Editorial Calendar: One Month Later

In one of my recent Sunday Currentlies, I mentioned that I had started using an editorial calendar for my blog. It wasn’t such a complicated system, but my aim for such a move is to make myself more accountable for the content and posting schedule for Becoming Sleek. I wanted a more consistent posting schedule and more well-thought-out content, and by planning ahead what gets published when, I would be able to achieve that objective.

My system isn’t really very complicated. I basically just took a blank notebook (TN regular size), wrote down my blog objective and the general posting schedule in the front page, then the rest of the notebook is the planner. I first had a monthly calendar view.

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Here I used a Homemadekraft undated monthly page. I filled in the dates, and marked clearly the days I am expecting to publish a post. As you can see here, I have set myself to a 3-posts-a-week schedule. The red asterisk stamp is from the MommyLhey Girl Boss Planner Stamps set.

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Here is what a completed monthly layout looks like. I also write in when I plan to take photos, edit photos, and write the actual posts on particular days. Not everything comes out according to plan, and the arrows indicate when I actually accomplished those tasks. I also have some blog-related notes on the side.

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After the monthly schedule comes the weekly. I only have three days marked per week, denoting the three posting days. Here I basically just list down which post gets published when. Since there are a lot of space on the page, I also list down the tasks associated to each post (if any) and any notes or ideas I wanted to remember when writing the actual posts. The stamped days are from Studio L2E Track It: Days of the Week, while the stamped months are from the Forever in Time Clear Stamps Calendar Set.

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Here is an example of a weekly page that’s been filled out. Most of the time the area below the post title stays blank, but some days I needed to note down some ideas that I wanted to include in the post. I have a separate two-page spread that has my list of potential blog post ideas, which I actually need to make another one since the first spread is about to be filled up.

One month after I started using an editorial calendar, I find that I am actually able to stick to a fairly consistent posting schedule. I also feel less pressured especially when I have a lot of post ideas lined up, and when I have a lot of posts queued up to be published. Of course there are times when life catches up, and I need to hurry up a little to catch up on my posts. For the most part, I feel that having this editorial calendar is very helpful and I will definitely be continuing this practice!

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6 Ways to Handle A Blogging Rut

We’ve all been there before. It just doesn’t seem like any ideas you’re coming up with are worth blogging about. Or worse, you’re not coming up with any ideas! How do you deal with it? As I’ve just experienced this being stuck in a beauty blogging rut, let me share with you the six methods I used to address this issue.

Image credits: Juniper & Dash
Image credits: Juniper & Dash

1. Check out my current beauty (and related) products and see if they will trigger some posts. Perhaps a review of a well-used product (or a barely-used one!)? Create lists of some sort (5 favorite red lipsticks; 3 worst face bases I’ve used; etc)? Just looking at existing items can usually inspire some blog posts.

2. Sit down for a quiet brainstorming session. This is the specific method that birthed this post! I just sat down with a notebook and let ideas flow in. It helps to keep distractions at the minimum and just be alone with your thoughts.

3. Read blogs of fellow bloggers for inspiration. I do this almost everyday anyway. I use a feedreader so it’s not very difficult to gather the blogs I regularly read, and I am always notified about any new posts. The idea is to glean inspiration from the bloggers without copying them (que horror!). If you do get inspired by another blogger, why not put in a link to their blog (or even the specific blog post) as tribute?

4. Read my own blog for inspiration. I know, it sounds a bit narcissistic. Reading your previous posts may trigger ideas for follow-up posts or redoing some themes or looks. I usually get ideas from my haul posts and wishlists.

5. Consider blog prompts. There are a lot of blogger tags and prompts going around and you might consider participating in some of them. There is no need to wait for anyone to tag you, just jump right in! I tried out the 20 days of lipstick prompt and immensely enjoyed the experience (and gotten four blog posts out of it!).

6. Don’t post. Yes, you read that right. If you are not feeling the vibe, then just leave the blog be for a while. It’s better to not post than to post half-assed entries. Come back when you feel like writing again. Trust me, it’ll result in better posts!

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What are your tricks to deal with blogging rut?