When my family and I began planning our summer vacation there were some decisions that we had to come to.
- What is our destination?
- Should we fly or drive?
- What route should we take?
- Where should we stop along the way?
- What places should we visit?
- What will we need to get there and to maintain upkeep while we are there?
- Why are we going to begin with?
- How much will it cost?
These were the questions we had to answer. If we hadn’t then our trip would have been the equivalent to driving off with a blind fold on and hoping that we ended up somewhere that we wanted to be. The chances of that happening are slim to none because we would probably get frustrated because we weren’t sure where we were or where we were going; get in a wreck; or end up somewhere we never intended to be and don’t really enjoy.
Blogging is a journey. As with any journey there are many roads one can travel to reach the desired destination. We don’t all want to travel to the same places or go the same way so why should we all use the same map? We must create our own unique journey. Some may want to travel the back roads and soak up all of the scenery. Some may want to travel by interstates and make calculated stops along the way. Still some may want to toss the map all together and just start traveling. Each traveler will take something personal away from the journey. Let’s begin yours, shall we?
I’ve had quite a bit of help when it comes to my journey. I didn’t get this smart all by myself. *wink* People like Darcy, Darren, and Amy have been a big help. And don’t get me started on WordPress. Without Lisa I would be a stifling basket case. I break stuff all the time and she teaches me how to fix it. Along the way these peeps have taught me how to simplify my blogging experience while getting maximum results. I like that. One of the greatest tools Darcy gave me was about planning. She said, (and I’m paraphrasing here) “The key to successful blogging is planning. You have to be willing to dress your kids in winter garb and put up the Christmas tree in October. Why? Because that is how you are ready to post about it mid November. You must post about holidays and events weeks before they happen in order to influence your readers.”
That is some good advice, y’all.
I took it to heart and planned out the next few months of posts here complete with series and themes. I also use the Blog Post Planner to ensure that I am posting anchor posts and tutorials each week. Those are what primarily drives traffic to my blog so I want to keep them coming.
So, without further ado… my blogging planners.
In the next post we will talk about how to use them.
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