There are two things you need to know about me.
- I am very visual
- I believe in positive reinforcement
So when I suggest that you create a blog calendar, I am NOT referring to...
- Creating an editorial calendar
- Preplanning posts and creating a content schedule
- Developing theme days--assigning different types of posts to different days of the week
- Motivational Monday
- Top Ten Tuesday
- Writing Wednesday
- Book Review Thursday (they don't all have to have alliteration!)
- Choosing monthly themes for the coming year, and diving deep into those topics
- Addressing your market's top problems, priorities, or needs
- Breaking your topic down into it's main elements
While all of these are helpful and important, they're not what I'm talking about.
What I want to suggest is that you buy a monthly calendar (or print one off of your computer) to record the days you blog. The more blog posts you write, the more your calendar will fill-up with check marks, initials, post titles, or any other shorthand you create to help you visualize what you've done (not what you need to do).
There's something exciting, inspiring, and energizing about seeing a calendar fill up with your blogging accomplishments. It becomes a game, as you try to fill up as many squares as possible, and more squares this month than last month.
Try it, and see for yourself.
The minute I hit "publish" this post is going up on my calendar!
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