Blogging is not easy at all, followers don’t just happen, topics don’t just appear in your head and life happens meaning the blog suffers.
I have tired an editorial /scheduled calendar many times. I have tried to schedule my post a week in advance many times. I have failed and succeeded.
I had an internal battle, that I didn’t want to schedule blog posts more than a week in advance, because then they won’t be current, or hot off the press.
But, then I booked our first holiday since 2012, 8 days to a warm beach, where I wanted to relax and meditate, and I didn’t want my blog to suffer
So, I gave it ago.
The peace and the space I gained by all this prescheduling meant, I could
- focus on comments,
- reading other bloggers blogs,
- having a holiday and intensifying my meditation with my meditation challenge.
- Draft blogs and edit them properly. Rather than last min.dot.com
- Space for any unexpected things in life.
- Blogging became enjoyable again
- I started to operate the way I do in the rest of my life, planned and organised for my blog
- I started to think of topics in advance ( which is a super hard thing for me to do with blogging).
- Blogging became tension free.
- I could blog without it impacting the rest of my life and my commitments at home, work, charity etc. Because, my chores were slipping, exercise was slipping and tension was increasing.
- I could try and do my own images and reduce reliance on http://www.freeimages.com (still have a lot to do here).
Prescheduling blogs so far in advance wasn’t something I was keen on doing.
When I scheduled just a week in advance. It still felt quite tough for me to fit in with my job, volunteer activities, home life etc I still felt a stress.
When I tried to be 2 weeks in advance it really helped. But, I still felt stressed, there was not enough space that allowed me to fit in my life.
But, when I was scheduling 3 weeks in advance, that is when I felt the greatest peace, and space. Otherwise, my time was very stretched and Blogging really was getting to the point of I want to Quit. Now, those of you who have been with me since I started, know that I have been wanting to quit since day one. Those of you who are new, don’t be fooled – blogging is not easy!
I am no expert blogger, I still mess up.
Anyway, what I really wanted to share with this rambling post, was my editorial calendar. At the time of this post in 2018 I was following this blogging schedule. *this is not be my current blogging schedule!
My Editorial Calendar:–
Find Your own Rythm
As a blogger, I think you need to find your own rythm. The mistake I made was, that I researched far too much on how to blog. May bloggers saying, write your post x days before, edit x days before, then publish. Now, all of that is what you do anyways. The problem with me was, I was trying to fit a schedule of another blogger, into my life style and frankly that won’t work, especially if you are not a full time blogger!
After several tries and retries I found something that works, it gives me the visual I need, and provides me the deadlines and statues I need to make it work, or to feel ooops I have lost it again. It works for my work style, it is not perfect but it is fine and I am feeling the rewards of it.
That is all I wanted to share in this rambling long post. Just my honest experience and clip of my spreadsheet that I print out and scribble over. The difference is life changing. It gives me peace and joy. Now, I can enjoy blogging and not have it come in between the rest of life. Now it has a place in my daily routine and is visual.
I hope you enjoyed my non expert blogging editorial calendar post and it might inspire you to try. The other blog post i have linked are definitely worth a read as the writers of those post are experts. I just wanted to share my raw blogging ways that currently work and I am sure will get refined.
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© 2018 thoughtsnlifeblog.com. Edited 4th Jan 2020
images : Mainly mine, and some from http://www.freeimages.com