A few weeks into my blogging career, I read somewhere that before you start a blog, you should have about a month’s worth of material written, or at least fleshed out. Excellent suggestion, except that for me, it was far too late for that. I had chosen the “put together the machine, then read the instructions” method. But winging it is always more fun, right? It also means that sometimes I’m publishing “Inspiration for Your Day” posts at 10 at night, and that although I tell you more Hawaii snorkeling posts will be coming up soon, you have yet to see them. (I just need to find more pictures, OK?!). This got me thinking about my blogging routine.
Five of my habits:
1. I have the beginnings of at least 35 posts sitting in my drafts box, though it’s unclear what some of those posts are supposed to be about. (The first line of one reads: “What to do get when you combine a lion and a zebra?” I have very little idea where this will go, but I am keeping faith that someday, something interesting will come out of it).
2. I hardly ever write a post all in one sitting. Usually I write bits and pieces at different times of the day.
3. The topic has to be something I’m in the mood to write about, although this means that sometimes I end up posting at inopportune times of the night and that sometimes when I tell you to look out for upcoming posts, “upcoming” might mean three or four weeks from now.
4. Sometimes I stalk myself on Facebook or go through old family photos to jog my memory about fun escapades.
5. My long-term game plan is to have plenty more adventures so I always have something to write about.
Reflecting on my own habits got me thinking about how others handle their blogs, and it made me want to hear about some of your tactics and preferences. What’s your long-term blogging game plan? How do you make time to write? How do you decide what to write about? What do you do to feel inspired?