Blogging consists of the intersection of several variables for me. When these variables change in one direction or another, it can mean huge differences in my blog workflow for a while.
Time to Write
Probably the most important variable I have is how much free time I have to write. Even though writing a single post usually doesn’t take very long, it can be difficult to set aside enough time to compose a decent post, format it correctly, and schedule it to be published on WordPress. Sometimes, I’m writing a post weeks or even a month ahead of schedule. Other times, I’m frantically spewing words onto paper on Wednesday afternoon, just to make sure I keep to my regular publishing deadline.
The latter situation is not a pleasant one to be in. I don’t really work that well under pressure, so the work that I put out late on Wednesday is far from my best. Furthermore, it eliminates the time gap that I usually have to revisit a post for revision. If I come back to a post a day or more after I’ve finished writing it, I feel like I can better proofread and revise it. Glancing over a post as soon as I’ve finished the last word means I’ll probably miss mistakes and have fresh in my mind what I intended to write, not necessarily what I *did* write.
On the flip side, writing a post several weeks before it is to be published offers plenty of time for any relevant information to change. If I have plenty of time to knock out a few posts for the coming weeks, I may have to change some of the content or scrap the post entirely if any news comes up. For example, GoPro recently released the GoPro Hero5 and Karma drone. Had I written about any expectations of those before the release, but postponed the post until after they were announced, my information would be dated. At that point, do I revise what I’ve already written or just trash it all?
For the past few months, I’ve had very little time to write posts. Most have been written within a week of publishing, a few within a day. As much as that keeps my information current, I much prefer to write posts at least a week early so I have plenty of time to read back over them and make sure everything sounds right. If I have to make changes to the content because of new discoveries, so be it.
List of Topics
Another vital facet of blogging is my backlog of topics to write about. I keep a document of all the topics I would like to discuss that I maintain as I come up with new ideas. There are also a few items that are just general points, things that I can come up with a specific post about with little effort. Movies, music, video games, and several other topics that have a variety of talking points available at any given time.
As a result of my ability to write versus the number of topics I think about to write on, that list tends to grow gradually over the course of a few months. When it gets past a certain size and the topics begin to grow stagnant, I like to make several posts from that list at once to trim it back down. While I like to have some definite ideas to pull out at any time, especially on those Wednesdays when I don’t have anything queued up, I also don’t like letting an idea sit for months to get stale.
Normally, these variables exist in a sort of wobbly equilibrium. Occasionally, the list of topics gets a little long and I have trouble just keeping up with one post per week. Rarely, I’ll knock out a month of posts in just a few hours. As the balance shifts between these two extremes, my pacing of 1 post every Wednesday means my blog always looks about the same.
Sometimes, however, one of these variables undergoes a massive shift. Case in point, I’ve had significantly more time to write for the past week or so. As such, I’ve been writing a lot of posts to queue up and even planned out posts throughout 2017. With so much more time to write, I want to tackle some of the older topics from my list of ideas to cut it back down.
My concern is that I don’t want to exhaust the list entirely, such that I’m drawing a blank when all these scheduled posts are published. Now obviously, it’s very unlikely that I won’t have new ideas over the following weeks and months. However, will I be diligent in recording these ideas in my list? Will the ideas have enough substance to compose an entire post on, or are they more like sub-points for a larger topic?
In the two years and some change that I’ve been blogging, there have been quite a few ups and downs. That’s just part of the natural order of things. Even still, I don’t like the idea of running out of topics or time. My goal is to keep a steady stream of 1 post per week for the foreseeable future. No matter what’s going on in my personal life, I feel like that’s a reasonable pace to keep up with.
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