Blog schedules are a way to organize a blog site. I use one to tell me when I should be writing a blog. this helps me to ensure that I have a blog to post every week. it has a dark side though. it can also give me fits when I can’t think of anything to write. I’ve been dealing with that part of blog schedule for a few days now. I got behind and that bothers me.
My blog schedule, while useful in providing me with deadlines, has another benefit. It prevents me from posting blogs on similar topics too close together. I keep a copy of each blog in Scrivener, which helps me keep track. I also have an excel spreadsheet where I put the topics and the date they published as a one glance concept.
Having a blog schedule is a good way to keep your blog organized. When it comes down to it having a schedule of some sort helps keep any writing project in line. That’s what project management is all about. My blog schedule is a record of what I have written and when I wrote it, well, for my blogs. it’s a way to keep me writing. It’s a simple list of topics and dates. I was fancier with it at the beginning. I tracked the number of words in each blog. now it is just a simple listing of the blogs, their publication dates, and their topics. the current sheet has a list of the deadlines – when I need to have the first draft done and when I need to have the editing done. it’s actually arranged in a manner so I can see multiple months at a time, January through June, July through December. Once the last week of June comes, I will eliminate the columns with the deadlines and just keep the list of publication date and topic or title. That’s all I need to keep a record of. Scrivener has the rest.
At some point, I stopped monitoring the schedule, so my archive is somewhat incomplete. while it doesn’t seem to have affected my blog to not have a schedule, it did affect my writing life. While I have the blogs, I don’t have them in my list, which makes it harder to find fresh topics. I plan to change that. I will complete the listings for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and 2014, incorporating them into the current blog schedule as a simple listing of topics. who knows? I may revisit a topic or two, if I haven’t already. A fresh look at an old topic is good, otherwise we can stagnate and stop growing, That would be sad.