From a Dreamy, Flighty, INFJ Writer
Imagine this scene….I shall call it the Good L’il Blogger Scene
I have my cup of coffee and I sit down at my computer. Beside me is my bullet journal busting at the seams with blog post ideas and titles.
I open my journal and start to fill in my editorial calendar with months worth of post ideas. Each post has its pic and opt-in planned ahead of time and everything is so perfectly planned out.
With everything perfectly planned out and looking so pretty and satisfying, I open up my Word Processor and get to writing the first blog post on the list.
I get the post written out. I let it marinate for a few hours or overnight. Then I get it proofread and formatted in WordPress. I create my perfectly planned out vertical pinnable image and make sure my opt-in fits with that particular post and that the embedded form is just right.
When all the boxes are checked off, I schedule the post for some date way in the future. Of course, because I have this so well planned that I can write for a month or more ahead of time.
I sigh a sigh of pleasure for a job well done and then move on to the next blog post on my list.
*Belly Aching Laughter*
One can only wish that is the true scenario.
I know there are bloggers out there that absolutely operate like that and I applaud them. I don’t judge. I glean wisdom from them and have a ton of respect for their focus and organization. I know my weaknesses so I learn where I can.
But, that is not my personality. My personality is more scattered and dreamy. My husband and I joke that I basically live up in the clouds and that he (just like the blogger mentioned above) holds the rope that keeps me from completely floating away.
Here is the life cycle of my blog posts….from a dreamy, flighty, INFJ writer
I get up in the morning and get the husband out the door.
I have my devotional time before the boy wakes up.
Once the boy wakes up, he and I have about 30 minutes of what we call “Coaching Time.” As a family, we follow our personal coach, Dani Johnson, and we want our son to develop the habit of always learning and always receiving coaching. (link)
After Coaching Time, he gets settled in his homeschool assignments and I sit down at my desk or on the couch. Don’t forget the cup of coffee. The coffee might be the only thing that is consistent between these two blogger scenarios.
I open my current writing document in Microsoft Word. I keep a running document where I do all my writing. No, I do not have separate documents for each post or each topic or whatever. It allllll goes in one place. Lord knows, I only need one piece of writing to keep up with.
When the current writing document hits about 100 pages, I will file it away and start another one. I have lost count of how many of these documents I’ve created. They are all saved in my Dropbox…I think…somewhere.
I start writing at the bottom of the page where I last left off. I just write.
I process what I have to do that day.
I process any thoughts and emotions I’m feeling at the time.
It gets the cobwebs out my head. Doing this helps me think more clearly. I’m sure the coffee helps too.
I also turn on my favorite Pandora Station….David Crowder Radio.
At some point, my writing will shift from a stream of consciousness about my day to being more focused on blogging topics.
Well, who am fooling?
Actually, sometimes it shifts to being more focused and sometimes it never shifts.
Sometimes it shifts to being extremely raw as I pour my soul onto the paper and there is no real bloggable material to be seen.
That’s alright. I am totally okay with that.
After writing at least 1000 words I feel myself out.
Am I in a good place to stop writing or is there more business that needs to be handled?
Some days I just stop and move on to the next task and some days I know there is a lot that needs to happen on this page. On those days I just keep writing.
Writing…That’s why I started this whole thing, to begin with. If I am ever forgetting the writing and replacing with the business side of blogging then I need to just step back.
I check the Editorial Calendar.
(Yes, I do have one of those. See….I do learn from those more organized than I.)
If there is a post listed on the list that I haven’t formatted and scheduled, I go and find the text for the said post somewhere in my giant writing document. I am forever grateful to the “Find” feature in Word. Then I proceed to process that blog post complete with pinnable images and opt-in forms.
BUT, there are days when I there are no unprocessed posts on the list.
OH NO! What’s a girl to do?! Crap.
Fear not, fearless writer.
Remember how I write every day?
I just start skimming through my giant document. I look through either the current one or past ones. I skim until something catches my eye and I think, “Ooooo….that’s a good one. How did I forget about that one?”
Crisis averted. I plug the post in my calendar and proceed as usual.
Sometimes I will even skim until I have material for several posts.
Then I will copy and paste the text into WordPress. I clean it up, proofread, format, and off we go.
There are plenty of days when I am so unsure what to write. I feel like a desert or a dried up well. And what I have found is that it is usually because there is something I need to figure out and process. All the more reason that I need to be writing.
And when I find the lost blog posts in the sea of words I am often reminded of other ideas that lead to more writing and more blog posts.
Writing 1000 words a day has ensured a steady stream of content AND a healthier emotional state. (links)
Perhaps, this method of writing for your blog makes you twitch a little bit. HA! That’s totally cool. No judgment. I twitch at all the organized methods of some bloggers.
But, It works for me.
And we can all learn from each other, right?
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