Blog Planning Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Blog

November 30, 2015 Planning for Blogging Success 9

So you’ve probably guessed I’m a planning addict! I love making lists and organising everything to within an inch of its life. So it comes naturally for me to do the same when it comes to my blog. I’ve already told you why I plan, where I plan and how I plan. This works for me, I know it won’t work for everyone but I love getting ahead of the curve and having a focus for my day.

 

Blog Planning Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Blog

 

But I’ve made some mistakes along the way so today I’m sharing my own DO’s and DON’TS for successful blog planning. As always these aren’t rules for you to follow religiously, they are what work for me, you can bend them to fit your life and your blog and your goals.

Do:

check markTake advantage when creativity hits. Scrap the plans and just go with the flow.  Planning is great but sometimes you just get hit with inspiration, when you do, run with it.

check markLeave plenty of white space in your planner/schedule. You need down time, unscheduled time where you can just kick up heels and RELAX. And if you have to schedule time to do nothing, well that’s ok. I regularly plan for unplugged time and doing that is the only way I make it happen.

check markBe flexible. Just because it’s on your agenda doesn’t mean it’s set in stone. Expect some plans to go astray, that’s life.  Don’t get frustrated, just reschedule and move on.

check markLook at the plan! It needs to be somewhere you see it regularly and check in with frequently.  Don’t make a timetable that’s a work of art and then never refer to it.

check markTry to follow the plan. Sometimes if I’m not in the mood to do something, I tell myself to try it for 10 minutes and if I’m still not feeling it, I’ll shelve it for now. Mostly once I get in to it, I’m happy out.

 

Don’t:

xFeel defeated if you don’t get everything done. Just carry them forward and be less ambitious in future plans. We only have so many hours and planning is just a tool for making the most of your time.

xSpend so much time planning that you forget the doing!  Planning is the means to an end (i.e. – achieving your blog goals) but they won’t do the work for you.  Remember plans don’t work unless you do!

xStress over planning! Planning can be fun, this is the time when are working on making your dreams come through. So don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as a way of tying up all your random blog ideas and then charting a course to bring you closer to where you want your blog to go.

xBe a robot! Don’t feel stifled by your plans, they are there to encourage creativity not stamp it out.  If you are too rigid, then it’s time to reconsider your plan.

xBe a perfectionist. Sometimes good enough will do! Better that than spending all your time on tweaking something that delivers minimal results. Know when to say ENOUGH and move on.

 

We are nearly at the end of this planning series but to wrap it up next week, I’m going to share some links to some epic blog planning tools. Discounts for Erin Condren products. And links to LOTS of free printables. So you can go forth and plan like a blogging ninja!

 

Talk to Trish: Have you found the series useful? Is there anything else you’d like to know about planning? If I get enough questions, I’ll do a follow up post. Have you do’s and don’ts of your own to share?

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9 Responses to “Blog Planning Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Blog”

  1. Maureen Beatrice

    I loved this series Trish. I think your posts are very helpful. And I definitely think I can learn something from your do’s and don’ts. Especially about being a perfectionist and letting things go.. Man.. Most times I love being a perfectionist, but in blogging it really gets hard at times. Fortunately most times my planning works for me and makes me more relaxed.
    I can’t wait to read the next post and look at those links!!
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…Monthly Recap: November 2015

  2. Laura@125Pages

    All the yesses to this! I have a hard time if I don’t stick to my blogging schedule, but this past week family stuff came up and I wasn’t able to. But because I have so many pre-planned posts I was able to move some stuff around so there were no gaps. Great advice for those of us who hold on to our schedule a little too tightly. 🙂
    Laura@125Pages recently posted…Monthly Wrap-Up – November 2015

  3. Joann Downie

    I loved this post, I just bought myself a planner and a 5 subject notebook to keep track of everything, this was really spot on for me cause I love being organized!! Thanks very much!!
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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    While I don’t do a lot of planning for the everyday things, I love organizing things and making lists, especially for the big events, like Bloggiesta, etc.

    So your series has been helpful…and I love your notebooks!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  5. Lola

    I really enjoyed this series of posts about planning. I already do a lot of plannign myself, but I still feel like I learned a few new thigns. And these do and don’ts include some mistakes I made myself too. I try to plan a little less rigid nowadays when it comes to my blog as I learned I work better with general lines there and not planning everything to the exact detail.

    I also like your follow the plan tip, sometimes getting started is the hardest part and once you start it isn’t so bad and I usually enjoy it. I also have to plan for relaxing time, like I set aside time during breakfast, dinner and before bed to relax. Else I might just work the whole day and that’s not good. Great post Tris :).
    Lola recently posted…Bookish Resolutions Challenge: November Recap

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    I’ve really found inspiration in this series, Trish. 🙂 And I appreciate the list of do’s and don’ts. I most need to heed your advice on being flexible and NOT feeling defeated. It’s funny that I’ve been blogging for about 5 years and I still don’t know what I’m doing sometimes. It’s definitely a learning experience and it’s nice that you’ve shared your ‘tricks of the trade’. 😀

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