One of the biggest challenges for me as a blogger is keeping consistent with my blog. If you are one of my subscribers, you know this is true. I’ll do a few posts a week for months, then disappear for a few weeks. A big part of this is a lack of planning on my part. I’ll have a few good ideas to start the week, then get distracted, lose interest, and not get back to the blog until I’ve missed a few of my planned posts. That leads me to feeling a little desperate to get something, anything up there. Desperation posts aren’t fair to my readers.
I’ve come up with a loose plan for the year, and I think it will really help me to stay on track. If you are a new blogger (welcome!), or an more experienced blogger looking for a little planning help, I’m going to share my new plan.
I want to blog 3 days per week, preferably Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I think that checking in several times per week is useful, but every day is way too much. I won’t beat myself up if I miss one, or if I am late, but it shouldn’t be to hard to plan out my posts and write them up ahead of time. Usually my sticking point is photos.
I came up with several posts that would be good themes to revisit periodically:
- 2018 Color challenge – this is a fun blog hop with a fellow blogger
- Island Batik Ambassador challenges – They have a whole year planned for me, with one or two projects per month
- Pattern release/tutorial – I’ve got several ideas I’m working on, and having a monthly pattern release will spur me to finish them up.
- Quilt blogging tip – this ties in with the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop community
- Class review – I’m really enjoying taking classes, and I feel like writing them up will encourage others to try classes, too.
- Book reviews – I need to start using my quilting books, not just collect them.
- Technique exploration – I love trying new things
- Small, quick project – My pallete cleansers between big projects
- Concept breakdowns – Sharing my thought process from concept to finished quilt
- Client quilts – I like to share my longarming work, but I need to be better about getting permission to share client work. I forget to ask, and I won’t share unless I have permission. These can be an in-depth look at a custom job, or just a group of photos.
This is a nice long list, which gives me plenty to pick and choose from to fill in my calendar. For the weekly plan, I gave some thought to how to work in these topics without overwhelming myself. This is what I have so far:
Monday – Monthly feature
Wednesday – Video or tutorial
Friday – Finish or project update
Obviously, this is all going to have to be flexible, but if there is a week when I feel like I’ve got nothing, I can look at my list and come up with something. I do need to sit down with my Quilter’s Planner* , assign the topics, and then STICK WITH IT.
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My best advice for keeping up with regular posting is to have a blogging buddy. A fellow blogger would be great – someone to bounce ideas off of and discuss ideas. For me, I have my mom. She is my #1 Fan, and quite persistent. I get daily reminders to post on Facebook, and if I miss more than one blog post, I get a nudge.
So, remember – plan, plan, plan, and get a blogging