Do you have one? Do I need one?
A blog diary is basically nothing else than a blog schedule. You decide in advance at which day you plan to blog about what. So for example, you reserve every Monday to write a blog post about “xyz”, do each first day of the month a feature about a famous person in your niche or even plan out whole series of blog posts over several days or weeks. You can leave days “empty” to allow at least for some spontaneity, or you can plan your blogger life for every day in advance for a whole year. And it can certainly help with writers block if you know what you “have to” blog about.
A blog diary helps you to stay focused on your niche and not to stray away from it 😉 It gives a rhythm to your blog and writing whilst avoiding that you leave blog posts “hanging in the air” because you forgot that you wanted develop them in a mini-series about “xyz”. The later happens frequently to me ;-( So perhaps I should start to plan my blogging better and need to start a blog diary?
On the other hand, too much planning can make your writing stale and kicks the spontaneity out of it. It it also makes it difficult to incorporate guest bloggers, recent events and developments if your schedule is too strict and full. You would either have to post outside your normal blogging rhythm or break away from your schedule / adapt it when upcoming guest bloggers, recent events / developments in your niche require it. It can make writer’s block even worse by putting additional stress on you. Actually, if a blog diary is good for you and your blog depends entirely on your personality 😉 Some people it helps, some not.
Pros of having a Blog Diary
- Can help with writer’s block.
- Gives a rhythm to blog and writing.
- Helps to avoid unfinished ideas / mini series and the like.
Cons of having a Blog Diary
- Can make your writing stale and influence negatively your spontaneity.
- Makes it difficult to react spontaneously to events and to accomodate guest bloggers.
- Can make writer’s block worse.
I don’t have a blog diary — yet, but I might start one soon to keep better focused. Do you have a blog diary? What are your reasons to have one or not to have one? Any tips to share your somebody that just starts out to incorporate a blog diary?
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