Have you ever considered planning before you write or planning your blogging schedule?
Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence
So, if you want to be a be a six figure blogger or whatever maybe your blogging goals, it cannot happen without prior planning. Planning is really helpful when you are dealing with adversities. At that time you might see your careful planning bearing fruit and helping you out in times of immediate need.
Facing Writer’s Block
Bloggers don’t give importance to planning as they think of blogging as a spontaneous activity and they try to write according to their mood. But what if you get trapped in the writer’s block and you are not able to write at all. This will seriously impact your blog posting frequency and will keep your readers at bay. You cannot predict a writer’s block type of situation, but you can control the situation by planning some basic backup articles (which you might have written earlier) which can be used in times of utmost need (like this one).
There will be times in your blogging career where you might have a full day for blogging and there will be times when you have a few minutes.
If you don’t plan wisely and manage time properly, you are going to lose on articles for your blog.
If you have a full day for blogging, why not write 2-3 articles for that day? You might as well use the spare time to some good use rather than just checking out your analytics or the amount you earned (I know that’s important, but content should be your first priority).
You can treat the extra articles as backup articles. I call them backup articles because they prove to be useful when you are usually facing a time crunch.
Guest Blogging – More Free Time
Guest blogging is great!. You get some free content in exchange for the exposure the blogger gets. When you receive a guest article, you have to write for one less day or week. This means more spare time. Why not motivate yourself and start writing.
Listen, more content never goes waste. If you’re articles start piling up, then you can use them as guest articles for other blogs. Or you can start a new side blog of the same niche and publish these articles on the new blog.
Taking Breaks from Blogging
We bloggers are real people, like you and me. We love to spend time and have fun with our friends and family. We love to go on vacations. But, what if we have to go for long vacations? What would happen to our blogs? Will it be totally abandoned?
If we had some articles ready beforehand, we could have scheduled it and still had fun. No one would notice the difference that you have gone for the vacation and you will still be retaining the readers of your blog.
Planning articles does not mean that you have to write full articles. Writing notes on a piece of paper is also a part of the planning process.
Whenever you have a Eureka! moment, you can write your ideas on a piece of paper. The next time you can do the mind mapping and add some basic points to it. Basically, you can follow a logical sequence of writing so that you have a mix of fully prepared and semi-prepared articles. This logical sequence can be your blog posting workflow or any other technique you follow.
The semi-prepared articles can reduce the time to write an article by almost 90%. This means that if you have very little time, you can still think of completing an article.
According to me, planning ahead is a wise choice. But what do you think about it?