The following is a guest post from Kam of Campfire Chic.
I have a confession: I don’t always have a blog post ready to publish and can go a few days without new content on my site. It’s rare, but it happens.
That may be average for some bloggers, but I pride myself on my ability to have new content 5 days a week. I like having the consistency, I want to share what I have…and I like to read blogs that have new content on a daily basis, so why not do the same?
Over the past few months, I started documenting why I didn’t have a blog post scheduled and ready to roll.
The reasons included:
- Relying too heavily on guest bloggers to submit work on time
- Forgetting to hit ‘schedule’ and being stuck at work
- Getting sick
The biggest reason? Not planning ahead.
I work full time outside the home in addition to blogging at Campfire Chic and a contributing writer for Gadchick. I also have a home life, a social life, and you know…that part of your life where you just sit in front of the heater with a bowl of cereal on really cold mornings and vow to spend more time alone. That’s a lot of life.
What is it that they say? Life happens? It sure does! I like to plan a head a little bit for that very reason. My usual blogging schedule is Monday through Friday, so I sit down on Sunday night and blog. I get 80-100% of my blog posts for the week done in that one sitting.
Some bloggers recommend having at least three months worth of posts ready to publish before you start blogging … I’m not sure how many of us have three months worth of blog posts ready to be drafted, but I at least I have a few ideas.
Developing ideas is the hardest part for most. I, thankfully, have quite a few topics I would like to write about and share…some of them I included in my first ebook, Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Layouts, & Art Journal Entries. I then re-read Amy’s The Finishing Manifesto to make sure I don’t start and not finish…a common theme in my life.
With 365 blog post ideas at the ready, I know I will have a more consistent publishing schedule in 2013. I like consistency, and this ebook, with its variety of post ideas, will help me stay on track.
The topics covered in the ebook include:
Your family, favorites, challenges, goals, reviews, recurring features, you, your town, and more.
I left plenty of space at the end of each section for you to jot down your ideas that arise while reading through the 365 ideas I compiled. Buying this ebook gives you enough ideas for a full calendar year, but with the addition of your ideas, there could be so much more!
You can buy a copy of Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Layouts, & Art Journal Entries for $5 here. Read Amy’s review.
I’m thrilled to be a part of Amy’s annual blog party, and would like to give away one copy of 365 to one lucky Lemon & Raspberry reader!
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Kam is the blogger behind Campfire Chic and the author of Three Sixty-Five: Ideas for Blog Posts, Scrapbook Pages, & Art Journal Entries. She shares about social media and blogging, productivity, and ways to spend time outdoors. When Kam isn’t blogging, she enjoys hiking, camping, Project Life, and reading comics.