This is how blogging works for me:
HUGE BURST OF ENERGY. MANY, MANY POSTS IN A ROW.
LULL. NO BLOGGING. CAN LAST TWO WEEKS OR SEVERAL MONTHS.
Currently, I’m in the middle of a creative BURST, and I love it. I feel productive and prolific. And I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about ways to rework the blog, to maintain productivity, and to create more and better.
On my current favorite podcast, The Girl Next Door, the hosts (Kelsey and Erica) mentioned using an editorial calendar, and I am finding that to be a GENIUS idea. I don’t even know if I’m doing it right. I basically set aside a section at the back of my bullet journal for my official editorial calendar. Each month gets a couple of pages, and I’ve been jotting down topics that I plan to blog about for each month.
I LOVE IT. I never plan anything for the blog. I come to the blog whenever it feels right, and I publish a post whenever it feels ready to post. I think this is a completely fine way to do things. But, I think that planning ahead a little may help me to post more often and more intentionally.
I’m planning to do a short reflection once every month, just kind of a brief post about what I’m reading, what I’m listening to, and what I’m recommending to others for the month.
I’m also daydreaming about how to use more images and photography on the blog, but that might just be a pipe dream. “Take more photos” has been a repeat resolution for me in the past, and it hasn’t happened, which makes me think it maybe just isn’t my thing.
I’ve been trying out a couple of new widgets, so we’ll see how that goes. I really don’t know much about designing websites. It sounds fun to try to rework the blog and make it look like something I’m really proud of. (I’m proud of it already, but it would be cool to take it to the next level.)
AND, maybe most importantly – I’m considering being more intentional and thorough with my posts.
That may sound kind of funny. But when I started blogging, it was incredible uncomfortable for me to put my words out into the universe at all. Just pressing publish felt brave. Sharing a post on social media made me an absolute daredevil.
So, to keep myself from chickening out, I’ve often scribbled blogs real fast, quickly pressed publish, and then shared them on Facebook. All really fast. No processing. No proofreading.
It’s been three years since I started blogging, and I feel more comfortable having my words out in the universe. But it’s STILL nerve-wracking! However, I’m considering taking a little more time to think about IF MY WORDS ARE SAYING WHAT I WANT THEM TO SAY.
We shall see. Happy writing anyway!