This month, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite blogging tips and tricks.
And today’s blogging tip is one that I use to help me publish my blog and social media every week!
If you are a regular reader, you know that I have a fulltime job as a technical writer and I do this blogging thing on the side. I post blogging tips on Sunday and Quick Tip Tuesday on well, of course, Tuesday. I also have a Featured Writer Friday post that is gaining in popularity. I also use Twitter on a regular basis. And I have an eBook coming out. It will probably be complete early next month.
So, with all of this going on, how do I keep it all flowing? How do I keep it all together?
I use a posting calendar to keep everything straight.
My posting calendar and highlighters go with me everywhere.
So, what do I do?
I sit down with a list of blog ideas. Sometimes they come from mind mapping and sometimes they just come to me. I try to have a general idea of what I’m going to blog about this month. This month its all of my blogging tips, just in an expanded version.
So I sit down with my ideas and try to formulate a plan. I don’t want to jump all around on my subjects. I try to make them flow through the month.
I highlight the day of the month with the color associated with the type of post that I’m going to publish. For instance, Featured Writer Friday is green. Sunday’s weekly post is yellow and Tuesday’s Tips is orange. Then as topics or ideas pop up, they get the appropriate color.
But, here are my top two reasons why you should have a posting calendar.
1. Taking the time to develop a posting schedule allows you to organize your thoughts and create engaging posts. Creating a posting schedule his will stop the “What am I going to write about today?” question. I know it is frustrating to come up with a topic every week. I wonder how many blogs are out there with only three or four posts.
Don’t be one of the many bloggers that give up because they ran out of ideas.
2. Now that your posting schedule is organized, you can use it develop your social media schedule. There are some free social media scheduling services such as HootSuite and SocialOomph. These sites allow you to schedule your tweets and Facebook posts in advance. You can sit down on Sunday, write your posts and tweets for that week and… Walla! Before you know it, you’re finished for the week.
I hope you can see how a posting schedule can help your blog. Keeping your thought organized is the number one reason to have a calendar. I have a busy schedule and am juggling many things at once. Without someplace to keep my thoughts organized, I would have given up months ago out of frustration.
Don’t be like that.
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Until next time,
Keep your pens to the paper and keep writing.