Sunday, July 5, 2015

My blog is two months old!

I wrote my first blog post on May 4th. I wrote two more on May 5th before telling anyone I'd started a blog. So this weekend is my blog's two month anniversary. In that time I have written 58 posts, including 17 book reviews.

I am extremely happy about this milestone. I started this blog when I was incredibly bored at work after the announcement that my company was closing. Now I have started a new job, and I am actually doing work at work. So the fact that I am still posting six days a week on this blog is pretty exciting.

Blogging is a little bit different now though. When I started, I had a notebook that I kept ideas in. I could jot down notes whenever - at work, at home, in the car, etc. Then I used that notebook as a guide when writing out my posts, during the day, at work.

My notebook for planning blogs. 

Notes for two blogs. The Xs in the corners mean I wrote the posts.

This week I started keeping track of my ideas on Trello, a wonderful online Kanban board tool that we used for software development planning at work. It's free and easy to use, and it's helping me organize my thoughts and better plan out when I will post certain posts. It's a website and an app for my phone, so I can still easily access it wherever I am. I can add due dates and move posts through a series of columns as they get closer to completion.

 My Trello board for planning blog posts.

An individual Trello card with notes on one specific blog post.

I've also started using the scheduled publish feature in Blogger. Sometimes I still get up early and write a post and then publish it immediately after finishing. But mostly I am writing a couple days in advance and letting posts publish automatically per my schedule.

How do you plan your blog posts? Do you write in advance? Do you have any tips for a new blogger?

2 comments:

  1. Happy 2 months!! In the past month or two try to have posts read for the next week done by Saturday. If they aren't completely done they are set up and started and scheduled already. I feel better having it planned out. I also keep a notebook with ideas and reviews I need to do.

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    1. Yeah, last week I was a few days ahead on posts, and it make things a lot easier. Since I was out of town this past weekend, I need to get ahead of my schedule again ASAP. :)

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