In the past I’ve never had a super purposeful system for scheduling out blog posts. I generally wanted to post about twice a week. Usually on Tuesdays or Thursdays. But I was never really purposeful about what I was going to write about. If I was on my computer and got an idea for a blog post, I’d write it down in a list I created in Google Tasks. If I was away from my computer I’d simply write it down in my notebook. The problem with this method is that it was easy for me to not look at the list for days. Even when I did look at the list it was easy to just look at it, but not take any action.
Well, Chris Brogan recently wrote a post on a plugin for WordPress called “editorial calendar” which he liked and I decided to check out. It’s a super simple plugin. It basically shows you a calendar view for any posts you have coming up. It’s really easy to switch dates for any post by dragging it to another date.
Now, whenever I get an idea for a post, and I’m on my computer, I immediately write it into the calendar app. You click to open a box and you can begin writing immediately. So I’ll write in a tentative title, along with the gist of the idea for the post. That way, it’s already scheduled to go out on a particular day. This is good for me, because they say that people don’t do what’s important, but what’s urgent. This way I can see that I have things scheduled, and it motivates me to finish the drafts and publish the posts. It’s been working for me.
As of this moment I have things scheduled out, as you can see from the picture, for about three weeks. If you have WordPress, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s a winner.
Here’s a video walk-through of the plugin: