Plan your blog posts (or your menu) for the week
One of my goals for a long time has been to complete the 31 Days to a Better Blog project from ProBlogger. I didn’t start with 3 blogs with growing readership but apparently that is where I am now. Pushing each further means more advertising revenue each month and more opportunities opening around me. I like money and I like opportunity so … starting June 1 I began the 31 Days …
Day 7 was the most relevant day for me.
7) Plan your next week’s posting schedule
I did the project dutifully and mapped out 7 days of blog entries. (This was not one of them, by the way.) I felt good having accomplished a week of blogging topics on all 3 blogs. I didn’t know I could feel so far “ahead” on work for the blogs. My style has always been to blog impulsively which is why sometimes I blog frequently and sometimes blog infrequently. I often treated blogging as the red-headed step child of my businesses. Shooting, networking, marketing, advertisements, social media, gawker submissions, editing, uploading, keywording … if there was time left over maybe even talk to my woman, hit the gym and cook some food.
Since leaving Syracuse and going out on my own last year I felt it was time to get more organized about how I do things, more controlled as far as my blogging habits and get back some of the momentum on this blog. I knew I wasn’t doing what I wanted when an opportunity presented itself to make serious money blogging and …
I didn’t qualify. I hadn’t posted frequently enough at the time. On ANY of my blogs.
So where are we today?
Prep, course … these are food words. Today, they are blogging words. I need to prep posts ahead of time and plan my course. Maybe blogging is my fourth course of the day. I think of planning my blogs like I plan my food shoot ideas. It doesn’t take long one day a week to get FAR ahead on it but it takes you a very long time to do everything on the fly. Last night I was inspired to create blog ideas and actually came up with topics for all 3 blogs FOUR weeks in advance. (Click on image to enlarge it.)
I always decide at the beginning of the week what foods I will make that week (this week I’m making scallop linguine, chicken alfredo, blueberry smoothies, caramel flan and maybe a peanut butter dessert.) Planning foods to shoot keeps me from either forgetting to shoot, being too lazy to shoot or simply coming up with last minute plans. The same seems to be holding true for my blogging.
It’s been 9 days since I planned my first week and with only a few minor changes in plan, I’m sticking to it. Good news for my blog readers! I should have brand new content up 2-4 times per week, every week.
Do you plan your food shoots? Do you shoot everything you eat? What is the plan on your blog?