A New Way Of Planning

Getting sick of my 2019-prep blog posts? Too bad, I’m pulling content out of my rear while I prep for 2019.

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I’ve actually decided to do something a little different for next year. I always try to stay a month ahead in my blogging – sometimes it works and other times too many things get in the way and I end up behind. So, I figured I might try to plan a little differently for 2019.

I’m still going to try my best to stay ahead of the game next year, but instead of just doing the planning a month in advance, I’m going to try to plan the whole year.

Sounds like a lot, I know.

But I think if I brainstorm enough content ideas and themes, I can come up with blog post ideas along the way and have the ability to write them a month in advance – or, at least the ones that can be written in advance.

My calendar planner goes from June to July, so I won’t be able to get my 2019-2020 planner (wow, that’s weird to write) until May or so, but that’s what notebooks are for, right? Or, at the very least, I can plan the first six months of the year.

I already know some content changes I’ll be making to the blog, which I’ve already talked a little about. You know, more personal than educational with writing, reading, and blogging. I’ll talk more about why I’m changing that in a blog post in January.

Still, I have a lot of ideas and new features that I need to plan out and organize. I think looking at the year as a whole and getting a basic idea of how I want each month to go will be ideal.

How are you planning for 2019? How do you prep your blog posts? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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June 2018 Goals

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Reading

5 Saturdays in June mean I’m planning on reading and writing 5 book reviews this month. I’m also hoping to get ahead in my read this month as well and go a bit into July’s reading list. To keep up with what I’m currently reading, you can check out my GoodReads and Reading List.

Writing

I’ll be playing catch up in June. I didn’t get as much writing as I planned to last month. So, my goals for this month will be pretty much the same as May’s.

1. Write Brave – This is my next story for Wattpad. I was supposed to write the first draft in May and edit it this month, but I never got around to it. So I’ll be writing the first draft this month. Hopefully it’ll still be out by the end of July, but I don’t want to rush it.

2. Rewrite George Florence & The Perfect Alibi – I was supposed to edit the next draft this month, but I didn’t finish rewriting the current draft last month. So, I’ll be working on that again.

If you read my Writing Update from a few days ago, you’ll know I’m putting Perplexed on the back burner for right now. It’s not coming along as I would like and I might do something different with it. So, I’ll work on it as inspiration strikes, but I’m not going to make it a priority for right now.

Instead, I’ll be working on a secret project that I’ll reveal to my Patrons on Patreon tomorrow.

Blogging

My blog posts for the month of June are pretty much all set. I’ll be finishing up this month, getting a slight head start on July, as well as doing some blog maintenance. I have many old posts I want to update, I have to reorganize my categories and such… there’s a lot to do.

What are your plans for June? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Wrap Up: March 2018

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Reading

Remember at the beginning of the year I said I wasn’t going to buy any books until April so I could go through what I have on my shelves already? Well, I read two total. I’ve kept up with my reading but it was all author requests. I read two from my shelf and haven’t even posted the reviews for them yet.

I’ve read some good books so I’m not complaining. Be sure to check out my Reading List and Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading and my reviews.

Writing

I got a lot of editing done this month. I worked on George Florence and edited Take Over, which will be published on Wattpad in April. I’ve been doing a lot of prep for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve also done some handwriting which has been refreshing.

Blogging

I got my blog posts for April done and out of the way. I’ll be going on vacation again and with Camp, I don’t want blogging to eat up too much of my time. It’s going to be a hard balance enough as it is. I’ve also planned May and got some posts done for that as well. I feel good!

Overall

March was a lot of prep because I realized April may kill me. So I got a lot done! It was good.

Posts To Remember

1. 8 Types Of Blog Posts That Get Attention
2. 23 Places To Promote Your Blog Posts
3. Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog

How did March treat you? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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5 Forgetful Blog Admin Tasks You Should Remember To Do Periodically

Running a blog isn’t just all about writing posts and creating content for your readers. There’s a lot more involved and that’s tedious, admin tasks. There’s a lot of maintenance involved when it comes to owning a blog and, unless you hire someone to help you, it’s just you and the computer screen. It’s not always fun and it can get overwhelming, but you’ll be glad you did it in the long run. Here are just some blog admin tasks you should remember to do periodically.

