One of the most repeated pieces of blogging advice I have read is that it’s important not to hold back on your good content. I am having a hard time with that lately because on the one hand I am sitting on 3+ weeks of great posts in not-so-rough-draft form, but on the other hand I have said I would be posting Monday-Thursday. If I stick to that posting schedule, some of the thoughts I have in the moment won’t be relevant if I wait for the right or perfect day to share them.
Chris Brogan and others have stressed the importance of having a blog editorial calendar. I’m finding it hard to plan ahead in that structure so that things are still relevant when I share them and so I also don’t feel stifled. When I’m having thoughts like, “no you already have X number of posts ready for next week. Publish that thought later!” it’s time to cut loose.
If this blog is really going to be about me exploring and sharing as opposed to being about me obsessing and responding to traffic data then I need to be more liberal with the publish button. I generally reflect in a working notepad file, but I’m going to experiment with doing that thinking right inside the blog text area. It may get bumpy, or less polished here while I play, but I expect that this freedom I’m granting myself will have me sharing more which I’ll enjoy! I hope you’ll keep questioning, posing ideas in different ways, sharing your experience, and reflecting right along with me in the comments or elsewhere.