by Diana Adams | Featured Contributor
Blogging is one of my favorite things to do. I especially love guest blogging since it gives me the opportunity to play at someone else’s house and make new friends. As of today, I’ve written 4,117 blog posts. My goal is 5,000. In 2015, I will add 400 new posts to the blogosphere, which is a lighter schedule than I’ve had in previous years.
If you like to keep up the pace with your blogging too, you’ve probably developed a system for staying on track. Today I thought I might share my technique for creating and keeping a consistent blogging schedule. It’s not high tech, but it works for me.
Before you create your blogging schedule, consider this.
One of the secrets to successful blogging is consistency. Blogging is like exercise – the hardest part is starting. Once you’ve gotten some momentum, it’s not hard to keep it up. If you stop blogging, it’s hard to get going again, just like with exercise. For this reason, I recommend making consistency a priority.
If you are committed to maintaining an aggressive blogging schedule, it’s also important to set a time limit for each post. You can learn more about this by following @CarlaYoung. She is a proficient blogger and freelance copywriter who has mastered this skill.
Get a planner that inspires you (online or analog, whichever works).
Don’t skip this step. Documenting these things only in your brain will not yield the best results.
I like to keep track of my blogging schedule in my Star Wars Moleskin planner. I carry it with me everywhere, and it keeps me inspired. I like the act of using a pen to check-off each daily blogging goal. I prefer this over any online/app/digital system I’ve tried.
This is what my blogging planner looks like:
Work the Numbers.
How many posts would you like to publish in 2015? 25? 100? 400? Whatever the number is, divide it by 12 to see how many posts you would have to write each month to reach that goal. Is that number reasonable? Does it inspire you? Does it push you, but not break you? Are you excited to start working towards that goal? Most importantly…
Can you blog that much without sacrificing the quality of each post?
I recommend sitting down with a paper, pen and calculator. Start playing with the numbers. Work them into a weekly/monthly goal that you can feel good about. Now it’s time to start actually scheduling.
Create your weekly blogging schedule one night each week.
Now that you know how many posts you plan to write each week, you have a place to start. Write that number down. Maybe it’s 1 per week, maybe it’s 3 per week, maybe it’s more.
Choose one day a week (for me it’s Sunday) and plan the following week’s blogging schedule. Be sure to account for the number of posts you’re planning to write each week.
I write 8 posts per week (this is my 7th one). In my planner, I have documented which days I’m going to write. I schedule time for it just like any other activity, and I limit the amount of time I spend on each post.
I only recommend scheduling for a week at a time is because you probably won’t know the specifics of that week until the week before. For example, on one week, you might be able to write three posts on Tuesday night, but on the following week, you might have dinner plans on Tuesday night.
By making your specific schedule for the following week on Sunday (or whatever day), you will be able to fit your blogging into your existing schedule with more flexibility and ease. This is key for keeping your schedule intact and reaching your blogging goals.
If you have an extra busy week when you can’t schedule any blogging, you’ll know you have to double up the following week in order to make your goal. Or, maybe you work a few extra posts into your plan (which is what I do). That way, if something unexpected comes up, you can still meet your goal.
Add in a few advanced strategies.
Once you get good at this, you might even start adding a few advanced strategies into the mix. A few of these include blogging in batches, scheduling posts and creating a handy list of your main SEO keywords.
Another advanced strategy is to train your brain to spot blogging topics all day as you go about your daily routine. Write down those ideas immediately. Have you ever noticed that some people never run out of interesting things to blog about? It’s because they’ve mastered this technique. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never run out of post ideas.
I would like to point out that this is nothing more than the system I use. You have to find what works best for you. I’m only sharing my system so you have another point of view and another example for how to create and keep a blogging schedule.
What’s the method to your madness?
You might have a method to the madness that works better for you. It’s all about creating blog writing accountability (accountability to yourself). I hope you’ll share your tips about this in the comment section below. I’m always looking for ways to tweak my system to make it more efficient, effective and inspiring. Thank you for reading my post and happy blogging!
Diana Adams is the founder and CEO of Adams Consulting Group, Inc. in Atlanta. Established in 2001, her company is now an esteemed member of the Apple Consultants Network and is rated one of the top independent Apple consulting firms in the southeast.
She’s written 4,000+ blog posts about technology, social media and geeky innovations. She loves new technology, Java Chips with extra drizzle, and any form of creativity. She’s also one of the biggest Star Wars fans in the world and is a frequent user of the force.
Diana graduated from USC, and she spends most of her time on the east coast. She is a social media addict, and you can find her on Twitter (@adamsconsulting), Instagram, G+ or Facebook almost anytime of the day or night. Send her a tweet and say hello!