Well it has been just over one week and we are still on track for #Blog30. I am not saying there haven’t been some close calls … Last night being one of them but I have had some interesting learnings and will be scheduling some changes for the near future.
Here are some of the things I have learnt and tools I have found that have made things alittle easier
- Write posts the night before – I was reading recently on Styling You about how Nickki does this and thought I would give its try.This would have to be the best thing I have tried this week. While I have not been successful with doing it everyday (ok … probably only half the week but) when I have I have found that it has been easier and more enjoyable to post. It has also meant that I could try and get some predictability to the time my posts come out. If I can get my act together this is how I prefer to do things.
- Being comfortable – One of the new things I have tried this week was using my iPad and bluetooth keyboard with a new notebook lap table. Previously I have found that after spending a day at the desk doing work I had some reluctance to return to the desk for blogging. So the idea was that if I could relax with a little mini-desk on the lounge, that this would inspire me to be better with getting into a daily blogging ritual. So far it appears to be working. I missed one night that got me out of the night-before schedule but have been pretty consistent with using either my iPad or notebook at on the lap table.
- Planning – One of the things I have wanted to do was to use more of a blogging schedule and post on regularly on topics of interest on consistent days. While this is still very much in its infancy and I am sure that it will change I am going to try and blog according to consistent topics across the the week. So far this has made things also alittle easier. For example Tuesday is photography/iphoneography/instagram/photo-editing day.
- Using the right tools – I think this is another important one. The key WordPress tool I have been using is the Editorial Calendar. I have had this one for ages and used it regularly but it has been an indispensable tool since I started #Blog30. I find that now with my blogging schedule I am putting ideas for potential posts for a few weeks (and sometimes longer) into WordPress. What this means is that looking at the general posts list becomes a bit difficult to use when you just want to see the posts for today and yesterday. The calendar just makes it a lot easier to get to the posts I need to work on quickly and easily .. whether for today, tomorrow or next month.
Joining in with Jess for IBOT
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