It sounds so simple but I am the first to admit I don’t take the sensible route most of the time.
I was thinking about the increase in my regular blog posts over that last few months and wondering how it happened. (Let’s not include the last two weeks….) After a little thought I came up with a few things that seemed to gel at the same time.
- I found a calm and happy place at the dining room table before the day begins.
- I discovered what they say about ‘morning pages’ is true.
- This wonderful blogger mentioned an editorial calendar in this post.
- I started writing posts ahead of time.
Some things in my life I do like clockwork and it works, routine works. Other things that I try to do like clockwork don’t work and end up very hit and miss. But the routine of getting up, walking Bud, making coffee and sitting down with the laptop is a routine I adore. It’s not a true definition of ‘morning pages’ but close enough for me. ( I Googled the term to see where it came from and seems it was first mentioned in a book called The Artists Way by Julia Cameron.)
The essence of morning pages is that you get up and get straight on with writing. Whatever comes to mind just get it down on paper and do it every day. Like I said my version is a little off the mark but it works so I do it.
Around the same time I started settling myself down each day before the day began I also read the post about an editorial calendar. Something in my head just clicked and then and there I set one up in Microsoft Outlook Calendar that was solely for keeping blog post ideas.
As the weeks went by I found that brainstorming and adding ideas onto the outlook calendar was working. My regular posts increased. Having topics written down also gave me a target to aim for. For example, I knew that on Thursday the following week I was going to post about the last book I’d read so I could take the photos of the book cover ahead of time and make sure they were edited and ready to go.
Some potential posts (this one is a good example) have been moved from week to week for a couple of months now, waiting for me to get my head round the words, but that’s okay because I have the idea of the post noted so I don’t forget to keep working on it. Adding things to the calendar works, so I do it.
The final piece of the puzzle is getting ahead. If I know that I have three posts written and scheduled on a Sunday for the following week I’m winning. I can relax and probably will write a couple more off the cuff during the week. But if there are no posts scheduled I panic and the pressure to write something usually means I don’t write anything.
Just a word on that ‘pressure’ thing I mentioned in the last paragraph. There is no pressure. I write here for me and Gav. Don’t get me wrong I love comments and love seeing that people have visited to say hello. It really does spur you on but I’m not making a living from these words and photos, I am telling our story and keeping a record of things we do and thoughts I have and I love that process in itself. So when I said ‘pressure’ to get posts written I know there is no real pressure it’s all my my noggin’. Okay, rant over.
I am amazed at myself for keeping up this blogging malarkey but I really love it and it was getting my act together, knowing what was working for me and keeping doing that over and over, that was the key to writing more frequently and feeling more satisfied about the process.
So when you discover what works make sure you do it!