This is the year I take my blog to the next level. This is the year that will see me achieve at least a couple of long-wished for blogging goals. I briefly wrote about them when I made my resolutions at the beginning of the New Year. That was ten days ago now.
So what has changed over these last few days? Nothing much, to be honest. I am still playing catch up with my blog, trying to finish off what I started and struggling to keep on top of things. This is not what I envisioned for this year. This is not the path I wish to tread.
I desperately want to stay on top of things, preferably in all walks of life, but definitely with my blog. The only, the best way to go about this is to outline a plan. And then stick to it.
4 Steps to Better Blogging
Schedule Blog Posts
My greatest pitfall is that I never schedule my blog posts or write to a routine. I write whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it. And my posts come out in no particular order, not unlike when winners are announced on reality TV shows. It may work for some people, but it is not a good thing for me.
So I have decided to have a publishing schedule. I aim to publish my posts every evening through the week, leaving the weekends free. Here are the categories I am aiming for:
Monday – Reviews of products / Book reviews / Craft / Children’s activities
Tuesday – A piece of Creative Writing (poetry)
Also, join the What I’m Writing linky with Maddy at The Writing Bubble
Wednesday – Travel / Family days out / Events / Arts and Culture
Thursday – A second piece of Creative Writing (prose, based on The Prompt)
Also, join the Prose For Thought linky with Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises
Friday – Blogging / Musings / Parenting
Also, join The Prompt with Sara at Mum Turned Mom
Writing, I have come to realise, is very much like exercise for the mind. The more you do it, the better you get at it. And the better your muscles, in this case grey matter, starts to function.
Given that I am prone to procrastination, unless I have a specific deadline looming, I tend to carry on thinking about what I want to write without actually writing down any of it. And by the time I do get round to it, I have lost track of my ideas.
So now I am getting into the habit of writing out posts as and when ideas pop into my head, even if it is just a very rough draft. I always have my i-phone with me. The Blogger app, though not the best, is enough for my needs. It lets me start a new post, saves it and syncs it with the computer. It even lets me add photos. The only problem is with editing, something that is easily rectified when I have am on the laptop.
I am hoping to build a stash of posts ready to be published, rather than a backlog of posts that need to be written. The aim is to write at least a couple of pieces each day.
Social Media Shares
I am not great at scheduling tweets or Facebook posts. I have started using Buffer and hope to work up a schedule for Twitter where a new post goes out once the day it is published, three times over the next day, and a couple of times the day after. Weekends will be for anything that has escaped under the radar, something that has been outstanding, or something pulled out from the archives.
Facebook will get one scheduled post each day, sometime in the morning. It will be the new post that I published the night before.
Curate Content and Spread the Blog Love
I will be spending at least a couple of hours every day reading posts written by some of my favourite bloggers, commenting and sharing on social media. I hope to be very generous with the blog love this year. Curating content is as important for blogging as it is for a museum. An important lesson I intend to put into practice this year.
Please join me as I embark on what I hope will be a remarkable year in my blogging journey.