Believe it or not, blog writing isn’t as easy as it may look. There’s a lot that goes into it: coming up with ideas, doing graphics, scheduling, and of course the actual writing. Even the most experienced bloggers struggle sometimes. A content planner is one great way to stay on top of posts; it helps you be able to have ideas on hand so that you’re not scrambling for something to write about. But you have to take the time to fill out the planner. (As a side note, these are also good for social media planning.)
Filling out a planner for blogging can seem like a daunting task. But take a look at the things around you. Anything can be an inspiration. For example, I wrote a post on business tips from The Princess Bride. Movies and books can be great ways to be inspired. You can think about your favorite TV shows and how they can apply to your business. Take a peek at cookbooks. Think about things that have happened in your daily life, like when I wrote about my husband building a storage unit for our kids.
You can also search online for blog post ideas. There are literally thousands of ideas that you can take from there. Want to be a little more creative? Search “writing prompt” and see what comes up. You may not write something based exactly on the prompt, but it can help get your creative juices flowing.
When you’re setting up the content planner, go out as far as you can. Some people set it up each quarter, while others may do it for the entire year. Do what works best for you. The more you can get ahead, the less stressed you’ll be.