Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and Plan

Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and Plan

Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and Plan

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.

Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and PlanBefore 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.

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Alexandria Ingham is a professional writer. She predominately ghost-writes in various niches, including fitness, finance and technology Everything is fully researched and well-written. Under her own name, she writes in the technology, business, history and weight loss niches

14 thoughts on “Starting the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Creating the Schedule and Plan

    1. It gets easier the more you do it. Soon you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start with a plan in the first place 😉

  1. Helpful information- I have started round two of the challenge today. This months theme is Empowered Woman so a schedule and calendar are essentials to ensure I stay on track.

  2. This is a great reminder why schedules really work. Funny enough, I use my diary and schedules at work but did not really think of doing a schedule for my blogging challenge. So obvious and at the same time so easily forgotten. I am blogging on 30 steps to finding your dream job and can see now how putting a schedule in place can make blogging easier for me. Thank you for this valuable reminder, Alexandria.

    1. It is so easy to forget about a schedule. And when you have one, easy to go off track! Good luck with the round. I’m sure creating a schedule will help.

    1. It really depends on what type of blogger you want to be and what you want to achieve from your blog. If you write what you feel, I’m assuming it’s more of a personal blog. For business blogs and for those who really want to make their blogging a business or make money from it, having a plan is so much more beneficial. It helps to create that plan to make blogging consistent.

  3. Thank you for the insight you have shared. I am new to blogging and embarking on the 30-day blogging challenge is going to be just that…challenging. I will read your posts frequently to learn new ideas!

    1. You’re welcome. Good luck with the challenge. I’ve always believed that anything worth having isn’t easy to get. I’ve talked about challenges in the past, so feel free to look over the blog as it’s designed just to help writers and bloggers 🙂

  4. Just about to start the blogging challenge for the second time. Hoping to focus on the email content advice more this time. Last time I was just trying to complete the challenge. I need to sort a calendar out, so this is timely advice.

    1. Good luck. Definitely creating a calendar will help with growing more. I’ve had rounds where I’ve just wanted to get through the challenge though!

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