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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shelina: I Miss April, How About You?

I Miss A to Z April, How About You?

So you had this fabulous daily blogging regimen and then April comes to an end and you’re exhausted from the hectic life that is daily blogging. But your jazzed at the idea that you could do it and no one caught on that you had no idea what you were doing. You figure, going down to two or three blogs a week will be easy in comparison. You’ve balanced a full life and your blogging life at   last. A week or two passes and you start losing steam. You're barely getting out a post a week. Why?
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You stopped writing daily.

That’s the easy answer but it’s the truth. If you wrote every day like you did during April you wouldn’t be here now, thinking, what happened? So if you’re in a blogging funk the easiest fix is to do exactly what you did for April. You don’t have to hit “publish” everyday, but you should still create posts everyday or close to it, if you want to hold on to your momentum. What I did for April was planned my posts for the month and then I had something to work from during the month and I was able to keep ahead of my posts by a week or two. That was one of my easiest blog months ever, because I planned ahead. I've gone back to that. I don't have all them blogged and scheduled yet but I have them planned out and I know what I want to say and how. It's given me more time to work on some other projects that I've been wanting to get to: editing two finished novels, my YouTube channel and a new blog concept coming out shortly. I even did my first giveaway. Don't worry it's not to late to fix things.

Writing Exercise:

If you’re a blogger or thinking of starting a blog, try to get ahead by a month you’ll feel the comfort and stress free feeling of being on top of your blog giving you more time to focus on giving your readers quality content and timely responses.

Just in case you missed my A to Z posts under the theme "Get Writing" you can download them in book form here.

Shelina – these are great words of advice! Thanks for being here to share.


Rob Z Tobor said...

I blog ever day and rattle something out in the evening. This explains why it makes no sense and the spelling and typing are rubbish. I prefer to do the post on the day it is posted or I reckon you become a little detached, but I guess it depends on the subject matter of the blog......

I am still working my way through the A to Z list and am now on the home run, just a couple of hundred more to go . . . . PHEW.

Rob Z Tobor

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shelina and Tina - yes .. what next - always that big decision .. I keep going - writing as and when I can ..

Not really any change with me .. except it's not daily, as normal ..

Cheers and have a great week ahead .. HIiary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I planned and wrote my posts for April in advance - or as much as I could, since daily news is part of my regular posting. I'm back on my regular schedule and do have things planned well into the fall.

Anonymous said...

I do get withdraw symptoms after April, the rush to get the next day's post ready, and meeting new people.
After April life seems dull for a while, the new followers stop coming by but I still have my faithful friends so I can't complain.


MunirGhiasuddin said...

I do miss April. For some reason it seems like I am getting back to Elementary School Age, all over again. I mean being on a schedule to write a posting.LOL

orneryswife said...

The daily posts in April were nice, and the "theme" of having to start the post with a letter was helpful, but while I don't write daily, I still blog fairly consistently, and since my blog is just about my life and things I find interesting, it isn't something I can really schedule.

I do miss April, though. Was fun to meet so many new people.

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Like Ornery's Wife, I miss the excitement and meeting people and having people come to my blog. But dialing back to 3X/week does leave more time and brain for the rest of my writing.

A to Z ended up helping to give my blog structure and a direction, though, so that I'm focusing more on book reviews, with occasional discussions of aspects of writing, and trying to do a bit of fiction every Friday.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

planned all my post pre-April... but that freed me up to realize I had nothing else to do... wait... I did.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I am trying to get back on track since April.


Whole Foods Living said...

Great tips! It's just tougher to write when the visitors decline. *sigh* I miss April! ~Angela