July 20, 2015
This post covers the Day 1 assignment in WordPress Writing 201.
Why do I blog?
After years of coaching other writers and ghostwriting, I’d like readers to know my writing, my voice. I don’t mind being a shadow person and I love what I do but, there are so many things I want to write about.
If my blog exceeded my wildest dreams, what would that look like?
I’ve placed many goals in answer to that question that I’ll keep private for now. I’m still so new to blogging that I think this is a question I’ll have to address sometime in the future when I have more experience.
Every post would be dated. That is something I’ve got to make it a practice to do. I get frustrating reading things online that were never dated. I need that information. I’d like to know the “when” along with the other “W’s”. Why am I not already providing this information to my readers and myself for reference? Shame on me! Today this changes.
As far as the list (from the instructors) of suggested goals:
• Gain 20% more followers by August 31st. Sure. You betcha. I’d love to have a larger increase than that.
• Increase average daily hits 30% by the end of 2015. Ditto.
• Publish three times each week during August and September. Okay.
• Spend one hour each week visiting my followers’ blogs, reading, and commenting from now until October 1st. Definitely.
• Create an editorial calendar for the next 90 days by July 31st. Yes, but the end of August sounds more likely.• Establish a new weekly feature on my blog by August 31st (Throwback Thursdays, Wordless Wednesdays, Soup Sundays), and publish that feature each week through the end of the year. Hmm. Okay. I need to place this down into the editorial calendar (done) and give it some thought.
• Gain 100 new Twitter followers by September 30th. I don’t do Twitter. I don’t know that I will. I don’t get it and it sounds time consuming.
• Publish posts from three guests over the next three months. This would be a pleasure. Anyone interested?
The last three goals are all require my research. Because of that, I should prioritize t hem. Right now, an editorial calendar sounds like it should be the first on my list. Publishing posts from guests should be second and Twitter research should come third.
The editorial calendar would, by necessity, require me to better organize what I’ve already posted. To keep things straight, I’ve begun organizing my blog posts into Scrivener. We’ll see if that works. After that, I’ll plan my calendar within it too, I think. I’m learning. Who else is doing such a thing?
After those goals are well underway, I’d like to offer a newsletter readers could sign up for. This may or may not coincide with another blog (a second blog) that targets a specific group of readers. I’m thinking these two blogs need their own space. This blog here is more of a general blog. The other would be tailored around subject matter specific to it. Yet having two blogs when I can barely keep up with one intimidates me.
How are others (that means some of you readers) handling this?