give a little time and thought into a blogging plan, I am finding more and more that I have far more things to write about.
If I use a schedule where I’ve listed the things I really want to cover that week I find I stick to it far, far more, and my readers can expect a little more regularity.
And although others may disagree, after all, this is a free world and we’re all entitled to have our own thoughts and opinions, this helps me hugely with spontaneity too.
That doesn’t exactly make sense does it!
Well, let me explain.
Plan in your regular weekly posts…
- Firstly, plan in any weekly or monthly series posts you might have;
- Secondly, schedule in any linkies, blog hops etc that you join in with;
- Next, add in any review, sponsored or collaborative posts you may have with deadlines that week;
- Then add any seasonal or timely posts you want to add in too e.g. Christmas Gift Lists, Easter egg hunt ideas etc
- And lastly, plan in any ‘free writing’ posts – like opinion pieces, home lifestyle, family posts etc
So there you have your basic weekly plan.
These are your regular posts which your readers know and love you for, and for which they check in regularly to read and catch up on.
But, and here is the crucial part, if something wonderful or totally impromptu happens throughout the week, which you just need to shout from the rooftops about, then you can post this too.
All you do is add it to the schedule and juggle things around a bit.
I mean, just because you’re trying to keep to a schedule doesn’t mean your blog has to look wooden and boring.
Far from it in fact.
Because the thing is, if you already have a plan of your weekly target posts, which you’ve already thought through, drafted and scheduled and with far less rushed, last-minute ‘oh gosh, what can I write for that, help me‘ kind of posts, you will find you have far more time to think freely the rest of the time.
Which frees up your mind and opens it up to imagination, creativity and your individuality again.
And it’s the additional ‘spur of the moment’ posts which I think add intrigue and yet more excitement to your usual and much loved content. Little weekly surprises for your readers if you like. They’ll be hooked!
Ta-da! You see.
I am most certainly finding that a little planning is helping me and, I just hope this can help you too.
Organisation works best for me. I draft my blog on Thursdays, proofread on Friday and Saturday, then publish on Sunday. I enjoy my routine – it keeps me disciplined.
I am also a new blogger and this is great advice – I am finding that I have an idea and then just spend way too long on that one post. I definitely need to speed things up a bit. It’s lovely of you to share tips with us newbies, thank you.
I really really really need to get more organised!!!
As a new blogger, but experienced procrastinator, I will definitely be following your advice! Thanks.
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Thank you for your organizational insight. I’ll definitely give this a try!
I have never really planned my blog posts, it is something that I have always thought would make me get bored of writing, However how you have explained it makes total sense. Maybe I should think about it in the future! Something to debate with myself until 2016 starts x
I am the same way I have to plan out and write diaries for my blog and work stuff to keep me on top of it and organized. Great tips and post hunny.
Aww thanks honey. Yes I’m trying my hardest to get organised but it’s so hard. But when I do I seem to work so much better. Have just ordered that bloggers planner too, so fingers crossed that helps. Xxx
Hi, I am right at the very start of my blog, so any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks for this post.
Which blogger planner do you recommend? I have so much to share, but no idea how to formulate it so it doesn’t just seem like I’ve emptied my brain into a few posts with no thought!