Monday Again…

Wow… Weekends sure do go by quickly! And with all of the responsibilities of living — mother, wife, author, entrepreneur, etc. — it makes the time seem even quicker. Forty-eight hours is just not enough time to get it all done!

I have been reading a lot about social networking lately. More specifically as it relates to blogs. See…I really want my blog to be a useful tool in the blogosphere and not just another blog to add to the millions out there. I want it to have a plan and direction; for it to be targeted and specific to the niche I have chosen. Not that my chosen focus is a “niche” per se since writing is very broad; however, I would like my blog to be focused and not all over the map, jumping from this to that to this and back to that again…

One of the topics I have been reading up on this weekend involves creating an editorial calendar for your blog. This will help you to keep your focus and keep your blog going in the direction you intend, rather than having it all over the place. Most of the articles suggested using Excel or any spreadsheet program to create and keep your EC. Microsoft Word or a wordprocessing program was also suggested. I am going to start with Excel, but in the long run I’m sure it will end up in the Calendar app on my iPad somehow. I just need to start in Excel so I can transfer it to my electronic method once refined.

I found these two articles very helpful in explaining exactly what an editorial calendar is and how instituting one in your blogging life can assist you greatly and steer your blog into a more professional direction:

Develop An Editorial Calendar for Your Blog
How to Put Together an Editorial Calendar for Content Marketing

Both authors have similar views. They suggest that using an EC will greatly improve your blogging and help you to stress less about your blog. The authors agree that having some type of EC in place allows you to get your blogging done in an orderly, non-rushed fashion, where you know well ahead of time what needs to be written for your blog on each day that you will be blogging. I believe that instituting an EC will allow me to get my posts written and scheduled in advance so I’m no longer scrambling the day of to get the darn article written and posted. Because of some of the suggestions in these two articles, I have chosen my method of scheduling and will be creating my spreadsheet today. Anyone who blogs regularly and professionally should really consider getting your mind wrapped around a “publishing” schedule and getting your EC in place today…

Time to share…
Do you use an editorial calendar in your blogging life? If so, please share the tool(s) you use to create and maintain it. Also share how instituting one has resolved issues for your blog and kept you focused. 

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3 comments on “Monday Again…

  1. Good for you for deciding to be more organized and efficient with an editorial calendar. I bet it will help you well. Your blog is already focused, so you’re off to a good start. I wish I could use an editorial calendar for my blog, but I don’t do well with schedules 😉 Good luck with creating it. Are you going to post it on your blog or is it just for your knowledge?

  2. I am not good with schedules either, Christine; however, I started this blog on April 13th and I have been hell bent and determined to make it good and to post regularly. Without the EC, I am going to find myself scrambling every day to write and post a quality article. That’s what I’ve been doing over the 2 weeks since I’ve launched and I will burn out quickly. I don’t want my blog to become a ghost town with no or very few new posts. The EC will ensure that I don’t burn out.

    As for posting it here, I don’t think I will. I waited until today to respond to you because I did post a screenshot with today’s post — but it’s blank. I don’t want to bore you all with tedious details… I will share this — the weekly breakdown of what to expect going forward is:
    Monday Morning Review: where I review what I’ve been reading — either industry blogs or books
    Tuesday Training Timeout: where I will discuss a topic of importance in a writer’s life
    Watchout Wednesday: where I’ll be discussing one of the many “hot topics” in the industry (i.e., the DoJ lawsuit that’s all over the Internet)
    Thursday Themes: where I get my writer followers writing by offering writing prompts, encouragement, and inspirational messages,
    Friday Frivolities: where I may talk about most anything, including the puppy and kitty, as a “release” day, and
    Saturday Shorts: where I will post a short story or manuscript excerpt for fun, giving my readers something fun to read

    Yes…this EC has really gotten me organized with this blog!

    • Your EC schedule sounds awesome! It will provide you a basis of what to write about, which is something I struggle with sometimes with my blog. I’m looking forward to reading your future posts. You’re doing a great job with your blog!

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