Posting on a schedule needn’t be that hard with a little planning. I like the saying:
“Fortune favours the prepared”
So once you’ve decided on what kind of blog posting schedule works for you, the next step is to create a Blog Planner (sometimes called an Editorial Calendar) to keep track of your schedule and what you are going to write about in each posting.
You Blog Planner should contain some, or all, of the following items:
Make the planner as plain or as fancy as you like. Make it easy to use though, otherwise it won’t help you. You want to refer to it daily to make sure you’re on track for your blog plan. If you’re old school you could have a printed version that you write on with a pen (what’s that?), otherwise a planner lends itself naturally to a spreadsheet format. Google Docs contains a spreadsheet tool and is free to use if you don’t have Microsoft Office or Open Office (also free).
I’ve found a few Blog Plan templates on the web if you don’t want to start from scratch, they are mainly printable ones, but you may find one that works and not have to re-invent the wheel:
- A free Blog Planner from the FARMnWIFE blog.
- A free Blog Planner from the Mom’s Mustard Seeds blog.
- Free Blog Planners from Productive Flourishing.
- If you run your own WordPress blog there is a free Editorial Calendar plugin
- 10 free Blog Planners from the Babble blog.
Don’t worry about making a perfect Blog Planner out of the gate, it’s something you can improve over time. Take 15 minutes to create a basic one that tracks post date and topic of post and improve it once you start to see the benefits.
Let me know if you know of any other Blog Planners by sharing a link to them in the comments.