How I plan a year of blogging and social media.
This is part two of my series about how I plan a year of blogging. If you haven't read part one, you can read it here -The Planner-
In my last post I talked about how I set up my planner as I like it. This time I’m gonna explain how I plan a year of blogging. My progress is done in steps and I’m gonna do my best to make it easy to follow <3
Step one: "National" days/weeks/months
I started planning the years blogging by finding out what each month have going on. There is so many "national" days and weeks and months and they are fun and great inspiration. January for example is National Hot Tea Month and as a writer I loved that idea. I choose a theme for each month, and while I don’t follow them religiously or anything, they do help the inspiration grow.
After choosing a subject for each month, I sat down and found all the national days I wanted to include. I write a very long list and then chose which of them should go to the blog and which was “only” social media worthy. I used this website as my inspiration LINK. It only took me a few hours to go through the whole year, pick the things I wanted to include and note down in my planner. Each time I added a day, I marked it in the planner with one kind of washi tape.
Step two: Decide how often you want to blog.
When I first started planning this years blogging I decided I wanted to blog every single monday as a minimum.
That means 52 blog posts as a minimum. That number sounds crazy, but once you break it down it’s only 4-5 blog posts a month. And that's a lot more dourable.
Step three: Ideas
Now I admit that I’m a list maker, so I made a list with 52 points. Every point represented a Monday that needed a post.
And then I started to fill it in. At this stage I didn’t think about themes, or the order of posts, I just wrote down ideas. If I felt stuck I went on Pinterest and checked out other blogs and in less than two days I had almost 60 blog post ideas.
Some months I used the national month celebrations and others I didn’t. March for example is women’s history month, and so every Monday blog post that month is about a female writer that I enjoyed reading or had an impact on books and writing.
I also decided to join A-Z April blog challenge again this year (I failed miserably last year but I’m determined to get through this year) where you post a new blog post every day except Sundays, following the alphabet. Which of course added a lot more blog posts, because I like being evil to myself.
Step four: The fun part
Once I had all my blog posts written down, I started filling them into the planner. I figured out what posts might go best where and when a post had been plotted into the planner, I marked the page with another kind of washi tape.
And there it was. A whole year filled with blog post. Damn I can’t tell you how great that felt. Since I’m a big scrivener fan I made a new project and gave each month it’s own folder and started filling in blog posts. That way I can write ahead. Start working on projects and so on. Once a project is finished I can then schedule it on my blog, add formatting and pictures and all that. That way even if I get sick or are away from home, my posts still go live. (If you don’t know Scrivener you can check it out HERE – it’s a tool created for writers and I love it.)
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