I must confess I have a publishing compulsion. I can’t help it. As soon as a new article is ready I want to press publish. To send it out into the world and see what effect (if any) it has.
I know this is not good blogging practise. That having posts go out back to back is counter-intuitive. That irregular posting can be confusing for readers, especially those who may receive 2 articles on the same subscription email.
So I don’t write unless I am ready to put out (please excuse the misplaced pun). I never have any articles saved in my drafts. I plan in advance what content I want to write throughout the month but don’t sit down and write the post until the day its due. I want to be organised, but also for my content to feel fresh and spontaneous. For better or worse.
Sometimes I cheat. I sit down to write my post for the day, look at what is on the content schedule and just don’t feel it. I’ve never been able to force write anything you see on here – for clients I have to, but for my own blog I don’t want to.
So what do I? I copy and paste the article idea that was in the box for today, plop it in another date and find something else I want to write instead. It might be on the plan, it might not. If I find a subject that is frequently taken from it’s allocated date and ’plopped’ somewhere else this is often a sign it’s not worth writing at all. If I can’t muster the energy to put down those thoughts, I can’t imagine people being keen to read them.
I have heard of bloggers who have months worth of content written and scheduled in advance. This literally blows my mind. I have massive respect for their diligence and planning but I can’t ever see myself joining them.
I don’t imagine my do-it-as-you-go approach is the most sensible way of blogging, but it’s the one I’ve got by on for the last few years.
So I’d like to know about you. How do you blog? Are you a patient poster? Do you have a content schedule you steadfastly stick to? Posts that you draft in one day and release into the world to a certain timeframe?
I’d love to know how you blog. Maybe it will make me better.
Ps If you came to this post hoping for a How To on blogging, apologies for failing you. I do, however, have a post on How Not To Blog that may be a little helpful.