- Planning and hosting events
- Time management and maintaining a consistent schedule
- Organization techniques
- Finding my voice
- Receiving feedback for improvement then learning and growing from it
- Learning to be flexible
- Became a better/more concise writer
- Delving into my passions
1. Set Boundaries
3. Revamp posts from the archives
4. Organization: Editorial Calender
Then, I think up blog post ideas. This is different for everyone. Some people can think of posts, write them out and have them all scheduled a month in advance. I envy those people. But that’s almost impossible for me right now. I use my Sundays to plan out exactly what I’m going to write about for the following week and instead of writing the full post then, I’ll just write out main points. (I write and schedule my posts the night before) I also keep a list of post ideas in the note section in the back of my planner. The only time I will plan ahead is when I know there is a holiday coming up or I have a sponsored post to write.
I definitely understand that life happens! Sometimes I’ll look at what I have planned and I’ll completely hate it. And sometimes something amazing or crazy will happen and I’ll write about it regardless of the day or what I already have planned. And that’s fine. Some of my favorite posts are the ones that happen randomly at 2 am. An editorial calendar should be used just to help you keep yourself a little more organized, so don’t feel pressured to stray away from it from time to time.
5. Define success.
When you are passionate about something, your readers will be able to sense that. If your aim is not to quit your day job and blog full-time, what is your purpose? To keep your family informed? To inspire others? To educate? To make extra cash? To find a community of like-minded individuals?
Obviously this answer is different for each person and I, myself, have been at every point on the scale of success as I’ve learned and grown. My ultimate advice: Quality is more important than quantity. Consistency is more important than frequency. Focus on creating quality content that others will want to share, making your job easier.
Perhaps one day I’ll be able to quit my day job and blog professionally. In the meantime, I vow to not compare myself to those lucky enough to blog full time. How do you find a happy medium between working full-time and your blog?
This is part of a working girl series. Check out Part Two.