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Life is better if you plan your blogging

07 March 2011

Good Morning, Social Rabbit here with your guide to the world of social media.

Today after reading this you are going to thank me

First a question... What is the hardest thing about blogging?

Answer: Thinking of new and interesting content

Now all my Rabbit readers will know that I blog daily (although I know I missed last Thursday and I apologise, so please don't hold it against me...). My biggest challenge is what to blog about, some days it comes to me easily, other days I can surf the net for hours and still not have decided, this may be a bit of procrastination, but at the end of the day I admit it is because I don't plan properly. Yes I have a list of blog ideas, and yes I look at them each time I come to write a blog, but my biggest challenge is the lack of accountability on those days when I don't have a theme.... UNTIL NOW!

I am an avid reader of Problogger.net for tips etc, and on Monday I thought there has to be an easier way to decide what to blog, I need a calendar, at the moment I just have one in my diary that I colour in the box for each day the blog is written so I can see when I am getting low on posts. But this doesn't tell me what I am planning to do, so I thought I need something in excel that works for me. Rather than re-invent the wheel I thought that there may be something already out there, and low and behold there was... this:

 

OK so it may not look like much, but believe me life will become easier - to download it in excel click on the picture. This is what in the blogging game is called an Editorial Calendar developed by Andy Wibbels, I have to admit to Andy that I have modified it slightly as I like my week to start on Monday (and the dates are out as this was developed in 2006 - time for version 2.0 prehaps?), but otherwise it saved me a job (ok, not a huge job). This is one of the things this Rabbit loves about social media, that people share Andy saved me probably 30minutes, but also gave me the idea of listing the keywords which I probably wouldn't have included.

How I use it is writing in topics when I see an article that is relevant and think that would be a good blog I bookmark the article and then fill in the details in my calendar, so when I come to write life is easy.

If you are a blogger, or a blogger in training, having an editorial calendar is a great way to plan what you post, my only frustration is that sometimes I have something great to say, but I have to schedule it into the next time slot for that topic... as I am often impatient you might not get the exact theme every day as planned, but hey - if I'm excited about it then I usually think my readers will be too.

Has anyone else found anything cool that helps with blogging that they'd like to share? Please tell me in the comments or on the Social Rabbit Facebook Page or Twitter.

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