Blogging every day is hard work. It’s fun when I do it, but it takes discipline. And I’ve worked out why I’m finding it hard.
What I’m clear about is my goal: write 365 posts this year. The problem is that sitting down to write a post is an invitation to participate in a writer’s block. What do I write about today? Not sure? Hmmm, how about I read a bit, see what’s happening? And the next hour or two is spent reading articles posted from Twitter or Google Reader. Pretty soon something else more important comes up and the blog post gets shelved for the day.
The lack of focus leads to inaction. What to do?
Looking for inspiration yesterday I stumbled across the suggestion to add a weekly photo. Now that’s a great idea! Couldn’t be all that hard to take a happy snap and add it as a post. Surely! So off I went and created the first of my weekly photo posts. Then I thought: ‘Hey, that’s such a good idea why not have a weekly everything?!” I’d know what I was going to be doing a week in advance and could start preparing mentally. Sounds perfect.
That’s when I came up with the idea of a weekly blogging plan. I know I write a weekly wrap up of my 5000/365 challenge. I know I write about Facebook, Twitter and blogging. And I know I’m going to create a weekly photo blog. Now it’s just a matter of putting these into a plan.
And – drum roll – here it is.
- Monday – Last week on Jacob’s Ladder.
- Tuesday – Links that caught my eye. A selection of interesting reading shared on Twitter and Facebook. To make this worthwhile I’ll need to read more in Google Reader and share these on Twitter.
- Wednesday – WordPress and blogging – how to use WordPress, how to produce more content.
- Thursday – Facebook – how to use Facebook to build a brand and make more sales.
- Friday – Twitter – how to use Twitter to build a brand and make more sales.
- Saturday – A summary of this week’s blog posts
- Sunday – Weekly photo
If there’s something else that catches my eye I’ll add these as additional posts. God knows, I need them as I’m a long way behind at this point.
Photo credit: antigone78 on Flickr