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Editorial Calendars: Prepare Your Blog For July To December

The right blogging path
Are You On Track With Your Blogging?

How often do you sit down to write a post for your blog because “you know you should” and then promptly think “god what am I going to write?”

Sound familiar?

Thought so.

Enter the editorial calendar.

An editorial calendar helps you plan in advance your blog content so you’re not left sitting, wondering what’s next. It can be a spreadsheet; paper based or use the WordPress plugin ‘WP Editorial Calendar.’

How do you get the most benefit from your editorial calendar?

1. Decide how frequently you will publish posts each week. Multiply this number by 26 and the result will be the number of post ideas you need to generate.

2. Allocate yourself time (5 minutes) to identify the key focus areas (themes) of your posts.

3. Brainstorm and write down (or as I call it brain dump) as many ideas as you can. You’ve got 10 minutes. Don’t judge the quality, just get the ideas down. It might take a couple of sessions to have sufficient quality ideas to fill the six months.

If you prefer, create a mind map instead of simply listing the ideas. Try

4. Group according to themes and logical order, especially if a number of posts are interrelated.

5. Schedule the ideas in your editorial calendar against the days you chose in step one.


Celebrate Your Blogging Editorial Calendar
Celebrate Your Blogging Editorial Calendar

You’ve planned your blogging until the end of 2012. Won’t that make life a bit easier when you’re flat out in the lead up to Christmas.

Before you think “well that’s done” here are a couple of bonus tips.

Bonus Tip 1: If you want to be really clever batch write your posts. This will save you tonnes of time in regards to setting up to write and attempting to recapture your train of thought.

Bonus Tip 2: Always have access to your editorial calendar so that whenever you have a spare five minutes you can scribble an outline for one of the post ideas. This will keep you on track when you sit down to batch write posts later.

Got a spare 15 minutes? Get steps 1 to 3 done. Now!

Do you use other strategies? Please share them below and let’s grow together.


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7 Responses to Editorial Calendars: Prepare Your Blog For July To December

  1. Great post! Editorial calendars are definitely helpful and I appreciate your bonus tips! I tend to ramble along and like how this can give more focus to my blogging.

  2. I love the editorial calendar through WordPress and love your ideas of doing the brain dumb as well as working on a bunch of posts at the same time when inspired. Thank you for a great post.

    • Brain dumping is one of the ways I manage to keep plenty of ideas in the bank. We are all super busy so I figure any strategy the helps is worth it!

  3. I’m so glad I found your site, this is great. I really need to start doing this, especially batch writing… I have no plan and no schedule and all I know is it’s not working for me!

    • Hi Kate,
      Thanks for visiting! I just adore your Pantone project – I hope you’ll continue once you’ve reached the 100.
      Have you decided on a blogging schedule?
      Best wishes,

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