If you’re reading the headline for this blog post and thinking what the hell, this is my HOBBY, why should I start planning? I know, I hear you. I get that you already have a to-do list that you are scared to look at. And the thoughts of adding in planning as another task is giving you hives! But give me a chance, hear me out, planning will make your blogging life easier not harder. Pinky, promise!
There are a myriad of reasons of why planning works and why I swear by it. So much so that when I went to write this blog post, it ended up being a series rather than a single post and covers the following topics:
- Why Plan for your blog
- Where to do your Blog Planning
- How to Plan for Blog Success
- Blog Planning DOS AND DON’TS For a Successful Blog
- Blog Planning Tools, Free Printables and Erin Condren discounts
So let’s get straight into it. We all plan every day to achieve aims each and every hour. And blog planning is just an extension of that.
Blog planning is just action steps that you use to achieve your blogging goals
Why you should Plan for a successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja!
It helps you prioritise. How many times have you sat down to do some work on your blog but have so much to do that you didn’t know where to start? And end up watching YouTube videos of cute kittens instead. A blog plan puts an end to that! You will have a list of critical tasks and someday tasks and a clear focus on what you want to achieve today. Sounds good, right?
It saves you time. If you are thinking about how precious your time is and that you’d be better off to sit down and churn out that blog post instead of faffing around with a blog plan. Think again. Having a plan is a lot more time-efficient and helps you make the most of your time.
It gives you direction. A plan for your blog is like a map. You might have a vague of idea of where you want to take your blog. Well the plan, is your road map from A (Aims) to Z (Z-amazing posts! ). It allows for diversions (social media!) and breakdowns (slumps!) and crazy traffic (life drama!) but you have a focus, a goal and a route to blogging success. Not to mention a checkpoint so you can see how far you’ve come and what you’ve left to travel.
Helps identify and eliminate time-wasting steps. When you break it down and look at the bigger picture, you can be surprised at where you are not being efficient. And that’s the first step to finding more proficient ways to get crap done.
Planning can help you fully develop your ideas. When you really sketch out your blog ideas, it gives you a chance to polish and fine tune your posts and makes them the very best that you can deliver. That’s what I want to do on each and every post. I want to aim high and focus on quality posts that I’m proud to put out there in the blogosphere.
Planning can make you more creative. That might seem like an oxymoron but it’s not. Sometimes people associate plans with being rigid and inflexible but a good plan is none of those things. Instead it breaks down tasks, gives you a plan to clear the clutter and that frees up your imagination for the fun stuff.
Have I convinced you? If so, look out next week for part 2 – Where to Plan for Blog Success – we’ll break all this down and get into specifics WHERE to plan for your blog. If I haven’t, well that’s ok too! It’s never one plan fits all and there is no one perfect way to blog.
Talk to Trish : How do you feel about planning in relation to your blog? Do you think it’s worthwhile? If not, what is the main reason you don’t want to plan? Or if you do plan, what do you think the biggest advantage is?