Regular blogging – Plan A (the list)

It has been over a week since my last blog post. This has been down to a number of factors, but mainly being busy and not having the time to spend thinking about blogging and writing a post.

Actually, reading that first paragraph out loud, that sounds like an excuse. There are 24 hours in a day and, once you allow for work and sleep, you are left with a fair chunk of time, certainly enough to write a blog post.

The real reason I have not posted (I think) is, due to how busy I have been, I have not allowed myself to be inspired, and when I am inspired is when I feel like I have something worthwhile to write.

I have come up with a theory I am going to try over the next few weeks. I am going to have a list of topics to blog about. This list will start with maybe 15 topics. When I feel inspired I will pick a topic and write about it. When I am busy, or not feeling like blogging, I will just add a couple of topics to the list.

For me a lot of the mental energy is expended in the process of thinking about what to blog about. If I am not in the mood then I find it difficult to think of a subject. I am hoping this ongoing list will enable me to choose a topic to write about more easily. This will allow me to take advantage of those times when I am feeling inspired but only have a limited time to write, as the subject is already taken care of.

Of course, like every theory, the proof is in the pudding. I am going to run with this one for a few weeks and see how it goes.

8 replies
  1. Rarst
    Rarst says:

    My tips:
    – keep list of ideas, it’s important to have it in solid form. You can think that it is great idea worth remembering forever but it would poof in few minutes if not written down.
    – schedule posts ahead (set them to future date in WordPress). If you are in good mood write few and schedule them to cover next few days (or weeks if you post less often).

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  2. Lyndi
    Lyndi says:

    I agree with Rarst, future scheduling is a tool that I would miss if I did not have it.

    I follow a very old fashioned way of writing posts. I still use a pencil and paper. This seems to work for me. Maybe it is the extra time it takes but often while I am working on one article, ideas for a couple of others just seem to pop into my head.

    I do however think that if you really have nothing to blog about it is sometimes better to leave it for a while and then see how it goes from there. Your week off might just have been exactly what you needed.

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  3. Jim
    Jim says:

    You make a good point there… sometimes you see blog posts where the blog owner obviously has very little to say but “needs” to make a post. Stepping away for a while to focus on other things (or just experience “life”) can be just what the doctor ordered!

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  4. Tertius
    Tertius says:

    I agree with scheduling.

    Also, when I’m writing a post I normally get a load of ideas for other posts connected to what I’m writing. So I just open up a new tab by clicking “write” and type a title and click save.

    So I have loads of drafts (not too many to be overwhelming) that I can just start working on that I’ve already spent time on in my head.

    So sporadic posting once a week or twice a week (or once a month) can work too.

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  5. Jim
    Jim says:

    @Rarst: I know what you mean, but I guess it depends on how you work. For someone who is on the move lot, blogging from different PC’s (or Mac’s) as and when they can, then I guess keeping the drafts central is a good idea. If I was to blog from a single place most of the time then I don’t think I would do it that way.

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