If you are a blogger, you probably know to schedule your blog topics, but do you log them? I keep my schedule of topics as a kind of log. In short, my blog schedule does double duty as a log of the blog topics that I have used. Having a log of the blogs in addition to the schedule helps me in writing them. I know what I need to write before I start. That’s invaluable to me.
I do that because having a list of the blogs I have already posted is useful in planning future blogs. I know the topics of every blog I have ever posted. It keeps me from posting on the same topic too close together. I know I repeat topics from time to time, but it wouldn’t do to post them too close together. The log tells me what I have done and what I need to do. Having it as part of the schedule just makes it easy to plan the topics ahead of time.
Since I use a spreadsheet to maintain my blog schedule, it was fairly easy to turn it into a log. I simply added two fields for my log, one to indicate that it was written and one to indicate that it was posted to my blog site and scheduled to post. I know that WordPress maintains the blogs on the site and I can see what I have posted there, but having the list helps in other ways as well.
You can use a calendar to note what blog you posted when, but since I use my spreadsheet, I just have a nice listing there with these columns: date of publication, date of completion, title/topic, whether it’s written, whether it’s posted. The last two items are the log. Since I list the topics ahead of time, it helps to know when I have actually written the accompanying piece. You could use what I use, you could use a calendar, as I said. You could just write it all down on a piece of paper. It’s not hard, but you have to be consistent to make it work. In fact, if you have a schedule of your blogs, don’t delete the old entries and you have your log.
A log of your blogs just makes good sense. All you have to do is maintain it and if you are blogging regularly, you will find it takes no more time to log your blog posting than it did to post it. I make it a habit to log the blog as I write it, then when I post it, I log that too. It’s easy and it can be helpful. Give it a try, you might find it as useful as I do.
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