Hi friends. Welcome back to another blog post. I have been blogging for over two years now and over time, I have developed a planning and writing system that works really well for me so I thought I would share it with you now.
Of course, I would like to clarify that this planning system works well for me. You might read this and think “no thanks” and that’s completely fine. If you have your own planning system for your blog posts, feel free to comment below! Without further ado, let’s get to it!
I would like to briefly mention now I do all of my planning in one notebook. I use the Muji A6 dotted notebook and it works really well for me.
Step 1 – Deciding on an idea
I am the type of person that likes to plan out my blog ideas a month in advance. I will sit down at the end of the month and make a plan as to what blog posts I want to write and on what dates for the following month. I will always write them in pencil in case I want to swap things round.
When it comes to deciding on an actual idea, I usually brainstorm some of the topics I want to talk about. This is much easier at the beginning of the month because I always blog about my Bullet Journal setup. Once I’ve filled in when the Bullet Journal Setup is due to be published, I then add the ideas that I’ve brainstormed onto my schedule for the month.
In terms of thinking about ideas, I usually think of blog posts within the categories on my blog. I try to switch it up as much as I can in order to keep things different but if I can’t, it’s not the end of the world. I don’t push myself to the point of stress with my blog and that allows me to enjoy it.
Bonus Step – Research
This step can sometimes be taken out depending on what the blog post is about. Some blog posts require me to do some research before I move onto the planning process. For example, The Bullet Journal Debate was a very research heavy blog post, whereas my Bullet Journal setups don’t require any research.
Depending on the blog post and how research heavy the topic is, I will make some brief notes so I can incorporate it into the future steps.
Step 2 – Brainstorm and Plan
The next step is brainstorming and planning. In my notebook, I will create a mind-map and just write everything and anything I can think of about the topic of the blog post. There’s no structure involved in this step. It’s merely getting anything that’s on my mind on paper.
After the contents of my brain have been dumped on paper, I will then create a structured mind-map and begin the actual plan of my blog post. I will write the points of the mind-map first to create that structure and then I will write around it. What I write around the points, I include things I had written in my brainstorm mind-map. I include an introduction section and then the rest of the points are about the topic of each paragraph. For example, when I was planning out this post, my points on the mind-map were based on the steps.
Step 3 – Writing the Post
The next step is of course writing the blog post. I make sure I have my plan in front of me to help me through the process. I write my blog post straight onto WordPress because I prefer to type a blog post out straight away as opposed to handwriting it and then typing it.
The process of writing a blog post usually takes me on average around an hour. I prefer to do it all in one go because I end up getting into the swing of things.
Once I’ve finished the post, I will alter the post settings, add the featured image and then schedule it so it’s good to go!
That’s how I plan and write a blog post! I hope you enjoyed this post!