New Blogging Strategy

 

Last year when I migrated to WordPress. org. I made it my mission to keep a list of ideas so I didn’t run out of topics for my blog. This works well in theory, but I discovered that when life got busy as it is apt to get, I would settle for an easier topic than one that needed research, pictures, or extra time to write.

This year, I decided to treat my blog a little more pro-actively. Now when I get an idea, I start writing about the topic immediately. It might not be publish-ready, but the gist of the idea is down and available for editing.

Some of my best ideas happen when I first wake up. When this happens I open a new WordPress post and start writing. Since there’s no immediate date for its release, I can keep writing or editing it for days or weeks before I click publish.

So far for 2017, I have twelve extra posts ready for publication. I’d like to be 30 posts ahead by April so I won’t feel so pressured when time is short and days are busier.

I don’t know if this will help you. I think it depends on what kind of blogger you are, but so far it’s been working for me. I thought I would pass it on.

Do you write your blog posts in advance? How many do you keep in reserve?

Blog Housekeeping:  New! I’ve added subheadings to a couple of the main headings in my navigation pane.

• Food is now subdivided into Menus 2016 and 2017.
• Homesteading has a subheading called Home & Life to cover the non-homesteadery things.
• I’ve also added Reviews & Op Ed to the main menu.

You can also look up past posts by category or tag with the widget at the top of the right sidebar.


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14 Comments

  1. I like your idea. I’ve made several attempts at starting a post to finish at another time, and I have 4 or 5 in that condition. But I never get back to them. So it’s a good idea in theory, I’m just having trouble with the execution.

    • Marlene: So far this has been working better for me than just listing ideas. I think because of my OCD I feel that if I start something I have to finish it.

      We’ll see if I can continue this momentum next month when things start hopping around here.

  2. I don’t write my blogs ON Blogger, I write them on Word first (saved with anticipated post date in the file name). But most of my posts deal with what’s happening in my life, so it’s kind of hard to write that far in advance. I usually write them the day before. Well, except for Wednesday Reads. I write those posts as I finish each book.

  3. I usually jot down ideas on scrap paper then sit down another time to write the full posts. I try to stay at least a few weeks ahead, but there always seems to come a point where I find myself scrabbling to catch up. It’s like I get ahead then I get too relaxed. Sigh.

  4. Good for you for thinking and writing ahead 🙂 I get my best blog posts at 3 a.m. and they are all in my head which I promptly forget when I wake up the next morning 🙂 I will occasionally write a blog post ahead and then plan to post it a few days later. For instance, weekends are slow sometimes for blog reading, so I’ll write something on Friday but not post it until Monday. Only thing I plan in advance is the A/Z challenge posts, but no doing it this year 🙂

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