“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.” Robert Cormier
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR BLOG PLANNING1. Set aside a time during the day. Since none of us likely has the schedule flexibility to sit down at the keyboard whenever inspiration strikes, the next best thing is to have a block of time dedicated to writing. For me, it’s usually in the morning while the baby is taking her morning nap and my son is trapped in his high chair for breakfast.“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ~Agatha Christie2. Outline your posts. I know this probably sounds like a high school composition assignment, but it will help your writing. Sometimes I just type up some headings right in the blog post itself, then I fill the spaces between them with content. Last, I delete all those headings. Wham! Bam! Orderly blog post!3. Have a rough weekly schedule. Some bloggers are really good at this: Me Mondays, Tutorial Tuesdays, Wordless Wednesdays, uhm, Thirsty Thursdays, Freaky Fridays… you get the picture. I am not that regimented, but I try to have a plan for what kind of thing I am going to post over the course of the week.4. Keep a blogging calendar. I haven’t personally tried this yet, but I know bloggers who swear by their calendars. If you have a stockpile of unpublished posts, a calendar can help keep you focused and organized. Google has a calendar feature that is pretty self-explanatory (and free).