Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How do YOU do it?

I don’t seem able to write my posts out early. I can count on my hand how many times I have, at least. I try to write them in advance, but the words don’t come until I’m in the passion of the moment. Yet I want to be more organized (hang passion… it’s overrated). I’m ready to commit to change. So my questions to all you bloggers are:


How do you do it? (How do you write posts early, if you do at all?)

Do you write them, edit them, and then schedule the posts all at once?
Do you write a draft then modify it before posting that day or the day before?
Do you write what you feel in the moment and post it immediately? Or do you wait until after you’ve thought more on it?

I am ready to learn new tips and tricks because I seem to be stuck in a blogging rut with no schedule I can stick to. And I love blogging too much to keep in the rut.

Thanks in advance for the advice, friends! XO

24 comments:

  1. I rarely sit on a post. But it takes me a long time to think of one in my mind. That is the hard part for me. So, I am thinking about it for days, and then I write it and post it all in one day. I never schedule posts.

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  2. I used to blog daily, usually writing them all on a Saturday morning, if I could. When that became too daunting, I set up a schedule of topics to expect for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. That way, I'd at least know where to begin. I don't usually sit on posts, unless it's a serious subject I want to proof read before I post it.

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  3. I don't write them ahead of time. I'll usually think about a topic in my head the night before based on any recent information I've gotten from agent blogs, etc. I just don't have that many topics handy, so it tends to be spur-of-the-moment stuff :)

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  4. I'm a pretty even mix. I've written posts several days in advance if I have a good thought, but don't need a post for that day. If I'm feeling particularly enthusiastic or passionate about something, I zip it off right then and post immediately.

    Most of the time, since I post M, W, F, I try to write the post the night before and go over it once before I post it the next day.

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  5. I usually write it and edit all in one sitting. But lately I've been finding it necessary write and then sit on it for a bit. It gives me time to mull the ideas over in my mind and think of ways I can clarify and be more specific. It also gives me time to consider if its even a good topic to post at all. I keep finding myself in a rut too though! I feel like I haven't found the voice or style of this blog yet, and it keeps changing.

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  6. I pretty much post whenever something comes to me. So some weeks I post almost every day and other weeks I've got zero to say so maybe post once. I reread them as soon as I've finished and then post them right away. I think orgaization is overrated!

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  7. I've got it set up so I can email ideas to blogger from my phone or email. I have well over a hundred posts-to-be in my drafts. When I need to compose a post, I troll through the ideas until something jumps out at me.

    This helps me combine the organization with the passion. Some days I'm in the mood to share ridiculous news stories and some days not so much. ;)

    I try to look over my posts one more time before they go live, and usually end up tweaking them. I also think doing it this way really helps with the creativity. The panic of "I need a POST" is a killer to the imagination.

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  8. I leave mine to the very last moment. I also don't have a clue what to write on a daily basis and just get inspired when I see something or do something. I use Charlie as my prop! LOL! I know what my blog is about - so take my cue from there. It usually is about something very silly that I like!

    When I do think I have something to blog about, I draft it first then edit it to the shortest post possible! Then I post and go to bed! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  9. I don't post regularly. Somewhere, between posts, someting pops into my head. I mull over it, then, when the moment is right, I sit at the keyboard. I usually post the same day. I don't think there's any one routine that fits everybody.

    I follow one blog, by e-mail, that has come to overwhelm me. Yesterday there were 9 posts! I sense the blogger is hurt I don't comment on each post, but I can't keep up with so many posts in one day.

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  10. I like to write mine a week in advance that way I can spend my time visiting other blogs rather than stressing about what to write. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. I made up a pattern. Mondays are more talky-talk stuff whether it is on writing or the evil of squirrels. Thursday is my “take it easy post.” I share a photograph, illustration, etc. I write them, edit, and schedule them. Then I try to proof them the day before they are to post to catch errors.

    Naturally, all bets are off this month with the A-Z challenge.

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  11. I keep a list of ideas of stuff I might want to blog about. When I have a minute, that's when I write the blog and post it. Usually that's twice a week.

    Usually I pick ideas that I am exploring and I don't quite know what I think about it all until I write about it.

    Shelley

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  12. I try and write at least Mon. and Wed. post over the weekend, with an idea for Friday. If I can get them all written great.

    if I get ideas, I start a file, because I'll be sure to forget them later. Rarely, do I sit down with absolutely no idea.

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  13. I know how you feel. I had 2 months to prepare for A-Z but as usual left it to the last minute. Now I wing it each morning and hope for the best :)

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  14. I never thought I was a procrastinator, but I think that's changing. It just seems easier to find inspiration when the clock is ticking. For the most part, I'll start thinking about what I'm going to post about the day before, and then I try to write it at least a few hours before I post so I can go over it at least once with a fresh eye before posting. If I have strong ideas for several posts at once, I do sometimes write them in advance. And I keep a file of ideas for blog posts for times when I'm really stuck.

    Good luck getting out of the rut! I've been really having a hard time coming up with topics lately. One time when I was really stuck, I read a bunch of other people's posts to get my creative juices flowing again.

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  15. For a long time, I did them spur of the moment. Just recently, I began writing all of the week's blog posts on Sunday night. I write and edit them and scheduling them through blogger. So far it's been good. I feel like I just use that hour on Sunday (or whatever it takes...sometimes longer) to blog and I can use the time I might have spent blogging for other things throughout the week like writing, commenting, or researching.

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  16. I keep a running list of blog ideas on my desktop, and after writing a blog post, I pick the next idea that looks like it's waving its hand, and just stew on it for a couple days. amazing sometimes how during those days I'll find material related to it. But I don't actually sit down to write the thing until the night before. I wish I didn't wing it like that because later on I think I could have worded it better!

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  17. Oh my life of spur of the moment. I like to write when my ideas are fresh! But, I only post if I have a theme. My post has to have a good title or story line. I also usually only post if I have a picture to match the theme. Funny the rules we make for ourselves!

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  18. I usually wing it. Doing the a-z challenge made me plan out the whole month. I've been writing them in advance. I actually plotted them out on my calander before April got here. But I acutally prefer to wing it. I do keep a notebook of ideas and then if I don't have a new idea I refer to it.

    BTW, your posts are always wonderful!

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  19. I don't have any tips. I just blog when I blog. The only times I write in advance is the present, while we are in a remote village in Galicia, Spain, and trek to the nearest wifi cafe to post them. This is because we only spend a limited time in the cafes. When I'm home (in California) I blog when the spirit moves me, and then it's in the moment.

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  20. You have a bunch of kids at home. I didn't start blogging until 2009, so my kids were already pretty independent by then.

    Answer to your question is all of the above. But usually when I write it, I want to post it soon. I have this fear my computer will crash and I'll lose the post.

    Writing should be your priority. I'm posting 2x a week which has been manageable.

    I hope you find a good balance.

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  21. I seldom write my posts ahead of time. Like you, the pressure of the last moment helps me put my thoughts together!

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  22. That was really a thoughtful blog. Thanks for this wonderful piece of words

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  23. hi miss jackee! yikes! for sure im the wrong one to ask on that cause im doing my posts right at the last second and i only just do a post one time a week. ack! mostly i dont get started on thinking what i could wanna post til its time to post it.ha ha. but if i got something special that could need some researching and maybe pictures i get it started more early but i end up getting it done way late. for sure im a later then sooner guy. ha ha. have a real nice weekend. happy easter!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  24. I used to be three weeks ahead with my blog posting. Now I'm three weeks behind. It's so frustrating because I know that if I wasn't so mentally exhausted from my job I'd be much better at keeping up.

    Jai

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