Late last year, I thought I had found an answer to my disorganised blogging life. You see, I don’t plan. I don’t have an editorial planner. I don’t have regular scheduled posts unless they are sponsored/collaborated posts and therefore, must be scheduled, otherwise, I’d forget all about them.
Unlike some bloggers, I don’t plan my posts. Mine all come as spontaneous as they can. “Oh no, I don’t know what to write about for next ” is a common sigh my husband hears from me.
You see the problem is, all my brilliant ideas are all in my head (along with that unwritten novel(s), usually while I’m having a long hot bath or shower. Oh they are such unique ideas, you’ll be surprised that they actually come from me.
Then as soon as I step out of the bath/shower, pffft! They’re gone. All gone. I sit and stare at my screen and it mocks me with its sheer emptiness. And words fail me. I’m sure every blogger/writer knows this and has experienced it. If you haven’t, you know what, I don’t like you. I don’t think we can be friends anymore, not even in blogosphere, no, definitely not in blogger land. You are the enemy. You should be avoided at all cost. Your “perfect blogging life” will be a detriment to my very-sensitive-blogging sanity/confidence. I’m kidding of course.
And then I had a eureka moment. Maybe what I need is a beautiful planner, the kind I used to have when I was in Uni or when I first started working and had a filo-fax, with little neat mini-folders, my whole life/career all laid out neatly in front of me, in one tiny little book. And it actually worked!
That’s the answer to all my blogger problems! All I need is a really lovely planner and I’m set. I’ll be the next planning guru. I’ll be your most prolific blogger, spinning brilliant blog-posts daily. I’ll be famous and will be featured in the New Yorker or the Guardian.
And I found the most beautiful gorgeously illustrated planner. And guess what, I got it for free! A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I purchased more than a couple of books from Folio Society. I love all their books. And coincidentally, they had a promo, order a book and they give you a pack of lovely Christmas cards. Buy more than one and they give you a …. PLANNER! With lovely illustrations from their books. And since we bought more than one, we had two packs of beautiful Christmas cards, plus the much-sough after Folio Diary 2016. I’m a sucker for anything with beautiful illustrations.
All of a sudden the year 2016 seemed so promising, or so I thought.
It’s the second month of the New Year, and I’ve failed miserably at this planning malarkey. I’m rubbish. I’m crap. I’m a fake. I might as well draw doodles in my empty Folio diary pages.
To be fair, those are June pages, and it is after all only February, so maybe there’s hope for me yet? Oh and I don’t really want to be famous. I just want to be more organised when it comes to blogging. And I kinda know what to do, it’s the getting around and doing it is the actual problem 😉
Do you have a planner?
Do you use it? Does it work for you?