April 5, 2013 at 7:49 am #31169
I free flow but I’m going to plan out the next month and see if that works better for me. I think it will save a lot of time and give a logical context to the themes.April 5, 2013 at 10:29 am #31201Debra SmouseParticipant
I write a weekly blog for my work blog in addition to guest posts in places like Tiny Buddha. I plan the topics for 4 to 6 weeks of blog posts at a time so when I sit down I’m not spending a lot of time spinning my wheels!April 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm #31225Lisa H.Participant
I’ve been free-flowing it, but am going to switch over to a more planned system. I’ve been spinning my wheels too much thinking about what to write.April 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm #31264Jacki DilleyParticipant
I do a combination of the two. I blog on the theme of mindful living, so all my posts relate to that. But I often get my ideas for specific posts through free writing or things my meditation teacher says.April 6, 2013 at 3:40 am #31282Sara DaviesParticipant
I also do a combination of the two. I have a general plan and idea of what I want to write about for the next couple of weeks, and somehow it falls into place with things that crop up in that period of time that inspire me to write.
Sheila I agree, it definitely helps to plan it out to get similar themes going!April 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm #31334
@ Debra wow! 4-6 weeks. I think that would really work for me to know I have it all layed out. Also, I could modify and add any new ideas I come up with.
@ Lisa Hello! Me too. Time to move past spinning wheels.
@ Jacki Yes, a combination of the two with an emphasis on planning. Free writing is great for generating ideas.
@ Sara This is definitely the direction I’m heading in. Maybe even planning a monthly theme.
Thanks! Happy writing/blogging : )April 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm #31945Vincent NguyenParticipant
Like Jacki, I do a lot of both. I’d say the majority of it is free flow, but when there is no free flow coming then it’s time to sit down and actually brainstorm.
I find that this is what works best for me. 🙂April 19, 2013 at 4:40 am #34042
Thanks Vincent…it seems like that combo works for many of us!September 27, 2013 at 7:30 am #42861AmityParticipant
Really interesting topic. A couple of years ago I was a professional blogger for a company, and during that time I would plan about 70% of my blog posts ahead in an editorial calendar, with the rest being very spur of the moment.
However, something I did make sure I followed was seasonal trends. Since a good portion of the content I was writing back then was shopping-related this was really important, but I am thinking of applying something similar to my current blog. For example, I know that retreat season tends to be in the new year etc etc.
So far my content is totally unplanned. I just go with whatever book I’ve read or workshop I’ve been to. I think it will probably always be a little like that, but I do want to find a little more structure, especially when it comes to partnering with other bloggers or organisations.
December 23, 2014 at 6:41 am #69710Wayne GearingParticipant
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Although I never publish them, most of my writing is purely free flow.. then adjusted later. I sometimes get a real urge just to write, get my words onto paper (on the screen) and then… delete the file, strange I know but makes me feel better 🙂