Deadlines are not one of my specialities. Don’t get me wrong, I do usually meet them but I’ve become the master of the (writing) sprint finish and starting this blog has done little to change that; it may have even encouraged it.
In the final days of the Zero to Hero Blogger Challenge (remember that, all that time ago), we were encouraged to develop an editorial calendar. Before then, I had no idea what one was. My blog posts and novel writing times all merged into one and I did what any self-respecting writer would do…made a coffee and watched the deadline whizz past. So, I scribbled a few ideas down, congratulated myself on a job well done, and instantly forgot all about it.
After this week’s rather embarrassing last minute submission for a writing prompt that I created, I realised that something would have to give. I needed to take the time to set one up properly. I used my ‘almost’ calendar (read post-it notes on a paper diary) that I’d been working on since the challenge ended and started to brainstorm how it could work for me. I am well known for my ability to forget something that isn’t directly under my nose, so a spreadsheet-based calendar was out of the question. I’m equally useless with paper diaries, so that was them out.
In the end, I settled on an online calendar, synced to both my phone and PC. Using google calendar, I created one, completely separate from my personal and business ones, to be used solely for the blog. Each month, the intention is to plan potential blog posts for the following month. Nothing is set in stone (I’ve already move posts around and cancelled others until later dates) which helps to keep the blog fluid and dynamic. I have started to plan and fix in my Top Tip Tuesday and Flash Fiction Friday posts along with a number of anniversary and challenge posts (April A to Z Challenge).
I can’t believe I haven’t done this earlier. The calendar is helping to, not only, meet my writing deadlines but also keep me sane with planned and back-up posts should I start falling behind.
Now it’s your turn, do any of you use and editorial calendar for your blogs? How has this helped you manage your writing tip? And, do you have any tips for us newbies?