On blogging strategy…

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the world’s greatest forward planner – momentous events often creep up on me like some kind of stealth bomber. I tend to have my brain constantly switched to the present moment, and I miss things – I forget birthdays/anniversaries/events and opportunities. Without tight and immovable deadlines I am sunk.

I know I need to work on this – I’m not sure if there is some kind of brain training programme to help people like me. I’ve read books on time management and improving organisational skills – I am wowed at the simplicity, I attempt to follow the guidelines but it’s like trying to re-set a clock which constantly loses time – before you know it you are once more six months from where you want to be.

This has implications for blogging too. It’s a bit like work when you don’t have a career, or your paid work doesn’t feel like your true calling in life. A successful career, or even a successful work project, takes forward planning and strategy. Right now my blog means a lot to me and, like many others, I’m constantly assessing and re-assessing what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. I read a lot of other blogs and I’ve started to make a note of ideas and features which appeal to me, which make good sense and improve on what is otherwise just the day to day ramblings of another mother. I’m also picking up tips on improving my online rankings because, despite the fact that I’m not too bothered about ‘playing the SEO game’ I can see that better rankings mean better visibility, better visibility means more readers, more readers means more chance of being talent spotted, paid a small fortune and moving to Barbados (ha ha ha ha ha ha bonk [laughed til her head fell off]).

But sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the moment when you have little children. They suck up that space in your head which used to be free for dreaming, planning and strategising. It’s less “where do I see myself in five years time” and more “where do I see myself in five minutes time if my car keys have disappeared from the bottom stair and the two year old is upstairs flushing the toilet?”.

Reading posts like this from the ever fab BrummyMummyof2 make me focus in on what’s important to me in blogging, and, well really, in life – where true success lies – having your writing acknowledged, rewarded, comment-worthy, thought provoking, syndicatable (is that a word??). So that’s it then – better get on and write something syndicatable!

 

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13 thoughts on “On blogging strategy…

  1. Best of luck with it all. As long as you’ve got the time and headspace for it then go for it πŸ™‚ as you know from the post I wrote yesterday, I’m the opposite. At least for now while I have a very challenging almost 5yo, small baby & toddler to contend with. Along with a book to write, and GAPS. Actually I think it’s me that needs the luck xx

  2. I read the article you linked to and it was interesting. I agree that you have to post because you love blogging, but it’s also more fun it people read it and comment. Also, making enough to be able to move to Barbados would be an excellent benefit, too! πŸ™‚

    • You’re right Marie – it wouldn’t be the same if you thought you were just sending your thoughts out into the void never to be seen again! Hard work all this bloomin’ networking, hey? πŸ™‚

  3. I think it’s tough enough writing and writing a blog, that we shouldn’t put too much pressure on ourselves to make blog of the week or to crack the top 100 of the tots100. Just write. πŸ™‚ xx #allaboutyou

  4. Oh it will be so fab when we are international stars living in Barbados together won’t it?? Ha! Glad you liked my post. I tell you what just always put good key words on your blogs, and shove it on the weird and wonderful world of Google + that seems to help. I think??? xxx

    • Thanks for the tip! I really need to get my head round Google+ – you’ve made it sound easy!! SEO is a bit like ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ for me at the mo!! πŸ™‚ Xxx

  5. Made me laugh out loud! I do think it’s hard to not get caught up with feeding “the beast” that is the blog, and actually being in the moment with the kids is so crucial, even if it does put off that syndicate deal to send you to Bim as we loving call that flat island (island jealousy, moi?). Thanks for linking to #AllAboutYou and yes, share on G+ (good tip from seminar – share once publicly with a generic description, then again to your specific circles, tailoring what you say in the description, I should take my own advice!)

    • Thanks Zaz! I have this vision of it all being so perfect but I can’t do it right now. I hope it isn’t one of those things that there’ll never be the time for but if it is then it’ll be because more important things have happened in life and I guess I’m OK with that. I’ll def take on board the G+ tips!! X

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