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An Innovative Way To Plan Your Blog Posts

Posted by on 20th Jun 2008 | 13 comments

moleskine If you write several blogs either by design or for business you know how much it takes to keep on track of all the publications. It isn’t always easy to come up with appropriate ideas to keep posting on time. The longer we wait, the harder it normally gets. Kevin recently blogged how much he hates writers block in his post pen & paper.

Writers block sucks at the best of times. But instead of making life hard for yourself you can use the following ways to plan your weekly schedule, without falling prey to the dreaded writers block.

It all starts with an idea. The trouble is, when we rush things ideas usually fail to flow. To counteract this potential show stopper we have to find an easy to implement technique to capture those ideas. I’m using dedicated pages in my Moleskine notebook to jot down blogging ideas.

Some bloggers use spreadsheets. A spreadsheet has one benefit. It keeps all the clips in one place. On the negative side, a spreadsheet gets more overwhelming the larger it gets. Once the file is too long we simply get too frazzled to even bother looking.

Plan your posts using a Moleskine notebook

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Moleskine’s, go check them out. If you have only a fraction of affection for pen and paper you will fall in love with these timeless notebooks, guaranteed. After all, Moleskine is a way of life, a religion if you must know.

On the other hand a simple pocket size notebook will do too. The whole process from idea to a finished post is a continuous work flow. Here is what you do.

1.) Set aside 15 minutes every day to brain storm ideas. If you have enough ideas already, use this time slot to work existing ideas into blog post outlines.

Even the busiest of person could manage this.

2.) Take any page in your notebook and name it idea/topic. This your brainstorm central. You will use this page to write down any and all ideas that come to mind throughout your day. Naturally you want to get into the habit of carrying your notebook everywhere you go. Leave extra space to continue once the page is full.

3.) Dedicate another portion of your notebook and map it to a week, using weekday names on a double page. You can also substitute this by using a simple diary if you want to save the time.

4.) Mark each weekday with the names of the blog you write for. Use abbreviations to save space. As long as you remember which abbreviation corresponds to which blog of course.

5.) Now break up your posting schedule according to your workload. You might need to post on alternate days, leaving you space in between to write them. You could also set aside a full day every week and write all your blog posts on the same day. Whatever works best for you according to your time schedule.

6.) Once you have outlined your weekly schedule (which by the way could be similar every week), you can move to the next step.

7.) Now it’s time to do some serious brainstorming. Use your daily 15 minutes to come up with as many blog ideas as possible. Don’t analyze your thoughts, just keep writing. After a while you will find this becomes a lot easier. Plus you might only need the one day per week to jot down ideas, while you can use the other days to write your posts. This is a guaranteed solution against writers block.

8.) In the allocated writing time slots peruse your ideas page and craft them into blog outlines, drafts and finally posts using a step by step work flow. You could use different folders on your computer for each one, moving them from one to the next (like a car in a car factory). Every time your files move they grow and eventually you will have a range of fully crafted, masterful blog posts.

The hardest part is always the first step, going from idea to draft. Once your draft is in the proverbial box, you will find it easier to work and modify your piece until completion.

Alternatively you can also use index cards for the first steps in conjunction with a diary. By the way, you can get Moleskine diaries as well. I just find it easier to use a Moleskine, since I have it all in one convenient place, plus it is pocket size convenience, portable to go everywhere I do.


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13 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by --Deb on 20th Jun 2008

    Lately, I've become a fan of the Circa notebook system from Levenger.com. You can make notebooks any size you want, from 3"x5" and up, and you can move pages from one to another. VERY handy for keeping organized while only having to carry ONE notebook with you!

  • Posted by Guillermo on 20th Jun 2008

    Or you can use your BlackBerry also.

  • Posted by TechnoDiary.com on 20th Jun 2008

    Bang on target. Now I know what to do when I am short of ideas.

    ~Sahil

  • Posted by Todd Andrews on 20th Jun 2008

    Not a bad technique. I always recommend some of the mindmapping software to help layout the entire site and various blog categories.

  • Posted by STUD on 20th Jun 2008

    you will be shocked by I usually write my posts well in advance….like right now I have completed posts till september for one of my blogs…lol

  • Posted by Monika Mundell on 21st Jun 2008

    @ Guillermo: Yes, Blackberry's seem to be the cool gadget of now. Unfortunately they don't work for me. I found gadgets complicate my work flow rather than make things easier. So for me, it's Moleskine any day over a gadget.

    @ Deb: Thanks for mentioning them. They look interesting and I'm sure some readers will find them very useful. I like the "moving parts" fact too. Great to keep all necessities in one handy place.

    @ Stud: Wow, this is rather impressive. Being this far ahead organized like you is the ultimate for any blogger, even me. LOL.

  • Posted by web hosting on 22nd Jun 2008

    Thats pretty innovative way to plan the blog posts. I have always link up of future posts and also I treat it as news, if I get some hot news or breaking news, I will post them upfront. So it works like dealing with magazines/newspaper :)

    Chris

  • Posted by Edward Lomax on 23rd Jun 2008

    I plan my blogs link a magazine and try to focus in on one subtopic of the main blog topic every month. This keep me more focused. For brainstorming posts, I use headline templates and try to come up with a lot of great titles… then do the research and write the post.

    I don't go too far in advance in case something interesting pops up I want to write about.

  • Posted by Anthony on 21st Jul 2008

    I used to use the trusty pen and paper, tried several times to replace the chosen note taking format to my desktop computer but it was never there when i was having my moments of brainstorming genius – until i got my Blackberry, i can hand on heart say that i have never written a thing in my notebook since i got it.

  • Posted by water damage denver on 22nd Dec 2008

    I like STUD's method! I have a vegan blog that is in the works. Yup, it's been "in the works" since August LOL. I just can't find anything to write about, so I find that I've been taking photos of the foods that I prepare, but now the photos are stuck in my camera's SD card, and I still haven't written about what I ate two weeks ago.

    Thanks for the pointers! Enjoyed reading your post!

  • Posted by outdoor antenna on 27th Dec 2008

    I'm so glad I came across your great tips here. Will definitely try some of your ideas!

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