It’s the first day of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge. If you’re following on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere with hashtags, you’ll be able to find the posts that I write on the specific days. Today I’ll use #AugustDay1, tomorrow I’ll use #AugustDay2 and so on until #AugustDay30.
Before starting any challenge, I like to make sure I have a plan of action…my plan of attack. You’ll have seen me write about it before. I recommend you have a schedule and some sort of blogging calendar.
Mine is all set and I’m raring to go.
Why You Need a Schedule
Surely you can just write as you feel, right? Well, there is an element of that in blogging and there’s nothing wrong with making some slight changes.
In fact, today I’ve made changes to blogging on other sites. I wanted to do a post for one blog and then found out there’s some news today that affects students, so I’ll post on my Student blog instead.
Schedules don’t have to be set in stone, but having one will make blogging easier. You’ll be able to just look at what you had planned and sit down and write it.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve sat down at a blank screen and had nowhere to go. All because I didn’t have a schedule. When doing one post a week it’s not too bad. I can put it off a bit and move on. When doing a post a day, getting behind isn’t good!
How to Create a Schedule and Plan
So, where do I get started to create my plan and schedule?
First, I like to have some sort of idea of a series. I’m going to cover the idea of making money with writing and building a client list with this first 30 days. During it, I’ll share some of my experiences, things I’m still learning, and changes that have happened over the years.
From there, I can then set out some blog title ideas and find an order for them. I’ll put them in my diary, so I can just check and write each day. I’ll also be able to get ahead so I’m not actually writing every single day of the week. There’s nothing wrong with scheduling your posts through your blogging software.
Sometimes I’ll get detailed ideas. I’ll note these down with the titles to help me take posts in the right direction.
What to Do When the Plan Doesn’t Go Right
Sometimes what you plan won’t work out. It’s annoying and all you want to do is scrap it all. Why bother when it’s just not worked out?
Don’t just quit. Take your time to recollect your thoughts and get back on track. I’ve taken months out of blogging properly because of a big move. Now that it’s complete, I’m ready to focus back on the blogs and my business.
I didn’t feel guilty for taking the needed time away. But I never thought about completely throwing away the old work that I did. I just made sure I got back to it when I was able.
Are you taking up the 30-Day Blogging Challenge? I’d love to follow you and see what you do. Feel free to share in the comments below so I can check your posts out.