What system or method do you use to plan your blog posts? I have used Scrivener (just a little over two years) to do my posts and it’s a great system for blog planning, editorial planning, brainstorming and note-taking.
Even if you don’t have a system or a digital calendar, you can (and should) still plan your blog posts on a weekly or even a monthly basis so you can get the most out of your work. Here I’m going to share with you a few ways you can plan your blog posts and be more productive on a consistent basis:
To begin, start with a dated calendar that you can use to write on in the available spaces. If you use a digital calendar, date it for the current year you’re in, either by the month, quarter or the full year, whichever suits you best. You’ll be doing a lot of writing on this calendar, so be sure to leave yourself lots of writing space and room for notes.
2. Topic Idea
Determine your topic ideas. Go through your current blog posts on through your web searches and find out just what it is that you want to talk about. Jot down these ideas because you’ll come back to them later.
3. Post Date
Decide on a consistent posting date. Will you be publishing twice a week or every day? Do you want to publish two posts a day or four? Each blogger has his or her own posting style, but you have to determine what posting frequency best fits your schedule.
4. Assign Dates
Assign a post topic and day to each post. This means that if you have a lifestyle blog and you want to write about green smoothie recipes each Thursday, assign a blog title to the post and mark it on your calendar as “tbw” (to be written) or “draft” so you’ll know which action(s) needs to be taken.
5. Assign Themes
You can also assign different themes to each set or category of posts. For instance, around a holiday time, you may want to focus on the subject matter and write posts that are about the holiday. You can place these in draft mode as far out as you’d like. (ex., for Valentine’s Day, you can write the post, find an image and schedule it as early as November if you’d like).
6. Assign Images
Find relevant images for your blog posts. Save these images to your hard drive and don’t forget to name them. Or, you can go ahead and save them to your WordPress media file (I suggest this) so you can find them when you need them.
7. Tweak Daily
Take about an hour each day and write on a few posts, but save them in draft mode until they’re ready to publish. Tweak the wording, upload the photos and decide where you’re going to place them on your publish schedule. This will also help you see which ones need to go out first.
Once you’ve got everything set up and ready to go with your posts and drafts, you can spend as little (or a lot) of time on tweaking them and prepping them each day. A blog planning system like this will help you get more done and also help you see exactly where you are at any given time in the month.
What other methods can you think of that will help with blog planning? Do you think it’s better for you to use a digital or paper planning method? I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment here on find us on our Facebook Blogger Outreach Page to join in the discussion. Take care, bloggers!