A Blog Post a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away | A Note from the Director

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I’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). No, I haven’t decided to become an author overnight. I do excel at shorter pieces opinion pieces like reviews and not creating stories. I’m just going to take this month and try to write a blog post a day.

This does not mean that you’ll get a blog post every day. This is all about building a repository of reviews, discussion and how to posts. I already work ahead on reviews, but I only write discussion and how to posts when the mood strikes. I’m hoping to “force” inspiration to strike more often. I want to offer more variety of posts here.

So I started an Asana list with a few blog post ideas. There are currently 4 ideas on that list which obviously isn’t enough ideas to get me through November. And, of course, being the good little project manager that I am, I started to freakout, began looking for ideas and started listing out what I wanted to write about. I guess I’m an outliner.

My Blog Post Ideas (for now)
  1. Review: The Thirteenth Tale (an Encore)
  2. Review: Bound by Duty
  3. Review: Lock In
  4. Review: Finn Finnegan
  5. Discussion: Hashtags
  6. Discussion: Re-reading books
  7. Discussion: Favorite secondary/tertiary characters
  8. How To: My Blogging Routine (step-by-step)
  9. How To: How I Manage Comments
  10. How To: How I Manage My Newsletter

10 ideas. 11 posts…this one counts because I’m writing it on November 1st. Well, it appears that I’ve got a decent start, right?

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What scares me the most about this personal challenge is I write in the morning on Saturdays before my husband wakes up. I am not a morning person. To make this work, I’m going to have to shift when I wake up on the weekdays so I can get a post written, dressed for work, breakfast eaten, coffee made and out the door by 7:30. Here’s the thing…I love sleep. I sleep until the last possible moment every weekday morning and leave just enough time to get ready for work, eat breakfast, make coffee and get out the door by 7:30. Why, oh why, can’t NaNoWriMo take place in May when I could nap in my car over lunch? (Yes, that’s how much I love sleep; I’ve been known to nap in my car during the lunch hour).

I can do this. I went to Cornell College. I can do anything for 3.5 weeks. I’ve gone nearly a whole year limiting my book buying. Writing a single post every day when compared to that? Peanuts, right? Right.

And right now, I’m pacing myself—how much can I write in 45 minutes. *glances at clock, thinks about coffee and the grocery list* FOCUS!

So how about you, do you ever set blogging goals for yourself? Do you write and post on the fly? Or are you a planner? Am I crazy for even attempting to do this? Share your thoughts below.


Yes, I know about the Blog Ahead Challenge sponsored by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and herding cats & burning soup. But ICON is in October and I’m too busy to participate.



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21 responses to “A Blog Post a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away | A Note from the Director

  1. Wow, if you can get up in the morning and do this then I say more power to you! I am like you, I cannot get up in the morning very easily. I do get up early for my Sunday writing dates with my friend, well, kind of, not as early as for work, but still earlier than I want to get up on a weekend. Good luck with your challenge! And thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post earlier!

  2. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo to start a novel (50,000 words isn’t my kind of novel, that’s why I say start) and I’m doing a writing class online, so November won’t be a big blogging month for me other than the usual reviews and tours.

    I don’t usually plan other blog posts; I just post it when I think of it. I do like your idea, though 🙂 Good luck with your challenge.

  3. I’m like you when it comes to mornings – they are PAINFUL for me. But you’re right – we can do anything if there’s an end day in sight! I’m not participating in NaNo this year, but I AM writing a play this month for my homeschool co-op Musical Theatre class. So, I’m still in the spirit of NaNo! I love your idea of using the time to do extra blog posts!!

    • I hit a BRICK wall on Wednesday and was cranky, Nicole. Work was rough and the early mornings really got to me. I was better on Thursday. I think I need to play around with the early mornings vs. writing at night after work. I think on Mondays and Tuesdays, I might have to write at night. I hate Mondays and we watch The Voice on Monday night so I get to bed a bit later than 9 PM. I’m planning an update post for the 18th. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  4. I participated in the Blog Ahead challenge during the month of October in order to get some posts done and scheduled for those busy holiday months. So I can appreciate your challenge here, Terri. And it’s a good one. You *can* do it!! Trish, @Between My Lines, is doing a series on planning your blogging. She thinks it allows more creativity when you have things planned and done ahead of time. I can agree with that. So I’m looking forward to your how-to posts – particularly the one on managing comments. I spend so much time commenting on others’ blogs that I get behind…waaaay behind on commenting back on my blog.
    Anyway, I wish you luck with balancing sleep and getting a post a day done! You really can do it! 🙂

    • So far so good, although I took a break on Friday. I made up for it by writing two reviews on Saturday. Now I’m all caught up aon reviews and can focus on the fun posts.

      I came across Trish’s first post on another blog (can’t recall which one).
      I immediately jumped over and signed up for her emails. Right now, I’m agree with the assessment that planning ahead makes you more creative.
      We’ll see how I feel after a week of non-review type posts.

  5. First of all, your never crazy to set goals to better yourself in an area of your life. I think what you’re doing is a solid obtainable goal. Good for you! I am a planner, for the most part. I have my blog schedule that I follow almost to the letter and execute accordingly. It makes blogging ahead much easier.

    • My blogging has usually only happened on the weekends, but I’m trying to find ways to make it happen during the week. I’ve found it difficult because I spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer at work and somedays the thought of spending another hour at a desk is not appealing.

      I do agree that blogging ahead is worth it. It certainly makes it less stressful. I’ve got reviews scheduled out to late December and some post scheduled into January already.

  6. I LOVE the idea of blogging for NaNoWriMo. So cool!! I could never wake up before work and do anything productive. Like ever. I so admire that you can!! I also need to do more creative things on my blog and take more time to brainstorm and all that. I should totally do that one of these weekends soon!! Thanks for reminding me & good luck!!

    • I’m going to be more flexible about when this week. By Wednesday, I was pretty cranky last week. I wrote two posts yesterday so I’m taking a break today. I plan to write after work tomorrow before The Voice starts. Not

  7. You absolutely can do it! I am like you- I NEED sleep. And I am a night owl, big time. But when I was swimming, I’d have to be up at 3:30 some days for practice (yes, a.m.), but like you said- you can do ANYTHING if there is an end in sight. So, I have faith is what I am saying. Plus, it’s such a great use of NaNo! I am impressed, and I will be cheering you on!

    • Well, I’ll be honest–mornings are absolutely NOT working out for me. And evenings this past week were bum as well because I had too many things scheduled. But I did write some this week and gave myself freedom to start one post and work on it over a few days.

  8. Oh I am so not a morning person. I am mean in the early am. I’ve gotten better but anything before 8 is a chore. However, it’s a great goal. I love sleep too. One time I took a nap at lunch as was gone for a hour and a half. My lunch was only 30 mins. Oops

  9. Have you tried the WordPress app? I use it – not to finalize blog posts – but more to work on drafts. I use this on breaks, in the mornings .. basically whenever I can find 5 minutes here or there, I add some touches to a draft blog post or 2.