Why you should Plan for a successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja!

November 2, 2015 Planning for Blogging Success 40

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!

why plan

 

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:

  1. Why Plan for your blog
  2. Where to do your Blog Planning
  3. How to Plan for Blog Success
  4. Blog Planning DOS AND DON’TS For a Successful Blog
  5. 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!

 

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check markIt 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?

check markIt 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.

check markIt 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.

check markHelps 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.

check markPlanning 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.

check markPlanning 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?






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40 Responses to “Why you should Plan for a successful Blog! Like a Blogging Ninja!”

  1. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    It makes you stress less about what you need to get done on the blog. It helps you have more fun when you’ve already completed the To Do list for the week so you can read and blog about whatever you want. Love this idea, trish! Can’t wait for the next installment 🙂

    • trish

      That’s exactly the way I feel Sarah, when I plan out my posts I don’t get stressed and it also helps me fit in all the non blogging things that I want to do in my life too. I know not everyone likes planning but when it works for you, it’s such a relief.

  2. Donna @ OnDBookshelf

    I mostly do review posts on my blog, but even these require some planning to get the post out on ARCs on time. I currently write the due date for the book on my family calendar, which is not that efficient. Looking forward to your next post.
    Donna @ OnDBookshelf recently posted…Rooville

    • trish

      Totally agree that ARC reviews need to be organised someway (even if it’s only in your head) so that you have some chance of getting them out in or around the publication date. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I often plan my week around certain posts, like memes, but my posts about topics that interest me just come to me…something will trigger the idea.

    I might jot the thought down…or sit down immediately to post.

    But planning sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I find jotting the idea down works for me Laurel as I usually can’t sit down and write the post when the brainwave hits. I like planning everything out so that I have a mix of posts that works for me.

  4. Emma

    I know I should plan more but I spend so much time in my work working to deadlines I have to say the idea of planning the blog isn’t for me right now. Though as I gave up stressing if I didn’t get a post written earlier this year, it’s not the end of the world.
    Emma recently posted…Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

    • trish

      I don’t think you SHOULD plan Emma, only if appeals to you. Some people get more stressed by the idea of planning but I find it works for me. We are all different though and we all find ways to make blogging work for us. I’m just a planner nerd and can’t help it!

    • trish

      You are just like me Grace with the planner and the notebooks. I love the planning though, it gets me all fired up for blogging and I love how in control it makes me feel. Otherwise I think I would feel stressed out from all the things that I think I should be doing. But I know if I follow my plan, all will be grand!

  5. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Great post. I think planning for your blog is great. I just finished doing Blog Ahead (I didn’t schedule a ton for this blog, but I did more for my other blog) and I think it really helps. I want to keep up with blogging ahead as much as possible so I have a back up in case of unexpected emergencies or busy times…or even those moments I just don’t feel like writing a post. I like to plan out possible blog post ideas too so I have something in mind for the future and I’m not left wondering “what do I do now??”

    -Lauren
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…LGBT Book Reviews Elsewhere

    • trish

      I think people often think of planning for their blog as just scheduling posts but I like to plan out possible posts too. I hate wondering what will I blog about and much prefer to have a list of possible topics that I can turn into something that I want to hit publish on. And I like to have a plan of what I might do this week blogwise as that way I don’t feel that I’m just blogging and ignoring all my other hobbies. This helps me have time for everything.

  6. Maureen Beatrice

    I love planning for my blog. I try to plan everything at least a view weeks ahead. Especially since I work different shifts and no day and week is the same.. I find planning really works for me and it makes me feel more relaxed. The biggest advantage to planning stuff ahead is that it gives me more time to really think about new blogging ideas and it gives me time to promote my blog on social media.
    Great post idea Trish. I’ll definitely check out the next one next week.
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…Review ‘A Witch’s Feast’ by C.N. Crawford

    • trish

      I’m exactly the same, the more I plan, the more relaxed I get. When I know what I’m doing and when I’m doing it, I don’t get all stressed about trying to do too much. I know if I follow the plan, I’ll get done what I need to.
      I like having time to think about blogging too as that is when I get inspiration for new features and posts.

