As National Blog Posting Month comes to a close (at least the November version anyway), it only seems fitting to reflect back on a month of daily writing.
Compared to last November, this year was a lot easier.
Despite the fact that I’ve been blogging since 2007, I really feel like I found my voice by the end of NaBloPoMo last year. I wrote daily for the months of November and December and really got myself disciplined to the point where blogging was not as much of a chore anymore.
A big part of this transformation was planning. Knowing what I wanted to write about and when I wanted to write it. Timeliness counts in blogging, particularly if you are concerned with getting more people to read your blog.
The secret to my planning? I had a Word document where I would note upcoming days and months that celebrated things that interested me. Unusual holidays or awareness months that I might want to use as prompts to write a post, while also taking advantage of the fact that other people and organizations would be promoting similar thoughts and ideas. This helped me plan ahead for posts.
As I compiled these writing prompts by month, I realized that even if I didn’t want to use them, there are still various themes that come up when you look at what happens from month to month. Seasons, holidays, big sporting events, awareness campaigns, times of busyness or relaxation. They are cyclical.
Being aware of what is on the horizon helps me figure out what I want to write about now and in the future. I always have a few blog posts in my head now, and I fill in the blanks with the random things that come along and inspire me to write.
Content is easy to come up with when you let it come to you. So, I’m excited to launch my very first e-book that’s really more like an e-workbook. It’s my 2013 Writing Prompts and Editorial Calendar that delivers month by month ideas and resources to use for your blog posts, newsletter articles or whatever else you might be writing. You’ll also get a blank editorial calendar that you can use to plan posts ahead of time and/or document posts that you have written. It’s a great tool that you can use the entire year.
The e-workbook is designed to help you write more often, using timely content, in an organized manner. And you can get it for free when you sign up for my monthly newsletter.
Sign up, download the ebook, and let me know what you think. I hope it will help you come up with great content throughout 2013.
What’s your secret to coming up with regular blog content?