A Tip For Blogging Efficiently–The Value Of Routines

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This is in spirit a continuation of a previous post “5 ways to build the blogging habit.” I have been quite good about blogging lately. Apart from the usual benefits of blogging, I think of it as a tool to bring structure to my writing life.

But sometimes blogging can become too much of a burden. I don’t just mean burdensome because of the time it takes to write a post, revise, revise again, find a suitable graphic for it, etc etc. Then what am I talking about? To me, it becomes a burden when I struggle to decide what to write about on a particular day.

In my previous post I had mentioned how I have plenty of things to talk about. I still do. Finding a topic to write about is not an issue. There are too many things to talk about. My problem is how to fit those topics over the course of a week.

For example, I have been itching to talk about the importance of girls following their dreams, but I also want to write about how I work on improving the content of my blog. Which one do I choose for today? Maybe today I don’t have enough time to do either, or maybe I’m not feeling like up to writing a long post that I know will exhaust me. Should I push topic 1 off to tomorrow then, or the day after?

Too much indecisiveness–that’s burdensome!

So I thought, how about making a routine. As in Mondays are for news of interest in my genre, Tuesdays can be for teasers from my works, Wednesdays could be for word spotlight and so on. It almost felt like a little miracle–as soon as I assigned a topic for each day and mounted that piece of paper on my cork-board, I felt . . . relieved.

This was yesterday and I’m already thrilled by the improved focus and looking forward to working on the blog even more. I’m not sure it will work for everyone but you can give it a try, maybe it will help you also.

PS: Just to share–Thursdays are thoughtful.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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