Contributed by August Blogger of the Month, Connie Burris
Anyone will tell you, the secret to a successful blog is not how often you post, but to post consistently. After six years of trying to blog consistently, I’ve finally found the secret. It’s keeping a physical calendar.
I’ve been trying to blog on a regular basis for the past six years. But nothing has worked. Around a year ago, I read Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. In Steal like an Artist, Kleon describes how he has both a virtual space and a visual space in his office. The virtual is the computer, and visual is where he has no electronics, everything is pen and paper. I love the idea of two separate spaces, but my office is in a little nook in the corner my bedroom, so I couldn’t implement the idea.
Four months ago, I decided to implement Kleon’s advice and go visual and buy a paper calendar when my online task manager wasn’t helping me keep track of my blog posts.
1. First I went to my handy dandy grocery store and bought The Family Plus Weekly/Monthly Calendar. Any run-of-the-mill calendar/planner will do. I chose mine because but I liked the colorful, sturdy cover.
2. Then, I decided on a blogging schedule of three Days Per Week (You could do one day a week. Again, it’s not how often you post, but to do it consistently):
Mondays: Random writerly things
Friday: Book Reviews,
Saturdays: Scenes from my novels or works in progress (Saturday Scenes).
It’s important to add, I use Microsoft OneNote to jot down all of my blogging ideas throughout the month. There is an iPhone App for the program, and it syncs effortlessly with my desktop. After I bought the calendar, I began jotting down blog ideas on the side or at the bottom of the monthly calendar. If it’s more than just an idea, I’ll take it to OneNote and create a draft.
3. Towards the end of the month, I’ll look at OneNote and the upcoming monthly calendar and fill in the days with best blogging topics. If you see the pic below, you’ll notice Tuesdays and Thursdays are blank. Sometimes on Wednesdays, I’ll do a Sexy Beast post, but its irregular. I also neglected to fill Saturdays with my Saturday Scenes. They’re sequential scenes from a sci-fi story I’m working. So I didn’t need to fill in all of the days.
4. And then I’ll take one day to write the articles. And another day to proofread, schedule, and create any pictures I’ll need in Canva.
Fellow bloggers, do you have a problem staying consistent. If not, what helps keep you on task?
Constance Burris is on a journey to take over the world by writing fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Her mission is to spread the love of speculative fiction to the masses. She is a proud Okie card carrying blerd (black nerd), mother, and wife. When she is not writing and spending time with her family, she is working hard as an environmental engineer in Oklahoma City. Find her on her blog Constanceburris.com.