Right now, I have two months of content in preparation, 3 year’s worth of projects being questioned, and regular new series’ showcasing the amazing people we have in the blogosphere, volunteering world and the world in general.
When I look at the next project on John’s Road to Volunteering, I look at what’s apparent in my surroundings. What have I seen on social media, that shows a gap in content? What conversations have I seen taking place? What conversations have I had?
By seeing what’s happening around me, I get this feeling. I get a feeling that tells me, it’s my next move. I’m a strategist at heart, so I tend to plan more things than I really should. I see the potential in everything and how each project will fit into my future.
How does a project fit in with my plans? Is it a short-term project or could it lead onto longer projects? Many of the things I have coming up, will lead onto something else. By working on a long-term plan with smaller, more actionable projects, I’m able to do what I love…raise awareness!
Raising awareness isn’t always clear, so when I see an opportunity I take it. Last year’s #iblogbecause campaign has lead me to this year’s campaign (among many conversations), and I’m sure my upcoming campaign will lead to something else in the future. I wasn’t sure if the #iblogbecause campaign would work, and yet it did. It reached heights greater than I first thought.
How do we know if something will work until we give it a try? It’s the way I like to look at my content. How are we meant to know if a blog post would get ‘x’ amount of engagement until it’s uploaded? How do we know of the response until we share our thoughts?
So, what’s my process in creating content?
- Jotting down ideas
I work in advance in pretty much everything I do. When I have an idea, I jot it down; on a notepad or my phone. I now carry a notepad with me everywhere I go, ready for the sudden brain tick, giving me a potential new project, blog post or aesthetic.
- Hashtag match
Each day, there’s a different hashtag trending. The hashtags running week in week out help me to decide the order of my content.
Monday – #MondayMotivation
Tuesday – #CharityTuesday
Wednesday – #WednesdayWisdom
Thursday – #ThursdayThoughts
Friday – #FridayFeeling
Saturday – I tend to roll with it
Sunday – I tend to roll with it
By understanding what could be trending, I decide what kind personal thought or experience could relate to the hashtag. Knowing what might be trending, could possibly help to have your blog noticed. #CharityTuesday works wonders for my volunteering/or charity related content.
- Date in the calendar
Working in advance, means that if I do decide to change my mind over a post, I have plenty of time to write another post. I use Google Sheets to help manage a schedule, and I use a colour code system to confirm blog posts and whether I have relevant pictures for them.
- Take photos
Working in advance with my blog posts, helps me to book days out to get the photos needed. I travel regularly to collect photos needed for the blog posts, and it brings a sense of excitement to my life. Whether I’m travelling to another part of Southampton, Brighton or London, taking photos is a rewarding part of blogging. We can learn so much about ourselves from the photos we take.
Once I’ve collected my photos, if I have spare time, I’ll write my posts in advance or I’ll write them on the day of the upload. I tend to write posts within 15 minutes, so there’s not really a worry of writing it on the day, as most of my content is written from my heart; especially the personal posts.
In reality, there’s not really anything I do different to the next blogger, and this process works for me. Keeping things simple, let’s my brainwaves flow and the ideas transfer onto paper and then onto a screen.
So that’s my process. Do you have one?