{Working Notes 16} New Blog Schedule

This year marks the 8th year I’ve been blogging. I’m not the best at it, something I’ve mentioned a few times. I’m not the most consistent. And I think I’ve moved this blog around 6 times, which is why a lot of the older posts are no longer here. Probably a good thing.

I only mention this because for a few years now, I’ve wanted to start a blog schedule. Blogging is so much easier for me if I know what to blog about. However, it usually starts with me being ambitious, creating a plan, and not doing it because it’s far too much work. Writing three blog posts a week with two of those being an article and a third an update on what I’m doing, when I already have so much to do, isn’t going to work. Also, it doesn’t leave much time for writing, which is my second main focus in life. The first being my family. Duh!

So this month I grabbed out a notepad and listed all the topics I could do on this blog, which was the focus of Monday’s post. Once the list was done, I combined related topics under a single general topic until I came back with 7 topics. Now I could have scheduled one topic for each day of the week and had themed posts, but then I’d be back to the point where I spent more time blogging than writing. If blogging was my job, that would have worked. Since blogging is a small part of my job, I decided to go through that list and ask myself “could I do these 7 posts consistently or are there a few I would rather do occasionally”. The answer was that there were only 3 I could be consistent about.

Next, I did a little research and created blogging spreadsheet. I started by making five sections for weeks 1-5, then I listed the 4 days of the week I wanted to blog, and last I had three columns with the headings ‘Post Type’, ‘Post Title’, and ‘Post Purpose’. Then I started to fill it in. What I ended up with was a schedule I can keep.

Why this schedule and not the others? Well, this schedule has some things the other didn’t have. Let’s start at the beginning…

Week 1:

Monday / Cover Art (A post with all the cover art I created from the month before)
Wednesday / Newsletter (to announce business related changes)
Friday / Free Fiction (As a thank you to readers, I decided to blog a book. See writing!)
Saturday / Story Sample & Notes (Samples of published books and the inspiration behind it)

Week 2:

Monday/ Business Related Article(An article on writing, publishing, cover design, or managing a business)
Wednesday/ Working Notes (What I’m working on in writing and business)
Friday / Free Fiction (Scene from the blogged book)
Saturday / Story Sample & Notes (Samples of published books and the inspiration behind it)

Week 3:

Monday/ The Mailbox (Answer to questions from readers)
Wednesday/ Working Notes (What I’m working on in writing and business)
Friday / Free Fiction (Scene from the blogged book)
Saturday / Story Sample & Notes (Samples of published books and the inspiration behind it)

Week 4:

Monday/ The Reading List (a monthly list of the books I read and enjoyed. If I really didn’t like a book it doesn’t make it to the list.)
Wednesday/ Working Notes (What I’m working on in writing and business)
Friday / Free Fiction (Scene from the blogged book)
Saturday / Story Sample & Notes (Samples of published books and the inspiration behind it)

Week 5:

Monday/ (free blogging day to be announced)
Wednesday/ Working Notes (What I’m working on in writing and business)
Friday / Free Fiction (Scene from the blogged book)
Saturday / Story Sample & Notes (Samples of published books and the inspiration behind it)

There you have it! The new blog schedule for From Steph’s Desk Blog. 😀

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