    • trish

      I’m a total list lover and make lists for everything. For my books, for features I want to do, for discussions I’m thinking of, for blog maintenance that I want to carry out, for coding I want to learn. Everything is on a master list somewhere in one of my zillion notebooks!

  7. Lark

    I’m definitely a planner…I don’t always follow through with my plans, but I try. 🙂 For me, it makes blogging easier if I map posts out ahead of time. I find it less stressful to know what I’m doing. Can’t wait to read Part 2!
    Lark recently posted…Blackout!

    • trish

      Oh I definitely don’t always follow my plans through either! But I carry them forward and I find once I write something I’m more inclined to do it, sooner or later. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

    • trish

      I’ve found I’m not really a wing it person! It just stresses me out. But we’re all different and I know we all find the system that works best for us. I think the less time you have on hand, the more benefit planning can be.

    • trish

      Thanks Lily, I love sharing what I know and what I’ve found works for me. I’m kind of passionate about planning and am proud of my planner nerd status!

    • trish

      Scheduling is deffo part of planning Anna but there is more to it than just that. For me anyway. I like trying to see the bigger picture so that I have an idea of where the blog is going and what I’m aiming for. That said I often jump into things too and when a creative mood hits, I definitely take advantage of that by churning out whatever I can!

    • trish

      I’m so OCD about lists for everything Berls. I find just writing down what I want to achieve focuses my mind and if I don’t do that I drift from one thing to another and never accomplish what I want to get done. And thanks, I’m really glad to hear people are enjoying this topic!

    • trish

      I swear that planning makes me more creative! It seems so odd to say that but the fact I’m not stressing about day to day posts just gives me more time to really focus in on new topics and new ideas for the blog. Thanks for the encouragement Brandee, I’m really glad that people are enjoying this series.

  8. Wattle

    Great post Trish 🙂 I wish I planned for my blog better than I do (some weeks I plan, most I don’t, and then I regret it!) I want to get better at it though, I’m hoping that over this coming weekend where I’ll be on a plane for most of the time, that I will be able to draft up some reviews and the like. We shall see if I’m being too optimistic or not haha being more organised and saving time would be so nice!
    Wattle recently posted…Shelf Control #1

  9. Karen

    I think you’re absolutely right and this is a great post but I have found – for me – I feel less stressed if I just go with the flow. But I do understand that most people do better with plans and goals.

    I do best when I just keep a short list of things to do and don’t get too far ahead. I know that goes against the grain but anything more ruins blogging for me. lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth
    Karen recently posted…Music: High Dive – Andrew McMahon in the WIlderness

    • trish

      I absolutely know that planning doesn’t work for everyone Karen and it’s just a matter of finding what works best for us personally. Sounds like you have done just that and if it’s not broken, don’t fix it! 😀

  10. Lola

    I so agree with you planning your blog definitely makes life easier not harder, but then planning seems to come natural to me. I can get stressed when I don’t plan things. With my blog I plan the general things, like when I post what, but I don’t actually plan when I will write those posts, that I usually leave till when I feel up to it or have inspiration.
    For me the biggest advantage to planning is already knowing what kind of posts I want to write. I write down topics when I have the inpisration and when I have time to write a post I just have to look at the list and pick one. It makes it easier to start writing. Great post Trish and I am looking forward to the other posts in this series!
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Kitchen: Hazelnut Paste Cookies Recipe

  11. RAnn

    Not too much of a planner; I review books when I read them; if they won’t be published for a while I schedule to post when it will be. I will sit down sometimes and write a bunch of meme posts or something like that but as you said in the opening, blogging is a hobby; I get to it when I get to it.
    RAnn recently posted…Weekend Link-ups

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