Throughout January we will be running our 31 Day Blog Challenge: 31 days to clean up, grow and improve your blog. What better time than the start of a new year to get things sorted and ready to go for a brand new year of blogging?
We'll be sharing 31 tips, ideas, and strategies for you to get things in order and make blogging easier. This is Day 8.
Plotting Your Editorial Calendar
Before tackling today's task we strongly recommend you read today's resource post from Stephanie Eddy on Setting Goals in 4 Easy Steps. Go ahead... we'll wait...
Ok... goal post read? Now it's time to start writing your goals down and putting them into action.
An editorial calendar can go a long way to helping you achieve your goals, among many other things.
Once you have your goals determined you can start planning your content to make achieving your goals a reality. And let's remember one very important thing:
Blogging goals do not have to be about earning income!
They can be about connecting more with others, growing your readership, defining your niche, injecting more fun into your blogging, becoming more of a creative outlet - the possibilities are endless. It's totally up to you and what you want to get out of blogging.
Whatever your goals are, it's time to turn them into actions. Sit down and plot out your editorial calendar for the next month, two months, or three months (or longer if you feel the need!). If you want, or plan, to work with brands, include that. If you're planning a series of related posts or a themed month, plotting that in a calendar can be invaluable to ensure you get everything done. For more help, be sure to check out one of our most popular posts: Editorial Calendars: What are They and Why You Need One. It even comes with a free downloadable editorial calendar you can print and start filling in!
Take if Further
Consider writing posts in bulk weeks before you need them. Here's a very interesting post on "pre-blogging" and how it can actually help you improve your content, not to mention, make you feel more organized and give you more downtime! And for even more info, read our post on how to build your editorial calendar in 3 month chunks.