Does your blogging style reflect your personality? I feel like I should insert one of those multiple-choice quizzes here, in which every A. response means you’re a super-organized, ambitious, type A blogger, and so on for letters B-D. I’ve been thinking about my blogging style ever since the Bloggiesta weekend, and I’ve come to a few conclusions.
For one thing, as a blogger I’m not particularly good at planning. I participated in Trish’s mini-challenge during Bloggiesta in which I had to plan out my blogging schedule on a calendar for October. As I look at it now I have to laugh at myself a bit, because other than the first two days of it, I’ve not stuck to my planning at all. I’m much more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of blogger. I write posts in the moment, based on what I’m feeling or thinking about at the time. I’m not good at sticking to a schedule. The funny thing is this is totally contrary to my real-life personality, as I’m usually at least nominally organized. (With a busy work and home life, I think I’d go a bit crazy otherwise, so it may be a survival mechanism.)
So far, as a blogger, this approach has yet to backfire on me, unless you count the fact that I only tend to have new content a few times a week. I’m sure with a bit of planning I could do better. And considering the number of blogging events that are coming up in these last few months of the year, I could easily get overwhelmed if I try to keep up with everything on the fly.
I’ve decided that I’m going to keep going with Trish’s calendar method for November and December, with a few additions. I’m not pre-scheduling reviews because I don’t want to feel pressured to finish a book or write a review before I’m ready. That aspect of my reading life needs to stay natural. However, I’m going to write in all the upcoming events for the month, and I’m going to add in two sidebar boxes, one with my personal goals/challenges for the month and one with a list of books that I plan to read at some point during the month, with any readalong deadlines noted.
So now I have a document design project ahead of me as well, it seems. Does anyone know of any existing blogging calendars that fit this format? I’ve found a good weekly one over at Living Locurto, but I really want one that covers a whole month. I’ll let you know if I come up with something.