Every morning I wake up, make some coffee, do the dishes, then grab my iPad and jot down everything that came to my mind that night (Ok, so this doesn’t actually happen EVERY morning, but you get the point). Ideas on what to blog about, cool new marketing strategies, people I should network with, conceptual images I’d like to create, books I should or did read, appointments I have, ect. So, I was doing this the other morning when I realized something in common with almost all of my ideas…they’re mostly all business related. Almost every night, my mind is brainstorming on ways to improve my business. Ways I can get more clients. Ways I can attract more fans. Ways I can better my workflow and schedule. Ways I can earn more money. Does this mean I’m completely obsessed with my work? Or am I just lucky to have a job that I’m passionate about? Both, I guess. I’m obsessed because I’m passionate.
Once I’ve noted everything I can remember, it’s time for a workout. I’ll take the dogs for a jog/walk/hike or hit the gym. I find that this allows me to really think about all of the ideas I just wrote down. Taking that hour or so afterwards is key to letting it all sink in. I wouldn’t consider myself passionate about exercise, but I do really enjoy it because it makes me feel good and I’m able to let my mind wander. I like to think of it as Brainstorming Part Two…I’ve already thought of some main ideas, now it’s time to expand and collaborate on them.
Which leads me to my latest idea…publishing blog posts every Mon, Wed & Fri. Now, I already make an effort to blog at least three days a week. But that doesn’t mean my readers always know when the latest post has hit the blog. Now that Facebook has decided to only show certain posts in your fans news feeds and make you pay to promote specific posts, it makes it even more difficult for readers to know when new content has been added. So naturally, I’ve decided to come up with a solution because I want to make it easy for my readers to know when to read my blog. And that solution is to publish posts on certain days every week. Starting next week, you won’t have to wait for or search in your newsfeed for my latest blog post. You won’t have to wonder if I’ve written something new. You won’t have to think twice about which blogs you’ll read that day. Because every Mon, Wed & Fri there’ll be fresh content on my blog waiting for you. Whether it’s pet-related, photography-related or a glimpse into my life as a pet photographer, you’ll be provided with entertaining & educating information that will hopefully inspire you, motivate you or simply make you smile of course, you could always subscribe to the RSS feed, but for those who prefer not to, I’m making this commitment.
How am I going to pull it off, you ask? It’s quite simple…a blogging schedule! Thanks to my pillow planning, I came up with the idea to write out a schedule for all of my blog posts. By scheduling posts at least two weeks in advance, I’ll not only be better prepared when it’s time to publish, but I can also bust out more than one post ahead of time if needed. Say, for instance, I’m going to be on the road for week or on vacation, in order to have posts available to my readers during the days when I’m “offline,” I just take a look at my blog schedule and create the posts beforehand, then schedule them to publish on the appropriate date. Easy peazy!
Sounds good, right? I truly hope this helps my readers and encourages you to visit the blog frequently. Maybe I’ve even inspired you for your own blog…awesome! Hopefully, I’m not just adding too much to my plate, but I think if there is ever a time to do it, the time is now. I only anticipate my business getting busier, so making this commitment now should enable me to continue it as the biz grows. And let me just apologize ahead of time if for some reason I’m unable to complete and/or continue this task. But, I’ll certainly try my best!
I also highly encourage you to comment or email me because not only do I truly enjoy engaging with my fans and followers, but I also appreciate all the input and opinions you have, because the more I know about you, the better I can serve you. So, what do you think? Is three days a week too much, not enough? Are you excited or what?!
See you on Monday!