I wrote my first blog post on May 4th. I wrote two more on May 5th before telling anyone I’d started a blog. So this weekend is my blog’s two month anniversary. In that time I have written 58 posts, including 17 book reviews.
I am extremely happy about this milestone. I started this blog when I was incredibly bored at work after the announcement that my company was closing. Now I have started a new job, and I am actually doing work at work. So the fact that I am still posting six days a week on this blog is pretty exciting.
Blogging is a little bit different now though. When I started, I had a notebook that I kept ideas in. I could jot down notes whenever – at work, at home, in the car, etc. Then I used that notebook as a guide when writing out my posts, during the day, at work.
This week I started keeping track of my ideas on Trello, a wonderful online Kanban board tool that we used for software development planning at work. It’s free and easy to use, and it’s helping me organize my thoughts and better plan out when I will post certain posts. It’s a website and an app for my phone, so I can still easily access it wherever I am. I can add due dates and move posts through a series of columns as they get closer to completion.
I’ve also started using the scheduled publish feature in Blogger. Sometimes I still get up early and write a post and then publish it immediately after finishing. But mostly I am writing a couple days in advance and letting posts publish automatically per my schedule.
How do you plan your blog posts? Do you write in advance? Do you have any tips for a new blogger?