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1. Check Spam Comments

I get so many spam comments on a daily basis. Of course, WordPress has a certain plug-in that catches it all for me so I don’t even notice half the time. Still, if I click on the “comments” tab I sometimes notice that I have 100 or comments marked as spam.

There is an “empty spam” button which works wonders and can save a lot of time, but I always go through every single comment before I click that button.

The reason I do this is because some real comments get marked as spam for a number of reasons. Reasons such as if they’re commenting as a guest or have posted a link or two within the comments. This marks it as spam because WordPress isn’t sure who they are or what they’re linking to. Not to mention some of the spam comments are just funny to read because they’re ridiculous.

2. Check Hyperlinks Within Posts

Sometimes old posts change or you switch some things around. Every once in a while, you want to check old hyperlinks and make sure the links still lead you to the right place. It’s always good to check the hyperlinks right after publishing a post to make sure you didn’t make a typo while creating the link and to make sure the link actually went through. Better yet, preview your post before hitting the publish button and make sure everything is doing its job.

3. Check Referrers And Links Clicked On The Stats Page

Check more links! You can see referrers, or how people came across your page, and you can also see what links people click through your blog. The other day I saw a link that looked unfamiliar to me. Someone had clicked on it through my blog so I clicked it to see where it led to. I recognized the place and left it alone, but for some reason the URL was different.

You want to check referrers as well to see what kinds of sites are bringing traffic to your blog. If it’s other blogs, be sure to check it out and return the favor.

4. Keep Your Theme Up To Date

Your theme is the first thing people see when they get onto your blog. Make sure the color scheme is easy on the eyes, the layout isn’t clustered together or too messy, and you want the overall blog to be easy to navigate. I’ve changed my blog theme three times in the six years I’ve had this blog. I personally think I’ve improved each time I’ve updated my theme.

This helps with branding as well. Even if you don’t have any fancy logos or headers, if you make the theme enough of your own, people will instantly recognize your blog when they see a post of yours shared on social media.

5. Keep Categories Updated

I don’t know about you, but I’m always adding new categories. Of course, there are some posts I wrote long ago that could definitely fit into those certain categories. So I sometimes spend my time going through old posts and adding them to relevant categories that I have now. It’s long and tedious, but it’ll help your readers (and yourself) in the long run.

This will bring new readers to old posts and give them a purpose again. It also helps you stay organized and makes you blog look neat and organized as well.

What are some admin tasks you love or hate to do? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below and if you enjoyed this post, please share it around!

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Why Guest Posting Is Important For You And Your Readers [Blogging]

Guest posting is a fun way to promote your own blog as well as reach out to other bloggers, potential readers, and get to know other bloggers and friends. It’s the easiest way to make connections and to show off some cool writing, whether it’s yours or someone else.

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Why You Should Guest Post On Other Blogs

If you want to gain more of an audience or just share more of your writing around, search for blogs that write in your niche and check out their guidelines. You may have a piece that might fit well with their blog or you might have to try to write something that caters to their blog’s wants and needs.

Guest posting will allow more exposure for your writing and your blog. A new audience my find their way to your blog and you’ll have other people liking and promoting your work. You have something to share that no one else can, so you might as well spread it around.

If you guest post on someone else’s blog, be sure to follow their blog and read some of their posts first. Get familiar with their work and the writers who run it. Share their posts and help them out in return for them allowing you some posting space.

Why You Should Allow Guest Posts On Your Blog

You should allow guests on your blog for the same reason you should guest on other blogs. You’re paying it forward by allowing some people to have the spotlight for a bit. You’re helping to promote them and, in return, they’re helping promote you as well. Readers from their blog are going to come over to your blog to check out what their favorite writer wrote.

Also, remember I said you have something to share that no one else can? That goes for everyone. Allowing new voices on your blog will give your audience a bit of variety and allow them to learn new things through your blog and get to know others as well.

Do you typically guest post on other blogs? Do you allow guest posters on your blog? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you enjoyed this post, please share it around!

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