S – Schedule your posts. #AtoZ

AtoZ blogging challlenge

Earlier, when I blogged at, ‘Feelings’, I blogged as and when I felt like it, writing on topics that came to mind, or on prompts I found interesting. Some days, however, the mind would go blank and Writer’s Block would set in, leaving me perplexed and frustrated.

What do I write about, I would wonder. Every topic that came to mind stayed there for a few indecisive moments and then went away, leaving me where I started — with a big question mark.

However, after creating Metanoia, I decided I would write on fixed days of the week, on topics concerned with my niche. And, it was around last year that Shailaja shared this post by  Nandita Iyer on scheduling posts and creating a content calendar for blogging.

I found the idea extremely helpful.  It helps if you have a niche blog because then you can plan your posts for the next six months or even a year and be prepared with your posts in time.

I haven’t been able to plan for an entire year, but I have been planning for a month in advance, as of now. But once the A to Z concludes, I will begin planning for two months, at least.

Timetable for your blog

This is the timetable I created in my diary as I prefer using a pen and a book to do all the planning.  I do make changes as far as book/movie reviews go as I might not be able to complete reading a book, or find time to watch a movie. I also move posts around if I feel a particular category gets less attention. I leave Sundays free for art I might feel like working on an impulse.

Metanoia is primarily a health and wellness blog, but I also write motivational posts and food posts for Flavoursome Tuesdays, as well as posts on writing. So, I make sure all the categories are covered in a month.

Since making this calendar and scheduling posts, I haven’t faced the Writer’s Block. And, that is the most important reason behind preparing a timetable for your blog.

It also saves time; you have your posts ready for your publishing days and you can also work on the topics well in advance, with all the research in place as well as the images required for sharing on the various social media platforms.

If planning a year ahead seems daunting, you may plan for just a month, to begin with. Slowly and steadily, as you get used to this concept, you can start planning for 2-3  months or even six months, as you feel comfortable. And be assured you will never be stuck with that big question mark, ever again!

So, do you prepare a calendar for your posts? How do you plan ahead? Do share with me.

Love,

SHILPA.

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

 

 

15 Replies to “S – Schedule your posts. #AtoZ”

    1. That is a good idea, too, Shalz. At least you have the ideas ‘safe’ somewhere instead of floating around and getting lost in the recesses of your mind, as it often happened with me! 😛

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  1. Scheduling always helps as it sorts out things in your mind. And writing down a schedule is better than letting things stay in your head . Sadly, I don’t find time to even make a schedule…. every year I tell myself things have to change but just let things go ….

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    1. Yes, Sunita. Just leaving things in the mind is risky, as there are a thousand things floating around in the mind and the ones that are really important tend to get sidelined. And, therefore, I plan it all out this way.

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  2. Wow, I love the way you have planned this, Shilpa!

    While I do note down ideas for posts, I never schedule. In the 9 years of my blogging, I would have scheduled only around 2-3 posts, that’s it! Yes, I need more discipline in my life 🙂

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    1. Soumya, I began doing this only recently, as in serious planning. And, it really helps as I now have a clear picture in front of me as to what needs to be worked on, and what can be changed/edited. And, I like discipline!:P

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  3. I love this idea.

    Could you write (or have you written?) a post about brainstorming ideas for your blog. I often can’t come up with ideas for mine until the last minute. It would be nice to fix that problem.

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    1. Hey, Lydia! How have you been?

      No, I haven’t done such a post, yet, but that is a brilliant idea, for sure! And, I think I can use this prompt for one of the letters in this last week of A to Z. I needed ideas for the letters V and X, so maybe I will work around this topic for either one of these and do a post.

      Thank you so much for the suggestion! 🙂
      Will tag you when I publish the post.

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      1. I’m doing well, thanks.

        It’s wonderful that you’ve decided to use my suggestion. I can’t wait to see what you have to say about it!

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  4. Creating a blogging calendar is on my to-do list for long but have never got around to do it. I realize that it is a great way to write consistently and create quality content too. You are doing great in this regard, Shilpa. I need to get my act together 😀

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  5. What a lovely calender schedule that is Shilpa. I agree it is very important to schedule wrt to bologging. I generally schedule my reading for the month and the posts too. but its more of a mental one. I love the way you have organised it. I need to do this too. Thanks a ton for sharing it.

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