If you are like me, you have an idea of how often you want to post on your blog and then hope some idea will pop in your head for a topic. You might think today is a good day to post something and you look around the room for some inspiration.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
That’s not to say that spontaneous ideas for blog posts are wrong. Some of my most enjoyable posts to write have come that way. Plus there are things that happen in the news that just scream for some sort of response. We should be open to this.
But these should be the exceptions and not the rule.
My challenge for you is to pick a month and plan out your month’s blogging. That may sound like a lot of work but it is not that bad.
Here are the steps I want you to take:
- Take a pen and paper and start writing down every blog post idea that comes to mind. Don’t worry if it sounds crazy and don’t try to come up with a title or other details. Try to get at least twenty-five ideas. Then put it aside for a couple of days.
- Choose how many blog posts that you would like to publish during that month. Everyone has a different rhythm. I end up blogging (at least) once a day but that is too much for many people. I don’t think once a month is often enough. Once a week should be the least you do and I would recommend two or three posts per week.
- Go back to your list of blog topics. See if some of your ideas are similar enough to be just one topic and if others are so broad that they may be a series of posts. Knowing how many posts you want to publish, pick that many from your list and come up with schedule of when you want to write them.
- Keep that list handy and when you come across content relevant to those posts, make some kind of record or even begin the post and include the links in a draft post.
- Stick to your schedule and get those posts written!
There are all sorts of advantages to this. It keeps you accountable and you don’t look back and discover you haven’t blogged in six weeks. Knowing what you will be blogging on in the next few weeks means that your eyes are open for content that could be used in those posts. It also helps you to build on earlier blog posts as you can see the big picture.
So your challenge for today is to put together one month’s schedule of blog posts.
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