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.
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.
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.