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Some suggestions for bloggers

February 15, 2013

This post will deal with organization of ideas and maximizing readership by spacing out entries.

Do you sometimes find yourselves able to write several posts at once, and then have periods where ideas float around but nothing concrete comes out, or you can’t put into coherent language what you are thinking? We certainly do. We have come up with a working solution to that, which may be of some help to others. WordPress has a feature which you can use to delay publishing. You can schedule a different day for your posts to be published. The benefits to this will be continued readership when you can’t get ideas into writing immediately. If you publish several posts in one day or even over two or three days, chances are that readers will miss a few of them because the human attention span limits what we can read for comprehension and process and respond to. Spacing out publication increases the number of people who will read your posts, can increase followers, and also “buys you time” to craft more posts from your ideas. Go to the publish icon and just select a day in the future to publish a post, click on update, and the word “publish” will change to “scheduled”. Save the changes and your post will automatically be published on the day you have selected beforehand. Thus your blog won’t have to be “quiet” during the periods in which you are experiencing writers’ block.

Another suggestion: make a draft with a list of your ideas. Write incomplete thoughts and number them. This is good if you start writing but cannot finish a post. When whatever you are working on has more than a paragraph or two of material, cut and paste it into its own separate draft, so that your ideas list isn’t insanely cluttered with words from many different unfinished, undeveloped posts. This has helped us immensely. You don’t need to do this for every unfinished post; if you already have a title in mind and a decent amount of writing ready to come out, just start a separate draft.

One caveat: you may find that you need to renumber the ideas if you are like us and want things to stay in sequential order. We are picky about putting new ideas down the list in order. If you aren’t worried about that, you can take a shortcut and just keep listing ideas as you come up with them, not being concerned with numbering.

Sometimes looking at the search terms people have used to get to your blog, can be a great way to come up with new ideas! Maybe you haven’t written anything specifically about squirrels for example, but you notice that one of the search term expressions has to do with squirrels.
You can then write something, anything, related to squirrels. Maybe you remember a particularly fat squirrel you saw at school a few years ago. Interesting thing to write about if your blog is more “casual” (not for a professional job) or a personal blog.

I may have a follow up to this post….about more blogging ideas.

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Athena, Ivan, and Andrea

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8 comments

  1. Out of interest, do you find it is better to have the blog post go “out” at certain times of the day/week (e.g. Sunday morning) when more people might be checking out what is available via the Reader? ( and thus avoiding/lessening posts getting missed). Cheers for the ideas!


    • Cgparkin- We post entries three days apart. Didn’t think of doing it on a particular day/time, but that’s a good point! Thanks for the suggestion! I might write another post with more blog ideas later on.

      I generally work on entries over a period of weeks because writing doesn’t come naturally to me. This post took a few weeks at least. A lot of the writing came out all in one shot, but then editing and improving the writing took a few more weeks.

      Cheers and thanks for commenting!

      Ivan


      • Very much the same for me re the length of time for an entry – one piece is still sitting on the back burner seven months later.
        As to the posting time, I’m in Australia and I notice that I will pick up readers in the US at certain times of day (now as I type being one as it is Saturday am here and Fri evening, for the most part, in the US). Certainly food for thought… and words!!


        • Oh we have several such pieces…..some ideas we came up with months and even a few years ago (I began the ideas list in 2008 when we created this blog…a few entries from 2006 were imported from an earlier blog)
          A few of those old ideas have just now been turned into drafts, goodness knows how long some of them will sit around before making the cut for publication. We need stuff to percolate for a while.

          I am glad you liked our entry! Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. We are much stronger at maths than writing(especially writing for a class). Writing here is at least somewhat easier depending on the subject matter we are writing about.
          Cheers!
          Ivan


          • Pleasure! I’ll be popping by to your site in the coming months to see how it is all progressing…
            All the best.


  2. [...] Some suggestions for bloggers (athenivanidx.wordpress.com) [...]


  3. When you do a lot of writing, you’ll end up with lots of ideas and articles at various stages, including your idea lists, articles you’ve just started writing, halfway-finished articles, completed drafts that you need to review, final versions you’re waiting to publish, and articles that have already been published. It’s hard to keep track of all these pieces without a good organizational scheme.


    • Yes you are right about that. Our system has worked thus far. It takes a while…to maintain. When an idea turns into a small paragraph on the idea list, it is cut and pasted into a separate draft.
      Thanks for commenting
      Ivan



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