I do like a plan. I like lists. I like to be able to tick boxes. I like to be organised.
Recently, I have felt less than organised! I have the lists, I’m just not ticking enough boxes :)
But, if I am to have any balance in my life, I need to get organised; I need to be organised.
I publish a blog post most days, sometimes two, and I write every day.
I comment on a lot of other blogs.
I have ideas upon ideas and my draft posts list is huge!
I edit, I proofread, I edit again.
I choose photos and I edit every single one, even if just cropping or resizing.
It all takes time. Each post I publish has at least an hours work behind it, most of them far more than that.
I don’t plan in advance very well, so my writing time is not as effective or productive as it could be.
I rarely schedule more than a day (12 hours!) in advance.
I often feel rushed and wish I could have spent more time; although, some of my best posts are the ones I’ve written the fastest, not sure what that says about the time I take over others!
The blogging world will become a little quieter over the summer, which is a good thing.
I am going to use that time to plan.
To reassess my content and choose what I focus on come September.
To develop the areas that I love, and have the courage to drop the stuff I don’t (even if it means being less visible on the linky/commenting circuit).
To build the new features that have been on my to-do list for months.
To make my editorial calendar work for me, rather than stress me out (in a I still haven’t written that post for tomorrow/next week/next month kind of a way!).
To use Coschedule (my new favourite plug-in!) to its fullest and become far more efficient in my social media and *cringes* self-promotion.
To start saying yes to some of the many PR opportunities I get every week!
To decide where I want my blog to go; do I want to try and make money from it…? Am I comfortable with reviews, sponsored content and advertising (honestly not sure about this yet) or do I keep my blog as it is and investigate other avenues?
But most importantly, I want to be able to write more.
And, for me, writing is my blog.
Realistically, I simply don’t have time to do anything else (right now), and over the last few months I’ve realised that, actually, I’m okay with that.
My blog ranks in, or just outside, the Top 100 in Tots and has done for a year now. I must be doing something right!
My blog has allowed me to develop my writing, something that wouldn’t have happened without it.
It has allowed to meet some wonderful people, who encourage me and support me, and tell me that I’m quite good at this blogging thing.
I just need to start believing them…
So, watch this space; I’m making a plan!